Spain Guide

 

Estartit Nightlife

There are plenty of bars, restaurants and night clubs in Estartit but this is very much a family resort so older teens might find the nightlife a little on the tame side. If you're more into a Club 18 30 social scene you'll be better off at the bigger and brasher resort of Lloret de Mar.

There's a good variety of restaurants here including many which cater for British, Dutch and German tastes. You'll find pizza and hamburger joints, traditional English roasts, curry and Chinese. The cheap "eat as much as you like" Chinese buffet, down near the beach in the old part of the town, is always a firm favourite with budget conscious summer visitors!

Jocs restaurant, The Studio and Casi Casi are among other popular haunts with good quality, inexpensive food. The best restaurants are in the harbour end of town where you'll find older buildings, a more Spanish feel and restaurants serving traditional Catalan dishes. Les Salines, on the Passeig de Molinet quayside, is renowned for the quality of its seafood, taking fresh fish from its own nursery which is connected directly to the sea via underground channels.

British pint lovers recommend The Fighting Cocks Bar for a cooling pint of real English bitter. Other popular tourist bars include JJ's, Toni's, Tropics, the Irish Bar and Albert's Carousel Bar.

 

In the summer months there are several music bars and clubs which stay open until the small hours. Some clubs don't get into full swing before 2am and after than you can dance till dawn (if you can stand the pace!). The Podium, Rockerfella's, Simpson's and Maxim's are among the most popular meeting places for late night partygoers.

Many of the hotels, apartment complexes and camp sites have their own nightly programme of entertainment in high season, often organised by the local tour reps. The range and quality of entertainment can be excellent with cabaret shows, magicians, karaoke, quiz nights etc.

If you're holidaying with young children, check in advance with your tour operator whether there's a kids' club with early evening entertainment. There's no greater joy for a harassed parent than to be able to relax over a quiet early evening drink after a hard day at the beach, while the kids are kept amused (by someone else!!).

Pop along to the local tourist information office to see if there are any local fiestas or cultural events taking place during your visit. If you're holidaying here in the third week of June you'll be able to enjoy some traditional Spanish partying with the fiesta of San Juan which culminates in a big firework display down at the beach.

In mid July there's the world renowned international music festival in nearby Torroella de Montgri which attracts big name soloists, choirs, orchestras and musicians. The festival, which has been held every year since 1980, takes place in three historic settings the medieval town's Gothic church of Saint Genis, the porticoed Gothic Renaissance town square and in a former 17th century Augustin monastery.

If you fancy an evening's gambling there's the Casino Lloret de Mar on the road between Lloret and Blanes. And if you're visiting Barcelona, be sure to stay for the evening to watch the fantastic coloured fountain show.

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