A popular holiday destination for many Europeans, Lloret de Mar caters to the regular number of tourists that visit each year with a wide selection of sports activities. Aside from just laying on the pristine beaches there are plenty of reasons to get some exercise and many of the activities are ideal ways to see the region.
A great way to see Lloret is to join the Nordic Walking tour that leaves every Saturday from the Athletic Courts from 09:00 and is run by walking experts who can introduce beginners to this speciality style of walking. The instructors have gained qualifications under the Spanish Nordic Walking Association and the whole experiences lasts for around two hours.
The walks follow nature trails that go through woodland and take in the Costa Brava’s coastal paths which have beautiful views out to sea and of the beaches. For the uninitiated Nordic Walking combines sport and nature that produces significant health benefits as participants walk with special poles that work certain muscle groups and help improve mobility and coordination. Lloret tourism even provides the poles for free if people need them.
Intrepid explorers will love searching for hidden treasures in Lloret de Mar and nowadays this involves harnessing the power of technology or in the case of geocaching a simple GPS device. Anyone that hasn’t tried geocaching before it involves following a set of coordinates downloaded from a website and these then lead to secret treasures all around the area. The treasures usually aren’t expensive but the fun is more about trying to locate the items.
In Lloret de Mar the geocache trails take adventurists past Costa Brava’s beaches, museums, castles, gardens, Lloret de Mar hotels and up to vantage points as well as into secluded coves.
With great beaches and some large hills that provide sheltered stretches of water the setting for water sports is ideal. Because of the calm areas of water, sea kayaking is made easy and hiring a kayak enables visitors to get into some of the coves that aren’t accessible from the mainland. Sailing, water skiing and parasailing can also be enjoyed and jet skis are another good way to see the impressive coastline from the water.
For scuba divers the waters are very clear and below the surface there is a good amount of activity from marine life that makes the area popular with divers. Dive sites are graded depending on how difficult they are and divers with less experience should try the Fito zone while professionals with a good number of logged dives will find Mulera more challenging.
Activities such as horse riding, hiking and mountain biking can all be taken up and there are many testing trails or more leisurely routes depending on what people are in the mood for. Most lead through the woodland that surrounds the city so visitors can get close to nature and these ascend to elevated ground which provides exceptional views of the town and coast. Tennis is also provided on either clay or grass courts and on the beach a variety of sports take place for free. In the morning aerobics and aquarobic classes run for an hour from 09:15 and in the afternoon there are games of beach tennis, football and volleyball.
Obviously not so much a sporting activity but the spas are a great way to unwind after physical days out in the fresh air. There is a good selection of spas and wellness centres some of which are hidden away in idyllic spots surrounded by nature where the body can be pampered in luxury.
Lek Boonlert is an editor and content reviewer at DirectRooms and is responsible for all Lloret de Mar Hotels content.