Lloret de Mar
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|LLORET DE MAR|
|• Mayor||(Convergencia i Unió (CIU))|
|• Total||48.71 km2 (18.81 sq mi)|
|Elevation||5 m (16 ft)|
|• Density||770/km2 (2,000/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
Lloret de Mar (Catalan: [ʎuˈɾɛd də ˈmar], Spanish: [ʎoˈɾe(ð) ðe ˈmar]) is a Mediterranean coastal town in Catalonia and one of the most popular holiday resorts on the Costa Brava. It is 40 kilometres (25 miles) from Girona and 75 kilometres (47 miles) from Barcelona and therefore easily accessible. With a population of 39,363 (as of 1 January 2009) it is the second largest town in the Selva comarca (county) of Catalonia, in Spain.
For decades Lloret de Mar has attracted summer visitors on package tours and is considered as one of the most important resorts on the Costa Brava. Lloret de Mar's main beach (length: 1,630 m; width: 45 m; white sand) is one of the most popular Costa Brava beaches and is consistently awarded the Blue Flag for cleanliness.
The town of Lloret de Mar extends over 48.9 km2 has 9 km of coastline and 27 km2 of forest. Border with Vidreres and Maçanet de la Selva to the west, the Mediterranean Sea to the east, north to Tossa de Mar and Blanes to the south.
Lloret de Mar have a coastal Mediterranean climate, with temperatures always much softer due to thermal effect moderator of the sea. The effect of the softening temperature that characterizes, is evident in winter than in summer. The dry weather in summer, only lasted three months and maximum rainfall is concentrated in the autumn.
|Climate data for Lloret de Mar (years 1997-2001)|
|Average high °C (°F)||14.8
|Average low °C (°F)||4.5
|Precipitation mm (inches)||56.2
|Source: Agenda21Archive copy at the Wayback Machine http://www.selva.cat/agenda21/pla_comarcal/4_climaimetereologia.pdf|
There are historical remains of Iberian and Roman civilisations at various archeological sites. The first written references to Lloret de Mar can be found in documents from 966 as Loredo from the Latin word "lauretum" (bay laurel). Like many Mediterranean coastal towns, Lloret was frequently invaded by the Saracens in the Middle Ages. It is said that the traditional Ball de Plaça (the Dance in the Town Square) dates from this era.
Until the 15th century, the town’s centre was located one kilometre (0.6 miles) inland, next to the Chapel of Les Alegries (the town’s main church before the Church of Sant Romà was built) to protect itself from attacks from English, French, Turkish and Algerian pirates. Lloret’s port became commercially important in the 18th century. It no longer exists but the Garriga Houses built by Americanos, rich returning Spanish immigrants to the Americas, remind us of this affluent era.
Sites of cultural interest
- Church of Sant Romà: Gothic church finished in 1522 built as a refuge from attacks from Turkish and Algerian pirates. Large-scale restoration work carried out in the early 20th century with money from the returned Americanos has converted it into a spectacular building with Byzantine, Moorish, Renaissance and Modernist influences.
- Castle of Sant Joan: Medieval castle from the 11th century used to defend Lloret against any attacks from the sea such as that of the Genovese fleet in 1356 and during England’s war on Spain and France in 1805. The fortress is said to have been operational until the 17th century. Only the castle’s tower remains (restored in 1992) and offers an excellent view of the surrounding area.
- Monument to the Fisherman’s Wife: Bronze sculpture found at the end of Lloret beach erected in 1966 to commemorate Lloret de Mar’s Millennium. It is considered to be one of the town’s most emblematic symbols. Legend states that touching the sculpture’s foot while looking out at the horizon will make your wishes come true.
- Santa Clotilde gardens: Gardens designed in an Italian Renaissance style by Nicolau Rubió i Tuduri. Situated on top of a cliff offering impressive views over the sea.
- Modernist cemetery
- Iberian settlements at Puig de Castellet.
- Iberian settlements at Montbarbat.
- Sanctuary of Sant Pere del Bosc.
- Angel monument.
- Oratory of the Mare de Déu de Gràcia.
- Chapel of Santa Cristina.
- Chapel of Les Alegries
- Chapel of Sant Quirze
- Maritime Museum - Can Garriga
- Maritime Museum
Beaches and coves
- Platja de Lloret
- Platja de Fenals
- Platja Sa Boadella
- Platja de Santa Cristina
- Platja de Treumal
- Cala Morisca
- Cala Canyelles
- Cala Gran
- Cala Tortuga
- Cala d'en Trons
- Cala dels Frares
- Cala Banys
- Dr. Ernest Adler
- Nina Agustí (1966), singer
- Iván Tibau (1973), hockey player
- José Luis Blanco (1975), athlete
- Marc Muniesa (1992), footballer
- Enric Escudé (1976), artist
- Panareda Clopés, Josep Maria; Rios Calvet, Jaume; Rabella Vives, Josep Maria (1989). Guia de Catalunya, Barcelona:Caixa de Catalunya. ISBN 84-87135-02-1.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Lloret de Mar.|
- Town council website (Catalan)
- Tourism website from la Selva Country
- Lloret de Mar Tourist Board
- Statistical information - Institut d'Estadística de Catalunya (Catalan)
- Lloret de Mar City Guide
- Lloret de Mar Tourist Guide in English
- Lloret de Mar Tourist Guide in Dutch