How is autumn going on for you?
Today we have a new visual tale to share with you, four our wedding anniversary we discovered a new interesting place near our home, in a town called Lloret de Mar. Join us for a very autumny beach outing!
If you are familiar with Costa Brava, you might have heard this name before: Lloret de Mar. It is a town known for being a party touristy trap, those towns with lots of tall apartment buildings right next to the beach, a large dull beach, lots of party goers with music & alcohol, overpriced bad restaurants and beach souvenir shops. Have I sold Lloret for you? *wink* well, this is a story where I learnt that you can never judge a place before learning more about it. At least this is definitely the case of Lloret de Mar.
It’s kind of funny that the first time I learnt that Lloret had a really nearby nice garden was thanks to Rebecca from A Clothes Horse blog. A local discovering new places thanks to a foreign visitor? Totally possible, specially when prejudices take over. Have you also discovered new sites in your home town thanks to visitors? In fact, when we told our family (and work colleagues) that we were going to Lloret to celebrate our anniversary, all of them answered with a “Lloret? Really?” But we had one card on our sleeve, the impressive 1919 Renaissance inspired gardens Santa Clotilde.
Jardins de Santa Clotilde
The gardens are sitting on a clifftop with stunning sea views, you will later see photos from Cala Boadella which is the beach you can see from here. Thanks to its unique location the Mediterranean sea becomes part of the scenery created by the landscape architect and the sea serves as inspiration for the decorative sculptures of mermaids. There’s also a combination of other mythological characters and roman imperial period sculptures that convert the garden in an idyllic imaginary world.
The garden was built for the Marquis of Roviralta and take the name of his beloved wife, I was impressed to learnt that there are a couple of houses remaining inside the garden that are still of private property. How amazing to have these views in your home, the combo of the sea and the garden is quite unbeatable!
This ring is a family memory I have from my dad and my grandparents (dad side), I thought it was perfect to match the roman sculputures.
After visiting the garden we were itching to climb down to the beach. You can follow a short 5-10 minute trail that will take you to Boadella cove, a nudist beach that is gorgeous! I need to mention that lots of coves in Costa Brava are nudist, that doesn’t mean you can go there with your swimming suit (or maxi dress in my case, ha!), not a problem at all, only you should be very respectful for other people choices the same as they will be with yours.
The weather was nice but super windy, definitely an autumn beach outing. The beach is so incredibly beautiful, right? No wonders it has recently (and when I say recently I mean it took place just 5 days before our visit!) been the location for the international movie Uncharted, based on the video game and with Tom Holland as its main character. I searched for some behind the scenes photos and it is fun to see how they added tropical resort flair adding luxurious beach beds, while on the reality it is quite a wild beach.
We decided to take some anniversary couple photos, and I insisted I wanted a jump, and it was completely hilarious. So much that we forgot that the clock was running and we finally decided that we preferred to spend more time and forgo our following plan (visit to another town) so we could keep fooling around in the beach.
This was the most beautiful day of this year, hands down. We had so much fun with the photshoot that still my face hurts from laughing so much, and we were alone which allowed us to be mask free and take all that sea salt in. The most perfect medicine for our fragile 2020 hearts.
Have you lately discovered places near your home that are new to you? What do you think of Lloret de Mar? Hope these photos make you add this location in your future travel plans (when we are able to safely travel again, of course!)
Big hug! I will come back soon with some Halloween spookiness, quite a change!
Need to add this in the end because I think it’s very important to stress the fact that, although you don’t see them in the post, we all need to wear masks during this horrible pandemia. We always wear masks and only (ONLY!) we take them off if we make sure no one is near us at all. In the beach we were almost completely alone, only two girls walking a dog that were more than 30m (100 feet) away from us at all times. At the garden we were putting and taking the mask off for pictures and to breath fresh air, we only stumbled upon 10 people in total during the several hours we were there and always with our mask on. Please, wear the mask when there’s people around you, it’s the least we can do to help!