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 you will enjoy spectacular scenery and pass some places of interest along the way.
Lloret de Mar’s 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 from Santa Cristina Beach to the Platja de Canyelles, coming inland for short sections where the path leaves the coast. Boats 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 north 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.
Walking Inland from Lloret de Mar
More ambitious walkers are well catered for with a series of inland footpaths, including the 31 km Ruta del Caulès and the 15 km Camí Vell (Old Road) to Tossa de Mar. You can also walk a part of the GR92 Mediterranean Path, a trail of more than 500 km through Catalonia. Most of these walks start from the centre of Lloret but you may prefer to take a bus or taxi for part of the way to avoid too much walking through built up areas.
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. Most of these walks also take you past tiny chapels and historic hermitages. In particular the Ruta de les ermites passes several sanctuaries including the 11th century Chapel of Sant Quirze and the Chapel of Les Alegries (Lloret de Mar’s earliest parish church).
Finally, a few practicalities. 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). And it is advisable to carry your own food and water on the inland trails as you may not pass anywhere to purchase provisions. If you follow these simple precautions you will find that Lloret de Mar has walks to satisfy both casual and serious walkers.
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