Blanes Travel Guide

  • lovely botanic gardens above the Costa Brava
    lovely botanic gardens above the Costa...
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  • Ryanair taking me over the Costa Brava to Gerona
    Ryanair taking me over the Costa Brava...
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  • views over the port and Blanes' long white beach
    views over the port and Blanes' long...
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Blanes Highlights

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     Friends & Family, Green, Great for Rocky Coves, Good food, Cheap & Easy to get to 

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     not all the waiters in restaurants speak english 

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     A lovely place well worth visiting. 

Blanes Things to Do

  • A Surreal Trip to the Dali Museum

    We spent a day in the Catalan town of Figueres to visit the Dali Museum.I had been here before, when Dali was still alive, but I wanted to take the Small Person and looked forward to seeing it again.The Salvador Dalí Museum is the permanent home of the world's most comprehensive collection of the renowned Spanish artist's work. The Dalí...

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  • The Botanical Garden

    There are three zones in The Marimurtra Botanic Garden: Subtropical Garden, Tempered and Mediterranean Garden.

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  • Footpathes

    The best way to see all parts of the garden is to take a map with walk scheme. The map you can find near the main entrance. There are many cactuses near the main entrance and you can buy one or too for your home botanic garden.

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  • The Timetable

    April – October 9-18.00 every day, November – March 10.00-17.00, Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays 10.00-14.00

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  • Goethe in the gardens

    This pretty pond display with quotes from Goethe is an interesting feature in the garden. There was a postcard for sale in the shop with this on it which I chose for nieces as with the European or Continental addition to it makes it rather an interesting opportunity for some cultural input.

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  • Markets along the Blanes promenade/high...

    When I was dropped in to the town centre of Blanes - which is the main street that runs along the beach - the Monday I was there there were lots of caravans all the way along with market stalls and lots of people at them either looking or doing a rapid sort through what was there on offer.So ?Monday is market day or is it all week?Anyway there was...

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  • Watch out for the photo touts at...

    Going about ones own business trying to see the sights at the botanic gardens I was sort of suddenly caught of guard by some commmanding instruction to 'come this way' - when I did straight ahead a red parrot caught my eye while at the same time from around behind a corner of foliage a white parrot was put on my shoulder by the assistant of the guy...

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  • See the waterlily pond complete with...

    Well actually Im not sure if to be exact whether these creatures are turtles or tortoises! but they were together here at the waterlily pond - one basking and stetching out looking very happy in the sun - and the other trying to get up and out the side of the pond and eventually looking happy to swim off in the sunsoaked pool.Rather lovely...

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  • Get closeup shots of exotic flowers

    Being a botanical gardens - and with an objective of the founder being the promotion of greater knowledge of the world of plants - this is an excellent place to learn more about plants, their origin and communities and get the opportunity to take closeup shots of flowers that take your fancy.

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  • Get beautiful views of the Costa Brava

    The Murimurtra Botanical Gardens are in a spectacular position up on cliffs and hilltop overloooking the blue blue waters of the Costa Brava. Good views looking north and some to the south to the beach of Blanes can be obtained so along with the lovely collection of flowers and plants in the gardens there is doubly good reason to head on up there...

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  • See Cactii in bloom

    There were a number of different cactii in the gardens - many of them were in bloom and it was lovely to see the flowers - the variety of colours and shapes! Very pretty and a joy to get some nice close ups of them - an excellent place to do so - at the Marimurta Botanical Gardens of the Costa Brava.

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  • See Cactii in bloom

    There were a number of different cactii in the gardens - many of them were in bloom and it was lovely to see the flowers - the variety of colours and shapes! Very pretty and a joy to get some nice close ups of them - an excellent place to do so - at the Marimurta Botanical Gardens of the Costa Brava.

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Blanes Restaurants

  • Best mexican food in Blanes!

    Cantina Mariachi is a very good Mexican restaurant. Tasty food, good service, nice hall, outdoor terrace - everything you need. One of the good points - they serve a very tasty sangria, another one - they have big dishes, made especially to share between family or friends. Nachos Machos! :)It is a big plate of nachos (to share it) with a very...

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  • Go for lunch in Tossa del Mar

    We had hired a car, so we took the scenic route to nearby Tossa de Mar for lunch on recommendation from close friends who lived there.We had a really good, quality meal there in a traditional restaurant with interesting decor, that specialized in seafood. There are restaurants lining the streets leading up to the old town. We pushed the boat out...

