Lloret de Mar
Complete guide to Lloret de Mar Spain, with useful map and information on the resort.
Map and Guide to Lloret de Mar Spain
One of the best known resorts for holidays on Spain's Costa Brava, Lloret de Mar is situated between Tossa de Mar and Blanes, within the Girona province. Lloret de Mar has a population of approximately 35,000, though this of course rises greatly during the busy summer season when thousands of holidaymakers head for the resort, increasing the population to over 200,000 at times.
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Lloret de Mar History: Despite it's appearance as a modern day holiday resort, Lloret de Mar has a long history which you may find interesting. Probably first settled in around the 4th to 3rd centuries BC by the Iberians, the early inhabitants of the area would have traded with Rome and Greece. Settlements at Puig de Castellet and Montbarat were already well established by the time the Romans arrived to conquer the Iberian Peninsular. The Romans founded a trading post in the area of what is now modern day Lloret de Mar.
The name 'Lloret' was probably first used during the 10th century AD and may derive from the Latin Lauretum (place of laurels).
The actual town was established in 1001 AD and the building of some fortifications began including the Castell de Sant Joan, which served as both a refuge and watchtower for the local inhabitants. The first church was also established in Lloret in the form of the Sant Roma which later became known as the Nostra Senyora de las Alegries.
The early inhabitants of the town were mostly involved with fishing though some early trade of timber and charcoal was also carried out, they are thought to have traded with places as far off as the Italian coast, and some Italian influence can still be found in the customs and names of Lloret de Mar, today.
A new parish church was built in the 16th century in the Catalan Gothic style, this was to some extent fortified to provide extra protection for citizens of the town.
After the inception of the Free Trade Decree in the 18th century, Lloret de Mar flourished as a naval and shipbuilding town with many of its local mariners sailing to, and trading with the Americas, in particular Cuba and Argentina. This later lead to many of Lloret's inhabitants emigrating to the New World in search of fame and fortune, some later returned as wealthy men and they became known as 'Americanos'. This in turn lead to the town becoming wealthy and many mansions and elegant houses were built in the town.
An emerging tourist industry in the 1930's was cut short by the Spanish Civil War (1936-39), but by the 1950's tourism began to grow as the main source of income for the town, the boom in the 1970's and 1980's saw huge increases of tourists to the resort as cheaper flights brought large numbers of visitors from the UK and northern Europe.
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Lloret de Mar Map: Shown on the right is a handy little Lloret de Mar map, giving the exact location of the resort, you can use the buttons to move in closer for a road map of Lloret de Mar or see the town in satellite or terrain views.
Also shown on this Lloret de Mar map are the resorts of Tossa de Mar, Blanes, Malgrat de Mar and San Feliu de Guixols, together with the towns and villages of Palafolls, Tordera, Sils, Llagostera, Vidreres and Maçanet de la Selva. The closest airport to Lloret de Mar is Girona, which is about 25 minutes drive from the resort.
Lloret de Mar Tourist Information Office: There are several places to get tourist information for Lloret de Mar including:
Tourist Information Office, Avda. de les Alegries, 1. Telephone Number: (0034) 972 365 788.
Oficina de Turismo Lloret de Mar - Passeig de Camprodon i Arrieta, 1, 17310 Lloret de Mar, España. Telephone: 972 364 735.
Lloret de Mar Town Hall / Ajuntament / Ayuntamiento:
Ajuntament de Lloret de Mar - Address: Plaça de la vila, nº, 1, 17310 Lloret de Mar, España. Telephone Number: (0034) 972 361 800 (town hall).
Lloret de Mar Police Station:
Policia Local - Protecion Civil - Address: C/ Verge De Loreto, 1, 17310 Lloret De Mar, España. Telephone: 972 361 736 (local police).
Lloret de Mar Passport Office / DNI:
Oficina De DNI Y Pasaporte - Address: C/ Verge De Loreto, 51, 17310 Lloret De Mar, España. Telephone Number: 972 361 642.
Lloret de Mar Nightlife: The nightlife in Lloret de Mar is without doubt the liveliest on the Costa Brava, with plenty of bars, restaurants and night clubs on offer for those seeking a bit of late night entertainment. Some of the best known hot spots include Bumper's Disco, St Trop, the Hula Hula Polynesian Bar, the Cave of Rave, Tropics, the Hollywood Dance Club and the Beach Club.
