Blanes where the
Costa Brava begins

blanes the costa brava's gateway

Blanes is known as the gateway of the Costa Brava, since it’s where it begins. It has a large rock in the sea called Sa Palomera which divides the city in two: the center and “Els Pins”. The town has more than 1.000 years of history, like its old castle that you will find going up the hill called Sant Joan. From up there you will enjoy the panoramic views of the bay and of the Costa Brava coastline, which is 256 km long, starting from the Delta del Tordera (Barcelona) and ending at Portbou, the closest town to the french border.

Blanes Costa Brava

blanes family destination

Thousands of families around the world have chosen to visit our town over the years. You will feel like home and will enjoy the facilities, high quality sercices and many activities to do with your loved ones. Discover the mediterranean lifestyle and culture in this unique location! We will be happy to show you around.

Active tourism and surroundings

It is said that Blanes is a natural open-air museum. The natural heritage extends along the landscape and you will be able to find it out either by land and by sea, doing some hiking, running, moutain bike, sailing, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding and much more. Get lost and discover the most iconic and beatiful nooks of our land.
sea views with kayaks in blanes

blanes, the most famous beaches

Blanes has 4km of a beautiful and stunning coastline with uniques coves and beaches that make what we call our little paradise. You cannot miss Cala Sant Francesc, Cala Treumal, Cala Santa Cristina and Punta de Santa Anna. And if you prefer to stay in the center you will enjoy the Platja de Blanes or the  s’Abanell.

what to do in blanes

Where to eat

Fall in love with the great range of tapas bars and restaurants in the old town and near the sea where you will enjoy the most exquisite mediterranean gastronomy. And if you like to cook you must visit our local market where you can find fresh and delicious local products. A total culinary experience!

Sports and water activities

If there is something that Blanes offers is a great variety of outdoor activities to do. Local businesses will walk you through unique experiences in the nature and in the sea: kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, windsurfing, diving, fishing, snorkeling or sailing along the coast.

International Fireworks

Every July the city holds a very famous International Fireworks Championship that gathers around thousands of visitors. This light festival lasts between 4-5 days and leave spectators speachless every night from 10.30pm to 11pm.

Botanical gardens

For those who are passionate about the botany, you must pay a visit to our two most famous botanical gardens: Jardí Botanic Marimurtra, the largest in Europe with more than 3.000 exotic species and spectacular views to the sea and Pinya de Rosa, designed in 1954 known by its countless tropical species.

The harbour

Blanes is a traditional fishing village that has its harbour with an active fishing fleet. It is also known for its delicious "gambas" (prawns). In the fishing port and fish market, the visitor can get a taste of its seafaring tradition. A perfect combination of a cultural and gastronomy experience to live.

Go shopping

Feel like a local walking along the narrow streets of the old town. Get into small boutiques and meet the local vendors who will be more than happy to help you discover the hotspots, like our most famous fresh food market.

How to get to Blanes

All the information you need about travelling to Blanes by car, train or bus.

From the north, when travelling from France, follow the AP-7 motorway until exit 9 (Lloret de Mar). Use the C-63 for the last 14 kilometres of the journey.

From the south, take coastal motorway C-32 from Barcelona, heading towards Blanes. For the last 12 kilometres of the journey, take the GI-600 towards Blanes.

From Girona-Costa Brava Airport: It is located 30 Km from the center of Blanes. It takes approximately 30′ to drive to Blanes taking the A2.

From Barcelona Airport Josep Tarradelles- El Prat: It takes around 1h 10′ taking the C-31 from Av. de l’Aeroport to Girona, then the B-20 and the C-32 towards Girona.

Barcelona International Airport Josep Tarradelles – El Prat is located about 85 km from the centre of Blanes. Traveling by train from Barcelona Airport to Blanes takes about 2h 5′ and involves a transfer at Barcelona-Sants Station.

At the airport you board the R2 train to Barcelona-Sants, a 19-minute trip. There you have an average of 20 minutes to transfer to the R1 train, which will take you to Blanes. Barcelona trains depart and arrive from (to) the station Barcelona-Sants. Also stopping at Barcelona-Plaça de Catalunya, Barcelona-Arc de Triomf and Barcelona-El Clot-Aragó.

Blanes Train Station is at a distance of just over 2 km from the centre of Blanes, at Avinguda de l’Estació, 55. Trains run daily. The one way fare Blanes-Barcelona is around 6,30 euros. Travel time from station Barcelona-Sants is approximately 1 hour 20-30 minutes.

From Barcelona Josep Tarradelles – El Prat Airport: buses are the only direct public transport which can take you from Barcelona Airport (T1 and T2) to Blanes Train Station, located on Carrer de Lluís Companys, 32. Buses number 603 and 614 run daily. The one way  fare is EUR 11,20. Journey time 2h 10′. Schedule depends on season.

From Girona – Costa Brava Airport: line 601 offers transportation between Girona and Blanes via Girona Airport. It stops at Lloret de Mar. Journey time 1h aproximately.