When I told my colleagues that I was going to Lloret de Mar for TBEX a couple of weeks ago, the reaction from most people was a scrunched up face and some sort of sympathetic noise. The stories I got told and the impression I then went on to create of Lloret de Mar didn’t make for a positive start to my trip to the Costa Brava.
I wasn’t expecting much when I arrived to Lloret de Mar by coach on the Wednesday evening. And I don’t know if it was because I’d had a long day in Barcelona or because of the stories I’d heard from my colleagues, but my first impressions of Lloret de Mar weren’t amazing. It looked a bit run down and, to be honest, I wasn’t getting a good vibe from the place.
However, you’ve heard the saying, “Never judge a book by its cover”? Well, I looked past the initial judgement and it turns out, there’s a lot more to Lloret de Mar than first eye. Here’s why this small resort on the Spanish Costa Brava kind of surprised me a little…
I don’t know why but I just imagined the water in Lloret de Mar to be, well, just not very nice. In reality it was a myriad of beautiful blues that you could see through to the bottom of the sea floor.
I love a good beach and one factor that makes a beach great is if it’s clean and litter free. Lloret de Mar, and the surrounding beaches, were exactly that.
There are no words, just pictures that will make you want to visit NOW.
Now, I’m not religious but that doesn’t stop me from admiring a pretty church or minster every now and then. Lloret de Mar’s Iglesia de Sant Roma was not something I was expecting to find in this commercial resort and it certainly brings a little bit of history and culture to somewhere I wasn’t expecting to find any history or culture.
Take a morning or afternoon and go walk this walk for yourself. Wander from Lloret de Mar over the headland to Platja de Fenals and on the way you’ll see dramatic scenery, old towers protecting the coastline, shaded woodland and a panoramic view of Lloret de Mar. And seriously, when you see that view, you’ll think you’re at Bondi Beach, not the Costa Brava.
Now stay with me here. I know what you’re thinking. The bars of Lloret de Mar are filled with chavvy 12 year olds on their first “lad’s holiday”. Maybe some of them were but I can’t remember seeing any. Now maybe it was the company, the view of the beach from Atics la Carpa or the 3 or 6 vodka, lime and lemonades I had one night but I had a good time. You just have to look past all the flashing lights and search out the good places.
Now, where I live in Leeds, street food is becoming quite a big thing. There’s indie food festivals happening and a monthly rotation of street food vans in the main shopping centre. So you can imagine I felt very at home when I heard about the Happy Food Trucks Tour in Lloret de Mar. I got to eat scrumptious quesadillas – they were so good I had them two nights in a row, drink sugary mojitos and listen to live music in the centre of Lloret de Mar. Now that was something I was NOT expecting on my visit!
So yeah, I was more than blown away by the beauty of the rugged coastline, the little coves and clean beaches. And of course, the quesadillas. I 100% want to come back to the Costa Brava and explore more of this part of the Spanish coastline.
Did you go to TBEX too? Or have you visited this part of Spain before? Were you as surprised as I was about the beauty of this area? I’d love to know what you think about Lloret de Mar and the Costa Brava!