Lloret de Mar Fiestas: There are of course many Lloret de Mar fiestas and celebrations throughout the year among the best are: Three Kings (January), Carnival (February), Sant Jordi (April), Santa Cristina (July), Catalan National Day (September), Sant Roma (November).
Lloret de Mar Beaches: One of the major attractions of Lloret de Mar are the wonderful beaches which are spread over some 7km of beautiful coastline, apart from the main beaches there also some small coves and bays to explore.
The main Lloret de Mar beaches include: Lloret de Mar Beach, Fenals Beach (shown in picture), Santa Cristina Beach, Canyelles Beach and Sa Boadella Beach, there are numerous other small coves to explore.
Lloret de Mar Tourist Attractions: There is plenty to see and do in and around Lloret de Mar, and among the best known attractions are the Waterworld water park (Carretera de Vidreres km 1.2, Telephone: 0034 972 368 613), perfect for keeping the kids amused, for culture and education visit the Castell de Sant Joan (originally 11th century), the Nostra Senyora de las Alegries church (originally 11th century), the Sant Pere del Bosc Chapel (17th century), the Museo del Mar (maritime museum), the Catalan Rural Museum (Sepulcre Roma Street), and the Vedraguer Museum. Back to family fun, you can head for the Bowling Lloret complex where you can enjoy tenpin bowling, mini-golf and many other activites. If spped is your thing, you might want to try out the Go-Kart track at Karting Formula (Avinguda Vidreres, S/N, 17310 Lloret De Mar, Telephone: 0034 972 367 807).
Lloret de Mar Nightlife / Nightclubs:
Univers - Address: Calle de Calafats, 3, 17310 Lloret De Mar, España. Telephone: 972 372 973 (nightclub).
Revolution - Address: Pla Pla Carbonell, 25, 17310 Lloret De Mar, España. Telephone: 972 365 449 (nightclub).
Disco Londoner - Address: C/ Santa Cristina, 18, 17310 Lloret de Mar, Spain. Telephone Number: (0034) 972 365 670 (nightclub).
Lloret de Mar Markets: Lloret de Mar's weekly street market takes place on Tuesdays, there is also an indoor market which is open from Mondays to Saturdays.
Lloret de Mar Shopping: Lloret de Mar is one of the main shopiing towns on the Costa Brava with a wide range of shops for those who wish to get a little retails therapy whilst on their holidays (ladies?). As well as the usual touristy gift shops there are plenty of trendy boutiques and designer clothes shops.
Lloret de Mar Golf: The Costa Brava has some decent golfing facilities and the nearest golf course to Lloret de Mar is the Club de Golf Angel de Lloret course located about 10 miles from the centre of Lloret. This 18 hole par 72 course opened in 1995 and was designed by Eugenio Aguado. Address: Club de Golf Angel de Lloret Apartado de Correos, 27, 17310, Lloret de Mar, Girona, Spain. Telephone Number: (0034) 972 365 416.
Lloret de Mar Camping: There are camping facilities in the Lloret de Mar area if this is your choice of accommodation, you could try out the Camping Tucan site at: Ctra. de Blanes a Lloret, Apdo. Correos 1171, 17310 Lloret de Mar, Girona. Telephone Number: (0034) 972 369 965.
Lloret de Mar Hotels: With the wide choice of Lloret de Mar hotels on offer it is pointless to go into the finer points of any individual establishments. Among the best known hotels in Lloret de Mar are the Evenia Olympic Lloret de Mar, the Hotel Samba Lloret de Mar, the Hotel Alexis Lloret de Mar, the Hotel Acacias Lloret de Mar, the Hotel Fenals Garden Lloret de Mar, the Lloret de Mar Casino Royal, and the Hotel Excelsior Lloret de Mar.
This Month's Featured Lloret de Mar Hotels:
Gran Flamingo - C/ Just Marlès Vilarrodona, 25, 17310 Lloret De Mar, España. Telephone: 972 365 188 (hotel).
Hotel Esmeralda - Address: Carrer del Grau, 11, 17310 Lloret de Mar, España. Telephone Number: (0034) 972 364 900 (hotel).
Cleopatra Spa Hotel - Carrer de Narcís Fors, 22, 17310 Lloret de Mar, España. Telephone: 972 365 250 (hotel).
