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Lloret De Mar (Spain)
Member Name: angelboouk
Lloret De Mar (Spain)
Advantages: MCDONALDS AND CREPES, CLEAN
Disadvantages: RUN DOWN, EVERYWHERE CLOSED, SPANIARDS!
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!
Summary: MAJORCA FOR ME PLEASE