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Lloret de Mar
Anyone who's visited Lloret de Mar on the Costa Brava, will be aware that it's one of the best places to go for night life.
For those who haven't been before, here's an idea of what to expect.
It is a very cosmopolitan town, where there is plenty to do for tourists from all over Europe, no matter what their age.
Lloret de Mar nightlife starts with a great dinner.
There are restaurants to suit all tastes, from the typical Spanish tapas bars and restaurants, to a choice of cuisine from all corners of the world.
There are Italian restaurants, Chinese, Indian, Japanese, Dutch, German, some wonderful Argentinian steak houses, and an excellent English restaurant right on the seafront, called the Orient Express. This is a restaurant on the theme of the famous train, with an extensive menu of steaks, chicken, pasta as well as home-made pies and Sunday roasts, and all day English breakfasts.
In Lloret there is also the usual array of burger joints and pizza places, something for every taste.
After dinner, time for a drink! Again you have so many places to choose from, there are Cocktail bars, German beer bars, Heavy rock pubs, Dutch and Belgian bars, Spanish bars and bodegas, and of course English pubs, the best of the bunch being the Queen Vic, a good British pub, with an enormous outside terrace where the little ones can run around, and later the 'big kids' go to watch the football on the Giant cinema-size screen, while the party animals dance the night away on the dancefloor to great music from UK DJs.
After a few drinks, it's time to hit the clubs. The pick of these for British people is Rockefellers, where excellent DJs from the UK play all the music you're used to hearing when you go out to party! All the top tunes, as well as some classic favourites.
There are other clubs with specialist music styles, depending on your taste you will find something to suit you. There are R&B clubs, techno clubs, others where you can hear hip-hop, hard-core; You name it, Lloret has it!
For the mature couples who like to dance to a band, a lot of the hotels have live music and dancing, where you can practice your waltz, tango etc.
This town definitely has something for everyone, so if you haven't tried it yet, it's time you did!
(This article previously published by me, under my name dianew on hubpages.)
Firstly, Lloret De Mar is a seasonal town so most attratctions are only open between April and September. Because of this, most of the shops and hotels are closed during the other winter months so there really isn't anything for you to do at this time. It is mainly visited by younger party people but as there are loads of hotels offering all inclusive, it is also an ideal spot for families. Timing is key though as there are certain weeks of the season aimed at certain groups of students/young people. Portugese, Dutch and Italians descend in the 1000's during certain months which isn't a big issue but the hotels/appartments can get extremelly busy and VERY noisy.
Located in Costa Brava, about 30 mins drive from Girona airport (which has frequent flights in and out with Ryanair) or about an hour drive from Barcelona (easyjet/BA) Taxis from either of these places aren't too pricey, approx 45 euros from Barcelona and 25-30 from Girona (tips not included) But you can also catch a bus from either or a train from Barcelona-Blanes which is 15 mins away from Lloret to save you some money.
Lloret is really small, you can walk around it in about 2 hours! But there is quite a lot packed in. The main 'strip' is full of nightclubs, bars and restaurants and there is a carousel and a small arcade for the kids. Turning left down any of the streets off of this strip (if you are facing the beach) will bring you to the main shopping area. There are litterally loads of shops, mostly souvenir style but many shoe/bag/clothing etc stores. These are the best shops to go into, don't go to the other shops off of this area, you'll get pestered and the products are usually cheap and tatty. You wont get that from most of the shops in the main area.
There are loads of good restaurants, my favourites have to be Tobago steak house (has to be the best steak I have ever had). I'd recommend the Tuna Salad and the Fillet steak with Jacket potato (order some Ali-Oli and chimmicheru for the side) And Chamacos Mexican who will give you a complimentary margarita at the end-perfect way to start the night! Both of these are a little hidden so ask for directions from your hotel.
If you are looking for a good nightspot, the best British bar/club is by far Rockefellers. The staff are fab, the DJ is resident and has all of the latest and not yet released tracks, he'll also play any requests (within reason!) The prices aren't too bad especially during happy hour when you can get 2 litres of cocktail for 10 euros. bargain. If it's nice out there is a small terrace for you to enjoy a few in the sun. If you've got little ones with you, they are only welcome on the terrace so I'd recommend you take them round the corner to another fab British bar, The Queen Vic. You can't miss it, there is a huge bungee ball on their terrace (known as the Space blaster, you have to try it and buy the DVD of yourselves) the Queen Vic has a HUGE terrace with a cinema style screen which shows many sporting events. Children are welcome inside and out but as many stag and hen parties come to LLoret, I wouldn't really recommend the kids be in any bar after 12.
