Blanes is the gateway of the Costa Brava. It is an amazing city with more than 1,000 years of history. Let yourselves be seduced by the past still present in the most historic buildings, gardens and monuments. It is easy to get carried away by some historic routes that will bring you back to the past. But to understand the city around us, our famous ancestors will also be remembered.
Blanes is a dynamic modern city that has the ability to adapt to the modern times in order to make our visitors feel like at home, but without forgetting its roots.
The first thing that you should do is to go for a walk to the centre of the city. You will find there modern streets and shops together with an excellent legacy from the time when the city was a group of small white fishermen’s houses. This is the best way to discover amazing 19th-century houses and examples of gothic Catalan style.
But if you want to enjoy a spectacular view of the city, you need to climb the mountain of Sant Joan where there are still remains of the castle and hermitage from the 11th and 15th centuries. This is an amazing overlook point of Blanes and the Costa Brava and the inspiration place of several artists.
Routes to discover Blanes however you want.
Mediterranean and lively city with emblematic streets that allow you to discover it however you want. The city has grown but it still keeps its maritime origins and some interesting places that can be visited by walking.
Besides the monumental value of the hermitages in Blanes, they are really appreciated and their walls are an example of our ancestor’s popular devotion.
AMERICAN LEGACY IN BLANES
Having made more or less fortune, the Indians who returned from America to Blanes contributed to develop their own architecture that nowadays is still visible in some neighborhoods.
VISCOUNTS OF CABRERA ROUTE
The history of Blanes is closely linked to the Viscounty of Cabrera, one of the most important feudal dinasties in Catalonia for over 900 years, from the 11th to the 19th century.
Only a few cities can boast of being a source of inspiration for some of the most brilliant writers who have been in Blanes with their own notebooks and pens. But like the writer Montserrat Roig said ‘Blanes is a city full of history and literature’.
This thematic route covers the places where the Chilean poet and novelist Roberto Bolaño lived. He arrived in Blanes in 1985. He was living there until this death in 2003
JOAQUIM RUYRA’S ROUTE
This literary route serves as an introduction, inviting visitors to explore Joaquim Ruyra’s complete works if they have not already done so.
BLANES IS CULTURE
Blanes is an active and lively city all year round, having a wide variety of cultural, leisure, food and sports activities for all ages: local celebrations, concerts, exhibitions, courses, fairs, Festa Major, fireworks… Blanes is Mediterranean culture at its purest.
The variety of celebrations is an example of our people’s personality. Carnival, Corpus, Co-patrons celebration, Christmas, Three Kings, Holy Week are celebrated our own way but always having the help of associations and institutions.
Celebrations all year round
El Concurs Internacional de Focs d’Artifici de la Costa Brava
With more than a century of tradition with fireworks, one of the most amazing and essential events in Blanes is this festival of lights, colours and smoke that every year attracts thousands of visitors to our beaches in July.
A lot of famous street markets and fairs are held in our city, such Sant Tomás Fair, Sabors Catalans Fair and several craft fairs. They are the perfect moment to discover our traditions and products that you will take home.
Check out the schedule of fairs and markets in our calendar.
INSPIRATION OF ARTISTS
Blanes and its landscapes have been an inspiration for artists, poets and writers. The city has welcomed them and preserved their legacy. The general interest in culture is reflected in our exhibition rooms, such as Casa Oms, Casa Saladrigas and Garcia-Tornel. Those easily accessible rooms are located in the centre of the city as well as the library of Blanes.
Check out the schedule of exhibitions in our calendar.
With more than 25 years of success, the Cycle of Concerts Música a l’Esperança offers a wide variety of spring activities in a special place, the hermitage Mare de Déu de l’Esperança.
After this festival, another one called Les Nits de Marimurtratakes place. Those open-air concerts are held in one of the most spectacular places of the Costa Brava.
With more than 12th editions, this festival has become a reference in the south of the Costa Brava thanks to its cultural, musical and leisure activities.
Visitors like small concerts with no more than 200 people in a natural and friendly atmosphere.
The Theatre of Blanes is located in the centre of the city. It includes a seating capacity of 400 people and a high-quality programming with relevant actors. It also plays an important role in the cultural education of citizens. This theatre together with the one in Lloret de Mar constitute the Teatre Costa Brava Sud. Both offer a programming for all ages.