One of the many unexpected pleasures of Lloret de Mar is the many miles of hiking trails in and around the town. The well waymarked routes offer the option of a short stroll or a more challenging hike. And whether you pick the coastal path or an inland trail, hiking in Lloret de Mar will take you through spectacular scenery, and you will pass places of interest along the way.
The Lloret De Mar Coastal Path
For many visitors the coastal path, or “Beaches Walk”, is the obvious choice. This beautiful path along the rocky coastline is ideal for a short walk. Alternatively, you can follow the whole 9.4 km of the coastal path from Santa Cristina Beach to the Platja de Canyelles, coming inland for short sections where the path leaves the coast. Boat trips run from Lloret de Mar to both Santa Cristina and Canyelles, so there is no need to retrace your footsteps at the end.
Whichever part of the coastal path you take you will be assured of some wonderful scenery, with tall cliffs, secluded coves and wide views across the Mediterranean. And look out for places of interest as you go. Walking in a northerly direction you come to the modern but Gothic-style D’En Plaja Castle and the Iberian site of Turó Rodó. And in the other direction you pass the famous statue of the Dona Marinera (created in 1966 to commemorate the town’s fishing industry) and the medieval castle of Sant Joan.
More ambitious walkers are well catered for with a series of inland footpaths. Once you get into the open countryside you will find peaceful paths that pass through forests and alongside farmland. Here you are rewarded with wild flowers everywhere; look out too for birds, butterflies and the occasional small lizard. Many of the trails also take you past tiny chapels and historic hermitages.
Most of these walks start from the centre of Lloret de Mar. However you may prefer to take a bus or a taxi for part of the way to avoid too much walking through built up areas.
Ruta Del Caulès
The Ruta del Caulès (or Caulés Route) is a 31 km return trip from Lloret de Mar to the hermitage of Santa Susanna de Caulés. The walk isn’t easy, as it takes in some steep climbs, but you will pass through varied woodland and be rewarded with lovely views.
The Camí Vell (Old Road) is an inland route to Tossa de Mar. Starting from the Lloret Maritime Museum it follows a peaceful path through forests of oak, cork and pines, and passes the Chapel of Les Alegries (Lloret de Mar’s earliest parish church). This is an easy 15 km walk, and you can return to Lloret by bus from Tossa de Mar.
Ruta De Les Ermites
The lovely Ruta de les ermites (Hermitage Route) is an easy 19 km circular walk passing several hermitages including the 11th century Chapel of Sant Quirze. This trail allows you to enjoy the local Modernist architecture, together with oak woodlands and the rugged Costa Brava coastline.
The Mediterranean Path (GR92)
You could also walk a part of the GR92 Mediterranean Path. This is a long distance trail of more than 500 km that crosses Catalonia from north to south. The path is mostly easy but watch out for some steep gradients.
One stage of the GR92 links Lloret de Mar with Tossa de Mar, following a mixture of inland trails, the coves and beaches of the coastal path and the Camí de Ronda. In the opposite direction a forest walk takes you to the resort of Blanes.
Practicalities For Hiking In Lloret De Mar
Finally, a few practicalities for hiking in Lloret de Mar.
- There is more information about the various routes on the Lloret tourism site.
- The longer walks are more enjoyable in the slightly cooler spring and autumn months (if you are walking in the summer it is best to avoid the midday period).
- It is also advisable to carry your own food and water on the inland trails as you may not pass anywhere to purchase provisions.
- Public transport – both buses and boats – links the main towns along the coast of the Costa Brava.
If you follow these simple precautions you will find that Lloret de Mar has walks to satisfy both casual and serious walkers. And, if you are in the Costa Brava for a little while, you may also like to try the Camí de Ronda and other hikes around Tossa de Mar.