There are 2 beaches in Lloret. Both are man-made so it is not sand but rather very fine stones. Fenals beach (about 15 mins walk from Lloret Beach) is far nicer, and less busy. Both have loads of water sports but if you want to go on any excursions via boat, go from Lloret. Word of advice. Because the beaches are man made, there is obviously no tide so when you go into the sea (especially the kids) there is a sudden steep incline. There is a real sand beach if you get on one of the boats for a 20 min ride but I can't remember where exactly so go to one of the many kiosks along the sea front of Lloret to inquire.
Bring an umbrella. It might sound stupid but your aren't too far away from Britain so the weather is very similar, it can be hot one minute and raining the next but when it rains, it rains. You can usually tell if it will rain because it gets quite windy about 30 mins before-time to run for cover!
Top tips: If you are on a night out, try to avoid walking down the main strip if you don't want to get hassled by propegandas, some of them have been known to grab people to litterally try to push them in their bars. Most of these work on commision so are desperate. Many also offer free drinks etc but you will usually find there is a catch.
Beware the Lookie Lookie men. You will see them in groups lingering around outside bars. They will offer you sunglasses, watches and drugs. If you are stupid enough to purchase any of these you will probably get robbed. I have seen them in action with my own eyes either pickpocketing the customer or grossly short-changing them. The products they sell are FAKE-including the drugs. It is also illegal and if you are seen exchanging any money by the mosos (the highly feared mosquito esquadron), there will be no questions asked, you will just be thrown into the back of the van (and maybe hit over the head with a truncheon first) and taken to the nearest cell. That actually goes for any bad behaviour. Spanish police despise the British and will look for any excuse to bang you up so dont act stupid and you will have a great night.
All bad things aside, I love Lloret, there are lovely walks, lovely people, great cocktail huts on the beach, a fab water park within walking distance (bring a packed lunch as to food is expensive) and if you can, take a day trip to Universal theme park Port Aventura-great for all and great nightlife. All you could want for a cheapish holiday abroad.
Having returned from Lloret de Mar last night with my college class, I thought I would share my thoughts with you all.
Lloret de Mar is situated within the Costa Brava area in the north of Spain. It is approx 1hr drive from the centre of Barcelona and around 30mins from Girona Airport. Lloret is a former fishermens village and covers 48km and is home to 5 beaches.
We stayed at the Gran Hotel Don Juan which is approx 15minute walk uphill from the beach area. We did not have alot of free time so only had the opportunity to visit one of the beaches. The one we visited was called the Lloret de Mar beach (how original!) and it is a shingle beach. I have never been to a shingle beach before and didn't like it..we took a walk down to the water and it hurt our feet and our trainers got filled with stones! The beach is fairly clean though and there is a pizza place and a McDonalds nearby. There are some shops along the front which sell souvenirs and cigarettes.
Moving away from the beach onto the main area, there is a small shopping centre where most shops are closed! There is a long straight road with various souvenir shops, clubs, another McDonalds, a few pharmacies and cafes. There was also a Spar in which you had to go up the escalator to go back down stairs into the supermarket (??) but they did sell Irn Bru which impressed me. Joined to the Spar there was a crepe and bakery shop and they sold the most delicious fresh made crepes and toppings for Euro2.50 upwards. Most of the shops that were open were souvenir shops..everything else was closed as it is out of season.
Our hotel was one of few which were actually open and we were nearby some little pubs, 2 supermarkets and a bowling and mini golf place. There was also the Bungie Pylon which wasn't on. The food in our hotel was awful so we chose to eat out at McDonalds the majority of the time. I am not much of a drinker but joined some of the group at the SportsBar round the corner from the hotel on the 2nd night and would recommend this wonderful little bar..there is football and drinks!
From the resort you can visit Barcelona and the surrounding areas. Most hotels offer information on these trips. There is a Waterpark 10minutes drive from the resort centre but we unfortuantely didn't have the opportunity to visit. You can also arrange to go on the boat tours through your hotel.
