Lloret de Mar is a city with a lot of history in which many places are hidden that you cannot miss if you happen to visit the Costa Brava. Discover what to see and do in Lloret de Mar!
The Castle of Santa María, better known as Castell d’en Plaja, located in the small and quiet cove of Sa Caleta (located between Cala Canyelles and Lloret beach), is one of the most emblematic buildings in Lloret de Mar.
This majestic neo-Gothic style castle was the work of the Girona architect Isidor Bosch i Bataller. The construction began in 1933 and was completed after the Spanish Civil War. It stands out for its circular towers, ogival windows and the small viewpoint with views of the sea that is accessed through a private path.
Currently, it is owned by the Girona businessman Narcís Plaja Martí, married to María Vilà i Ruyra, niece of the Catalan writer Joaquim Ruyra. You can get to Castell d’en Plaja by the promenade of the beach or from the coastal path (Camí de Ronda).
One of the essential places to visit in the center of Lloret de Mar is the Church of San Romà, located in plaça de l'Església.
This building was built between 1509 and 1522 and rebuilt in 1914 thanks to financing from the Indians, which is why today it reflects two periods of construction and architecture as different as the Gothic style and the Modernist style.
This church stands out for its temple covered with mosaics using the trencadís technique used by Antoni Gaudí, which consisted of uniting ceramic fragments of uniform sizes with mortar.
Santa Clotilde Gardens are, without a doubt, one of the most charming corners of Lloret de Mar. Located on a cliff between Fenals beach and Sa Boadella, with spectacular views of the Mediterranean Sea, these Renaissance-inspired gardens with sculptures and ponds were designed in 1919 by the architect Nicolau Rubió i Tudurí.
The price of admission to Santa Clotilde Gardens is quite affordable and its opening and closing times can be consulted on the website of Lloret de Mar’s tourist office.
Discover Santa Clotilde Gardens and other gardens on the Costa Brava in this post.
One of the most romantic places in Lloret de Mar is Dona Marinera viewpoint (Mirador de la Dona Marinera), one of the places with the best panoramic views of the Costa Brava, located between the large beach of Lloret de Mar and Cala Banys.
It contains a 2.40-metre-high bronze sculpture, work of the Catalan sculptor Ernest Maragall, which represents a female figure looking at and waving at the sea, symbolizing the women who awaited the arrival of the sailors. A tribute to the fishing past of the town.
Legend has it that those who touch the foot of the statue looking at the horizon will see their wishes come true.
Take a look at our post about Dona Marinera viewpoint to find out more.
One of the main reasons to visit Lloret de Mar is the beaches and coves of the Costa Brava. In addition, it is one of the Catalan municipalities with the most "Blue Flags" distinctions for its compliance with environmental conditions and facilities.
In this coastal town we can find the beach of Lloret de Mar, located in the center of the municipality, just in front of the Plaza de la Vila; Fenals beach, the second largest beach in Lloret de Mar, and Santa Cristina beach, a small semi-urban beach located south of the town.
In addition to the beaches, Lloret de Mar has coves such as Sa Caleta, located north of Lloret beach, just opposite the Castell d'en Plaja; Sa Boadella, cove with a specific area for nudists; Cala Banys, a rocky cove with one of the most charming bar-restaurants in Lloret de Mar, and Cala Treumal, at the southern end of Santa Cristina beach.
For more information, visit our post about beaches and coves in Lloret de Mar.
One of the best proposals to get to know the surroundings of Lloret de Mar and at the same time exercise is to walk the Camí de Ronda coastal path, a path that borders the coastline of the Mediterranean coast passing near cliffs and coves. In Lloret de Mar there are two routes that lead to the neighboring coastal towns.
The section from Lloret de Mar to Tossa de Mar, approximately 11 kilometres, passing through the Castillo d'en Plaja, the Iberian settlement of Turó Rodó, some coves such as Cala dels Frares and Cala d'en Trons or the Club Náutico in Cala Canyelles until reaching the foot of the walls of Tossa de Mar.
The section from Lloret de Mar to Blanes, about 8.5 kilometres, passes through the main beaches of the Lloretense town, such as Cala Banys, Playa de Fenals, Cala Sa Boadella, Santa Cristina beach and Cala Treumal, before reaching to Cala Sant Francesc and Sa Forcanera, ending at the rock of Sa Palomera.
If you want to know more about these two routes, you can consult our post about the sections of the GR 92 in Lloret de Mar.
If you feel like taking a walk in front of the sea, promenade Mossèn Jacint Verdaguer is the perfect place. It is a red sand promenade 300 meters long by 50 meters wide surrounded by palm trees located in front of Lloret de Mar Beach.
It was promoted by the Indians who built their houses near the sea and inspired by the colonial environment of the Americas. At one end of the promenade, we can find the Casa de la Vila and at the other the Casa Garriga, two other buildings from the Indian era.
Also known as “Cal Conde” or “Can Piuet”, Can Font is one of the modernist style buildings in Lloret de Mar that you absolutely have to visit. It has a basement, ground floor, first and second floor, attic and patio, joined by a staircase located in the center of the building, and still preserves the original decoration of the ceilings, walls and furniture of the time.
The building was built in 1887 commissioned by the Indian Nicolau Font i Maig. The city council of Lloret de Mar acquired the building in 1981 and it is the only Indian-style public house-museum that is currently preserved in Catalonia.
Although it may seem surprising to include a cemetery among the ten essential places in the town, the modernist cemetery of Lloret de Mar, declared an Asset of Cultural Interest, is one of the main examples of funeral art from the 19th century in Catalonia, being inspired by a small town for the deceased, with avenues, streets and cemeteries.
The reform of the cemetery was promoted at the end of the 19th century by the Indians, when the location of the cemetery was changed and the project was entrusted to the architect Joaquim Artau i Fàbregas, in which prestigious architects such as Josep Puig i Cadafalch and Bonaventura Conill Montobbio, disciple of Antoni Gaudí, also participated.
The last place to visit on this list is the Castle of Sant Joan in Lloret de Mar, which is located on top of a hill between Lloret de Mar Beach and Fenals Beach. It dates from the 11th century AD, when the population of Lloret de Mar originated, and its function was to protect the region from attacks by sea.
The castle resisted during the battles throughout the years until the British bombardments of 1805, which had disastrous effects on the tower, which meant the definitive destruction of the fortified enclosure.
To get spectacular views of the Lloret coast and enjoy the contrasts of the blue sea and its mountainous surroundings, you can climb the castle tower. Although admission to the site is not free, the price is quite affordable.
If you want to discover all the corners that the town of Lloret de Mar hides, at Rosamar Hotels you will find five hotels located a few meters from Lloret de Mar beach, relatively close to the center of the municipality and the main tourist attractions.
Rosamar Marítim, Rosamar Garden Resort and Rosamar & Spa hotels are perfect for family trips or trips with children, while Rosamar Es Blau (+16) and Rosamar Maxim (+18) hotels, only for adults, are perfect for trips in partner or with friends.
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