Its tourist attractions and good communications with Barcelona have transformed this old fishing and farming town into a small tourist-centered city that keeps its traditions on things like its vegetable and fish markets or the fish auction.
The climate in Blanes and the rest of Costa Brava is typically Mediterranean, mild and temperate, characterized by hot, dry summers, and moderately cold winters. The annual average temperature ranges from 7 to 28 °C.
From May to October the hot weather makes it suitable for sunbathing. Occasional rains can occur on May and October. As water warms up more slow than air, the best months for swimming and diving are July, August and September. August can be too hot and crowded.
HistoryIberian activity has been attested in the area. Romanization of Blanes and its surroundings began around the 3rd century BC. During the Roman rule it was named Blanda or Blandae. Roman remains of the Blandae site lie nearby. After the rule of the Romans the area shared the fate of much of the Peninsula, being conquered successively by the Goths, the Moors and the Christians shortly after. In the 13th century, after the Christians regained the power, important architectural developments took place in Blanes. Some examples are the Cabrera palace, the Santa Maria's Church and the city walls.
In the 17th century, during the Catalan Revolt (Guerra dels Segadors), Blanes was practically burned to ashes. The Cabrera Palace was completely destroyed.
Another event that affected Blanes was the Spanish War of Succession (1701–1714). Afterwards, the reconstruction of the town and the expansion of agriculture started.
Biblioteca information Officephone: +34 972 33 03 48address: Passeig Catalunya, 2Tourist office run by the Patronat de Turisme.
Els Pins Tourist information Officeaddress: Plaça dels CámpingsTourist office run by the Blanes authorities.
Main Tourist information Officephone: +34 972 330 348address: Plaça CatalunyaMain tourist office run by the Blanes authorities.
By carThe C32 toll highway brings you from Barcelona to Blanes from 1 hour depending on the traffic. The AP7 toll highway brings you from France, and Girona taking a minimum of 2 and 1 hours respectively.
AS free parking is difficult to find at the old town, consider once you drop-off your luggage at your accommodation to park outside the city or far from the beach and return by walking.
By busThe local company Sagales runs from Girona and the Girona's airport to Blanes. The trip between Blanes and Aeroport de Girona at Vilobí d'onyar takes a little more than 1 hour. It also runs from Barcelona and the Barcelona / El Prat airport to Blanes several times a day for about €8 for the 2 hour ride.
Trains stop at Blanes station 2 times per hour from and to Barcelona and 1 per hour to Maçanet Massanes where you can change train to/from Girona / France. Much of R1 is single track operation, and it can be quicker to use R2 to Maçanet Massanes and change there.
Which zone Blanes is in depends on your ticket! For standard rail journeys, it is in zone 6 and Barcelona-Blanes is about €6.30 one way. For 'integrated' multitrip tickets, it is in zone 5.
Station is 30 minutes away from the center by walking. The local bus company Transports Pujol can bring you to the city for less than €2.
Blanes train stationOpened in 1859 to connect Blanes to Mataró and Barcelona. Nowadays, it also connects to Girona.
By planeGirona/Gerona/Costa Brava airport is about 30 minutes away by car, see Get in > By car/train/bus for information on your preferred option from the airport to Blanes.
Barcelona El Prat airport is about 1 hour away by car, see Get in > By car/train/bus for information on your preferred option from the airport to Blanes.
Blanes can be divided on this zones for orientation purposes:
- The port area next to the Port de Blanes.
- Coves area or cales on the north of the port.
- The Old Town or City Center near the sea from the port to the Sa Palomera, the rock which divides the bay.
- The Sa Palomera area near the Sa Palomera rock.
- The S'Abanell area south of the Sa Palomera. Full of hotels and next to the discos zone
- Industrial area near the river, away from the beach where the train station.
As most of the interesting places are near the sea, orientation is easy and the most important route is the formed by the avenues near the beach.
The street names of these sea front avenues (or Passeig) from north to south are: Passeig de la Mestrança and Passeig de Pau Casals on the port are good for walking and buying traditional products on summer weekends. Passeig Cortils i Vieta on the old town is good for walking around and cheap clothes shopping on Mondays. Passeig de la Marina in the Sa Palomera area. Passeig de S'Abanell in the S'Abanell area.
The old town have two perpendicular main streets:
Passeig de Dintre parallel to Cortils i Vieta on the old town. Only pedestrians. Ample street. The old town main street. Perpendicular from the sea, next to Plaza España half the way from Sa Palomera to the Blanes Port. Only pedestrians on weekends.
