Lloret de Mar is a small city 76 km north of Barcelona on the Costa Brava. It has a population of about 29,000, but during summer this goes up to 200,000. The apartments and houses here are quite expensive and the working population lives in Blanes, south of Lloret de Mar, which costs less. There are many very expensive and large houses in this city. There are probably many rich people from Barcelona who have second homes here.
The main feature of the town is the Lloret de Mar beach, which is about 2 kilometers long. There is a wide paved walkway all along the beach, with a stone bench beside the walkway, so tourists like to sit on the bench and watch the beach.
At one end of the beach are some rock formations that are skirted by a little path paved with stones. There is a small lookout point with the statue of a fisherman’s wife looking out to the sea. She represents the city and is called Doña Marinera, a sculpture by Ernest Maragall done in 1966. At the other end of the beach is a little castle, which is not historic. It is really a private residence of someone rich, who constructed his house like a castle. However it looks elegant and gives the beach an interesting point. It is called the Castell de Sa Caleta. The town has another major beach that is not as big as the Lloret Beach. It is called Playa de Fenals. This is more quiet and has many apartment buildings beside it.
The main attraction of the town are the Gardens of Santa Clotilde, which are not too far from the Playa de Fenals. The gardens are built from the top of a hill all the way down to a cliff beside the sea. They are in the style of the Italian Renaissance and built in 1919, covering an area of 24,000 square meters. The owner of these gardens was the Marques de Roviralta, who lived between 1891 and 1979. He was a doctor and had this vision to build the gardens. His mansion still stands on top of the hill and his family still occupies it. He found a young architect by the name of Nicolau Maria Rubio I Tuduri (1891-1981), who had been a disciple of the famous French architect Nicolas Forestier, the latter architect being the architect of the Bois de Boulogne in Paris and the Maria Luisa Park in Seville.
Many of the walkways in the gardens are lined with Italian cypress trees. There are other evergreen trees such as Mediterranean pines and also cedar trees. There are many Roman style statues made of marble in the gardens, and also many bronze statues of sirens done by the sculptress Maria Limona. There are many small ponds and fountains that let water fall down the sides of the hill, beside steps that are adorned with plants on the sides of the steps.
The regional government of Catalonia declared these gardens of national interest in 1995 and the architect Artur Bossy has recently remodeled the gardens to give them their original form. There is a very small entrance fee to see the gardens. These are probably the most beautiful gardens in Catalonia.
Near the City Hall is the Sant Roma Parish Church. It started out as a 16th century church, but was remodeled and now has a Modernist design with colorful domes and a beautiful side door. Inside the church is decorated very sparingly.
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cornejo (22796) 2012-10-18 4:40
Hi Barbara, very nice photo of these houses built in the mountains, by the sea and surrounded by beautiful pine trees. Very nice and interesting picture, well composed and performed with good sharpness, color and light. Very good and interesting job perfectly done, congratulations my friend. Tfs.
Good morning and happy weekend.
Best regards and best wishes.
papagolf21 (79778) 2012-10-18 5:16
Bonjour, chère Barbara,
Ces maisons accrochées au flanc de la montagne bénéficient d'une vue exceptionnelle.
La beauté d'ensemble est à souligner.
Très belle présentation.
Nicou (106307) 2012-10-18 6:19
merveilleus eiamge et compo fantastique vue et captage quelle maisons en blanc, leurs toits ocres se fond dans la végétation et la douce forme de la colline sueprbe.
Bravo et amitié
maria-v1981 (10418) 2012-10-18 7:11
I would like to have a house in this place. The view must be beautiful and the houses are inside the trees. The architecture is diffrent for every house and th elight is excellent.
Have a nice evening,
macjake (45896) 2012-10-18 10:09
well yeah, i'd love to have a second home here aswell!
I'll get to work on that! :)
looking closely at the scene, it appears that some of the houses are extremely large too.
I bet they have amazing views.
very well exposed shot barb, bright, clear and sharp. just the way you wanted it.
