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Blanes: an Open-Air natural museum on the Costa Brava

May 23, 2024
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The city is located in the Catalan province of Girona, on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. It is often referred to as the "gateway to the Costa Brava."

Blanes: History and Modernity

Blanes is a resort town in northeastern Spain that became one of the first tourist destinations in the region. Located on the Costa Brava, 60 km from Barcelona, Blanes is known as one of the oldest towns on this coast. In ancient times, it was inhabited by the Romans, and from the 12th to the 14th centuries, the area was under the control of the aristocratic Blanes family, who founded the town that bears their name.

Transformation of a Fishing Village into a Popular Resort

Originally a small fishing village, Blanes has transformed into a developed resort attracting tourists during the summer months. The city is located in the Catalan province of Girona, on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, and is often referred to as the "gateway to the Costa Brava." It is the first major town encountered on the way from Barcelona to this picturesque region.

Beautiful Beaches and Water Activities

The city is famous for its beaches, which stretch over four kilometers and feature clear emerald waters. Visitors can enjoy water sports and hiking on mountain trails that offer breathtaking views of the coastal bays.

Division of the City into North and South

The city is divided by a large rock into northern and southern parts. The southern part of Blanes offers tourists numerous hotels, bars, restaurants, and entertainment venues. It features abundant greenery and interesting architectural designs. The northern part of the city resembles a typical Spanish town with residential neighborhoods and a port that supplies local restaurants with fresh seafood.

Climate and Beach Season

Blanes has a mild Mediterranean climate. In summer, temperatures range between +25°C and +28°C, and in winter, they rarely drop below +10°C. The beach season starts in June and lasts until October.

Beaches and Water Activities

The sandy and pebbly beaches of Blanes stretch for 4 km, divided by small bays. Visitors can enjoy deep-sea diving, windsurfing, and jet skiing. This equipment can be booked with us when renting a boat. The local fauna includes a variety of fish, starfish, and octopuses

Attractions in Blanes:

Sa Palomera - A large rock protruding from the sea, officially considered the starting point of the Costa Brava coastline. It is the site of the region's largest fireworks festival.

Fishermen's Quarter - The old part of town, featuring many colorful boats and restaurants where you can taste fresh seafood.

Marina - The site of evening fish auctions and a great place for a stroll along the white yachts.

San Juan Castle - A medieval castle offering stunning panoramic views.

Santa Barbara Architectural Complex - A Romanesque tower from the 12th century and the church of the same name.

16th Century Monastery - A beautiful building with a stone facade on a hill, overlooking the port and Santa Anna beach.

Marimurtra Park - A botanical garden with over 4,000 plant species.

Pinya de Rosa Botanical Garden - An oasis with over 7,000 plants, including giant cacti.

Santa Maria Church - A Gothic temple from the 14th century.

Three Arches on Ample Street - Medieval arches integrated into modern architecture.

Virgin Mary Portal - The northern entrance to the city featuring a Madonna statue.

Miralbell House - A 19th-century building listed as Catalonia's architectural heritage.

Orench Mansion - A building in the "Noucentisme" style, designed by architect Francesc Folguera.

Spain Square and Dintre Avenue - The cultural center of the city with many architectural monuments.

Arcada Art Gallery - An exhibition space for contemporary art.

Mare de Déu del Vilar Square - A cozy place to relax with cafes and shops.

San Francesc Chapel - A 17th-century monument with picturesque sea views.

Main Promenade - A pedestrian area connecting the port with Sa Abanell beach, featuring hotels, restaurants, bars, and excursion centers.

Shopping, Restaurants, Sports, and Entertainment for Children

Blanes offers numerous shops, restaurants, and sports activities. For families with children, there is the Marineland water park and the Costa Brava Parc Aventura adventure park. In the summer, there is something for everyone!

Blanes Port

Blanes' marina can accommodate vessels up to 25 meters in length.

For more information, visit the marina's website www.cvblanes.cat

More detailed information can be found on the municipality's website www.blanes.cat

 

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