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  • Menu del Dia

    Go for the menu del dia (menu of the day).It is by far the best option financially and you usually get a simple, but perfectly balanced 3 course meal, with wine and coffee, for under 10 Euros.Mind you, who knows what is on the menu...Especially if the menu is hand written in CataLan !In my experience, it is best to go for a family owned restaurant,...

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Blanes Nightlife

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    by amapola66 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    **April 2011 - I have been told this bar is no more - shame! but as Matthew hs two young boys now, the hours were jsut too unsociable**

    My dear frrend Matthew and his Andalucian wife Marta, own a very good international bar in a padestrianised street, at the opposite end of town from the old town, near the campsites and apartments.

    It's a great little bar with an outside patio for summer and Matt (otherwise known as 'The Corker') does a fantastic range of reasonably priced and delicious tapas.

    His clientel are an international mix of Spanish, French, Brits and whoever...which makes for a very amusing atmosphere.

    I just wish I could remember the name ! (I will find out soon).

    Dress Code: Casual

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Blanes Transportation

  • Up the coast by boat

    This boat went past while I was enjoying the sea views of the Costa Brava from my rocky perch along one of the paths at the Marimurtra botanical gardens - boldly plastered with all the contact details needed to know who they were and how to get hold of them!Looked rather nice!

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  • Train to Barcelona from Blanes

    The trains to Barcelona leave quite frequently through the day and only take an hour and 15 minutes to Place Catalunya Station or a few minutes on to Estacio Sants (where there are baggage storage facilities, elsewhere none).On the way, worth taking the train for these views, are lovely views of the coastline/white beaches and blue seas. About an...

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  • Public transport

    Maybe Ive become spoilt and extravagant but I so often travel with the joy of a rental car to go here and there and be free to make diversions, stop or whatever - all to maximise the time available to see sights and take photographs. Even taking photos from a moving self drive car are 100% better than out the window of public transport!I managed to...

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Blanes Shopping

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  • Shopping on a Rainy Day

    Mataro is a port town around 30 kilometers before Barcelona from Blanes. Locals suggested we went there to shop as the rain was relentless.On arrival, the town had an instantly likeable, non touristy vibe. We strolled around a while and had a spot of lunch in a local Catalan restaurant (3 courses plus wine in a large porron & coffee for 7 euros)....

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  • Daily Fresh Fruit and Veg

    Blanes fruit and veg market is open every morning except Sundays.Local produce is fresh, good quality and cheap.If you are renting an apartment and doing some cooking in occasionally, I would highly recommend getting your fresh foods there.

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Blanes Local Customs

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    by angiebabe Written Jun 24, 2008

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    Stayed with friends a few minutes out of Blanes - at their villa complex out in the lovely countryside. Lovely countryside with rolling hills and vineyards - fields with poppies and colourful wildflowers!

    Get to see or meet the neighbours - closeby complete with character - with their chicken runs, cats, vegetables plots, junk piles and 15 dogs if they want! Those who dont want their land encroached will put up perimeter fences to keep you out.

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Blanes Warnings and Dangers

  • Take care in the sun !

    I know that one of the high priorities on many peoples minds is to get in the Sun as fast as they can and for as long as they can to get a tan to be proud of when they return home. But.........BEWARE OF THE SUN !If you are fair skinned or even if not, USE Sun protection cream or lotion BEFORE hitting the beach. Even if just walking around town you...

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  • Beware Dodgy Late Night Chinese...

    Beware the late night Chinese Takeaway Restaurant that is the only open place in the wee hours in the winter (near the old part of town I think).Late one Sunday night, a friend decided (against his better nature) that he would risk a take-out from the only place open at 3 am.It was also out of season.He spent the next two days incredibly ill in bed...

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Blanes What to Pack

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    Slippers for Cool Spanish Homes

    by amapola66 Updated May 4, 2005

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Yeah, not very rock and roll, I know ! - but even in the summer, Spanish homes are designed to keep the heat out. The floors are usually tiled and accomodation can be quite cool inside.

    Slippers are essential to ones well being in the cooler months there.

    My advise is to take some.
    You will be pleased you did.

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Blanes Favorites

  • A good town to rest in

    There are a lot of different things to do. You can just lie on the beach (don't forget to use sun-blocks) or spend your days on feet, exploring town's streets and the botanical gardens, or do shopping, or go and visit Barcelona and other towns on the sea coast. In the evening you can go clubbing or just walk along the beach, where you can find a...

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  • Blanes Promenade

    I like the promenade at the old town end. There are pleasant gardens and as usual in Spain, small people are well catered for. Sit and read in the morning sun, with nice views of the ocean while your little ones let off steam on the swings and slides.There are some nice restaurants down this end, near the port too.

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