Best Things to See and Do in Blanes on the Costa Brava in Spain

The botanical gardens in Blanes are some of the best in Europe

Blanes is a mid-size Spanish town situated in Catalonia on the Costa Brava. It is known as The Gateway to the Costa Brava and is only 60 kilometres north of Barcelona airport, so wonderfully located if you like to stay or live in a smaller town, but have access to a big city.

Blanes also has a number of fun things to see and do.

Blanes has a gorgous seafront, rocky coves, churches, monuments and a medieval castle. It is also known for its fiestas, fairs and numerous traditional Spanish street markets.

For holidaymakers, Blanes’ beaches are one of its top attractions, with everything from small coves to one that is more than two kilometers in length. Plenty of space to enjoy long walks, fly a kite or just generally enjoy the wide expanse of ocean.

From most of these beaches, you can swim, dive, go boating, wind surfing, paragliding, play beach volleyball, or just lie around on a towel and enjoy the gorgeous weather.

Don’t miss Blanes’ promenade too, where you can enjoy a morning or evening walk, and even do a bit of shopping at the street stalls set up along the way. There are even kiddie rides for the little ones to enjoy.

Visit the fishing port, a beautiful place to take photos, and don’t miss eating fresh fish and seafood at one of Blanes’ excellent restaurants.

One of the most famous attractions in Blanes are the botanical gardens, the most famous in Europe, with stunning views out over the Mediterranean. With more than 300,000 people visiting them every year, you can only imagine how many tourists actually come to Blanes. Many more than you’d expect for a town of just 40,000 inhabitants.

For more on what to see and do in Blanes, Spain, check out the video below. Gorgeous, isn’t it?