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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Moverse por Blanes

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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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.            

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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

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Karting Blanes

Leisure activities in Blanes (Costa Brava)

16May

Venga a disfrutar de unas maravillosas vacaciones en familia durante este verano en el Hotel Beverly Park & Spa. En nuestra ciudad podrá deleitarse con múltiples actividades de ocio durante este verano para todos los grupos de edades, tanto para los más pequeños como para los mayores de casa.

Come enjoy a wonderful family vacation this summer at the Hotel Beverly Park & 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

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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”.

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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.

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