Lloret de Mar, on Spain’s Costa Brava, is a renowned tourist destination, popular with budget conscious holidaymakers searching for a taste of Mediterranean sun and fun. This former sleepy fishing village has transformed into a Mecca for sunbathing, shopping, golf and, of course, a host of exciting water sports.
Snorkelling and Scuba Diving
The clear, warm waters of the Costa Brava are renowned for their abundance of sea life and unique marine flora. For those who want to get beneath the surface and discover this amazing underwater world, there are plenty of opportunities to do so in Lloret de Mar. If you’re an experienced diver there are some more challenging dives to complete, including the most popular with professional divers, Mulera. If you’re just starting out or don’t have very much experience, more easily accessible sites like Fito will suit. There are several good diving schools and a number of diving companies organising day trips out to the various sites. For those who want to stay closer to shore, snorkelling around the rocks at any of the local beaches is very rewarding.
A gentle, meditative paddle in a sea kayak around the rocky coves and inlets of Lloret de Mar is one of the most pleasurable ways to explore the coastline. You’ll be able to enjoy the landscape from a very different vantage, and you’ll also encounter an abundance of local birdlife and marine life along the way.
Hiring a small yacht from the Canyelles Marina or Lloret Beach itself will get you out on the water under the power of the wind. It’s great fun to chase the breeze in these surprisingly fast vessels, joining the multitude of other leisure sailors trying their hand at this energetic sport. If you’re serious about sailing, you can charter a bareboat or luxury crewed yacht and head further afield into the Mediterranean.
For some fast and furious fun, Lloret de Mar is one of the best places to get out and about on a powerful jet ski. There is an official ‘circuit’ around the main beach, but, if you’re more experienced, it’s also possible to leave the immediate region and head out around the coastline to do a little exploring.
Getting out and enjoying Lloret de Mar’s myriad water based activities will be a major part of any holiday itinerary to the Costa Brava. The ones mentioned above are just the start…
How to Get to Lloret de Mar
Lloret de Mar is only around 75 kms from Barcelona, so the most efficient way to get there is to fly directly in to Barcelona Airport. Your most direct route to Lloret de Mar is by a Barcelona Airport shuttle or private taxi, which will take around an hour.
Taxi Service: You can book a transfer in a private taxi to get you to your accommodation in Lloret de Mar in the quickest possible way.
Shared Shuttle Service: If you’re looking for a budget friendly transport option as an alternative to public transport, you can book a shared shuttle service from the airport to the drop-off point closest to your final destination in Lloret de Mar.
Where to Stay
Hotel Montserrat – In a prime location just 5 minutes walk from the beach, bus station and the vibrant town centre, the Hotel Montserrat offers comfortable, friendly budget accommodation. The twin or triple rooms have private bathrooms and there is a 24-hour reception. The hotel has an onsite bar and lounge with satellite TV and there is free Wi-Fi in communal areas.
Hotel Xaine Park – Right in the heart of Lloret de Mar, the Hotel Xaine Park is minutes from the beach, nightlife, bus station and casino. All the spacious rooms have balconies, private bathrooms, air-conditioning and satellite TV. The hotel has its own outdoor swimming pool, fitness centre, sun terrace, hot tub, games room and children’s club. There is an onsite restaurant, along with a late opening bar and bakery.
Hotel Sant Pere Del Bosc – The 5-star Hotel Sant Pere Del Bosc offers luxurious accommodation in a restored Modernista building, along with a range of onsite ayurvedic and aesthetic spa treatments. The beautifully decorated suites feature air-conditioning, free Wi-Fi, flat screen TV, mini bar and luxury bathrooms. The hotel has a saltwater pool and the onsite restaurant serves up locally produced organic fare. The hotel is just 1km from the Angel de Lloret Golf Club.