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Gothic Fountain of Blanes

15Dec

The Gothic Fountain: a historical monument in Blanes

In the heart of the commercial centre of Blanes (on Carrer Ample) we have a real treasure of Catalan heritage: the Gothic Fountain. Do you know it?

The Gothic Fountain is considered the best-preserved fountain of Catalan Gothic architecture and is included in the Architectural Heritage Inventory of Catalonia. What is more, in 2013 the Government of Catalonia approved its declaration as a Cultural Asset of National Interest.

It is one of the city’s most emblematic monuments and without a doubt a place not to be missed if you visit us. Its details make it unique and unmistakable for all the people of Blanes.

If you have not seen it yet, we recommend that you take a stroll through the streets of Blanes and see this spectacular historical monument for yourself. Its octagonal shape, the central medallion with the Cabrera family coat of arms and, above all, the perfectly defined gargoyles that combine animal and human themes stand out.

Do you know its history?

The origins of the Gothic Fountain date back to the 15th century, specifically to the year 1438.

It was built by order of Countess Violant de Prades, daughter of the Count of Prades and wife of Bernat V de Cabrera. However, it is said that the local textile guild also took part in the construction of the fountain because of the loom that was set up there. The purpose of uprising the fountain was to put an end to a health problem in the town.

In 1922, a board of trustees was set up -with complete autonomy- to take charge of its conservation, as well as to raise money for its preservation. Years later, specifically in 2006, a restoration process was carried out.

So, from Hotel Beverly Park & Spa we encourage you to take a stroll through the centre of Blanes and see this magnificent work of art in person.

For more information about the fountain, you can access the following link


Photography: www.blanescostabrava.cat

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Marimurtra Botanical Garden

10Nov

Discover the marvellous Marimurtra Botanical Garden

In Blanes we have one of the most beautiful, spectacular and interesting gardens you will find on the shores of the Mediterranean: the Marimurtra Botanical Garden.

The Marimurtra Botanical Garden is located just above the cliffs of Sa Forcanera. Thanks to its location, visitors can enjoy spectacular views of the sea.

The garden covers an area of sixteen hectares, four of which are open to the public. They are divided into three gardens of different characteristics:

  • The Subtropical Garden, the Temperate Garden and the Mediterranean Garden.

Carl Faust, the founder of the Marimurtra Botanical Garden

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The founder of the garden was Carl Faust, a German businessman who settled in Catalonia in 1897. Despite his commercial activity, he was a person who always showed a great passion for the natural sciences.

In fact, his love of nature was so great that when he retired he invested all his fortune, effort and enthusiasm in the construction of the garden. In fact, from 1924 onwards, he devoted himself fully to it in order to fulfil his great dream. He wanted to build a meeting place for sages and young disciples that would favour their concentration and inspiration, and he succeeded in doing so.

The garden was classified as a Cultural Asset of National Interest by the Generalitat de Catalunya. The Carl Faust Foundation was also awarded the Creu de Sant Jordi Prize in 2009.

Activities and guided tours in the garden

From Hotel Beverly Park & Spa we encourage you to visit it. You will enjoy breathtaking views of the coast and you will get to know more than four thousand species of plants.

To learn more about the history of the garden, the botany and the species found in it, visit the following section of activities and guided tours. You will find several proposals for you to choose the one that best suits your tastes.

You can buy tickets to visit the Marimurtra Botanical Garden here


Photographs: www.blanescostabrava.cat (Marimurtra) // www.marimurtra.cat (Carl Faust)

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Escape Room in Blanes

30Sep

Don’t miss the first outdoor Escape Room in Blanes!

Hundreds of years ago, pirates hid a treasure in the town and no one has ever managed to recover it… Until now!

From 2 to 3 October, the Blanes Town Council, in collaboration with Girona Provincial Council and Imagina Escape Rooms, has organised the first outdoor escape room in the town, christened “The Great Treasure of Blanes”.

A unique event that aims to give visibility to the most emblematic spaces in the city, as well as the various empty premises in the town and significant buildings. For this reason, the venue for the event will be the streets of Blanes, as different atmospheres, locations and environments will be used.

The activity, which is completely free of charge, will consist of a competitive team game in which participants will have to overcome a series of obstacles to find the treasure hidden in the city. It will last between 60 and 90 minutes, depending on your teamwork and their skill.

The organisers recommend a minimum age of eight years old to take part, as there are a few kilometres to walk. On the other hand, children from the age of twelve can play on their own, but must be supervised by an adult. Finally, youngsters over the age of fourteen can go on their own.

