Blanes is one of the Costa Brava’s long-established family destinations, located in the province of Girona in the Catalonia region of Spain. Moreover, this beautiful town attracts tourists from all over the world. In 2007, Blanes was the first seaside town to receive the “Family Tourism Destination” certificate from the Catalan Tourism Agency.
Here are our top 9 best things to discover in Blanes, that you don’t miss out:
1- The Blanes Beach:
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Blanes stretches more than four kilometers of coastline. One of the main beaches in Blanes, called the Blanes beach is the most famous and visited one in the town. Furthermore, this beautiful beach located in front of the historical center, between Sa Palomera and the Blanes port.
Blanes Beach is a perfect bay to soak up the scorching summer heat. Not only has a crescent shape with 625 meters of gorgeous golden sand beach but also awarded the Blue flag. The beach offers different services such as sunbeds and parasols, showers and toilets, rubbish bins, decks for ease of movement, rescue centers and first aid, and a dedicated area for water activities to enjoy the sun and the sea with total comfort.
2- The S’Abanell Beach:
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At 2 kilometers long, s’Abanell Beach is one of the longest on the Girona coast. In addition, it stretches from the cliffs of Sa Palomera, to the western end of Blanes, at the Tordera River.
Moreover, the beach stretches along a narrow promenade and provides a popular place to stroll and relax. During the summer, the beach offers the necessary facilities, including sun loungers and parasols, showers and toilets, litter garbage cans, bridges for easy movement, first-aid and rescue centers, an area dedicated to beach games and lastly water sports.
3- Saint John Castle:
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San Juan Castle is one of the main attractions of Blanes. It is an impressive Spanish fortification set at the top of San Juan Hill. Besides, the castle built in the middle of the 13th century, but it knows many changes over time. Furthermore, this magnificent castle offers picturesque views of the splendid Blanes town, and sometimes on clear days, you can see the silhouette of Montjuic Mountain in Barcelona.
During summer, remember to take some water for the hike and choose a time in the early morning or evening. Do not forget to wear comfortable shoes and bring a hat and sunscreen.
4- Santa Maria de Blanes:
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The parish church of Santa Maria is one of Blanes’ most outstanding monuments. This Gothic church built between 1350 and 1410, next to the ruins of the palace of the Viscounts of Cabrera. Apart from this, the church witnessed many wars, notably the wars of succession in the 17th century. As a result of these wars, the vaults and part of the walls were demolished, but other parts such as the facade, bell tower and sacristy were restored.
5- The Gothic Fountain:
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This magnificent Catalan Gothic fountain is a symbol of the town. Located in the commercial center of Blanes, next to the municipal theater. In addition, the two founders of the fountain were the Viscountess of Cabrera and the Spinner Guild in the 15th century.
This Gothic fountain presents unique features in an architectural context, such as its twisted crest, slender pinnacles, six gargoyles with human figures and beautiful centerpiece decorated with the Cabrera coat of arms.
6- The Marimurta Botanical Gardens:
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The gorgeous Marimurta Botanical Gardens is one of the most popular destinations in Blanes. It offers imposing panoramas over the Mediterranean Sea, In addition to this the rocky coves below the garden are worth a visit.
Carl Faust created the gardens in 1920. They cover 15 hectares and feature over 3,000 different plant species in three sections: Mediterranean, temperate and subtropical. In addition, the gardens are the best place to spend time with your family and children and take photos with parrots .
7- The Noche de San Juan:
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The San Juan Feast or the San Juan Night is a holiday celebrated from the 23 to the 24th of June. This night is called the Night of the Fire (Noche del Fuego).
On San Juan night, the Spanish gathered around bonfires on the beach to celebrate the entrance of the summer season. Besides, this celebration starts at night and ends in the late morning, giving way to the new day and leaving behind the shortest night of the year.
Moreover, there is a tradition related to this holiday where fireworks are part of this night, which aims to welcome summer, and illuminate the shortest night of the year. Additionally, if you can jump off these bonfires on the beach, you have to make a wish, and it will be granted.
8- Aquadiver Waterworld:
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Aquadiver is one of the best water parks on the Costa Brava, situated between Castell d’Aro and Platja d’Aro. Moreover, The park covers 10 hectares of green park zone. It offers facilities for all ages, thrilling attractions for young people like the breathtaking kamikazes, and relaxation for adults like jacuzzis.
Aquadiver water park provides attractive services like the picnic zone with tables and shaded areas beneath pine trees, vast lawn expanses to enjoy with hired sun loungers or deckchairs, various restaurants, and parking. All these services will make it easy for you to spend unforgettable time with family and friends.
9- Parc Aventura, Costa Brava:
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Parc Aventura is located in a privileged environment on the Costa Brava, About 40 minutes from Blanes. It is a unique place where you can experience adventure with your children. Parc Aventura Costa Brava adapted to all ages you can choose the multi-adventure experience that you want. Besides, the park is a treetop adventure where you can spend time in a beautiful pine forest, with more than 80 adventure activities suspended in the trees, such as leaps into the void, zip wires, ropes, nets, bridges, Tarzan jumps, and tunnels. The park is an attractive place where you can disconnect and relax, surrounded by magnificent nature, and feel like a true adventurer.