With its mix of spotless beaches baked with Mediterranean rays, electric nightlife and ancient Gothic-style buildings, it’s clear to see why Lloret de Mar has been enticing tourists to the Spanish coastline for decades. Situated in the southern part of the region just 70 kilometres from Barcelona, this popular resort is a great base for a villa holiday in the Costa Brava. Blessed with seven kilometres of coastline, you’re bound to find the perfect golden-sand beach to relish the mild climate. Two offer Blue Flag status and you can try your hand at various watersports –snorkellers and scuba divers flock here thanks to the crystal-clear waters teeming with marine life. This typical Spanish resort also retains a keen sense of culture – the brightly-coloured Church of Santa Roma and ancient castle ruins high on the cliffs are both worth a visit. Save some energy for a visit to one of Europe’s biggest waterparks on your doorstep, or hike the hills around Lloret de Mar, before savouring Catalan cuisine and a cocktail as the sun sets at one of the many bars and restaurants along the seafront promenade. Another draw of the resort is that you’re just an hour's drive from the chic seaside city of Barcelona, where you can explore everything from the labyrinthine gothic quarter in the heart of the old city to the famous Camp Nou, the iconic stadium of FC Barcelona and the largest in Europe.