Lloret de Mar: On the Tourist Track (and Worth it!)

Lloret de Mar view
The gorgeous views of Lloret de Mar.

I love going somewhere without having too many previous expectations. This was my expereince with Girona and Costa Brava. Before visiting, I knew only two things– the Costa Brava tourism board was making a large effort to promote the area, and that many bloggers had already visited this part of Spain and everyone seemed to have loved it. I was ready to either be really impressed, or really disappointed, but (as you likely can see) it was definitely the former.

ferry in lloret de mar

When we boarded our ferry from Blanes to Lloret de Mar, I had no idea that we were going to a popular resort town. Had I known this, I would have possibly been predisposed not to like it, as tourist towns full of loud vacationers are not really my thing. But (possibly because it was September) I really loved what we saw in Lloret de Mar.

It’s Gorgeous

Touristy or not, the beach at Lloret de Mar is absolutely lovely. It was utter torture to walk along the warm sand without being able to go for a swim. But taking a break would have meant we missed our walk up the hilly beach for some of Costa Brava’s best views, and even the alluring Mediterranean couldn’t convince us to miss these sights!

Lloret de mar beachfront

lloret de mar girona

lloret de mar boats

Rigat Park and Spa Hotel

We were treated to lunch at the beachside Rigat Park and Spa Hotel. If you do visit Lloret de Mar, you need to check them out. Offering views of the ocean while swimming in the pool, it’s no wonder the hotel was still quite busy in mid September. We sat down to enjoy their lunch buffet, which offered a huge variety of regional classics, such as rice with seafood, cured meats and cheeses, and fresh fruit for dessert. Honestly, I think that September is the perfect time to visit Costa Brava, and I’d definitely do a comparison of prices across all hotel types while planning your trip to Lloret de Mar– there are some great deals out there!

lloret de mar hotel

hotel rigat

Hotel Rigat lloret de mar

Lunch buffet lloret de mar

By the end of lunch no one really wanted to leave— the beach was beckoning. Unfortunately, we had to be at our next destination so Lloret del Mar was left behind with everyone craving a future visit. I began to see the tourism board’s genious plan— they were giving us just a taste and leaving us wanting more. It was working, and I know that Ale and I will be back to Costa Brava (and Lloret de Mar) many times!

Have you ever liked a supposedly “too touristy” town?


  1. I agree that Lloret can be lovely but under one condition: you must go after the high season. I was unlucky to spend 1 day last year in July and work there for 2 summer months after my 2nd year at the university and it was horrible- packed with young guys drinking the whole time, enjoying the nightlife (the main street is packed with discos) and totally ignoring the beauty of Costa Brava. Personally I would go to any other small village and avoid Lloret.

    1. Hi Aga,

      I’ll bet you’re right! We were there in late September and everything was perfect, but I’m sure it does change in the height of summer! Thanks for sharing your own experiences!

  2. Really useful Lauren – I went through the high-rise bits of Lloret in May, on the way to Tossa de Mar, which is far less touristy. I dismissed Lloret but hadn’t actually seen much of it. It could work as a cheap ‘hub’ for staying on the coast and travelling around, and it has some good bus links. I went back through Lloret to get to Girona. And in May, I found a small hotel in Tossa de Mar that cost me less than £100 for a whole week. With breakfast.

  3. Hi Lauren, I’ve just written a blog post about that very same thing-finding “authentic” Spain in Benidorm. I guess we all need to keep an open mind about places. 🙂

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