Lloret de Mar

General description

This is one of the most popular Mediterranean resorts and certainly the liveliest place for a vacation in this part of the Spanish coast. It is a small tourist place with 17 000 inhabitants and it is located in the province of Catalonia. 

This place is very popular among young people from 18 to 30 years because there are plenty of bars and clubs. However, it is also popular as a family resort as it provides plenty of interesting attractions for children such as one of the largest aqua parks in Europe, theme, park Port Aventura and kids clubs.

When you are there, you will be offered with their national drink-sangria (a mixture of red wine and fruit) and national dish- paella (rice with seafood).

Shopping

Lloret de Mar has a wide range of available products. In addition to tourism, another important role of Lloret is commerce. Various exhibitions are held throughout the year such as Botiga al Carrer where local shops sell their products, Fair wedding Un and Un, Medieval fair, etc.

Working hours of shops are Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. till 1.30 p.m. and from 4 p.m. till 8.30 p.m. During the summer months, many shops are open until 10 p.m. and some of them work on Sundays as well.

Festivals

From June to September the citizens of Lloret de Mar spend their Saturday nights dancing “Aplec dela Sardana”. This is a public-traditional dance and everyone is allowed to join them in this dance. This is the kind of dance where everyone holds hands and in that way forms a circle. This dance symbolizes brotherhood and unity, and during the dictatorial reign of Frank it was banned.

Restaurants

Lloret de Mar has always been a place of connection of different cultures and traditions. This is reflected in the wide gastronomic offers.

Local restaurants offer fresh fish and other seafood, but they have also accepted the global trends and added new flavors and spices from around the world.

For the passionate lovers of food, there are two culinary events that take place every year in this city: Rice Festival and Cuina de l’Art Festival.

Closed for lunch

In Lloret de Mar as well as throughout all Spain, lunch breaks are a bit later than in other European countries. Breakfast is somewhere between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. and it is usually very easy. Lunch is from1.30 p.m. until 3.30 p.m. and dinner is from 8.30 p.m. until 10.30 p.m.

Money

Euro (€) is the official currency in the EU and Spain. Other currencies can be changed at banks and exchange office. Banks are open from Monday through Friday from 8.30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and on Saturdays from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. During the summer months banks are open on Tuesday afternoons.