International Fireworks Competition Costa Brava 2019

12Jul

Blanes will organize from 23 to 27 July, the 49th edition of the International Fireworks Competition of the Costa Brava.

The event brings together leading fireworks companies, which will have a minimum time of eighteen minutes to perform their show.

The performances will start every night at 22:30h. The companies selected to participate will receive 19,000 euros, destined to elaborate their fire figures.

In addition, the first classified of the contest will be automatically invited to take part in the next edition and may be responsible for the fireworks of Lloret de Mar.

The company Hermanos Ferrández de Murcia was last year’s winner and in the previous edition the award was won by the Italian Pyroitaly SNC.

Below we show you the program of the contest with the participating pyrotechnics:

-Tuesday 23 (22:30h): Pyrotechnics Hermanos Ferrández (Beniel, Spain).

-Wednesday 24 (22:30h): Pyrotechnics Poleggi (Canepina, Italy).

-Thursday 25 (22:30h): Pyrotechnics Valenciana (Llanera de Ranes, Spain).

-Friday 26 (22:30h): Pyrotechnics Gironina (Pedralba, Spain).

-Saturday 27 (22:30h): Pyrotechnics Zaragozana (Zaragoza, Spain).

In addition during these days will take place in the municipality different events, on the occasion of the Biggest Festivities of Blanes. To consult all the activities, click on the following link.

Blanes is an ideal destination for outdoor sports

10Jun

The city of Blanes is a privileged destination for active tourism, with an unbeatable natural environment for outdoor sports.

Running:    

Blanes has several signposted routes and a “camino de ronda” to get out and run at the pace you prefer, as well as two tracks called Grans Camins de l’Aigua, 8 and 18 kilometres long.

Several routes have been designed for running or walking. They are itineraries of between 7 and 20 kilometres that cover the natural surroundings of Blanes. There is also the “camino de ronda”, which follows a continuous itinerary by the sea.

The city has a point of attention to the runner (Blanes Centre Running) located in the Ciutat Esportiva. It has all the necessary services for the practice of this activity. There you can find maps of the routes to practice running. It also has showers, cloakrooms or a bench to clean your shoes after the sport.

You can consult the following link to see the main running activities that will take place in Blanes during 2019: https://bit.ly/2WrAFjL

Cycle tourism:

Blanes has taken advantage of the extensive network of secondary roads and mountain passes offered by the Gerona district, and has designed several routes in which cyclist and bicycle merge with a perfect landscape to make the most of cycling tourism.

Next we indicate three circular routes with beginning and end in the city of Blanes:

From Blanes to Taradell (137 km)

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From Blanes to Llagostera via Tossa de Mar (82 km)

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From Blanes to Sils and Sant Esteve de Llémena (154 km)

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Nautical:

Blanes has a wide range of specialized companies that offer services and water activities aimed at people of all ages: sailing courses, kayaking, paddle surfing, windsurfing, scuba diving, sport fishing and snorkeling. There is also a wide range of boats for rent, with or without skipper, and nautical excursions.

A historical institution of our city is the “Club de Vela de Blanes”, founded more than 70 years ago. Today it is a modern space that offers all types of nautical tourism and has first class services. International sporting events are also organised, which project the city beyond the waters of the Mediterranean.

To see the main nautical experiences offered by the city of Blanes you can click on the following link: https://bit.ly/2F2sxQP

Karting Blanes

Leisure activities in Blanes (Costa Brava)

16May

Come enjoy a wonderful family vacation this summer at the Hotel Pimar & Spa. In our city you can enjoy multiple leisure activities during this summer for all age groups, both for the little ones and for the elderly at home.

Blanes has a wide variety of offers in leisure activities. You will find everything you need to spend a fun family vacation.

Here are some suggestions to complete your free time:

Ice cream parlors: Both in the old town and along the promenade, you will find terraces and ice cream parlors to enjoy a fabulous ice cream, together with your family. Some of them are: Sete Gel Gelateria, Brezza Gelateria, Gelateria Natura, Orxateria Gelateria Glaç-Glaç, Gelateria Artesanal, Gelateria Giotto, among many others.

Karting: If you like to feel the speed and the adrenaline rises you can have fun in the karting circuit, an ideal activity for the whole family.

Link: https://bit.ly/2Jk8v8h

Cruise departures: If you want to know the coastline of the Mediterranean Sea from another point of view, we recommend taking advantage of the cruise departures from Blanes. You and your family will have the deep waters of the sea under your feet.