To participate, you will have to sign up in advance because places are limited. Once you have registered, you will have to wait until the day before the event to be informed of the exact meeting point, which will be a secret place until the last minute!

You will only need to wear clothes suitable for the temperature and comfortable shoes.

Come and have a good time!

Will you be able to find the lost treasure?

You can download the programme here

For more information you can consult the following link

Hotel Beverly Park & Spa

If you want to visit Blanes during these days and you are looking for accommodation, come and stay at Hotel Beverly Park & Spa. Take advantage of the last days we are open!

You can make a reservation by clicking on the following link


Photography: Designed by Freepik

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Escape to blanes

06Sep

Squeeze out the last days of summer and escape to Blanes

Welcome, September! If you think that summer plans end when August comes to an end, we’re sorry to say that we don’t share your opinion. Let us tell you that this is the best time of the year to renew yourself, improve and be even happier. Whether you are one of those who have already enjoyed a well-deserved holiday, or if you have availability to do it now, from Hotel Beverly Park & Spa we want to encourage you to take advantage of these last summer days.

If you want to start your routine with a clear mind, enjoy the peace, tranquillity and calm that this month offers with your family, your group of friends or your partner, we recommend you to read on. We have prepared for you a list of the best beaches and coves in Blanes so that you can choose the one that best suits your tastes.

Make the most of the good weather that will still be with us this month!

Places in Blanes that you can’t miss…

Blanes has four kilometres of coastline where you can find a wide variety of beaches. Every year, its beaches are recognised with quality certificates such as the blue flag. We agree when we are told that the coves of this beautiful town are true jewels of nature.

If you love the sea, spending time on the beach and enjoying the sea breeze, this will interest you:

SANT FRANCESC COVE
Cala San Francesc is a beautiful cove located on the outskirts of Blanes. It is also known as “Cala Bona”, due to its spectacular surroundings full of pine trees and rocks. Due to its marvellous crystalline waters, it is an ideal place for snorkelling.

TREUMAL COVE
Treumal cove, which is no more than 100 metres long, is one of the smallest beaches in Blanes. It is located to the north of the municipality and is ideal for bathing. The sea is usually calm and there is usually not much wind thanks to its privileged location.

PUNTA DE SANTA ANNA COVE
Santa Anna cove, also known as “Capellans beach”, is located at the end of the port of Blanes, just below El Convent. If you like pebble beaches, this is the perfect one for you. A different kind of beach, ideal for snorkelling.

BLANES BEACH
Blanes beach is located right in the centre of the town, next to the port. If you look at it from the sea, on the right-hand side you will find the large rock Sa Palomera. Thanks to its size, you are sure to find enough space to feel at ease.

S’ABANELL
S’Abanell beach is the largest and busiest beach in Blanes. It is located on the left side of the rock of Sa Palomera. It has all kinds of services and is surrounded by bars and restaurants. An ideal place for the whole family.

Hotel Beverly Park & Spa

Come and stay at our hotel. You will return to your routine with a good taste in your mouth, and above all, with
your batteries well charged.

You can make your reservation by clicking on the following link

Enjoy the last days of summer and escape to the beaches of Blanes!

We are waiting for you!


Photography: https://www.blanescostabrava.cat/es/galeria/#gallery-61361d02b89f5-31

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Blanes, Sports City

20Aug

Exhibition about local sport in Blanes

Blanes is mainly known as a tourist destination. However, it also receives a significant number of visitors thanks to sport. For this reason, this summer 2021 you can’t miss the exhibition on the history of local sport prepared by the Municipal Archive of Blanes, the Department of Tourism-Promotion of the City and the Department of Sports.

From 23 June to 8 July the 10 roll ups that make up the exhibition were located in different shops of the ABBC (Associació de Botiguers de Blanes Centre). These included the Dakota shop, the Giotto ice cream parlour, La Casa Groga, the Daina Dance School, Euronics, the Perinyà Sports shops, Foot On Mars and San Juan Òptics.

The exhibition, called “Història de l’esport local” is about the history of sport in Blanes and includes information about different sports disciplines such as basketball, boxing, judo, football, handball, hockey, cycling, sea sports, among others.

You will currently find these ten panels in the foyer of the Blanes Regional Library. They will be there until 31 August and then they will be moved to the hall of the Blanes Sports City. So, if you want to do something different and get to know this city more deeply, we recommend you to visit this exhibition, we are sure you will like it!

