Lloret de Mar is one of the most popular holiday resorts on Costa Brava.
Due to this fact, the majority of people consider the town as a very touristic and crowded. It’s true that this destination is well-known for those who like to party all night long during the summer, but I want to share with you a very different picture of Lloret de Mar. Hidden hiking trails that go through the high hills, rocky coasts, clean and sandy beaches as well as gardens with lush plants – that’s exactly the image of Lloret de Mar in my mind.
Lloret de Mar is a coastal town in Costa Brava, Spain. Its shore is very clean and long – it extends for several kilometres on the north-east side and the south-west side from the city centre. Both of these directions have some unique values that are worth to be explored.
First, I will tell you about the north-east side of Lloret de Mar that begins next to the Sant Joan’s Castle. The historic castle from the 11th century – one of the main hallmarks of the town – is situated on the hill just near the seaside.
At the foot of the castle, there is a small but very charming beach. It’s a restful place where you can spend long hours just laying on the sand, reading your favourite book and listening to the sound of the Mediterranean sea. I must admit that it’s one of my favourite place to have some rest.
Just above the hidden beach, you can notice high, stone stairs. This point is a beginning of a very attractive route that goes through the high cliffs with a great sea view. This path offers unique experiences – you go along the road made of stones, climb up and down the stairs and observe the rocks protruding from the sea. Everything around is covered by lush plants. It’s an unusual show of nature.
Depending on the weather, your experiences would be very diversified. During the sunset, the path is covered by a palette of various colours – from yellow to orange or red. Everything around is shining and you feel that you are a coherent part of this performance.
On the other hand, during rainy or cloudy days, just after the rain you can smell the fresh air. The sea looks impressive in such moments. You go ahead, observe the horizon and hear the sound of rough waves. Both of these experiences are worth remembering.
On the south-west side of the coast of Lloret de Mar, begins the road that leads to the botanical garden Pinya de Rosa. The garden is situated on the high hill with stunning views of the sea.
The route from Lloret de Mar to Pinya de Rosa is full of breathtaking landscapes – you have an opportunity to passing by numerous rocks protruding from the sea. You can take a rest in small secret restaurants located between the cliffs or just observe the waves from the steep hills. The landform is very diversified. Once, you go through the stony coast just beside the seaside – then, after a few moments, you are at the top of the cliffs and look into the abyss. That is a real adventure!
#TIP How to go to Lloret de Mar from Barcelona?
Barcelona is the closest big city near Lloret de Mar. The most convenient way to go from Barcelona to Lloret de Mar is to take the R1 train – Rodalies operated by Renfe. The cost of a one-way ticket is about 5,5 euro. The train goes to the Blanes main station. From Blanes, you can take a bus that goes directly to Lloret de Mar. The single ticket costs a few euros.