Please be careful in the resort. Although out of season, the shops that were open were owned and run by non Spanish forgein gentlemen (if you can call them that). From the 1st night we were harassed and they try and force you to buy things advising they will give you a good price. They call you lovely ladies and can spot young British girls a mile off! One of the girls on our trip went to a supermarket to buy Vodka and was physically chased around the supermarket whilst he tried to kiss her which is terrifying and you need to watch your back and belongings at all times.
Whilst on the trip we spent little time in the resort as we were on a trip to Barcelona on the 1st day and didn't return til after 6pm and on the 2nd day we went to Monserrat for a half day. Monserrat is about 2hrs drive from the resort and it is a Monestary up a very big mountain...!
My opinion of the resort is that out of season, it is very run down, there is nothing to do in the centre and you do have to arrange trips or travel further for attractions which is something we were not able to do. Out of season the resort mainly caters for older Spaniards and they can spot British tourists a mile off and stare which is uncomfortable! It was clean and tidy though I have never been so glad to get back on the plane and back home. We went for 3days and to me this was too long..our hotel was awful, the resort was boring and the shops all sold the same rubbish! It was very cold especially at night so wrap up warm if you are unlucky enough to be going at this time of year.
I am a Majorca girl through and through and will never return to this part of Spain. Only good thing was the crepes at Spar and the McDonalds though not the one on the beach, that was rotten!
I have just returned from Lloret De Mar and despite everything about it that isn't very good, I did have a really good time.
I went with a group of five lads (including me), We generally just got drunk the whole time we were there, as the booze is cheap and there are plenty of bars to choose from. The weather was lovely and despite being slightly out of season there was still plenty to do.
We were going to head to the nearby waterpark, however a few groups of people we met changed our minds as they said it was over priced and a bit of a dissappointment. There is also a go-karting track nearby that looked enojayble and if you fancied a trip somewhere, Barcelona is a bus ride away.
A few of the bad points about Lloret de mar would be, the fact that you cannnot go anywhere at night without people constantly trying to sell you things or give you deals to go in to their club (The deals they offer are usually lies aswell), this can get a bit tedious after a week.
The beach was composed of tiny pebbles rather than smooth sand, which felt like walking on a piece of sand paper, but the sea was beautiful (especially at about 4-5 in the morning).
You may also want to keep you wits about you as there are so many thieves patrolling around trying to steal you stuff, even in daylight they will give it a go.
All together I did have a really good time, but I would suggest to go in the peak seasons rather than off peak.
I went to lloret de mar with a group of my friends, there were 6 of us altogether aged, 21/22, 3 boys and 3 girls. We had wanted to go somewhere cheap and not too far away. (One of the girls doesnt like flying!). We found an all inclusive hotel for £400 for 1 week on the 13th June.
There are plenty of shops in the town centre that will keep you busy, and bartering is also welcome there! The people were friendly and keen to help. There are many local buses there to take you to places. We took a free bus from our hotel to Marineland, which is a waterpark and zoo where we all had a great day out. My friends also took a bus to Barcelona which took them about 1hr/1.30mins. There is plenty to do there and to keep you busy, we also had a walk upto sea fortress, which had great views, although you did have to pay to get in when you got there, a couple of euros.
Being a group of young people, one reason we chose there was because of the nightlife. There are plenty of bars and nightclubs to go to, and if you barter to get in some of these places you can get some great deals! One place we liked the most was rockafellas which had good music and good drink deals! If you dont like being hassled on a night out by people trying get you in to their bars, then this may not be the holiday for you. To be honest this did slightly put us off the main strip of bars as it was very hectic, but once you get used to it, then its ok!
I dont think I would return to lloret de mar again, and the main reason for this is the beach! I am a beach lover and love to go the beach, in the sae and play bat n ball and football there, however it is not a sandy beach but more like gravel! And you werent allowed to play any ball games there. It was hard to walk on this beach without your feet hurting. We only went to the beach once, and on this occasion the sea was very rough and would not have been suitable for small children.
Overall it is an ok holiday destination depending what you want out of your holiday! There is plenty to do there and plenty of shops and bars.
Lloret De Mar has it all: charming coasts with beaches and coves, a rich culture, Iberian villages, medieval castles, chapels and gardens. There is also an abundance of music and sports events.