Plaza Constitucion in Calella is where you will find the government buildings along with some smart restaurants and some small tourist shops. The Plaza is currently under some refurbishment with many of the buildings being cleaned. They have already created some seating here to provide a quiet and peaceful area to read, people watch or just take in the blue skies framed by the lovely trees.
Calella's Stroll of the Sea is named in recognition of Manuel Puigvert the town's former mayor from 1895 - 1904 A shady avenue lined with dwarf ornamental sycamores makes for a pleasant stroll and I would imagine a perfect place to sit to avoid the summer's heat, the weather was warm the sun shining and Autumn hadn't quite arrived, the leaves were just changing colour and looked very pretty. The avenue runs alongside the beach. I did like the white marble statue dedicated to Catalonian dance and music.
The Parish Church of Calella is located in the old town at Carrier Jovara 102. The Church was bedecked with sweet smelling white gladiolias and lillies placed here to celebrate the the forth coming celebration of the Beatification of one of its former sons which took place in Rome on the 28th. October 2007 just a few days after our visit. Father Josep M. Dalmau was born in Calella on 16th. December 1886 who belonged to the Augustin Order. I can't tell you why he was on his way to Sainthood but he had a short life, he died aged only twenty eight. The black marble Altar plinth reflected the Father's flowers perfectly and I was impressed with the very modern Crown of Thorns which hung from above. If you take a look at the pictures it is quite striking how the Church changes colour in the sunlight.
Although Blanes sea front is lined by hotels it is easy here to overlook and forget them. We had a relaxing walk along the lovely promenade here you will find a lot of attention to detail. I like to see flowers and grasses used to enhance places, the seaside dancers fitted here perfectly. It was nice to see Blanes had kept some of its original style - the little pink building sandwiched between the hotels was charming. Blanes is a quiet and laid back resort- very popular with older Spanish tourists. One last word the pigeons seemed to like this place too I have never seen so many of these birds favouring a seaside location before
The Parish Church of Santa Maria De Blanes can be found in the Old Town of Blanes. We had no idea it was here until we found some steep old steps to climb. We were amazed how such a huge Church could be hidden away - during the long climb up there is never a glimpes of what lies before you and from the streets of the old town you only see a small fraction of this great giant. The Church was built between 1350-1410 it was made much larger by the addition of a Palace added by the Vizcondes of Goathead so they could be near the Church. In recent history a tragic accidental fire broke out on 22nd. July 1936 their loss was great and included the Altar Piece designed by Anton Gaudi. The Church interior as rebuild between 1940 -1944 and rededicated on 23rd. December 1944. The interior is stunning - I didn't take any pictures because even tiny sounds disturb the hushed silence which seemed to hang like a veil. The fresco's which adorn the walls are worth seeing the oldest dates back to 1954 and the newest 'The Resurrection' dates 2001. It may have lost some great treasures but the new ones will leave you in awe!
found this cafe, hidden away from the crowd in Cala Banys really peacefull watching the water , drinks dearer then normal but you pay for the view coffee 2.2euro and water 3 euros,
access is either down from the castle at fenals end or around the coastal path from llorett beach
Here you have a quite unusual activity: hiking the old coastal pathway ("cami de ronda", part of GR- 92) from Lloret to Blanes (about 7 km).
Summary of the route:
- Start at the South end of the beach of Lloret, take the path to the Sailor’s Wife monument, from there to Cala Banys, and continue following the GR-92 marks (red and white)
- You'll pass across a few ugly residential areas, until you arrive to Platja de Fenals (we stopped for a first bath here). Later it goes uphill and you can enjoy really beautiful views. We had lunch in a small pine forest overlooking the sea, it was quiet, fresh and beautiful.
- Continue following the GR-92 signs to Blanes. You'll pass by the Santa Clotilde gardens (beautiful gardens from XIX Cent), the beautiful beach of Cala Boadella (this one is from Naturist tradition, so better skip it if you mind seeing naked people, even yesterday it was plenty of all kind of people and many families with kids), and the Botanical Gardens of Pinya de Rosa.
- Close to Cala de Sant Francesc, you should look for a small hilly path to the Castle of Blanes. Beautiful views from there.
- There are thousands of steps (no kidding, I can barely walk today!) down hill to Blanes beach. There you can take the bus to the train station or to Lloret if this was your departure point. We had a few "claras" (beer with lemonade), tapas and ice-creams at Blanes town to recover before returning home, it was a nearly perfect day despite the hot!
The total route should not take more than 2 hours on a normal pace, but it makes a whole day trip if you visit the gardens and castle (we are planning to return when the weather is not so hot and visit these) or if you stop to refresh and rest in a couple of beaches, as we did… I'm afraid we looked a bit funky with our mountain boots and backpaks on the beach :-)
Unfortunately there are no pics. Taking the camera did not seem a good idea as we were going to the beaches.
The castle on the beach's not really a castle. It's a villa that some rich Spaniard built in 1935. Be prepared for an exhausting walk up the hill and up the stone steps!
Lloret de Mar was the town of anglers. In spite of the information about no fisheries there are many piscatorial boats in Lloret de Mar.