Blanes is called the Gateway to the Costa Brava as it is the most Southern town of the Costa Brava, which starts here and ends at the border with France. Blanes is divided in two by a large rock in the sea called “Sa Palomera”. South of the rock you’ll find the “Els Pins” area which is the more tourist district and has mostly smooth and long sandy beaches all the way to Barcelona. North of it you’ll find the type of cliffs and rocks that give Costa Brava its name. Costa Brava literally means “Rough or wild coast”. These rock formations form the beautiful creeks that make our coast famous with its sandy bays with cristaline waters and surrounded by pine trees.
Popular amongst Catalans
Blanes is conveniently located as it is easily reachable from both Barcelona (1h drive) and Girona (40min drive). Blanes is a popular seaside town for Catalan people, and is less touristy than its neighbouring Lloret de Mar. Many Catalans have their weekend home here, so you will find a lot of locals and nice restaurants around town.
Perfect combination for families
The town has a relaxed atmosphere without the excesses of teenage favourite Lloret de Mar. It is a family-friendly town with enough offer for young adults as well, which makes it a great holiday spot for families. You can combine cultural visits with beachside relaxation.
Its old town
Unlike other Costa Brava beach resorts, Blanes actually still has an active fishing fleet and is known for its gambas (shrimps). Its fish auction in the early hours is one of the most important in the region. Between the Sa Palomera rock and the harbour lies Blanes’ old town which is home to many small boutiques, boulevard, restaurants and tapas bars. Just one street away from the beach is a daily fresh fruit and vegetable market, open every morning. The boulevard houses a weekly market on every Monday morning. We live here ourselves and know all of the good restaurants and hotspots, which we tell you all about in our personal booklet which you will find inside your villa. We’ll guide you to avoid tourist traps and to mingle in as local!
Cala Sant Francesc
Our personal favourite, also known to locals as Cala Bona, is set in a beautiful creek with crystal clear waters. It is located at the foot of the high-end residential urbanisation of Cala Sant Francesc. With luxury villas set between the pine trees around this bay, this explains why it is mainly a locals beach. The tourists you will find here tend to be of a different caliber than those found in Blanes’ hotel and camping area South of Sa Palomera.
The beach offers sun/parasol rental, toilets, showers and baywatch. Restaurant Cala Bona offers nice lunch and dinner including paella and fresh fish. They have a separate bar area for drinks and ice creams. It is a family-friendly beach and offers pedal boat hire.
Cala Santa Cristina
The beautiful beach of Cala Santa Cristina, is located between Blanes and Lloret de Mar.
As Cala Sant Francesc, this beach is also popular between locals, so during the weekends you will see a lot Catalan families.
It actually consists of two beaches, connected to each other: Cala Santa Cristina and Cala Treumal. Both beaches have a parking (you pay a daily rate), park your car and walk down the sandy path through the pine forest and along the beautiful small chapel (still in use for weddings) until you reach the crystaline waters!
The water at Santa Cristina is undeep and has a gently slope, and has very fine sand (sand castles!), so ideal for families with children. The famous 5-star Hotel Santa Marta is located on the end of this beach. Enjoy a paella for lunch at the beach restaurant. There are toilets, showers and life guard.
The pictoresque beach of Cala Treumal is smaller and rougher, surrounded by the rocks and pine trees of Pinya de Rosa botanical garden. It is more intimate. It has a small restaurant, bar, shower and life guard.
This beautiful botanical garden is unique in Europe as it is home to 3000 exotic species. However the most special part is its location, with a walking path that looms over one of the most beautiful and spectacular views of the Costa Brava. A photo at the Tempel of Linné is a must. The views are breath taking.
Pinya de Rosa
This is a tropical botanical garden designed in 1954 and is known for its tropical species that have adapted to the Mediterranean environment.
Yearly international fireworks championship
Every year, at the end of July, Blanes holds the prestigious international firework championship, with participants and visitors from all over the world. During 5 nights, every night from 22.30h-23.00h, you can enjoy this stunning show. Sit at the beach and watch the sky light up with light and colour! Note that Blanes closes its center at 19h for cars, so be there early to park and spend the evening. There are kids attractions, ice cream parlors, music,etc. on the boulevard.