When we planned our family trip to Lloret de Mar for March, we didn’t expect the skies to be so temperamental. The Spanish coastal town, renowned for its sun-kissed beaches and vibrant nightlife, presented a rather unusual version of itself during our visit – it rained every single day.
Yet, in an unexpected twist, the persistent rain added a layer of enchantment to our experience. The coastal town’s landscape was beautifully washed and its air fresher than ever. The raindrops tapped a gentle rhythm, forming a harmonious background to our adventure.
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Mirador de Llaveries
Tucked away in the heart of Lloret de Mar, the Mirador de Llaveries offers an unparalleled panorama that is nothing short of breathtaking. On our journey, amidst varied explorations, this viewpoint stood out as a highlight.
The ascent to Mirador de Llaveries itself hinted at the reward that awaited at the summit. As we climbed, glimpses of the vast Mediterranean began to tease our sight, urging us onward.
Upon reaching the viewpoint, the expansive vista opened up in all its glory. The azure waters of the Mediterranean stretched endlessly, meeting the horizon in a delicate embrace. Below, the coastline of Lloret de Mar, with its intricate coves and beaches, lay sprawled out like a meticulously crafted tapestry.
In between downpours, we sought refuge in the cozy local restaurants. Here, we indulged in Spain’s delightful culinary treasures.
Mix paella, or “paella mixta”, embodies the vibrant spirit of Spanish cuisine. A harmonious blend of land and sea, this dish melds the flavors of tender chicken, succulent rabbit, and a variety of fresh seafood, from mussels to prawns.
Cooked in a wide, shallow pan, the ingredients simmer with saffron-infused rice, taking on a golden hue and absorbing a medley of herbs and spices. Vegetables like bell peppers and green beans add layers of texture and flavor.
Each bite of mix paella offers a journey through Spain’s culinary landscape — a testament to its rich traditions and the country’s bountiful produce. Perfect for gatherings, this dish is not just a meal, but a celebration in a pan.
Then there were the Spanish Tapas – an assortment of small dishes, each one telling a different story of Spanish cuisine.
In the heart of Spanish cuisine lies the tradition of tapas, and among the most cherished are those served atop slices of bread. These bite-sized delights, often known as ‘montaditos’ or ‘pintxos’ in certain regions, offer a harmonious blend of textures and flavors.
Using bread as a base, these tapas can be adorned with a myriad of toppings. From the rich and savory jamón serrano and creamy cheeses to marinated peppers or tangy anchovies, each combination tells a unique culinary tale. Drizzled with olive oil, sprinkled with sea salt, or enhanced with a dash of pimentón, they’re a testament to the simplicity and richness of Spanish flavors.
Nature Walks Amidst Showers
Our most treasured memories, though, were our walks. Every day, we’d wait for the torrential rain to ease up a bit and then embark on foot to explore the vicinity.
The Cami de Ronda was an absolute delight. This coastal pathway offered stunning views of the Mediterranean, surrounded by cliffs and bathed in a mysterious aura under the cloudy skies.
Then, there was Cala Banys. The rocky landscape, intertwined with paths and stairways, led us to secluded spots where the sea met the land. Palm trees swayed gently in the moist breeze, and the vistas of the ocean extending infinitely were mesmerizing.
Cala Sa Caleta
Our visit to Cala Sa Caleta during a rainy March presented an unexpected ambiance. Instead of the typical sunbathed landscape, the cove was enveloped in a misty aura, offering a different kind of beauty.
As we wandered along the shoreline, the sound of gentle raindrops harmonizing with the rhythmic crash of waves created a symphony of nature. The beach, usually a hub of activity, was quiet, its golden sands glistening and untouched.
While most would picture Cala Sa Caleta bathed in sunlight, our rainy March visit revealed its more contemplative, serene side, making it a uniquely memorable experience.
After our picturesque strolls, we’d often find a quaint cafe to warm ourselves. Our favorite was the Cortado coffee – a perfect blend of espresso cut with a small amount of warm milk.
Sipping it while listening to the rain outside was a simple pleasure that grounded our experience in Lloret de Mar.
Rain, often seen as a spoiler for holidays, became the unsung hero of our trip. It lent an ethereal charm to Lloret de Mar, a town we’ve now come to associate with nature’s playfulness and resilience.
We are resolved to return, perhaps during the sunnier season. Yet, there’s a part of us that secretly hopes for a sprinkle or two – just for old times’ sake.
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