Although the impact of the financial crisis is quite visible, tourists from Barcelona as well as from the rest of Europe continue to flock to this splendid resort town which often goes by the title “Gateway to the Costa Brava”. Surrounded by an abundance of gorgeous nature, this vibrant seaside town never ceases to amaze with its substantial Catalan identity. In Blanes, there’s an interesting mix of the old and the new which makes it an amazing family-friendly destination.
1. Soak up the Summer Heat in the Blanes Beach
One of the most frequented beaches in town, the Playa de Blanes is a beautiful golden sand beach in the center of the town right next to the port. This is the main beach of Blanes and an ideal place to soak up the scorching summer heat.
- Name: Platja de Blanes
- Address: Platja de Blanes, 17300 Blanes, Girona, Spain
2. Walk Along the S’Abanell Beach
Located on the left bank of Sa Polomera, S’Abanell is one of the longest beaches in the whole Girona coast with over 2.2 kilometers long, stretching all the way up to the mouth of the Tordera river. The golden sand of the beach is somewhat coarse, but ideal for a walk or just lie on. The beach officially ends at the mouth of the river Tordera.
- Name: Platja de S’Abanell
- Address: Platja de S’Abanell, 17300 Blanes
3. Stroll the Sant Francesc Beach
Wonderfully surrounded by pine trees and crystal clear waters, this small cozy beach is an ideal hotspot for families because of its serene atmosphere and a number of access facilities. Often goes by the name “Bona Cove”, this golden beach can be easily accessed from both San Juan and the Botanic Garden of Marimurta.
- Name: Sant Francesc Beach
- Address: Cala de Sant Francesc/cala Bona, 17300 Blanes
4. Enjoy Scuba-diving at the Platja de Santa Anna
Source: Albert Torello
Commonly known as the beach of the Capellans, Platja de Santa Anna is a small cove of gravel located behind the port of Blanes known for its unmatched beauty and landscape. Above you can see the Blanes Convent. This is an ideal spot for scuba diving.
- Name: Platja de Santa Anna
- Address: Platja de Santa Anna, 29, 17300 Blanes, Girona, Spain
5. Splendid Views From the Castillo de San Juan
A magnificent Spanish fortification at the top of the San Juan hill, the castle offers splendid views of the magnificent town of Blanes and sometimes the silhouette of Mount Montjuic can also be enjoyed from the top. It was built somewhere in the middle of the 13th century, but it has undergone many changes over time. The restored remains of the former fortification are still intact in the castle.
- Name: Castillo de San Juan
- Address: Carrer Cardenal Vidal i Barraquer, s/n, 17300 Blanes, Girona, Spain
- Phone: +34972330348
6. Appreciate the Gothic Santa Maria de Blanes
The parish church of Santa Maria in the middle of the historic center is a Gothic building adjoined by the ruins of the Palace of the Viscounts of Cabrera. The church is one of the most notable landmarks in Blanes adorned by a Gothic style façade and a well-preserved bell tower, which are among a few remaining architectural aspects of the restored church.
- Name: Santa Maria de Blanes
- Address: Carrer Nou, 22, 17300 Blanes, Girona, Spain
- Phone: +34972330574
7. The Gothic Fountain
A magnificent fountain in the old quarter famed for its unique Gothic style civil architecture which is hard to come by these days. Located in the commercial center of Blanes, this Gothic fountain highlights the various elements that are considered unique in an architectural context such as its carefully twisted crest, the slender pinnacles, the six gargoyles with human figurines, and the centerpiece which is beautifully ornamented with the arms of the Cabrera.
- Name: Gothic Fountain
- Address: 17300, Carrer Ample, 26, 17300 Blanes, Girona, Spain
8. Explore Exotic Species in the Marimurta Botanical Gardens
The gorgeous Botanic Gardens of Marimurta is one of the most famous leisure destinations in Blanes and a nature lover’s haven. This is considered among the finest in Europe and the beautiful panoramas alone are worth your trip. The gardens boast of over 3,000 different exotic plants divided between the Mediterranean, temperate, subtropical and sea plant species.
- Name: Jardí Botànic Marimurtra
- Address: Passeig de Carles Faust, 9, 17300 Blanes, Girona, Spain
- Phone: +34972330826
- Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 09:00 to 18:00
9. The Tropical Paradise – Pinya de Rosa Tropical Gardens
On the outskirts of Blanes, lie this tropical paradise and a photographer’s haven which holds one of the most extensive and the largest collections of living cactus in the continent with over 7,000 species collected from all over the world. The specimens were taken from their natural habitats and beautifully preserved in the Pinya de Rosa.
- Name: Pinya de Rosa
- Address: Cami de Sta Cristina s/n, Blanes, Spain
- Phone: +34972350689
- Website: http://www.pinya-de-rosa.es/
10. Watch the Adorable Dolphins at the Marineland
A few kilometers from the mainland Blanes is the spectacular Marineland which is an interesting blend of both a marine zoo and a water park. This is a perfect spot for the kids to enjoy beautiful dolphin shows, wonderful flamingos and sea lions in their natural habitat. The water park is filled with pools and slides for kids and the youngsters alike.
- Name: Marineland
- Address: Ctra. Malgrat a Palafolls, Palafolls
- Phone: +34937654802
- Website: http://www.marineland.es/
Have a good trip and travel!