Blanes is located in the Spanish region of Catalonia on the Costa Brava. The seaside resort of is known as the Gateway to the Costa Brava, Catalonia’s wild coast.
The resort is popular with Spanish holidaymakers and also attracts international tourists due to its location just 60 kilometres north of Barcelona
airport. It's a quieter and altogether more relaxing holiday
destination than its lively neighbour Lloret de Mar. Families and couples seeking an easy going "sea, sun and sand" holiday, Blanes has many accommodations, vacation rentals, villa rentals, condo rentals and apartment rentals on offer.
You can spend your days on the beach enjoying the sun, sea and sand
and take the opportunity of practising or learning all kinds of water sports at one of the centres here, on offer at the water sports centres are water skiing, wake boarding, scuba diving, windsurfing
etc. If you are a beginner or more experienced the centres offer all that is necessary to improve your skills in the best conditions.
Back from the seafront you'll find evidence of a town steeped in history, with ancient monuments, villas, churches and buildings still standing as reminders of this area's colourful past
, including the 13th century Castle of Saint Joan. As you explore you will find many shops, stores and boutiques to browse around and perhaps make a purchase there is also a colourful weekly market selling all kinds of products. Stock your Spanish accommodation, vacation rental, villa rental, condo rental or apartment rental with fresh local produce.
The medieval castle of Sant Joan still looks down on the town though it's seen a few changes since its construction started in the 13th century. The main sea-front is lined with high rise apartment rentals, vacation rentals and villa rentals, there are all types of accommodation and lodging in and around Blanes, most visitors arrive on package tours but if you are travelling independently you can choose what suits you and your needs.
Blanes is famous for its two Botanical Gardens
, these amazing gardens boast thousands of plant species such as Yucca palms and cacti, they are well worth visiting, after enjoying the gardens you can sit, relax and enjoy the flowers and the wonderful view of the bay.
You will find budget accommodations, villa rentals, apartment rentals and vacation retals on the outskirts of town and several more situated near the tourist area of Els Pins. It is always advisable to contact the tourist office in the area as most holiday spots do get busy in the main season as you would expect.
A little further afield, there are the major visitor attractions of Barcelona
(with its famous fountains and fabulous Gaudi architecture) and the Benedictine monastery in the extraordinary mountainous region of Montserrat
, to the north west of Barcelona.
Kids will love a day out at Water World, Europe's biggest water park
near Lloret de Mar, the Marineland complex just south of Blanes and Port Aventura, the Universal Studio theme park near Tarragona