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For many decades Lloret has been known as a resort that caters to young people who are looking for a wild time, or in other words clubs, bars and an endless supply of alcohol. In recent years the town hall have worked hard trying to convince people that Lloret is, in fact, a family friendly resort.

So what is there to do for kids in Lloret de Mar?

The lower part of Lloret de Mar beach is suitable for paddling

Firstly, it must be said, the Lloret beaches are not very child-friendly. The two main beaches, namely Fanals and Lloret have a very steep incline. No sooner than walking just a few steps, you find yourself to be out of your depth. Therefore, unless a child is an older child or a strong swimmer,  you might choose not to allow him to go in the water alone.

The small gravel-like stones on the beach also make it impossible for traditional young-kid beach activities such as sandcastle building.

However, at the furthest tip of both Fanals and Lloret beaches, there exists an area that is sheltered by rocks, where the water is shallow and suitable for paddling. These areas are understandably more frequented by families with young children, so your child is likely to find plenty of playmates.

Depending on the hotel you stay in, there is most likely to be a pool area for younger children; and as they cannot easily move out of your sight, you will probably find they are also perfectly safe in the adult pool provided they can swim or are decked out in armbands.

Costa Encantada Aparthotel

Many of the hotels also have play areas for children. The Costa Encantada in Fanals is reported as being extremely child-friendly and has plenty of  play sections and facilities for children.

This hotel also provides entertainers who will keep an eye on the kids and who additionally host a mini-disco every night, giving parents an opportunity to have a bit of time  alone.

Other than the beach, and the entertainment and facilities your hotel may provide there are several parks and day trips both you and your kids will enjoy in Lloret and surrounding towns.

Waterworld

One outing that shouldn’t be missed while visiting Lloret is a day out at Waterworld.

The park has a total of 17 rides, of which 10 are deemed suitable for young children.

There are also several food outlets, bars, a mini-golf, picnic area and the usual facilities such as lockers, showers etc.

Children under one meter are admitted free, and during 2010, those who measured between 1,00m to 1,40m were admitted for 15 euros. This price allows you to stay in the park all day. The 2010 tariff for adults was 25 euros. Additionally, there are family and group discounts.

Children Area Waterworld

The park is in walking distance as it is around two kilometres from the centre of lloret, or around 1.3 miles. However, the last part of the walk in on a main road without a pavement and therefore walking to the park with young children is not advised.

Waterworld provides a free bus to and from the park, which serves Lloret de Mar, Tossa de Mar, Blanes, Malgrat de Mar, Pineda de Mar and Calella. The bus leaves Lloret bus station around every 30 minutes; on route it also stops at the Hotel Ancla in Fanals.

To see the bus pick-up timetable from other Costa Brava and Costa Dorada resorts, Click Here.

Marineland

Marineland is another popular day trip which is enjoyed by kids of all ages. Marineland is in reality two parks in one; as it incorporates a water park with a Marine Zoo.  Dolphins, sea lions,  exotic birds,  seals and otters are just some of the park’s inhabitants that will fascinate and entertain young children.

Dolphins at Marineland

Marineland employs guides who will educate the children (and their parents) on each animal and their habitat. Dolphin, sea lion and exotic bird shows are scheduled throughout the day.

The park is situated around 10 km, or 7 miles from Lloret. There is a free bus service provided that serves the resorts of Tossa de Mar, Lloret de Mar,  Blanes,  Calella,  Pineda de Mar,  Malgrat de Mar and Santa Susanna.

Prices during the 2010 season were 15 euros for a full-day adult ticket, and 10.50 euros for children. If you buy tickets from the Marineland website, you will receive a discount of 1.50 euros per ticket.

Marineland has a restaurant where you can sit down in comfort and eat a full three-course meal; plus many fast food kiosks and small stalls. The park also has a large gift shop, which has a good selection of souvenirs aimed to tempt kids.

Gnome Park

Gnome park, or Gnomo Park is built on a small hillside just outside Fanals, around 1.8 miles from the centre of Lloret.

Adventure Golf at Gnome Park

While the theme of the park is more suited to younger children, their are also facilities for older kids and their parents to enjoy including a licensed restaurant, bowling, remote controlled boats and adventure golf. There are a multitude of activities for the younger ones, such as water slides, mini-karts, an adventure tree area and numerous rides and climbing activities.

The park is set in a natural setting among trees. It could be reached on foot, although this is not recommended as the only way to reach it is by walking on the side of the main road.

Although Gnome park does not have a complementary bus service, the Lloret-Blanes bus stops directly outside the park. This bus leaves Lloret Bus Station every 15 minutes, and the adult fare is around 1.20 euros.

Dates

The theme parks mentioned above are typically open from May when the weather begins to warm up, and close around mid-September. Waterworld sometimes remains open until mid-October; weather permitting.

If you visit Lloret outside of those dates, there may be little available to interest young children other than entertainment provided by hotels and local amusement arcades.

There is a small indoor bowling alley in Lloret, but it is generally more suited to children aged around 10 and above.

 

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