The beaches of Blanes certify excellent bathing water quality

14Aug

Since the beginning of the bathing season l’Agència Catalana de l’Aigua (ACA) has been carrying out weekly analyses of environmental inspections and collecting samples of bathing water in all areas of Catalonia. During the month of July, the ACA reported the results of the beaches of Blanes (Platja de Ca la Bona, Platja de Blanes Centre, Platja de S’Abanell-Nord and Platja de S’Abanell-Sud) which obtained the maximum qualification (excellent), with regard to the state of the bathing water within the 3 levels of grading (excellent, good and insufficient). There was only one change in the last information sent by the ACA where the beach of Cala Bona was rated as good.

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Blanes postpones the International Fireworks Competition until 2021 and suspends the 2020 Festivities of the village

23Jul

The International Fireworks Competition of the Costa Brava – Trofeu Vila de Blanes, which this year 2020 was to commemorate its 50th anniversary, has been postponed to 2021, in order to guarantee security measures and prevent the spread of the Covid-19. The same has happened with the Santa Anna Festivities, which finally will not be held either.

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Blanes opens the 2020 bathing season

17Jun

This month of June Blanes opened its beaches for the 2020 bathing season, following safety measures to prevent the spread of the Covid-19. One of the main measures the council has taken is to set up an information service in the main bathing areas, which helps bathers to comply with safety measures. The main measures are to maintain a minimum distance of 4 linear meters between sunshades, to respect the group limitations that contemplate a maximum of 15 people and to make use of the mask in case a safety distance of two meters between people cannot be maintained.

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Diada de Sant Jordi

07Apr

 

The Diada de Sant Jordi commemorates the death of Sant Jordi, patron saint of Catalonia and Aragon, which took place in 303 AD. This festivity is celebrated in Blanes and all of Catalonia on April 23rd. Although it is not a holiday, there are thousands of people who go out into the streets of their villages to enjoy this special day. The central elements of this celebration are the book and the rose, symbols of culture and love. It is a tradition to give a red rose and a book to the person you love, on the occasion of lovers day and book day.

To celebrate an unforgettable Sant Jordi, give your couple a rose, a book…and a romantic getaway in our fabulous hotel by clicking on the following link.

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"Cursa Mar i Murtra de Blanes 2020"

“Cursa Mar i Murtra 2020”

03Jan

 

On the 12th of January the “Cursa Mar i Murtra” will take place in Blanes, organized by the “Fondistes Blanes”. The event consists of 3 routes, the classic one of 20 km, a demanding route with asphalt and dirt roads, which combines flat sections with uphill and downhill sections. This route is ideal for all those runners who want to measure their form.

The 10km route is totally flat and very accessible for all those runners who want to participate in the running day.

And as a novelty, there is a 15 km route to delight those mountain runners, starting and finishing at the same point as the other races.

For more information on the race click on the following link

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Navidad en Blanes ¡La magia de la navidad le espera!

Christmas in Blanes

02Dec

 

The starting point of the Christmas holidays in Blanes begins with the lighting of lights. Throughout the month of December and part of January you will find events for all ages. From nativity scence to theatrical performances, including exhibitions, circus shows, chocolate party, concerts and inflatables. Within the framework of these festivities also find thematic fairs and sporting events.

Then, we inform you about some of the activities that will take place in Blanes during this Christmas:

Date: 5/12                                          

Activity: Inauguració del pessebre monumental

Organizes: Ajuntament de Blanes

Place: Plaça dels Dies Feiners

Schedule: 17:30h

 

Date:  8/12

Activity: “Pastorets. La gran aventura”.

Organizes: Grup Rialles Blanes

Place: Teatre de Blanes

Schedule: 17:30h

Price: 7€

 

Date: 22/12

Activity: Caga Tió Popular

Organizes: Esbart J.Ruyra i Ajuntament

Place: Plaça d’Espanya

Schedule: 17 a 20h

 

Date: 31/12

Activity: II Cursa de Sant Silvestre

Organizes: Club Triatló Blanes

Place: Sortida passeig Cortils i Vieta (davant c. Ample)

Schedule: 17.30h

 

Date: 05/01

Activity: Arribada al port de Blanes de Ses Majestats Reials i Cavalcada de Reis.

Organizes: Ajuntament de Blanes

Place: Carrers del centre

Schedule: 18h

 

For more information see the full program of Christmas in Blanes, clicking on the following link: https://bit.ly/2rOa5rC

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El Jardín Botánico Marimurtra de Blanes, presente en la Semana de la Ciencia

The Marimurtra Botanical Garden of Blanes, present at the Science Week

08Nov

The Carl Faust Private Foundation, owner and manager of the Marimurtra Botanical Garden, organises different activities during these November days on the occasion of the Science Week. The weekend of 09 and 10 November will offer different thematic tours, guided and free under the title “El Rebost de Marimurtra”, which will deepen in the techniques, strategies and philosophy of use of materials, as well as the values of biodiversity with which the garden works.

The next activity will take place on the weekend of 16 November, with the first edition of the “Marimurtra + Científic” workshop, a day to present and involve the general public in Marimurtra’s scientific activity. The day, on this occasion, will have three axes: proposals for volunteering in Marimurtra (local and international), herbarium (with a workshop and visit to the garden to collect plant material), and natural extracts (presentation of research projects done on Marimurtra in collaboration with the University of Girona).

The activities (visit to “el rebost” and workshop “Marimurtra+ Científic”) are free, but it is necessary to book in advance at www.marimurtra.cat or by calling 972330826.

