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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)