6 Things To Do In Lloret De Mar… That You May Not Have Thought Of

Lloret de Mar castle
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I never expected to return to Lloret de Mar. I was there many years earlier, as a student in search of entertainment and cheap drink, and I had hazy memories of hotels, night clubs and not much more. But when I found myself at a conference in the beautiful Costa Brava I was surprised to discover that there is a lot more to the town than sea, sand and sangria (although it still does those things pretty well). Here’s my list of six things to do in Lloret de Mar if you want a break from beautiful beaches, water sports and nightlife.

1. Explore The History Of Lloret De Mar

Any town on the Mediterranean is likely to have a rich history and long cultural heritage, and Lloret de Mar is no exception. Explore the museums to discover the history of the town from pre-Roman times, through the middle ages and into the modern era. This has always been a town of seafarers: spend some time in the Maritime Museum to learn about fishermen, explorers and those who went to seek their fortunes in the New World. And the maritime history theme continues outdoors with a series of modern marine-inspired sculptures along the sea front. (Read more about the history of Lloret de Mar.)  

Dona Marinera, Lloret de Mar
The sculpture of the Dona Marinera (Fisherman’s Wife) commemorates Lloret’s long maritime heritage

2. Wander Through The Streets – And Look At The Buildings

If you thought that Lloret’s architecture consisted entirely of modern hotels and shops, then think again. You need only step a couple of streets back from the beach to find yourself in the old town, with its old houses and secluded alleyways. And the beach itself is flanked at one end by the medieval Castle of Sant Joan and at the other by the 20th century Castell d’en Plaja.

Sant Roma Church, Lloret de Mar
Modernist additions to the Church of Sant Roma

But there are many more spectacular buildings to see. The town council has linked these together to create the Lloret Open Museum. This is a varied collection of Lloret’s unique architecture, including museums, historical and modern buildings, and even the Modernist Cemetery. (Read more about the buildings of Lloret de Mar.)  

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3. Take Your Walking Boots

You may not have associated Lloret de Mar with hiking, but it is set in some of Spain’s most beautiful countryside and is well equipped with miles of hiking trails. The coastal paths are popular for short walks, or if you are feeling energetic you can follow the Camí de Ronda from Santa Cristina Beach to Canyelles Beach (a 9.4 km trek).

Hiking is just one of the things to do in Lloret de Mar - this is a section of the rocky coastal trail
The coastal path is perfect for a short walk

Serious walkers can head inland to the well waymarked GR92 and hike through forests and past isolated hermitages. Many of the inland paths are also ideal for mountain biking. (Read more about hiking in Lloret de Mar.)  

4. Get Close To Nature In Lloret De Mar

Following the walking routes is a great way of getting close to nature and discovering beautiful scenery. The forests of the inland trails are full of butterflies and wild flowers, and the coastal path takes you along the wild shoreline where you can watch the waves crashing onto the rocks. And if you want to get a better look at the underwater world there are lots of opportunities for scuba diving.

Lloret de Mar walking trail
The inland trails take you into unspoilt countryside

One of the best places to appreciate nature is the Santa Clotilde Gardens, set on a cliff top near Fenals Beach. Spend a morning here, wandering through the terraces, enjoying the plants and marvelling at the panoramic views.  

5. Eat Traditional Local Food

If you want pizza, burgers or other fast food, you will find them on the sea front, but you don’t have to go far to experience traditional Spanish dishes. There are numerous tapas bars, stacked high with barrels of wine and serving plates of local cheese, ham and seafood. And of course there are lots of restaurants selling freshly caught fish. But don’t forget that you are in Catalonia; look for smaller back street restaurants where you can enjoy regional specialities. (Read more about Enjoying Catalan Cuisine in the Costa Brava.)  

Anchovies
The region is renowned for its fresh and seafood

6. Take A Day Trip

The Costa Brava region is full of interesting towns, villages and countryside that you can explore from Lloret de Mar. Boats run along the coast to Blanes (with its Botanical Gardens) and Tossa de Mar (where you can walk through the impressive fortifications), and to several small beaches in between.

Tossa de Mar
Travel by boat to get the best view of Tossa de Mar’s medieval fortifications

Day trips are also possible by bus to nearby towns such as Barcelona, the bustling regional capital, or the medieval city of Girona. And there are lots of organised excursions to places further afield such as the mountain monastery of Montserrat.

How To Visit Lloret De Mar

  • Girona Airport is 29 km from Lloret de Mar, and Barcelona is 106 km. Buses are available from either airport, or you can prebook a Lloret de Mar airport taxi.
  • Direct flights are available from several European airports.
  • There is a wide range of accommodation available in Lloret de Mar. Have a look at the recommendations on booking.com.
  • It is easy to walk to most places within the city, and buses are available for longer journeys. You might want to consider hiring a car to explore the region more fully.

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9 thoughts on “6 Things To Do In Lloret De Mar… That You May Not Have Thought Of”

  1. I enjoyed the food and seeing a couple of in-town sights while at TBEX, but will have to return if I'm to have a go at nature walks in the area. It's great to see another side to Lloret de Mar!

  2. It looks like you were very busy in Spain! I found the trekking trails especially interesting, especially I haven't expected them in such a place! I had a lovely time, too. And I'm looking forward our next meeting Karen! Hugs from Ferrara ;-)

  3. I was pleasantly surprised, like you, to see that Lloret is more than just a party town for college kids. I especially enjoyed that coastal path!

  4. Carole Terwilliger Meyers

    Having never been to Lloret de Mar, I definitely have never thought of your six suggestions of what to do there. Hopefully, some day I will get to do all of them.

  5. I enjoyed my early morning walks around Lloret de Mar – along the coast as well as in town. I loved the seafood as well. I only had a week there but I would like to spend a few more weeks there to explore the region and do more hiking. The coastal trails are fabulous!

  6. It is a wonderful place. ..you have to escape from the tourist traps and mix with the locals ( they are very welcoming), you can still find menu del día for as little as 6 euros, great walks, great sports and always something going on. ..

    I love it so much I emigrated here! !!

    Thanks for such a great write up of my new home! !!!

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