Useful information

Climate

Lloret de Mar has a Mediterranean climate, and proximity to the sea makes for mild temperatures all year round.

Opening times and local customs

Business hours: Business hours are from 8 or 9 a.m. until 1 or 1.30 p.m. and again from 4 p.m. until 7 or 7.30 p.m. Banks and public administration offices close at 2 or 3 p.m. and do not reopen in the evening.

Shop opening times: Shops in Lloret open from Monday to Saturday from 9 or 10 a.m. until 1 or 1.30 p.m. and again from 4 p.m. until 8 or 8.30 p.m. In summertime many shops stay open until 10 p.m. (latest permitted opening time) and some shops also open on Sunday.

Pubs and music bars close at 3 a.m. and discotheques close at 5 a.m.

Meal times: In Lloret de Mar, like elsewhere in Spain, mealtimes tend to be later than in other European countries. Breakfast is served between 9 and 11 a.m. and is usually quite light. Lunch is usually served between 1.30 and 3.30 p.m. and dinner between 8.30 and 10.30 p.m. Restaurants usually open at these times, although some places serve meals all day long and others are open 24 hours a day.

Languages

Spanish and Catalan are the official languages in Lloret de Mar, and all over Catalonia, although many people in this tourist resort understand and speak other languages such as English and French. Menus in restaurants and bars are written in several languages.

Communications

Public phone boxes operate with coins or phone cards, which can be bought in tobacconists, post offices and other establishments. Phone calls can also be made from public and hotel telephone booths.

To ring abroad from Spain, dial 00 followed by the country code and the required telephone number. To ring Spain from abroad, dial the correct international code followed by 34 (code for Spain) and the required 9-digit Spanish number. To ring a number in Spain (both land lines and mobiles), dial the required 9-digit number with no prefix.

To ring abroad on a mobile phone, please bear in mind that Spain uses GSM technology. If your systems are compatible, contact your local operator before travelling to check how to use your mobile in Spain (roaming service).

To ring abroad from Spain on a mobile phone, dial 00 followed by the country code and the required telephone number.

Stamps can be bought in tobacconists and post offices. Post letters in the yellow letterboxes around the town, in the post office itself or at hotel reception desks.

Fax messages, parcels, money orders and telegrams can be sent from the post office, and most hotels and public phone booths also offer a fax service. Internet connection is available in cybercafes, public phone booths and other similar establishments.

The euro (€) is the official European Union currency. Other currencies can be exchanged in banks, savings banks and bureaux de change in town.

Banks open from Monday to Friday from 8h30 to 14h00, and on Saturday from 8h30 to 13h00. In summer banks do not open on Saturdays. Savings banks also open on Thursday afternoons, except in summer. Several bureaux de change open daily.

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