Lloret de Mar Things to Do
A visitor to the sunny coast of Spain might think that there’s the beach and then there’s everything else. At Lloret de Mar, however, the fun doesn’t stop once you reach the end of the sand.
Pinya de Rosa
The tropical gardens showcase the lovely flora native to the northeast coast of Spain. Visitors can see the flowers bloom even in the wintertime, check out cacti that are taller than a person, and inspect the fruit-bearing trees that make this region famous for its food. Admission costs just a few Euro and can take up the better part of the afternoon, especially if you come with a native who can tell you more about the plants (guided tours are available depending on the season).
If you’ve got no fear of heights, the cliffs around Lloret de Mar have the potential to take your breath away. The Mediterranean Sea laps against the Costa Bravo, carving out the giant cliffs from the solid rock. Below are tidepools (some you can reach on foot, others are too dangerous to climb down to) containing everything from roaming octopi to swarms of crabs scuttling about after each wave. Not only are the visuals impressive, but the smell of sea salt and pine trees mixes together to tantalize the senses.
You can find as many churches throughout Spain as you’d like, but a visit to Lloret de Mar isn’t complete without a visit to the English Basilica. It’s beautiful enough from the outside, featuring painted walls and cupolas that dazzle the imagination, but a step inside reveals Renaissance-style paintings and stained glass, along with gold and silver reliquaries. Admission is free, but lots of tourists tend to flock here, so plan on arriving early or late to miss the bulk of the crowds.
The oldest church in the city, Sant Roma was built over 500 years ago and still stands tall with soaring spires reaching into the skyline. Restored before World War I, it has a dazzling array of Byzantine, Renaissance, and even Islamic artwork crowding each corner and each surface.
Dali Theatre Museum
If you know anything about Spanish art, you’ve heard the name Salvador Dali. His sculptures and artwork are on display at the Theatre Museum about an hour north of Lloret. Visitors may be astonished by the surrealist works, which are downright bizarre at times, but it’s hard to be anything but impressed by his craftsmanship. Even if you’re not an art buff, you may be interested in learning the many scandalous stories about his life.
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