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After Barcelona I continued up the Costa Brava coast en route to Andorra - April 2011.


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spain208At the eastern end of Lloret de Mar's main beach is the Castell d'en Plaja, a private residence from the 1930s



spain206The beachfront of Lloret de Mar, on the Costa Brava $600 Bonus


spain210Paths hug the rocky coastline, leading from one beach to another - Lloret de Mar















spain212 Follow the coastline to discover beach after beach after beach - Lloret de Mar















spain215On the western edge of Lloret de Mar is the Dona Marinera statue (Sailor's Wife) and a lookout point with fine views of the bay



spain213A couple of minutes walk further on is a restaurant with a superb setting over the Mediterranean - Lloret de Mar



spain214One of the very frequent tour boats sails past - Lloret de Mar















spain218A spot of fishing at Lloret de Mar beach















spain220Walking through the restaurant and up & over the rocky headland brings you to Fenals beach - Lloret de Mar



spain223Fenals beach was slightly quieter than Lloret de Mar beach, but it sounds as though it gets equally crowded in the high season



spain225Lloret de Mar's main tourist strip has several bars and clubs













spain231Wander the narrow streets to the 16th century Parish Church - Lloret de Mar














spain227Aaaaahh, now I understand... Hotel instructions at Lloret de Mar



spain236A short drive up the coast is the medieval walled town of Tossa de Mar















spain234Walk up to the Old Town for views of the beach at Tossa de Mar















spain240Like nearby Lloret de Mar, Tossa de Mar has plenty of tour boats



spain241American actress Ava Gardner came to Tossa de Mar on a film shoot in 1950



spain244The Vila Vella (Old Town) is a small but quaint area, and well worth a wander - Tossa de Mar















spain245The Old Town was originally constructed in the 12th century, then rebuilt in the 14th century - Tossa de Mar















spain247Take your pick from a wealth of restaurants in Tossa de Mar



spain254A step closer to Andorra is the beautiful Catalan city of Girona



















spain251The Barri Vell (Old Town) to the right of the Onyar River - Girona















spain255One of the streets just off Placa de Catalunya, in the Barri Vell - Girona



spain256The Pujada de Sant Domenec is a stone stairway in the Old Town - Girona



spain257An archway near the Pujada de Sant Domenec - Girona



















spain264Most of Girona's cathedral dates to the 14th and 15th centuries














spain263Steps lead down from the cathedral to the Placa de la Catedral - Girona



spain266Also in the Old Town are the 12th century Banys Arabs (Arab Baths) - Girona



spain268There's a few tranquil gardens dotted around Girona's Barri Vell















spain269The gardens are an ideal place to cool off in the heat of the day - Girona














spain270Carrer Ballersteries is an atmospheric old shopping street in the Barri Vell - Girona



spain272Take a walk along the ancient city walls - Girona



spain273Watchtowers dot the city walls and are a good place to take in the vistas - Girona














spain276Girona is said to be the heart of Catalonia


















spain277The winding cobbled streets of the Old Town - Girona



spain280Another Barri Vell stone stairway - Girona



spain281Definitely what I call a narrow street - Girona


















spain282A residential courtyard - Girona















spain284Restaurants line the Carrer Argentina - Girona



spain285In the new Mercadal quarter of Girona is the Placa de la Independencia



spain286The Placa is surrounded on all sides by bars and restaurants - Girona















spain288 I think this is St George, or Sant Jordi as he is known in Catalonia, whose day was celebrated a few days earlier on 23 April - Girona


















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