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Location - Western Europe; Capital - Madrid; Population - 46 million; Currency - Euro MORE SPAIN

After Barcelona I continued up the Costa Brava coast en route to Andorra - April 2011.

 

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spain208At the eastern end of Lloret de Mar's main beach is the Castell d'en Plaja, a private residence from the 1930s

 

 

spain206The beachfront of Lloret de Mar, on the Costa Brava

 

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spain210Paths hug the rocky coastline, leading from one beach to another - Lloret de Mar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

spain212 Follow the coastline to discover beach after beach after beach - Lloret de Mar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

spain215On the western edge of Lloret de Mar is the Dona Marinera statue (Sailor's Wife) and a lookout point with fine views of the bay

 

 

spain213A couple of minutes walk further on is a restaurant with a superb setting over the Mediterranean - Lloret de Mar

 

 

spain214One of the very frequent tour boats sails past - Lloret de Mar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

spain218A spot of fishing at Lloret de Mar beach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

spain220Walking through the restaurant and up & over the rocky headland brings you to Fenals beach - Lloret de Mar

 

 

spain223Fenals beach was slightly quieter than Lloret de Mar beach, but it sounds as though it gets equally crowded in the high season

 

 

spain225Lloret de Mar's main tourist strip has several bars and clubs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

spain231Wander the narrow streets to the 16th century Parish Church - Lloret de Mar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

spain227Aaaaahh, now I understand... Hotel instructions at Lloret de Mar

 

 

spain236A short drive up the coast is the medieval walled town of Tossa de Mar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

spain234Walk up to the Old Town for views of the beach at Tossa de Mar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

spain240Like nearby Lloret de Mar, Tossa de Mar has plenty of tour boats

 

 

spain241American actress Ava Gardner came to Tossa de Mar on a film shoot in 1950

 

 

spain244The Vila Vella (Old Town) is a small but quaint area, and well worth a wander - Tossa de Mar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

spain245The Old Town was originally constructed in the 12th century, then rebuilt in the 14th century - Tossa de Mar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

spain247Take your pick from a wealth of restaurants in Tossa de Mar

 

 

spain254A step closer to Andorra is the beautiful Catalan city of Girona

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

spain251The Barri Vell (Old Town) to the right of the Onyar River - Girona

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

spain255One of the streets just off Placa de Catalunya, in the Barri Vell - Girona

 

 

spain256The Pujada de Sant Domenec is a stone stairway in the Old Town - Girona

 

 

spain257An archway near the Pujada de Sant Domenec - Girona

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

spain264Most of Girona's cathedral dates to the 14th and 15th centuries

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

spain263Steps lead down from the cathedral to the Placa de la Catedral - Girona

 

 

spain266Also in the Old Town are the 12th century Banys Arabs (Arab Baths) - Girona

 

 

spain268There's a few tranquil gardens dotted around Girona's Barri Vell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

spain269The gardens are an ideal place to cool off in the heat of the day - Girona

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

spain270Carrer Ballersteries is an atmospheric old shopping street in the Barri Vell - Girona

 

 

spain272Take a walk along the ancient city walls - Girona

 

 

spain273Watchtowers dot the city walls and are a good place to take in the vistas - Girona

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

spain276Girona is said to be the heart of Catalonia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

spain277The winding cobbled streets of the Old Town - Girona

 

 

spain280Another Barri Vell stone stairway - Girona

 

 

spain281Definitely what I call a narrow street - Girona

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

spain282A residential courtyard - Girona

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

spain284Restaurants line the Carrer Argentina - Girona

 

 

spain285In the new Mercadal quarter of Girona is the Placa de la Independencia

 

 

spain286The Placa is surrounded on all sides by bars and restaurants - Girona

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

spain288 I think this is St George, or Sant Jordi as he is known in Catalonia, whose day was celebrated a few days earlier on 23 April - Girona

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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LINKS

www.costabrava.org - Costa Brava info

www.lloretguide.com - Lloret de Mar

www.spain.info - Spanish tourist board

http://spainguides.com

www.visitaspain.com

 

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