While popular with Spanish and international holidaymakers, Blanes is more relaxing than its touristy neighbors to the north, Lloret de Mar and Tossa de Mar.
The resort’s golden-sanded beaches are popular, yet not overcrowded.
Blanes offers 4 kilometers of easy-to-reach clean, sandy beaches as well as beautiful coves nestled among the magnificent rock formations characteristic of the Costa Brava. [See this Guide to the Beaches of Blanes].
La Palomera, the rocky promontory in the middle of its coastline, marks the official start of the Costa Brava — Spanish for ‘Wild Coast.’
Nestled between La Palomera and the rocky outcropping of the hill of San Juan, Platja de Blanes — the beach just meters from either of our two holiday apartment locations — provides a spectacular panoramic view of the Bay of Blanes.
Once you see it you’ll understand why Blanes is a favorite destination not just for tourists, but also for locals from throughout Catalonia.
Though the beach front has over the past few decades been tranformed by high-rise buildings, the downtown area – found just a block from the beach – still reflects Blanes’ origins as a fishing village and ship-building center. It features characteristic buildings, restaurants, tapas cafes, and a lively shopping district.
To-date, Blanes still derives much of its income from its active fishing port, complete with a daily fish auction.
If you like fresh sea-food, you’ll enjoy watching the local fishing fleet return to harbor, seeing the fish auctioned, and eating the catch of the day at one of the harbor-front restaurants.
Speaking about food, from early in the morning untill late at night you can dine at one of the many eateries and restaurants that line Blanes’ beach-front promenade. Lined with palm trees and benches, this is a great place relax and gaze out over the ocean. At night you’ll find the locals doing just that. Or you might find them dancing the traditional Sardana to the tunes of live music.
On Monday mornings, this boulevard is transformed into the district’s largest outdoor general goods and clothes market – a great place to find souvenirs and bargains. Keep an eye out for specialty markets near the end of the promenade closests to the port. It features the work of local artisans, baked goods, meats, souvenirs and/or fashion items.
By the way, Blanes’ vibrant shopping district – just steps outside our apartments – offers a wide variety of restaurants with both local and international dishes. And just around the corner from our holiday apartments you’ll find not only a well-stocked supermarket, but also a daily Fresh Fruit and Vegetables market, along with several bakeries.