Thursday, November 20, 2008

Cheap Flights - Girona

Since the beginning of October Ryanair have been operating flights to Madrid from Girona airport. At present three flights a day are going to the capital.

Since the beginning of October Ryanair have been operating flights to Madrid from Girona airport. At present three flights a day are going to the capital.

The first one leaves Girona at 06.35 and arrives at 07.55 and the last return flight to Girona takes off at 22.05 arriving back in Girona at 23.25.
As I looked through their website for the prices they do vary quite a lot just now. The cheapest I found was free, with just charges for taxes etc. The dearest one I came across was €49 plus taxes. So if you fancy a 'day trip' to Madrid to do a bit of shopping it is now very easy and with careful planning can cost you very little!


Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Lloret de Mar Restaurants.

I am often asked by readers of the blog about the best places to eat in Lloret de Mar. Here I will give you a brief guide of what I consider to be not only good food but also good value for money - which is what people are wanting on holiday these days. Menus of the day are always at a set price so are the best value, evening meals are priced individually from the menus.

Starting in Lloret only 2 mins from the church is ''La Fusta'' not only do they have an excellent evening menu, but for just a little more than €8 you can have a menu of the day. All menus of the day at any restaurant comes with choice of 3 courses of food, along with bread and wine, so these are always the best value.
''Can Sabata'' just at the back of town up on the main road near the turn off for Girona is another good restaurant, whether it be for an evening meal or daily menu. Its a very rustic looking place, once inside you would think you were out in the country ... miles from anywhere!
If you like Chinese food the Chinese Buffet on the sea front (opposite end to the castle) is excellent value with an excellent choice of food. Here you can help your self to as much as you can eat from the self service buffet. The cost here is again only about €8 each (day or night)

Over in the Fenals area you have a very good choice of restaurants. In my opinion the best place here is the ''International'' on the sea front, the steaks here are the biggest and the best around. With the outdoor terrace overlooking the sea makes this a very popular place to eat (weather permitting)
Just about 2 yrs ago the ''America Restaurant'' on Av D America in Fenals was totally refurbished and is now one of the most modern looking places in town. Here is a large varied menu with food ranging from burgers, paellas to fillet steaks which they advertise as the best in town ! Owing to the vast menu here it could be a good option for families with children.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Cheap Holidays to Lloret de Mar

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The summer season is slowly coming to an end in Loret. The beaches are not as busy now, but there is still plenty of people in town. This time of year though it is mostly pensioners or families with children under school age. The weather is still very good, although the evenings are much cooler now. Rain has been falling in other parts of Spain but so far we seem to have escaped it!
Hotels are doing very good deals just now, so if you are wanting a bargain break while the sun is still shining now is the time to book.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Lloret de Mar Weather

The weather forecast for the coming week here in Lloret is not good. Last week we should have had rain at some point but it didn't really materialise. So it looks like we will be getting more than ever starting tomorrow.
Just lets hope the forecast is wrong again!

Hi: 23°
Lo: 17°
Drizzle. More sun than clouds. Cool. Temperature of 23°C. Winds 11km E. Humidity will be 64% with a dewpoint of 14° and comfort level of 25°C. There is a 30% chance of precipitation.
Hi: 20°
Lo: 17°
Scattered showers. Mostly cloudy. Cool. Temperature of 20°C. Winds 13km E. Humidity will be 79% with a dewpoint of 15° and comfort level of 20°C. There is a 50% chance of precipitation.
Hi: 21°
Lo: 16°
Numerous showers. Mostly cloudy. Cool. Temperature of 21°C. Winds 21km N. Humidity will be 82% with a dewpoint of 13° and comfort level of 21°C. There is a 83% chance of precipitation.
Hi: 19°
Lo: 17°
Numerous showers. Mostly cloudy. Cool. Temperature of 19°C. Winds 21km NE. Humidity will be 84% with a dewpoint of 15° and comfort level of 19°C. There is a 94% chance of precipitation.
Hi: 23°
Lo: 17°
A few showers. Partly sunny. Mild. Temperature of 23°C. Winds 21km E. Humidity will be 80% with a dewpoint of 16° and comfort level of 25°C. There is a 42% chance of precipitation.
Hi: 22°
Lo: 19°
Numerous showers. Mostly cloudy. Cool, Muggy. Temperature of 22°C. Winds 33km E. Humidity will be 84% with a dewpoint of 18° and comfort level of 23°C. There is a 88% chance of precipitation.
Hi: 22°
Lo: 20°
Heavy rain. Mostly cloudy. Cool, Windy. Temperature of 22°C. Winds 38km ESE. Humidity will be 83% with a dewpoint of 18° and comfort level of 23°C. There is a 100% chance of precipitation.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Cheap Flights to Girona.

The latest offer of the cheap flights ended on Sunday night but there is now another good deal available -
You have until midnight on Wednesday to catch the latest offer of cheap flights by RYANAIR

Flights are for travel between the month of October and November, at a cost of only
£10 each way with no extra charges for tax etc. The only extra you have to pay is for any insurance or luggage you want to check in.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Ryanair Bargain Flights.