Link: https://bit.ly/2WJRYgX

Bowling: Spend an entertaining afternoon playing bowling as a family: an ideal activity to get the champion inside.

Link: https://bit.ly/2YueT0c

Playgrounds: Let the youngest of the family venture into a fantasy world, bouncy castles, trampolines, ball pools, slides, circuits. You can also visit the Mini Club of Passeig de S’Abanell, where you will find large inflatables, children’s workshops, foam parties, games and crafts.

Link: https://bit.ly/2JjCz3P

Paddle surfing: If you want to enjoy the sea, in the sailing club of Blanes offer paddle surfing outings for all levels: without a doubt, one of the best ways to contemplate the wonderful coves of the Costa Brava.

Link: https://bit.ly/2W5xsKy

Banana boat: If you want to carry out a fun activity with your family, we suggest you get on the banana boat and enjoy a tour of Blanes beach playing with the waves and trying to keep your balance as long as possible.

Kayak: Another way to travel the coast of Blanes is by kayak. It is an activity that can be done freely, or in groups accompanied by a guide, and that allows you to contemplate the city of Blanes and its coves from the sea.

Link: https://bit.ly/2VZd6CM

Escape room: Definitely an ideal activity to spend an unforgettable time with your family. They will find themselves locked in rooms, where they will have to solve puzzles, complete games and decode strange clues.

Link: https://bit.ly/2LKFNQ3

Balloon flights: An ideal activity if you want to contemplate Blanes and the coast from a bird’s eye view. You can also see many villages and hermitages lost in the mountains, infinite fields of cultivation in the plains and valleys and the profile of the mountains that border the coastline.

Link: https://bit.ly/2E8QzcA

Submarinism: Enjoy diving in Blanes. Discover an exciting underwater world that you can enjoy whether you are a beginner or want to improve your technique.

Link: https://bit.ly/2YBQZQD

Tourist train: Stroll with the tourist train and enjoy with family the highlights of the first town on the Costa Brava.

Link: https://bit.ly/2HoXxuI

Semana santa en Blanes

Easter in Blanes

18Apr

We are already immersed in full Easter Week 2019, the city of Blanes has prepared a series of activities during these days so you can immerse yourself in the most deeply rooted Catalan traditions during these dates.

Easter Week began on Sunday April 14 with the blessing of palms at 12 o’clock in the parishes of Santa Teresa and Santa María. An element that was not missing in the desserts of that day was the “roscón de Ramos”, the godparents gave their godchildren said cake after the office of the celebration in the church.

During this week from April 15 to 21, various events will be held:

-From 18 to 19 April throughout the day, Roman camp. (Paseo de Pau Casals)

April 18th:

Parade of the group of Romans and relay of the captain.

05:00 p.m. Departure from the Roman camp with exhibition of figures.

05:30 p.m. Relay of the captain. (Avenida de la Pau, 15)

06:00 p.m. Parade through the streets of downtown Blanes and the promenade.

April 19th:

12:00 p.m. Parade of the Roman group IUNIORES (Exit of the Arc dels Copatrons towards the Roman camp).

Relay of the captain and start of the parade.

09:00 p.m. Display of figures. Roman camp. (Paseo de Pau Casals)

09:20 p.m. Parade of the group of Romans. (Route: Roman camp – C/ Àmple, C/ Raval, Església Santa Maria).

09:30 p.m. Announcement of the procession by the group of Romans. (Route: C/ Nou C/ Àmple, Passeig de Dintre, C/ Muralla,  / Raval, Església Santa Maria).

10:00 p.m. Penitential Procession of the Holy Christ. (Route: C/ Nou C/ Àmple, Passeig de Dintre, C/ Muralla, C/ Raval, Plaça de l’Església).

April 21st:

All day: used books stop – AECC. (On the Paseo de Mar)

Procession of the resurrected and angel singing: 11:15 a.m. Procession of the image of the Virgin, 11:45 a.m. Procession of the image of the Risen Christ and 12:00 p.m. Canto del Ángel.

9:30 a.m.-14 p.m. Fair of opportunities. (Avenida de Catalunya).

The Easter Week will end on Monday April 22 as it began, as a family, and the pastry, will again be the main element, the godfather will give the cake of Easter to his godson. The cake, which consists of a chocolate figure above, from the imagination of the pastry chef, will delight those guests who love the sweet.

