Famous for attracting a young crowd, thanks to its glorious beaches and rocking bars, Lloret d Mar is one of Spain’s jewels when it comes to beach holidays. Miles of golden sands, modern (and mainly low-rise) hotels, and with Barcelona within easy reach, it’s the perfect destination for couples, groups and families. It’s thrown down the Welcome mat for hundreds of thousands of tourists over the years, but its adorably quaint little streets and market square gives it a real authentic Spanish feel that’s not diminished by its party atmosphere. With family attractions, great hotels, and of course, that amazing beach, holidays to Lloret de Mar are just what you want if you’re looking for Spanish sunshine by the bucketload. It’s still one of our favourite Spanish destinations, and it continues to surprise, entertain, and delight us every year.

Attractions

Once you step away from the hotels, the bars and the beaches, there’s plenty of interesting attractions to discover. Lloret de Mar has a history stretching back to the Romans, and if you take a wander around the town you’ll find 11th century castles built to defend the locals from pirate attacks, gardens designed in the Italian Renaissance style, and the stunning bronze sculpture, Monument to the Fisherman’s Wife; one of the town’s most iconic attractions. One of the real gems is the biotope. This artificial reef is an absolute wonder for snorkellers and divers, while still preserving and protecting the fragile ecosystem that lies just under the water, from Cala Canyelles all the way to the centre of Lloret de Mar.

Entertainment

Lloret de Mar holidays primarily focus on the beach during the day, and the town’s thriving nightclubs, bars and restaurants during the evenings. As many hotels are located close to both the beach and the main entertainment centre, you shouldn’t have too far to walk, so a taxi probably won’t be necessary. Clubs have a relaxed dress policy in general, although beachwear is perhaps a little too relaxed for the more popular clubs and bars, so bring some glad-rags for the evening. You’ll find a lot of bars run by ex-pats, so expect theme nights, big-screen TVs (football is a passion in this part of the country so expect all the bars to be packed when Barcelona are playing), and a friendly welcome wherever you go.

Towns and cities

Lloret de Mar is surprisingly big, and there’s plenty to see and do. However, if you fancy a healthy dose of Spanish high culture then the historic city of Barcelona is only 48 miles down the coast. With fabulous art galleries, museums, parks and top-class shopping on offer, it’s the perfect day trip and should only take you around an hour and a half to reach. For a slightly longer journey, head north to Perpignan, around 80 miles away and packed with 13th and 14th-century buildings, elegant parks, and the beautiful 14th century Cathedral of St Jean Baptiste.