Oh, You Fancy a Coach Trip, yeah?

Lloret de Mar, Costa Brava

 
 
I always aim to be out of the country for my birthday, this has not always been possible but where it has I have always flown out. This post is a throwback to 2013 when I chose Lloret de Mar as my birthday destination and I made it there!!
 
Lloret de Mar is a Mediterranean coastal town in Catalonia (Spain) and one of the most popular and important holiday resorts in Costa Brava. It is 40 kilometres from Girona and 75 kilometres from Barcelona. Although I found it cheaper and easier to fly in via the Barcelona Airport because of the variety of flights unlike in Girona, where’s only 2/3 flights a day.
 
Tourist guide:-
 
Unfortunately, when I went to Lloret de Mar; the weather was rubbish, constantly raining. We only had the sun for a few hours, which were only good for chilling by the pool and drinking cocktails. Like any tourist, I did some research on the main cultural places to visit in Lloret de Mar but was only able to go the Water World theme park.
 
But here’s a few ideas on where to go while in Lloret de Mar.
 
We had planned to catch a train to the city of Barcelona for sightseeing opportunities but we were unable to do so due to the horrible weather and limited transport. Lloret de Mar does not have any direct conection with trains, but it is near the two main lines which connect with Barcelona and France.
To go to Barcelona you have to take the “rodalies” coast line in Blanes’ station. To go to Blanes there are buses of Pujol’s Company every half an hour. Trains heading to Barcelona leave every half an hour and the journey last 1 hour and 20 minutes.
 
(Images from different Internet sites)
 
You find that nearer to the beaches; there’s a number of stalls; which to me appeared to stock normal tourist souvenirs like key rings and magnets, nothing extravagant. But I was able to find this small fabric place that made souvenir towels within 2 hours and for a very small price. A medium towel  with two words sewn on costed  €11 (pic below )
 
 
 
 
 
– Church of Sant Romà: Gothic church built in 1522 as a refuge from attacks from Turkish and Algerian pirates
 
-Castle of Sant Joan: Medieval castle from the 11th century used to defend Lloret against any attacks from the sea such as that of the Genovese fleet in 1356 and during England’s war on Spain and France in 1805.
 
– Monument to the Fisherman’s Wife: Bronze sculpture found at the end of Lloret beach erected in 1966 to commemorate Lloret de Mar’s Millennium. It is considered to be one of the town’s most emblematic symbols.
 
– Santa Clotilde gardens: Gardens designed in an Italian Renaissance style by Nicolau Rubió i Tuduri. Situated on top of a cliff offering impressive views over the sea.
 
And finally, Water World theme park 🙂
 
 This place was amazing; it definitely had my heart racing but loved it, will definitely do it again!! It had a number rides that challenged my fear of heights. However having been to the Siam Park in Tenerife, I feel like the rides in the water world were very similar; everything seems to require you to either slide or seat on an air ball and slide. Whereas the Siam Park is filled with different kinds of rides the include heights and speed. Water World is the perfect place to spend an unforgettable day with your family and friends. It is one of the largest water parks in Europe. Covering 140,000 m2, children and adults alike will find plenty of thrills in a wide variety of water rides, with everything from wave pools, rapids and toboggan rides to kamikaze shoots and fantastic gentle slides. Within the park you’ll find restaurants, crêperies, picnic areas and pine groves, where you can relax in stunning surroundings. Entry Fee = 30 euros. Below are a few pics of the rides in Water World (Lloret de Mar)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Personally, I think I enjoyed the night scene more than the day. Thisdestination would be ideal for a family and for young travellers looking for a relaxed holiday and a wild night out. Look out for my post on the nightlife in Lloret de Mar.
 
Melissa