For more information you can go to the following link

Hotel Beverly Park & Spa

If you want to visit the exhibition during your stay in Blanes, choosing our hotel will be your best choice. It is only a 15 minutes walk from the Regional Library, so you can escape for a moment to visit it. Moreover, for sea lovers, the hotel is located just next to S’Abanell beach. It will be the perfect starting point to not miss any plan.

Don’t think twice!

You can book by clicking on the following link


Photography: https://mobile.twitter.com/Blanes_cat/status/1407632072987090944/photo/3

Spanish Windsurfing Championship 2021

17Jun

The Spanish Windsurfing Championship 2021 for the classes: (Raceboard, Formula Foil and Open Foil), will be held in the waters of the Bay of Blanes, from 19th to 23rd June 2021.

The event will be organised by the Club Vela Blanes by delegation of the Royal Spanish Sailing Federation and with the collaboration of the Catalan Sailing Federation and the National Secretariats of the Raceboard, Formula Foil and iQFoil Classes.

Event programme:

-Saturday 19 June from 10:00 a.m. to 18:00 p.m. (Registration of participants and Equipment check)
-Sunday 20 June at 11:55 a.m. (Competitions)
-Monday 21 June at 11:55 a.m. (Competitions)
-Tuesday 22 June at 11:55 a.m. (Competitions)
-Wednesday 23 June at 11:55 a.m. (Competitions and Awards Ceremony)

Taste and enjoy the genuine products of Blanes

11May

Blanes has a wide range of products marked by their uniqueness and quality. One of these products is the famous “mongeta del ganxet de Blanes”. This legume stands out for its spongy, lingering taste and its smooth, creamy texture once cooked. It is a gourmet product with protected designation of origin (DOP).

Another of Blanes products that stands out for its excellence is the honey from the Jardí Botànic Marimurtra beehive, which is natural, organic and contains no additives or preservatives.

During your stay in Blanes, you should also try the locally produced Marina beer, the Laviret and Ses Vernes cavas, or the Coral Marine Sea Drink sparkling wine, macerated for years in an underwater cellar under the sea. You should also try the sweet carboneres from Ca L’Orench and the marmalade from the Jardí Botànic de Marimurtra.

Take advantage of your stay in Blanes to try and enjoy our genuine products!

Sa Palomera, an unmissable icon of Blanes

19Apr

Today we would like to talk about one of the most representative symbols of Blanes, the iconic Sa Palomera. This large rock that enters the sea is considered the starting point of the Costa Brava and separates the bay of Blanes from the beach of s’Abanell. On top of Sa Palomera there is a viewpoint from where you can contemplate a wide view of Blanes and the Tordera delta. At the end of July, this emblematic rock becomes the setting for the Blanes International Fireworks Competition.

If you come to Blanes, we recommend you visit this iconic place where, apart from getting to know and admire the beautiful coastline, you can take some spectacular panoramic photos.

Delta de la Tordera, a privileged place for bird watching

18Mar

During your stay in Blanes we recommend you to visit the protected natural area of the Delta del Riu Tordera. It is a strategic place for the migration of many species of birds, which makes this natural space a privileged place for bird watching. Depending on the time of year, species such as the grey heron, the little bittern, the common kingfisher and the common sandpiper can be observed. The delta is also the natural habitat of the tree frog, the Magdalena river turtle and the Natrix maura. In terms of vegetation, you will find elm trees, aspeen trees, ash trees and reed fields.

The hotel is located approximately 4 kilometres from this natural space, we recommend a visit on foot in order to enjoy an excursion with unique and unrepeatable views. The estimated time for this excursion is 1 hour 40 minutes round trip from the hotel.

Blanes, an ideal destination for practising outdoor sports

10Feb

Blanes has different signposted routes that you can do by running, walking, cycling or Nordic walking. These are itineraries of between 7 and 20 kilometres that run through the natural surroundings of Blanes, such as the Camí de Ronda, which offers an itinerary that continues alongside the sea; the route of the hermitages, which will allow you to discover part of the historical mark left by our ancestors; and the two Grans Camins de l’Aigua of 8 and 18 kilometres. Also on the terrain that surrounds the city, routes have been defined to follow with mountain bikes and three more for road cycling.

In addition, in Blanes you can do a lot of water activities such as: kayaking, paddle surfing, windsurfing, scuba diving, sport fishing and snorkelling. There is also a wide range of boat rentals with or without skipper and nautical excursions.

Blanes is a privileged town, with an unbeatable natural environment for practising outdoor sports.