For more information click “Semana Santa Blanes 2019”.

Blanes Carnival 2019

25Feb

Carnival is a tradition that comes from the Middle Ages, a time when Christianity allowed the debauch as a way out before the abstinence of Lent and breaking for a few days with the hard work of winter.

One more year, Blanes will be dressed in a thousand colors, fun and amusement will take over the streets of the town on March 2 and 3 to celebrate the Carnival 2019. One more winter, the period of music and dancing returns in the streets, parades full of humor, to celebrate with family and friends. The “Rey Carnestoltes” is ready to invite all attendees to have fun and enjoy all the carnival acts.

Blanes will take his floats to the street on Sunday March 3, the rúa will meet as Av. Rei Joan Carles I and the output will be from the Plaça Escorxador. The parade will go through the streets: de la Riera Alta, Rbla. Joaquim Ruyra, Pl. Catalunya, Pg. De la Marina and will finish in Pl. Països Catalans.

Between the floats and comparsas participants in the rúa a contest will be held, in which a qualified jury will evaluate different aspects such as: originality, craftsmanship and choreography of the floats and comparsas, among other aspects. For each category different prizes will be awarded in cash, in the floats prizes will range between 100€ and 1200€ and in comparsas the prizes will range between 50€ and 600€.

If you like floats, costumes, parties and music, at the 2019 Carnival in Blanes you will find everything.

For more information about the Rua de Carnaval 2019 in Blanes see las bases de la rúa.

We wish you a happy holiday season

28Dec

From the Hotel Pimar & Spa we want to thank you for the trust placed throughout this 2018. We hope with all your heart, that you have just spent happy holidays, together with the people you love the most.

Our goal for the new year is to continue working to offer you the best service during your stay, we hope to see you again during 2019, and we invite those who have not yet visited us to meet us during the new year.

Sincerely,

Team Hotel Pimar & Spa.

Christmas activities in Blanes

05Dec

We inform you of some activities that will be carried out this Christmas in Blanes, in this month of December and beginning of January.

Date / Activity: 5/12 – 06 /01 Traditional nativity scene and Christmas decoration.

Organized by: City of Blanes.

Site/Time: Paseo de Dintre.

Description: The town hall of Blanes organizes a traditional Nativity scene representing the birth of Jesus Christ. In addition to establishing a space with elements of Christmas decoration.

 

Date / Activity: 13/12 Carol singing in the street.

Organized by: Cor de María School.

Site/Time: Pl. Mn. Joan Quer (10:00 a.m.)

Description: The Cor de María School organizes a singing of Christmas carols where the students will play Catalan folk songs, traditionally sung during the Christmas season.

 

Date/Activity: 15/12 Taste Blanes Nadal, gastronomic sample.

Organized by:  Blanes City Council and Hospitality Association.

Site / Time: Paseo de Dintre (11:00 a.m.-23:00 p.m.).

Description: Blanes will celebrate the gastronomic display of Christmas, in which tastings of typical dishes will be offered. Among the participants of the sample you will find different restaurants of the population, which will offer their culinary creations.

 

Date / Activity: 21/12 Fair of San Tomás.

Organized by: City of Blanes.

Site/Time: C/Ample, Muralla, Raval and Plaza de España (9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.).

Description: The municipality of Blanes organizes the Fair of San Tomás where you can find Christmas products, food, toys and crafts.

 

Date / Activity: 24/12 Caga Tió Popular.

Organized by: Cultural Association Es Viver.

Site / Time: The Cooperativa C / Muralla (05:00 p.m.- 07:00 p.m.).

Description: The Cultural Association Es Viver organizes a Caga Tió Popular in which all children who participate have a gift. The beloved character, a trunk of large dimensions that lives in the forests of the Vilar, will once again star in the traditional Catalan Christmas celebration.

 

Date / Activity: 31/12 I Race of San Silvestre.

Organized by: Club Triathlon Blanes.

Site / Time: Departure pg. Cortils and Vieta, in front of c/Ample (05:30 p.m.).

Description: Blanes will celebrate for the first time, one of the most popular athletic races that are currently held in different parts of the world, such as San Silvestre. Participants can enjoy a tour through different streets of the town and thus be able to burn the Christmas excesses.

 

Date / Activity: 05/01 Cabalgata de Reyes.

Site / Time: Calles del Center (07:00 p.m.).

