A storied past
The town of Lloret de Mar is filled with sites hinting to its earliest days, which are fascinating to explore. The former home of the ancient Iberians, the earliest ruins date back to the 4th century BC, whereas Castell de Sant Joan was built as a guard post in the 11th century. Visitors are invited to learn more about the town's past at nearly every street corner, winding their way through historical hotspots. They include the Maritime Museum, where you can uncover the town's colourful seafaring history.
Every year in Lloret, the town hosts a vast number of events celebrating the heritage and culture on offer here. If timed right, visitors can join the fun at festivals honoring everything from Lloret's medieval history, to rice and even the town's unique fishing techniques that helped make it the thriving port it is today.
The spectacular coastline is perhaps the biggest appeal of Costa Brava holidays, while one of the most scenic beach walks winds along the coast at Lloret de Mar. The Fenals footpath extends from Lloret beach to Fenals beach. This picturesque pathway passes several of the town's landmarks including the Castell de Sant Joan and the Dona Merinera – the monument to the fisherman's wife. It is rumored that if you touch her foot and look at the horizon, it will bring good luck.
A haven for the green-fingered, Lloret de Mar's 100 year old Santa Clotilde public gardens are set atop a cliff overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Visitors will find here some of the best examples of Catalan landscape gardening, filled with a wide variety of plants and sea-themed sculptures.
Though sprawling out on the beach in Spain's warm climate is often priority number one on a Lloret de Mar holiday, the town also features some great fun outdoor attractions.
If you're ready to swap your beach spot for a harness, at the Arbre Adventura Park adventurous types can strap in and take to the trees. You'll climb through an obstacle course that varies based on fitness and sheer bravery. WaterWorld is one of the best places in Europe to make a splash, with sky high slides and family-friendly playgrounds. By the time you're done with these, we have a feeling you'll be ready to return to the beach for some much-needed relaxation.
On the town
If you don't want the night to end with the sunset and a quiet dinner, Lloret is the place for you. From hard rock bars to British pubs, all-night discos to shisha cafes, the town has a whole range of venues certain to satisfy you on a night out.
For a laid-back evening there's El Pub, whose televisions broadcast live sporting matches and kids' corner keeps the youngest members of your group occupied. Or it doesn't get much more raucous than neon lights and foam parties at Disco Tropics. There are plenty of options in between too.
Lined with historic homes fit for kings, Lloret de Mar's streets are so scenic, an afternoon stroll is a unique activity of its own. Wealthy Catalans who emigrated to America in the 20th century - also known as Indianos - left behind stunning, castle-like homes, whose turrets and Modernist architecture still dominate the town's streets.
Lloret de Mar is home to an astonishing number of retail shops whose numbers now soar over a thousand. Souvenirs and beach goods can be found beside the sea, while in the main shopping street, Carrer de Sant Pere, high street bargains are to be had on clothes and homeware. Night-time shopping is also available from May to September and is the perfect time to splash a little cash during cheap holidays to Costa Brava.
While wandering the streets or passing through the weekly market stalls you can delight in a little retail therapy and bring home a bit of Spain.