Fis2 (77192) 2012-10-18 11:42
Fajne wzgorze i piekne domki na nim.
GREGG (7804) 2012-10-18 11:43
Witaj, ślicznie zagospodarowane wzgórze,
malownicze posesje przycupneły na stromiźnie,
ładna kolorystyka, pozdrawiam
tedesse (24008) 2012-10-18 11:50
Piekny widok Lioret de Mar!
Doskonaly POV, super kolory i ostrosc.
mumek (20196) 2012-10-18 15:18
Pieknie polozone wille na zboczach otoczone bujna roslinnoscia. Elegancka, nowoczesna architektura, ladna kolorystyka , interesujaca notatka
aliabazari (10284) 2012-10-18 21:29
Compression is very beautiful villa houses and green trees. You made it a good show. Good lighting and attractive colors. Greetings, my friend.
jjcordier (67630) 2012-10-18 22:13
Belle et lumineuse photo de cette "colline aux riches" de Lloret de Mar. On peut dire qu'ils sont bien accrochés à leurs privilèges -)
bukitgolfb301 (32754) 2012-10-19 2:14
Hi dear Barbara
Wow a picturesque landscape / architecture shot!
What an impressive image at all. Tasteful color touch and getting good daylight. A delicate presentation for the color touch is marvelous and admirable. Thanks for your sharing with nice work and have a good day!
Takero from rainy Tokyo
bema (26179) 2012-10-19 4:29
Hi Barbara, my dear..
an attractive settlement which you show here, think to live in one of those house up there must be a real good thing, ins´t it?
thanksfor sharing, see you around, cheers Bernd
krzychu30 (12881) 2012-10-19 4:39
pieknie polozone domy.Na pewno widoki jakie z nich maja mieszkancy sa niesamowite(w odroznieniu od tego co ja mam za oknem:)]Poza tym,mimo tak stromego polozenia jest tu bardzo bujna roslinnosc,co tylko dodaje uroku calej scenie.Swietny kadr z naprawde znakomitym swiatlem i pieknymi kolorami,ktore bardzo dobrze tutaj ze soba wspolgraja.Super kompozycja!
Pozdrawiam serdecznie i zycze milego WE
COSTANTINO (44335) 2012-10-19 9:46
spectacular view to this side of the hill
shot with lightn ess and sharpness
have a nice weekend
Silvio1953 (106048) 2012-10-20 3:08
Ciao Barbara, great POV on lovely village, splendid light, excellent clarity and wonderful autumnal colors, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
raszid62 (18583) 2012-10-20 6:20
Piêkne, kolorowe domy miasteczka na stromym zboczu wzgórza. Przy domach mnóstwo drzew z mi³ym w upalny dzieñ cieniem. Ciep³e o¶wietlenie wydoby³o ca³a feeriê gor±cych barw. Sympatyczne miejsce do zamieszkania.
Cricri (92599) 2012-10-20 9:38
Très jolie vue de ces maisons blotti entre les arbres et sur la colline, une lumière qui rend bien les couleurs, un très vieux souvenir pour moi cette région
s_lush (16062) 2012-10-21 8:33
This panorama is both horizontal and vertical, showing so many interesting architectural and natural details. You have captured this highly picturesque sea resort with excellent composition, perfect light, lovely colors and perfect quality. Very good presentation of this wonderful place!
Kielia (21603) 2012-10-22 6:29
a very beautiful impression of this fascinating architecture! The composition is excellent and the light creates a wonderful mood.
My compliments also for the interesting notes!
ikeharel (44395) 2012-10-22 9:04
Reading the note I recon there are many small villas that looks like a recreation small hotels, put up by the local's, Barbara.
Modern and fine architecture's that match and mingle with the hill slop's.
- Copyright: Barbara Stec (Sonata11) (31307)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-08-03
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T2i, Tamron 18-270 F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD
- Exposure: f/6.3, 1/250 seconds
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- Date Submitted: 2012-10-18 4:17