On footThe central part of the city is very easy to walk around with lots of pedestrian areas. Most streets are one-way and with pavements just a yard wide on either side with traffic going by at speed.
Most hotels are in a 1 km, 15min walking, radius from the old town's historical center. Camp sites are up to 2 km, 30min walking, from the center.
By bike / ScooterBlanes is fairly bikeable except for the northern caves as being flat and having bike lanes on the main avenues. The only cave easily accessible by bike is Santa Ana.
It is possible to rent a bike or motorbike to move around.
Mopts to Rentphone: +34 972 336 333address: Olivers, 12Scooter rental
By carPrivate car is a good option to move to the northern coves, Sant Joan Castle, the Botanical gardens, the Tordera Delta and the industrial area ( supermarkets and fast food ). The rest of the city, although can be driven by car, can be easily visited by foot.
Free parking is difficult to find at the old town, especially in summer. Payment parking lots are available close to city's beaches and coves on high season.
By busLocal buses, operated by Transports Pujol, are a good option to visit places away from the city center like the botanical gardens and Cala Bona.
A tour bus takes tourists to the botanical gardens from the port near the Can Flores restaurant.
There is a touristic train-shaped bus, or Carrilet, that runs promenade long for the people who do not want to walk the 2 km long city's waterfront. It's possible to take it on the Plaça Catalunya circus near the Sa Palomera rock.
Blanes Beachaddress: Pau Casals AveThe main beach of Blanes is the nearest to the city center, this is a 2000 feet long granule sand beach. Facilities include toilets,showers, SOS, kids area, volley-ball fields, ferry station and wheelchair access. Restaurants, bars, shops... are in the city next to the beach. Over the years the beach has been shortened by consecutive port expansions. In 2011 in the last port expansion the beach was lengthened in a 90 degree turn along the dock to the harbor's entrance.
S'Abanell Beachaddress: S'Abanell AveWith a length of 1.5 miles this is Blanes longest beach. It's sand is grain sized except from some fine sand areas because of land fillings. Facilities include toilets, showers, SOS, sun-loungers, parking, wheelchair access and ferry station. Restaurants, bars, shops... are in the city next to the beach.
Sa Forcanera coveA gorgeous forgotten cave with no facilities 1km away from the city center. Can be seen from the Marimurtra botanical garden. Consists of leucogranitic cliffs and a small beach with big pebbles. Ancient remains of a dock, some facilities and the stairs of the inaccessible path to Blanes are next to the beach. Get there by kayaking or by a long swim and rock walking from Santa Anna.
S'Aguia coveSmall cave with no facilities in the border between Blanes and Lloret del Mar. From the south of the beach, sanded by 1 meter diameter rocks you can see the S'Aguia rock, the last rock you will see north of the beach. On the beginning of the trail is a green gate. Pass through the side of the gate only by foot. People visiting the beach usually park in the garden's parking lot. According to a sign, payment may be required, but it usually is not.
Santa Anna RockA cove with no facilities and a small beach between the granitic cliffs of El Convent and the dock of the port. The beach's consists on pebbles near the water and grain sand next to the walls. Some basaltic columns with olivine and augite bombs are present. Perfect for rock-hunting, snorkeling and scuba diving. Bars and restaurants are in the port area near the cove.
Sant Francesc coveA scenic and ideal for families cove surrounded by pines. Accessible by a 1 hour walk from the city and by bus. The parking near the beach is subject to payment at high season. Facilities include toilets, showers, SOS, parking and ferry station. There is only a restaurant near the beach. Take the stairs from the beach to the viewpoint and Sant Francesc chapel or rent a paddle boat to explore around the cliffs.
Sa PalomeraThis is a big rock which divides the city bay by the half. This considered is the beginning of the Costa Brava. There are stairs from the beach to the viewpoint at the top of the rock.
Tordera DeltaSea fauna and bird watching where the Tordera river meets the sea. There is a grained sand beach which is the only where nudism is accepted in Blanes.
Botanical gardensBlanes have two world recognized botanical gardens both with scenic views of the Costa Brava's coves.
Marimurtra16 hectares, considered the best Mediterranean botanical garden in Europe.
Pinya de Rosa500 hectares garden containing the considered best collections of aloe, agave and cactus in the world.
Historical buildingsBlanes also has good examples of architecture from the Gothic, Modernist and Noucentisme periods.
Cabrera's Palaceaddress: Església Sq19th-century gothic architecture palace placed on the top of the old village. It was partially destroyed under the Catalan Revolt and the following wars against France.
