Lloret de Mar – a Great Place for Hiking

Countryside near Lloret de Mar
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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.

Sign post, Lloret de Mar
The trails around Lloret de Mar are all well signposted

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.

Lloret de Mar Coastal Path
The coastal path is an easy walk along the rugged coastline

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

Countryside near Lloret de Mar
The inland trails take you through beautiful countryside

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.

Butterfly
Look out for wildlife as you walk

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).

Chapel of Sant Quirze, Lloret de Mar
The Chapel of Sant Quirze, one of many sanctuaries along the Ruta de les ermites

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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6 thoughts on “Lloret de Mar – a Great Place for Hiking”

  1. Hello, You mentioned that boats run from Lloret de Mar to other towns/beaches. I couldn’t find anything regarding public transport by boat. My friends and I are visiting Costa Brava at the end of May and are trying to figure out if we have to rent a car. Any information is appreciated.

    1. Hi Cam, there are boats from Lloret to Tossa de Mar and Blanes and other places. They are run by lots of different companies – http://en.costabrava.org/come/transport/boat-trips – but I think you can book by turning up at one of the huts on the beach (Tourist Info in Lloret would have more information too). There are also buses – I went to Barcelona, Girona and Tossa by bus and there are plenty of other destinations. And there are coach trips to places like Montserrat. You could easily manage without a car. Hope you have a great time!

  2. Stephen Worthington

    Hi Karen

    Are there walking maps of the area and, if so, where do I find/buy them?

    Many thanks

    Stephen

    1. Hi Stephen – I used the maps on the website. There is a walking map of the area you can download and you can also download itineraries of the individual walks by clicking on the links further down the page. Hope this helps!

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