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A pocos kilómetros de Blanes encontrará otros puntos de interés que podrá descubrir aprovechando su estancia en nuestra ciudad.

Neighbours who complement us

01Oct

A few kilometres from Blanes you will find other points of interest that you will be able to discover during your stay in our city. Catalonia is a fascinating country, with interesting and very picturesque places. They are nearby destinations that can complement your stay in the city of Blanes.

Lloret de Mar: Neighbouring municipality of Blanes with large beaches and a very varied cultural proposal. It offers a wide range of leisure activities.

Tossa de Mar: An old fishing village with a great historical background. In Tossa, the “Vila Vella” stands out, the only example of a fortified medieval town that still exists on the Catalan coast.

Girona: Capital of the province, with a historic centre considered one of the most evocative in Europe, and with a great Jewish legacy. You can do part of the “Camí de Ronda” by the old walls, and do not miss the cathedral and the colorful “Cases de l’Onyar”.

Barcelona: Capital of Catalonia, with a long and rich architectural history. It is one of the world’s most popular destinations for modernism, with buildings and public spaces as unique as “La Sagrada Família”, “Parc Güell”, “Casa Milà” or “Casa Batlló”.

Tordera: Book a Sunday morning to visit the market in this small neighbouring village of Blanes.

Estany de Sils: Visit this protected natural area, a wet area of great scenic interest and unique within the Mediterranean environments. In this place there is a great variety of flora and fauna specific to this habitat.

Montseny: The Montseny Natural Park, declared a Biosphere Natural Reserve, will allow you to enjoy nature and extraordinary forest landscapes.

La Selva: Our region has many contrasting landscapes. It extends from the “Costa Brava” to the abrupt “Guilleries”, with a great interior plain and a lot of variety in its natural environment.

Empordà: Land of “tramuntana”, vineyards and great artists. A singular landscape awaits you, with a long coastline and an endless plain, with indelible brushstrokes that are world-renowned, such as those of Salvador Dalí’s surrealism.

Garrotxa: Pre-Pyrenean area, with very mountainous reliefs and extraordinary landscapes such as “La Fageda d’en Jordà”, in an extensive volcanic area of great geological and natural interest.

Hostalric: Declared an Asset of National Interest, it has an important medieval legacy and also allows you to discover the Catalan gastronomic heritage in the Domus Sent Soví centre.

Montsoriu: It is the most remarkable Catalan Gothic castle from a historical, architectural and archaeological point of view. It can be visited all year round.

Caldes de Malavella: La Selva is a land of thermal waters, and in Caldes de Malavella you will find everything about thermalism: spas, Roman thermal baths, hot springs, etc.

Breda: We recommend a walk through the streets of this pottery village, with the monastery of “Sant Salvador” as the protagonist, and thus you can capture the history of clay and ceramics.

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Moving around Blanes

03Sep

In Blanes you will be able to move easily, the city offers different possibilities of mobility that adapt to your needs. It is a lively destination, ideal for strolling, enjoying the sea, getting to know its people, the landscape, the commercial life, the activities and services it offers. Choose the medium that best suits your needs from the list below and discover the city at your own pace.

By car and motorbike:

If you move in your own vehicle, Blanes has more than 1,000 free parking spaces just 5 minutes from the city centre. The main tourist areas also offer parking with different blue zone rates for cars, as well as several free parking spaces for motorbikes. If you are a person with reduced mobility, you will find places for preferential use.

By bus:

The urban bus of Blanes covers the main areas of the city, so that you can move without having your own vehicle.

By taxi:

With just one call you will have a taxi at the door of the hotel at your service. Taxi stop with service all year round.

On foot:

To get to know the daily life of Blanes there is nothing better than taking a stroll around the port, the daily fruit and vegetable market, the city centre or the promenade. Step by step, it is the only way not to miss any detail of a city with its own personality and authentic spirit, generous and welcoming.

By bike:

By bicycle you will also enjoy a unique experience, getting to know a flat city, with four kilometres of coastline and various parking points for bicycles. Without a doubt, it is a good formula for getting to know Blanes with the whole family, enjoying the route with the safety offered by the kilometres of the cycle path that connect the main points of interest in the city.

In open garden tour:

Another highly recommended means of transport to discover the villa is the Garden Open Tour, which during the tourist season connects the city centre with the gardens every 30 minutes.

By tourist train:

During the summer, you can take the tourist train to discover Blanes in a brushstroke, and discover corners, which later, you can visit calmly and at your own pace. You will get to know the most outstanding points of interest in the tourist area, the seafront, the town centre, the port, etc.

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Gastronomic Offer Blanes

07Aug

In Blanes we have a wide range of restaurants. You will find proposals for all tastes, combining premises with tradition, modernity and signature cuisine. Many of them are based on Mediterranean cuisine, very elaborate, in which the star ingredients are freshly caught fish and fresh vegetables. The most representative dish of the population are the famous prawns of Blanes. This product comes in several forms, from the best known, which are the prawn of Blanes grilled, to creamy rice with carpaccio prawn of Blanes, through some cannelloni or a risotto of red prawn, to give some examples.

In the city you will find different areas where you can share a table with your family or with your partner. Most restaurants are concentrated in the fisherman’s quarter of S’Auguer on the shores of the port and on the seafront. Don’t miss the opportunity to savor a fabulous meal sitting on one of its terraces while enjoying the sea breeze, along with the best company.

To see the offer of restaurants in Blanes click on the following link: https://bit.ly/30WWmem

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