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Lloret Del Mar
Lloret De Mar
Lloret Del Mar (Costa Brava)
The Kids on Fenals Beach
Castell De Sant Joan
Lloret Del Mar
Lloret Del Mar or Lloret De Mar as it is more known is situated in the Costa Brava in the Catalonian District of Spain, and is around 75 Kilometeres away from Barcelona.
A popular destination with tourists the population of Lloret De Mar is boosted by over 200,000 during the peak of the summer season.
The Majority of visitors to Lloret De Mar are European mainly from Britain, Belgium, Germany, Italy, France and The Netherlands. but a small proportion of the visitors come from all over the world, including America, Japan, Australia and Africa.
Advertised as an "Up and Coming Destination" Lloret De Mar is still very much a work in progress and new attractions and Hotels are appearing every year.
The Currency is the Euro although a lot of the shops will accept the currency from most world wide destinations for a small charge.
With the lure of sun, sea and sand, bars, clubs and Casino's Lloret De Mar attracts the 18-30's crowds who can become quite rowdy at times.
There are two Beaches in Lloret De Mar one on the outskirts in a town called Fenals and the other in the Main town, it takes about 20 minutes to walk from one beach to the other. if you are looking for golden sands though you will be slightly disapointed as both beaches don't have a trace of sand between them instead you will find small stones that are very difficult to walk on because your feet sink into them oh! and if you have ticklish feet I would advise you to wear some sort of footwear or you will be unable to walk on the stones for laughing.
Taking a stroll west along the beach at Lloret De Mar you will notice a Castle on the hills in the distance, it is actually a medievil Fort called Castel De Sant Joan, to get to the fort you have to take an uphill journey by foot along what most of the tourists nicknamed the great wall of China, it is difficult going and although there are steps, for the unfit like myself it was really painful on the legs I nearly turned back before I even got halfway up.
My Family and I returned Home Yesterday from a seven day vacation in Lloret De Mar below you will find my review of Lloret De Mar as a family Destination.
Our Hotel From the Coach As we Left Lloret De Mar
The Sitting Room Come Kids Bedroom
The Swimming Pool
Jimmy Gets Sporty in the Pool (that's me with the ball)
Lloret De Mar Reviewed
My Wife Alison and our 3 children Robert 11, Jennifer 9 and Bryan 7 and of course myself Stayed at the Hotel Aparts Costa Encantada in the Fenals region of Lloret De Mar which has a four star rating, we don't like to be limited to meal times on vacation because we like to explore our surroundings therfore when we travel we always chose self catering, that way we can eat what we want to and when we want to instead of having to return to the hotel at set times.
Our apartment was clean and well maintained, and it came with all the mod cons, a TV with sattelite channels, a bath and a shower, a hair dryer a cooker similar to the one we have at home a kettle a toaster a phone and for a small fee a safe for your money or other valuables. it had two rooms, one was a seating area during the day which turned into a bedroom with three single beds for the kids at night, the master bedroom was slightly disapointing as it contained twin beds instead of a double bed (why do hotels insist on twin beds?) the floors were tiled so if you even attempted to share a cuddle the beds slipped apart and one of you ended up on the floor usualy me.
we had a fantastic view overlooking the swimming pool and you could see the sea in the distance, the only downside was that to go anywhere we had to cross a very busy road and although there was no building work going on directly in front of our room was a large yellow crane ready for future development.
Our room had a good balcony and having three children with us I am glad to say it was well designed for safety a two foot tall wall then another 3ft of perspex (plastic glass) ensured that the kids could not reach to lean over it.The balcony was also supplied with a nice patio table and chairs.
We did eat at the hotel on a couple of occasions and the food was glorious, it was a buffet designed for every taste, from Vegan to meat eaters like myself, all you could eat and I took them to the limit the food was well presented and tasted as good as it looked, you could even have a champagne breakfast if that is your thing. If requested in advance the restaurant will supply Halal food too.
There was a kids club at the hotel but I cannot comment on that because the children didn't want to join it.
The hotel did encourage adults into taking part in sporting activities, including water polo in the indoor pool, football (soccer), volleyball, basketball, darts, Pool, and others, I enjoyed the water polo and even scored a couple of goals as our team went on to win 13-7 but the score did not really matter it was great fun.
The Hotel deserves its four stars although apart from swimming there wasn't really that much for the children to do, there was a disco at night for the kids but it only lasted for an hour because of this I give the hotel a couple of points off and it still gets a reasonable 7/10 from me.
The Water Parks Were on A Steep Hill
Bryan's Lloret De Mar Hat
Robert had so much fun , he was in Stitches
Lloret De Mar A Family Destination?
If you plan to take your children on vacation there are a lot of things that you need to consider, children get bored very easily and keeping them entertained for a whole week or even a fortnight can be a complete nightmare, if your children love swimming, or pedal boats then Lloret De Mar is the place for your next vacation everything for the children is based around water, you can either go to the pool at the hotel, you can go to the beach or you can visit either of the two waterparks but even after half an hour of the waterparks the kids got bored, everything was on a hill and there was a lot of climbing involved.
The children were bored after the second day and although we tried our best we just could not find anything other than water based activities to amuse them.
To be completely Honest Alison and Myself were ready to come home after the third day.
Just after our Arrival our oldest son Robert was fooling around and fell over and because all of the activities for children were water based his vacation was over before it begun, he cut his arm open and had to have stitches. The Spanish hospital refused to treat him unless we paid upfront, even though we had travel insurance we were told to claim the money back when we got back to the UK, this left a large dent in our spending money and we had to cancel our planned trips to Puerto Ventura, the home to a Universal Studio's theme Park around 50KM down the coast, and our planned trip to Barcelona where Robert and myself were really looking forward to visiting the home of the worlds greatest Soccer club Barcelona FC. maybe another time?
The Resort of Lloret De Mar is more suited to the 18-30's age group, who can party all night and sleep it off at the beach all day, or for the older generation who want to lie in the sun all day and have a small drink or two at night.
As Lloret De Mar is a European destination Topless bathing is common on the beach and by the hotel swimming pools
If you do plan to take children with you on vacation reconsider going to Lloret De Mar and find somewhere that caters more for their needs.