Description: Probably the most awaited night of the year for all the children of Blanes, in which Melchor, Gaspar and Baltazar and their pages, will throw candy to the children of the population. These can deliver their letters so that Melchor, Gaspar and Baltazar fulfill their wishes, depending on whether they have been good or bad boys.

 

For information on all Christmas activities in Blanes see the Programa de Navidad 2018

Social Networks Photography Contest

16Nov

On November 10, Hotel Pimar & Spa announced the winner of the photo contest I organize on Facebook and Instagram social networks. The hotel decided the winner of the contest, among the clients who decided to share their experience in the establishment, in the form of a photograph with the hashtag #HotelPimar.

The winner of the contest was suggarletter43, who will enjoy a free week for two people in the HB regime, during the 2019 season.

From the Hotel Pimar & Spa we want to thank for the participation, all the people who decided to share their experience in our establishment and who have not been awarded, we encourage you to continue participating in future competitions organized by the hotel.

Discover the Castle of San Juan de Blanes

05Nov

The Castle of San Juan de Blanes, is located on top of a mountain with its same name and raised to about 173 meters above sea level. From it you can see the entire flat of the Tordera, the coastal mountain range, the Montseny and on clear days you can see the silhouette of the mountain of Montjuic. On the eastern side, you can see the cape of Tossa and the interior, the Sierra de les Gavarres.

The castle consists of a cylindrical tower of about 15 meters of height declared cultural good of national interest, and of a rectangular walled enclosure, that demonstrates the structure of the oldest distributions of the Catalan castles. This fortification was built to protect the city of Barcelona by the northern band.

The origins of the castle date from the eleventh and twelfth centuries, served to monitor the maritime incursions of pirates, especially at times when the kingdom of Mallorca was of Arab domain. The maximum moment of its splendor was between the thirteenth and fifteenth centuries, at the time when the viscounts of Cabrera were expanding their territorial domain. Especially highlights the fourteenth century, when the castle, the villa and the palace of Blanes are located at the sea end of an impressive axis of fortification that was called “line of castles of the Tordera”. It was a set of fortresses strategically located to protect Barcelona from the north, as a result of the destruction inflicted on the castle by Felipe III the Bold of France in 1285 and the wars against the Genoese in 1332. The period of its decadence goes between the XVI – XVIII centuries. In 1588 the castle was badly damaged, as it was partially destroyed and served as a quarry for the construction of the convent of the Capuchins.

Two interventions have been carried out in order to make the most emblematic monument of the city of Blanes last. In 1956 the Board of Reconstruction of the Castle of San Juan, formed by different personalities of the society of Blanes. Between the years 1987-1991, a renovation project was drafted and executed by the architects from Girona, Fuses and Viader, leaving the historic complex in its current state.

Image: [ELMUÑOZDMC]. (28 may. 2017). BLANES 2017 | VISTAS DESDE EL CASTILLO DE SANT JOAN | Paisajes. YOUTUBE.

October activities in Blanes

25Oct

We inform you about some of the activities that will take place in Blanes, during this month of October.

-Gourmet meals of the “Suquet de Peix”:

Blanes, as a fishing village with outstanding fishing activity, has collected, throughout its history, a rich gastronomic diversity that has come through the meals that fishermen prepared when they returned from fishing with their fishing boats. One of them is the “Suquet de Peix”, a simple and nutritious dish that can be prepared in different ways. This is why the municipality of Blanes will dedicate a few gastronomic days to the preparation of this dish, where you can taste this delicious delicacy in 14 restaurants. Each establishment will elaborate a menu with this dish as main element, allowing the visitor to discover different variants of this food.

-Challenge in Costa Brava:

The city of Blanes on October 13 will be the beginning and end of the “Challenge in Costa Brava” a cyclist tour, born from the idea of connecting in a single route all the points of interest that can be reached starting from the Costa Brava Sud, offering the cyclist the opportunity to explore and discover the orography of the territory. The participant can choose to do 3 different routes of: 246Km, 142Km or 120Km depending on their level and motivation.

-Bona Gent, with Quim Masferrer:

On October 21 at 7:00 p.m., the “Bona Gent” show, starring actor and director Quim Masferrer, will take place at Blanes Theater, who thinks that the time has come to pay tribute to the audience in a unique show and impossible to repeat, the audience is the protagonist. A protagonist or rather many protagonists, who will write the argument of this experience. A show full of truth, honest and where Quim Masferrer wants to be his spectator.

* To see all the activities of the month of October press “Agenda Blanes

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