Saladrigas Houseaddress: 48, Esperança StCatalan Noucentsime house built between 1918 and 1920 by the architect Isidre Puig i Boada. Notice the wrought iron works in the balcony.
Can Torderaaddress: Passeig de Dintre street, 26Catalan Modernist house
Esperanza's ChapelThis small chapel was built outside the city walls. It's first referenced in 1650. Take a look at the scale model ships inside the chapel.
Gothic Fountainaddress: Ample StreetThis 15th-century Gothic water fountain was 1438 to supply drinking water to Blanes city in response to pandemics. Since the 2006 conservation works there is no water supply.
Hospital Asil de Sant Jaumeaddress: Jaume Arcelos Street, 1Catalan Modernist hospital
Santa Maria's Churchaddress: Església SqGothic church that was built from 1350 to 1410. It was burnt down ( except for the wall ) in 1936, loosing one of the best preserved gothic church of the area and two Antoni Gaudi thrones. It was reconstructed on 1944.
Sant Joan CastleThis 18th-century castle offers the best views of the city. It was built to defend the city against pirates and used to defend Barcelona from attacks from the north. Accessible by car or by foot by a long stairs. Take a photo of the city and beach through the cannonball-made hole on the wall.
Diving the Costa BravaIt is possible to dive at the coves of Santa Anna and Cala Sant Francesc or from a boat. Find sea anemones (Actinia equina), sea horses (Hippocampus guttulatus), sponges (Petrosia ficiformis, Myxilla incrustans), spirographs (Spirographis spaññanzanii), octopus (Octopus vulgaris), starfish (Ophidiaster ophidianus), sea cucumbers (Holothuria forskali) and many sea urchins (Spaerechinus granularis, Paracentrotus lividus).
phone: +34 646 96 20 56They dive from the bays of Santa Anna and Cala Sant Francesc (the second via minibus) or from both slow and speed boat.
- The Festa Major or feast of Santa Anna and Sant Joaquim (on the 26th) are usually celebrated in the 3rd or 4th week of July, between the 21st and 27th annually. During the eight days, the major feasts are celebrated as well as the Fireworks Contest which attracts more than 500,000 visitors. This is an international competition in which various countries from around the world participate. Over 500,000 kg of fireworks are used at each event. Most people watch the fireworks from the beach.
- The Festa Major Petita or the feast of the co-patrons (Sant Bonòs and Maximià). A family-oriented trek is celebrated where many people walk accompanied by their children, pets etc. It is approximately 8 km long. The reward is a memento and a slice of watermelon.
Navigate the Costa Brava
Dofijet Ferry City CenterNavigate with the Dofijet ferry to the next caves and fishing towns.
Dofijet Ferry S'AbanellNavigate with the Dofijet ferry to the next caves and fishing towns.
address: Passeig Mestrança, 116Sail the Costa Brava in a catamaran.
- Renting a pedalo or paddle boat in the different available spots on the beach. One of them near the Sa Palomera rock.
SunbathingSunbath at the 3 km long city beach or at coves such as the Cala Sant Francesc and Santa Anna beaches which are surrounded by mountains.
Topless is permitted in all Blanes' beaches, nudism is allowed only in Tordera Delta beach.
Tordera Delta fauna watching
The beach on this delta is the best known spot in Costa Brava to see blue sharks (Prionace glauca), ocean sunfishes (Mola mola) and dolphins (Delphinus delphis).
SupermarketsThere are many supermarkets outside the town where you can find the best prices.
Condisaddress: Antoni Gaudi Street
Fira d'artesaniaaddress: Passeig Cortils i VietaArtisan products street market
Pagesesaddress: Passeig de DinsTraditional Fruits and vegetables
Mercadilloaddress: Passeig Cortils i VietaClothing street market
Souvenirs Marketaddress: Passeig de s'AbanellArtisan souvenir street market
Clothing storesIn Blanes old town there are plenty of clothing stores.
Springfieldaddress: Passeig de Dins
Stradivariusaddress: Passeig de Dins
ArdalesThis is a small fast-food restaurant where sausages and hamburgers are served. It opens till late. The 4 tables available are usually occupied. You can eat on a stool on the counter or better take the food to the promenade and enjoy the sea view while you take your fatty meal. You can find Blanes locals here, as opposed to the other sausage and hamburger restaurants in the S'Abanell area.
phone: +34 972 33 01 33A franchise of the Spanish restaurant chain Telepizza. Pizza cooking takes about 40 minutes. Home delivery is available. You can order by phone or via Internet.
