In between TBEX conference sessions and our FAM TRIP to Terres de l’Ebre, Dan and I had 24 hours in which to do whatever we wanted. What we wanted was to explore Costa Brava Spain via rental car.
Where To Rent A Car In Lloret De Mar, Spain
We asked the hotel concierge if he had any suggestions, as MOST car rental places in Spain are either CLOSED on Sundays, OR the hours are very limited. Did you know that??
Evenia Hotels connected us with ABA Rent A Car whose owner, Sergio was awesome enough to come pick us up at the hotel and deliver us to our car for the day. After we returned the car, he also took us back to the hotel. The 5 door manual transmission SUV (foreign brand that I don’t remember) cost us 50 Euros and was worth every single penny.
ABA offers a 10% discount for persons over the age of 55, and luckily (?) we qualified. My facial wrinkles must have been the tip off. Time to embrace my AARP status.
Ready to explore the region, we were armed with everything we’d need.
- Hard copy of Costa Brava map
- Car charger (awesome SWAG from Costa Brava)
- Extra battery from TYLT
- Unlocked iphone 5S with $15 dollar Vodaphone SIM card installed
- WAZE app (better than googlemaps)*
- Euros for snacks and drinks
Driving around Spain was simple with the WAZE app calling out directions. “Turn right at the first roundabout. Follow to the second roundabout and go right.” I have no idea why we had never used a European SIM card before, and our lives have been changed forever since this trip. No more only having data with wi-fi!
Once we hit the road, we were so happy to be in the car and on our own. Costa Brava is loaded with so many beautiful little towns. Each one more beautiful than the next.
Our first stop after leaving Lloret de Mar, was St.Feliu de Guixols. Believe it or not, I actually know someone whose father lives there. Unfortunately he was not in town at the time, or maybe my friend just said that because he was too scared to have his father meet me.
Que será será!
Of course I had to pee by the time we arrived and was so thankful that this bar let me use the bathroom.
There was a nice flea market in town, and of course Dan and I couldn’t resist. Flea Markets are our thing.
Residents in Spain are much more environmentally aware than Americans.
Pick up your dog poop.
Plant Grafitti- PLANTFITTI
We picked up some snacks at the farmer’s market.
The chickens actually lay eggs on the spot!
All day long, we zipped in and out of beach towns.
We crammed in a lot of coastal stops along the way. Just a few of them were:
- Platja d’Aro
- Platja del Racó
- Calella de Palafrugel
- Cap de Begur
After checking out the beach towns, we cruised around Begur. Our last stop of the day would be Girona, to eat at the #2 Restaurant in the World, El Celler de Can Roca.
Stay tuned to see what happened there.
C/Valenti Almirall, 8
17310 Lloret de Mar
Tel: 34 972 37 43 12