Evenia Olympic Suites - Address: Passatge Señora De Rossell, S/N, 17310 Lloret De Mar, España. Telephone Number: (0034) 972 361 500 (hotel).
Hotel Sunrise - C/ Sènia Del Barral, 46, 17310 Lloret De Mar, España. Telephone: 972 364 608 (hotel).
Acacias Hotel - Address: Passeig Acàcies, 21, 17310 Lloret De Mar, España. Telephone Number: (0034) 972 364 150 (hotel).
Goya - C/ Just Marlès Vilarrodona, 58, 17310 Lloret De Mar, España. Telephone: (0034) 972 372 799.
Lloret de Mar Restaurants / Cafes / Bars:
Restaurant Can Bolet - Address: C/ Sant Mateu, 8, 17310 Lloret De Mar, España. Telephone: 972 371 237.
America Restaurante - Address: Avenida de América, 32, 17310 Lloret De Mar, España. Telephone: 972 366 417 (restaurante).
Restaurant CA L'enric - Address: Avinguda Mistral, 8, 17310 Lloret De Mar, España. Telephone: 972 372 397.
Disaster Cafe - Address: C/ Francesc Layret (Fenals), 9, 17310 Lloret De Mar, España. Telephone Number: 972 360 250.
Les Petxines - Passeig Mossen Jacint Verdaguer, 16, 17310 Lloret De Mar, España. Telephone: 972 364 137 (spanish restaurant).
Club Marina - Passeig Mossen Jacint Verdaguer, 10, 17310 Lloret De Mar, España. Telephone: 972 364 004 (bar).
Bar Cala Anys - Cala Banys, S/N, 17310 Lloret De Mar, España. Telephone: 972 365 515 (bar).
Lloret de Mar Taxi / Taxis:
Radio Tele - Taxi De Lloret De Mar - Costa d'en Carbonell, 40, 17310 Lloret De Mar, España. Telephone: 972 362 525 (radio taxi).
Radio Tele - Taxi De Lloret De Mar - Calle del Riu Muga, 5, 17310 Lloret De Mar, España. Telephone Number: 972 362 000.
Carmen Moreno Rodriguez - C/ Puntaires, 12, 17310 Lloret De Mar, España. Telephone: 972 365 792.
Lloret de Mar Church / Iglesia:
Parroquia De Lloret De Mar - Address: Calle de la Rectoría, 7, 17310 Lloret De Mar, España. Telephone: 972 366 490.
Lloret de Mar Locksmith:
Jorge Ferro Bernat - C/ Josep Lluhi, 42, 17310 Lloret De Mar, España. Telephone: 972 365 376 (locksmith, cerrajeria).
Lloret de Mar Floresteria / Florist:
Figuerez,d. Tomas - C/ Verge De Loreto, 43, 17310 Lloret De Mar, España. Telephone: 972 371 812.
Things to do in Lloret de Mar Spain
- Laze on the beach and enjoy the sun.
- Stay up until the early hours in one of the many nightclubs.
- Visit the Castell de Sant Joan, Lloret de Mar's original castle.
- Visit the Tuesday street market.
- Get some retail therapy in the main shopping centre.
- Visit the Museo del Mar and swot up on the maritime history of Lloret.
- Wander through the pretty Santa Clotilde gardens.
- Take the kids to Waterworld, one of the largest water parks in Europe.
- Enjoy a Catarmaran Cruise along the beautiful Costa Brava coast.
- Take a walk along the cliffs and find a secluded bay.
- Have a round of golf at the Club de Golf Angel de Lloret course.
- Try your hand at water sports, take your pick from jet-skiing, scuba diving, parasailing, windsurfing, fishing and waterskiing.
- Spend and evening at Bowling Lloret, where you can have a game of tenpin bowling or mini-golf.
- Speed around on the Go-Karts at Karting Formula.
Lloret de Mar Weather: Of course the sunny Lloret de Mar weather is one of the big draws for the resort and you can expect nice weather between the months of May and October. Winter temperatures can be a little chilly though it is pleasant to visit any time of year. For the current conditions you can get today's Lloret de Mar weather here: Lloret de Mar Spain Weather.
Lloret de Mar is located between Tossa de Mar and Blanes and can be accessed from the GI-682, the C-63 and the AP-7. The nearest airports for Lloret de Mar are Girona (25 kilometres) and Barcelona (75 kilometres).
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