If you are sick and tired of the rain in the UK this year, it may be a good time to think about trying to catch a bit of sun. You have until midnight tomorrow to get a cheap flight from RYANAIR. The flights are for travel during October and November, and the cost of most journeys are only£5 each way. This is the total cost with no taxes or any other charges, apart from your insurance or baggage which you have to pay extra for these days. The good weather here in Lloret is expected to last until late in the year owing to all the rain we had at the start of the season.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Places to Visit While in Lloret de Mar.

If you have booked a do it yourself on-line package holiday one thing you may miss at your hotel is a holiday rep. One job the rep can do for you is to book the organised coach excursions to the various places on the Costa Brava.
One option you do have here in Lloret de Mar is to go to the small office run by the Laeitana excursion company. You will find them in the side street near the bus station in Lloret.
The trips available are to the most popular tourist attractions such as - Barcelona Camp Nou Stadium, Fountains and shopping.
The weekly Sunday market at Tordera is always worth a visit.
Dali Museum in the picturesque town of Figueres.
Port Aventura down the coast in the resort of Salou, and various others depending on the time of year.
The coaches will pick up and drop off as close as possible to your hotel.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Airport Tranfers to Lloret de mar

Arriving at Barcelona you have a choice of taxi, train or bus. First of all a private taxi will cost about 150€ with your luggage etc, so its quite expensive. Journey time is about 1hr depending on traffic.
Your next option is the train (approx every half hr) This is the cheapest but not easiest option. You travel as far as Blanes by train then by bus from there to Lloret, the bus waits for the train outside the station. The full cost of this journey was 5€ last year, so maybe just a few cents more now. Owing to the coastal route of train this journey can take 2 - 2 1/2hrs from airport to your hotel. Click HERE to go to the timetable.
Once on the page click on 'Horarios' near the train symbol.
In the drop down menu under Origen select 'Aeroport' on the Destino select 'Blanes'.
Then select your date on the 'Entre' drop down menu, click on Horarios for the times.
(To return to this page click back.)
The train station in Barcelona is just over the road from the airport, reached via the footbridge. When you buy your ticket tell them you are going to Lloret de Mar as you can use this ticket for the bus part of the journey, but you will have to change trains at Barcelona Sants.
Another option both for Barcelona and Girona is Resorthoppa bookable on line. This is not a private transfer, you will have other stops along the way so again it could take 2hrs or more, but it is the easiest way for Barcelona as it could save you getting lost! The Barcelona fare with Resorthoppa is about 38€ return. Girona about 25€, with a transfer time of about 1hr depending on other pickups. Resorthoppa will drop you off and pick-up as close as possible to your hotel.

Also with a Girona flight there is an airport bus which runs to and from Lloret bus station, costs about 8€ but unfortunately does not run all that often, journey time is 35mins, times can be found HERE This time table is valid till the end of September.
A private taxi Girona - Lloret cost's about 48€.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Cheap Holidays in Lloret de Mar

To get the best chance of grabbing a cheap holiday in Lloret de Mar, its always a good idea to start with your flight, as I said in the previous post the most popular airline used by visitors to the Costa Brava is Ryanair. Even with all the extras they charge for such as priority boarding, checked in luggage etc, flights have never been as cheap.
Whatever accommodation you prefer can be found in Lloret, whether you want the best 5* treatment or even a simple hostel with no rating at all.
During the month of August its virtually impossible to find a bargain but if you are planning a break for later on in the year now is the time to start looking.

Here are just a couple of examples you can expect to pay for a room in September.
For the cheapest you can pay as little as £150 per room for 7 nights stay with bed & breakfast in a 1 star hostel.
For half board in a 3* - 4* hotel prices are around £250 - £350. These prices are per room and not per person.
The only other expense on top of this to complete your cheap holiday is the airport transfer which I'll cover on the next posting.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Costa Brava Airports

If you are searching for a holiday in Lloret de Mar you have landed on the most informative English language page for this area. Eventually, I hope to include all the links you will need to book your very own personalised package!
First of all we'll go back to basics with a little about where in Spain Lloret de Mar is situated...
In the province of Catalonia, 97km from the French border in the North Eastern corner of Spain. Lloret is one of the most popular tourist resorts on the Costa Brava.

Here you have a choice of 2 international airports, the nearest GIRONA airport is only 29km away.
The much larger airport of BARCELONA is 93km further down the coast.

The most popular airline for this region is RYANAIR now uses  Girona airport and also Barcelona. When booking a flight with Ryanair you will notice it states Girona airport as Barcelona-Girona, this is actually Girona and not Barcelona.
If you choose to fly into Barcelona you have a choice of several other airlines which fly to this airport from the UK, they are.... BRITISH AIRWAYS, ... JET2, ... EASY JET ... & ... MONARCH AIRLINES.