VienaThis Spanish restaurant chain serves French bread sandwiches.
Can Brunophone: +34 972 33 05 86address: Camí vell de Vilar, 100Catalan cuisine.
Celler Sant Antoniphone: +34 972 35 14 38address: Pg. Pau Casals, 61Sophisticated Catalan cuisine.
La Gondolaaddress: Passeig Mestranca, 80-81Mediterranean cuisine. Prix fixe menu from Monday to Friday.
Laiaphone: +34 972 33 32 24address: Passeig de la Marina, 16Seafood, Catalan cuisine.
address: Calle Bellaire, 4Vegan ecological tapas bar.
address: Theolongo Bacchio, 6Creative croquettes (small breadcrumbed fried food roll containing) and tapas. Specialists in the elaboration of artisan croquettes with a wide variety of tastes.
phone: +34 972 33 49 38address: Carrer Sant Andreu de la Palomera, 4Loved by locals and tourists alike, recommended by local fisherman. Fresh seafood. Note that this restaurant is also known as Can Ton which, though next door, is run by the same family, using the same kitchen.
Can FloresSeafood restaurant.
La GaviotaSeafood restaurant.
Sa Lolaphone: +34 972 35 52 19address: Passeig Pau Casals, 59A "gastronomic bar" where you can enjoy sofiscated tapas near the beach. You will get your usual tapas as well as some interesting ones like the famous spherical olives or the bursting mozzarella. The owners have worked with Ferran Adria in the past
Blanes has some small-scale artisan breweries such as Marina and Popaire. Birrasana, an artisan beer festival, is organized yearly in April. Local beer can be found at Birrasana festival and in the "Escenari Birrasana" during the Festa Major festival.
Sangría is also served in most restaurants made from cava or wine.
address: Calle San Andreu de la Palomera 8Located right across from the rock, Sa Palomera. No nearby traffic: just panoramic views of the beaches, the rock and the sea.
Discoteca Arenaaddress: Eivissa Street, 2Mainly for foreigners. Minimum age 16.
Discoteca Cyanaddress: Passeig de S'abanellTechno music, mainly for Spanish people. Minimum age 18.
Discoteca Esenciaaddress: Mediterrani Avinguda, 3Mainly for Spanish people. Minimum age 18.
There are camp sites (caravans also) at the Passeig de S'abanell southern end near the Tordera river.
There are approximately 40,000 apartments and bungalows available in the area.
phone: +34 972 33 15 91address: Villa de Madrid, 33
Camping Bellaterraaddress: Vila de Madrid 40
Camping el Pinarphone: +34 972 33 10 83address: Vila de Madrid 39
phone: +34 972 33 10 13address: Colon, 44
Doll Guesthousephone: +34 972 330 008address: Passeig de Pau Casals, 70-71
phone: +34 972 33 01 28address: Josep Tarradellas, 56
phone: +34 972 333 465address: Josep Tarradellas, 50
phone: +34 972 330 426address: Esperança 47-49
Hotel Costa Bravaaddress: Anselm Clavé 48
Hotel Horitzóaddress: Passeig de S'abanell,11
Hotel Mar Skiaddress: Passeig de S'abanell,4
Hotel Pimar & Spaaddress: Passeig de S'abanell,8
phone: +34 972 33 00 92address: Avinguda Vila de Madrid, 18Family hotel.
WifiSeveral free hot-spots can be found, and some bars, restaurants and hotels offer free internet as well.
Internet is available at a number of internet shops for about €1 an hour. Normally most charge 25 cents to print a page, notably a Ryanair ticket home though one such place charges €3. These places usually have phones also where you can phone home or locally, fairly cheaply.
Post officeA Correos (Spanish post company) office on Plaça de la Solidaritat at the city center, 5 min. walking from the beach.
- Buses to Girona, Tossa de Mar, Lloret de Mar and Barcelona are operated by Sagalés.
- From the beach in Blanes, near the harbor, you can hop on a boat operated by Dofijet that takes you to the nearby towns of Calella, Pineda de mar, Santa Susanna, Malgrat de Mar, Lloret de Mar and Tossa de Mar.
- Blanes also has a train station in the outskirts from which you can go to anywhere in Spain, for example to the near Figueres home of the Dali museum. The station is 30 minutes away from the center by walking. Local bus company can bring you there for less than €2.
- Blanes is well connected through toll highways to Barcelona, Girona, Figueres and France.
- By taxi, phone (+34) 972352727