Lloret de Mar is one of the most popular holiday resorts on Costa Brava.
Due to this fact, many people consider the town as touristy and crowded. I want to tell you about a different side of Lloret de Mar. Hidden hiking trails that go through the high hills, rocky coasts, clean and sandy beaches and gardens with lush plants - that’s exactly the image of Lloret de Mar I have 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 kilometers on the north-east side and the southwest side from the city center. Both of these directions have some unique values that are worth to be explored.
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First, I will describe 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 favorite book and listening to the sound of the Mediterranean sea. I must admit that it’s one of my favorite places to have some rest after the busy day.
Just above the hidden beach, you can notice high, stone stairs. It's a beginning of a beautiful route that goes through the high cliffs with a great sea view. The 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. Lush plants cover everything around.
Depending on the weather, your experiences would be very diversified. During the sunset, the path is covered in various colors - from yellow to orange or red. Everything around is shining, and you feel that you are a consistent part of this performance.
On the other hand, during the rainy or cloudy days, the air is very fresh, and the sea looks impressive. Just go ahead, observe the horizon and try to hear the sound of waves.
On the southwest 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 very top of the high hill with stunning views of the sea.
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The route from Lloret de Mar to Pinya de Rosa is full of breathtaking landscapes - you pass by numerous rocks visible on the coast or in the sea. You can take a rest in small secret restaurants located between the cliffs or just observe the waves from the steep hills. Once, you go through the stony coast - then, after a few moments, you are at the top of the cliffs looking into the sea.
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.