7. Lloret de Mar, Spain
If you want a sleepy town with a beautiful beach, then head to Lloret de Mar. Not much to do, but chill. How do you pronounce it? The second “l” is silent.
Lloret is located in the Catalunia part of Spain just north of Barcelona. You’ve perhaps never gone further than Barcelona and you should as there are some fine small towns in this area.
I must mention though that during the summer, it’s a haven for young French tourists despite the fact that it’s not so well known.
How To Get Here
Being that its Europe, there are a few ways to get here, lets look at them:
Spain has a fantastic network of buses that takes you all over the country. There are national and local city buses to complete the network. In this area the bus company is Moventis. You can check online for their schedules.
You can take buses from Barcelona city center and airport as well as from neighboring Girona.
Renfe is the name of the Spanish train service that serves Blanes, which is the next city over. You can then take a cab or local bus to Lloret. As a matter of fact some of the buses from Barcelona stop in Blanes before continuing to Lloret.
The closest airport is Girona, Spain (GRO). Once in Girona, you can take buses to Lloret; just head to the ground transportation area.
The airlines serving Girona, Spain GRO) are:
Jet2.com (LS), Ryanair (FR) and Transavia (HV).
As an alternative, you can fly into Barcelona (BCN) which has many more flights, then take a bus directly to Lloret de Mar.
The airlines serving Barcelona (BCN) are:
Aegean Airlines (A3), Aer Lingus (EI), Aeroflot (SU), Aerolineas Argentinas (AR), Air Algerie (AH), Air Arabia Maroc (3O), Air Berlin (AB), Air Canada (AC), Air China (CA), Air Europa (UX), Air France (AF), Air Moldova (9U), Air New Zealand (NZ), Air Transat (TS), AirBaltic (BT), Alitalia (AZ), American Airlines (AA), Arkia Israel Airlines (IZ), Atlantic Airways (RC), Avianca (AV), Belavia Belarusian Airlines (B2), Blue Air (0B), British Airways (BA), Brussels Airlines (SN), Bulgaria Air (FB), Cathay Pacific Airways (CX), Croatia Airlines (OU), Czech Airlines (OK), Delta Air Lines (DL), EasyJet Airlines (U2), El Al Airlines (LY), Emirates (EK), Eurowings (EW), Finnair (AY), Georgian Airways (A9), Germanwings (4U), Iberia Airlines (IB), Jet2.com (LS), Jetairfly (TB), KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (KL), Korean Airlines (KE), LAN (LA), LOT Polish (LO), Lufthansa German Airlines (LH), Luxair (LG), Egyptair (MS), Norwegian Air Shuttle (DY), Norwegian Air Shuttle D8, Pakistan International Airlines (PK), Pegasus Airlines (PC), Pluna (PU), Qatar Airways (QR), Royal Air Morac (AT), Royal Jordanian (RJ), Ryanair (FR), S7 Airlines (S7), SAS (SK), SATA International (S4), Singapore Airlines (SQ), Smart Wings (QS), Swiss Airlines (LX), TAM (JJ), TAP Portugal (TP), Tarom (RO), Transavia (HV), Transavia France (TO), Tunisair (TU), Turkish Airlines (TK), Ural Airlines (U6), Ukraine International (PS), United Airlines (UA), Vueling (VY), Wizz Air (W6) and Wow Air (WW)
Where To Stay
There are many local places available here. Plus some larger Spanish chains.
You can choose to stay on the beachfront on the hills or in between.
Here are some places I stayed on my visit:
You can also checkout a site called Naturaki, which is a local company that provides property searches.
Where To Eat
It would seem like there’s a place to eat on every corner in Lloret as there really is. And the typical American fast food places such as McDonald’s and Burger King.
Ice Cream is a big thing here so ensure that you get some.
What To Do
You can definitely shop till you drop here. Two nights per year they have extended hours which are accompanied by lots of partying.
Plus in May, they have a Formula 1 event; Lloret Formula Weekend, where they drive crazy cars down the main street. You also have a paid opportunity to drive some Ferraris and Lamborghinis. It’s a spectacular event and quite fun.
Of course there is the beach and just walking around the city.
They do have glass bottom boat tours as well as trips on boats to the nearby towns. Just head down to the beach.
Spain have siestas, so the stores will be closed in the early afternoon, but usually open up again about 4:30p or so. This will affect how you time your activities. Nothing happens during the siesta.
Here is a list of things to do from Trip Advisor.
You may also check Viator for additional things to do.