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Destination inspiration: Lloret de Mar, Spain

Why go?

This boisterous beach resort has been greeting all comers with a classic blend of sun, sea, and sangria ever since tourism first took off here in the 1960s.

Lloret de Mar stands at the southern end of Spain’s Costa Brava, a rugged shoreline of pine-strewn cliffs and hidden coves. Its quaint old town still gives a flavour of the fishing village that once stood here, with narrow streets and a pretty church clad in vivid kaleidoscopic tiles.

These days Lloret’s local stores and traditional tapas joints are sandwiched between souvenir shops and international restaurants. Bar-hoppers can find everything from quizzes to family-friendly entertainment in the town’s beer gardens and British-style pubs. Meanwhile, party animals flock to the seafront, where nightclubs pump out pop tunes almost around the clock.

In summer, sun-seekers converge on the sweeping Blue Flag beach that stretches from one end of town to the other. Its fine golden shingle may not be as soft as sand – tender-footed visitors might want to bring swim shoes – but the crystal-clear sea is a magnet for water sports fans.

Further from the centre, the beaches get smaller and more secluded. Fenals is renowned for its charming castle and laid-back vibe, while Santa Cristina’s sheltered, shallow waters make it popular with families.

When to go?

July and August bring vibrant nightlife, soaring temperatures – and prices to match. Consider planning your trip for May, June or September for better deals and less crowded beaches. There are accommodation bargains to be found in Lloret from November to April, but the weather is much less reliable and many bars and clubs are closed.

Aqua Hotel Bertran

Aqua Hotel Bertran

Where to stay?

Aqua Hotel Bertran – Lloret de Mar, Spain

The staff at Aqua Hotel Bertran make a big impression on Booking.com guests, with many reviews mentioning the warm welcome and friendly atmosphere. Lloret’s beach, restaurants, and clubs are all within a short walk, while the lively poolside bar makes staying in a tempting option.

Hotel Caleta

Hotel Caleta

Hotel Caleta – Lloret de Mar, Spain

Just a few steps from the seafront, Hotel Caleta wins rave reviews for its cheerful staff and hearty breakfast. Booking.com guests love all the little extras, from free fruit and water to ice-filled coolers for the beach. There’s even a shower room that guests can use after check-out.

Hotel Anabel

Hotel Anabel

Hotel Anabel – Lloret de Mar, Spain

Hotel Anabel’s peaceful location, spacious outdoor pool, and varied evening entertainment programme make it a hit with the whole family. Booking.com guests often comment on the helpful staff and the range of free spa facilities, including an indoor pool, hot tub, and sauna.