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Friday, October 31, 2014

A day at La Bisbal d'Emporda

 With a population of about 11,000 La Bisbal is one of the larger towns we have visited on our recent days out. The town is so well known for its pottery/ceramic wares that all the goods made in the town and the surrounding area carry the official brand name 'Ceramica de la'Bisbal'

The weekly outdoor market is one of the largest around with an average of 150 stalls which is held in the town centre streets on Fridays. Apart from the market there is a very good shopping centre with a wide range of shops, bars, cafes and restaurants.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Fenals Beach Today

Our travels didn't take us too far today just down to our local beach of Fenals and a walk through the woods at the end of the beach, and yes it maybe getting boring now me going on about how good the weather is for October! No apologies but still we are getting temperatures in the low 20s, 22ºc it reached today. Rain is badly needed now and my guess it that its not too far away!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Panta de Sau - Barcelona

The Panta de Sau in the province of Barcelona is a large reservoir which stretches for 17km and surrounded by spectacular mountains. When the water level is low then the church bell tower of the former church can sometimes be seen peeking out from the depths of the reservoir after the village of Sant Roma de Sau was covered by the water when the reservoir was constructed back 1962. It only takes about 1hr 20 minutes to drive to Panta Sau from Lloret so if you fancy a change of scenery one day then this place is a must!

The tip of the church bell tower can just be seen in the middle of the photo above.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Lloret de Mar today

Well, who would believe its October 24th and we have 24ºC in Lloret!
All these photos taken today show what a beautiful day we're having and the holiday makers are still able to laze about in the sun and enjoy a dip in the sea! Other parts of Spain are also having a heatwave, the Canary Isles and southern parts of Spain are getting temperatures in the 30s still!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Lloret de Mar sunrise

 This mornings view of the sunrise over Lloret.

A day in Palamos

Up until about 5-6 years ago Palamos was very easy to reach via the boats from Lloret, but since they have stopped doing these trips so far up the coast then you would have to travel there by car or bus. At only about 30-40 minutes by car from Lloret then it's a very nice place to visit.
The port of Palamos is also a regular stop off point for some of the cruise liners sailing their way around Mediterranean, the 'Thompson Dream' is one liner which is often seen there.
In the port there is a vey interesting fishing museum which gives a great insight to how fishing is done and what sort of life the fishermen actually have. Also you can take part in their cookery classes showing how to prepare and cook some of the local seafood caught that very day.

Above is a boat in the port which has been turned into a very nice restaurant!

Two local fishermen doing what seems to be the very tedious job of repairing the nets.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Second hand market in Lloret

Next Sunday 26th October there will be a second hand market held in the Reiral district along where the weekly Tuesday market is normally held. The stalls will begin trading at approx 10am till 5pm.

Photos here are from one of the previous second hand markets which have usually been well attended with a wide variety of goods on sale.

Friday, October 17, 2014

A trip to Blanes

 Only 20 minutes travelling south on the bus from Lloret brings you to the next resort on the map - Blanes. 

Blanes has lots to offer, with one of its best features being its beaches - 4km in total! and its promenade along where there is the marina, restaurants, lovely garden areas, play areas for the children, ice cream kiosks and also kiosks to book a boat trip. The local market is held here every Monday and has some great bargains, the local fruit & veg market is held just one street back from the prom and this is open every day except Sunday. Blanes also has a fantastic mostly traffic free shopping centre, where lots of people from other towns often prefer to do their shopping.

 Other attractions at Blanes are its botanical gardens the Marimurtra and the Pinya de Rosa both are easily reached by the special buses which take you up to the cliff tops where you have fantastic views of the coast on the way.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Canyelles Beach - Lloret

Just a short way up the coast on the way to Tossa de Mar from Lloret lies Canyelles Urbanisation, this area has its own beach which is surrounded by woodland, apartments and villas. On the beach is the Canyelles Chiringuito - handy for a drink or snack, or there is a large restaurant just with lots of outdoor seating where they do a fantastic 'menu del dia'
Boats from Lloret visit the beach during the summer months, or you can catch a local bus from Lloret seafront, but if you have your own car then there is ample parking.