An eye-catching city to eat. Vegetables, fruit, seafood, sweets, wine, champagne, craft beer…Blanes is a market normally held daily thanks to the fishermen and farmers (called pagesos) of the Tordera. The wide culinary offer of the city allows to appreciate our local and high-quality products.
A market is always the hub of a city. The bustle of our markets is an added attraction. Living Blanes means to walk the market amongst its people and street vendors. Living Blanes also means to choose and smell the fresh products of the market.
THE HUB OF A CITY
IT IS THE MOST CROWDED OF THE CITY due to its central location and size. This market has become a highly recommended attraction for tourists. It is made up of 33 stands where one can buy local fruits and vegetables as well as fresh flowers, nuts and other products.
FRUITS AND VEGETABLES MARKET HOURS:
Open every day.
From Monday to Saturday: 8:00-14:00
AS A SEAFARING TOWN with significant fishing activity, BLANES has accumulated a diverse culinary heritage over the course of history, although no particular signature dish has become established in the town.
Much of this gastronomic heritage is based on the meals traditionally prepared by fishermen on charcoal burners at the stern of their trawlers or seine fishing boats.
They would often eat cuttlefish with potatoes or even macaroni, invariably drizzled with aioli prepared using a pestle and mortar. The dishes that have reached our tables, such as fideus rossejats (vermicelli cooked in fish broth), cim i tomba (fish and vegetable stew) or burnt garlic stews, have evolved over the years as our fishermen, chefs and home cooks have added their own touches, creating what Ferran Agulló referred to more than 100 years ago as our own cuisine.
One of the most popular dishes in our repertoire of local cuisine is the fish suquet, a kind of stew that everyone makes their own way, with their own choice of fish, but which must always include a good picada (a finely chopped mixture of nuts, bread crumbs, herbs and garlic, along with other optional ingredients), added fried or cold.
Fishermen would prepare this dish with a good picada and the catch of the day.
THE FISH PORTAL
FRESH FISH AND SEAFOOD from our fishermen’s boats. What a privilege! Blanes has a fleet that go fishing every day from Monday to Friday. Every evening, the fishermen’s catch is auctioned off at the fish market of Blanes. From here on, you can enjoy this fresh fish in some restaurants of the city and you can also buy it in the best fish shops. In the past, fish was sold in the city centre shops at Verge Maria Square, where Es Portal arches were located. The current fish shops were built in the late 1960s. Nowadays, there are 3 stands in Plaça dels Dies Feiners offering the best local products.
From Monday to Friday: 8:00-13:00 and 17:00-19:30.
Blanes has a wide variety of local and high-quality products. Some of them have a long tradition and have become a distinctive feature of our region.
If you want to enjoy Blanes, you should taste Marina local beer, Laviret and Ses Vernes champagne or Coral Marine Sea Drink sparkling wine. You should also eat honey and jam from Marimurtra and mongeta del ganxet, a bean with designation of origin.
BUSINESS AND COMPANIES
If you want to learn fist-hand about our companies that offer high-quality products, please click here. It is also possible to make an appointment to learn more about the production process.
FIND YOUR RESTAURANT
BLANES OFFERS A WIDE SELECTION OF RESTAURANTS for all tastes. Local and traditional food is combined with modern dishes. One of the most important dishes in the local gastronomy of the city is without a doubt its fresh fish, especially the famous “gamba de Blanes” (typical prawn of Blanes).
Our city has several places where you can have a good meal with your partner and family. Most of these places are in the harbour area or at the sea front, such as the neighbourhood of s’Auguer. So take a seat in one terrace of the promenade and enjoy the sea breeze in the best possible company.
We are aware of the special dietary needs, so we are trying to offer a wider variety of food for all people. We want that Blanes become a Gluten free city. Although there are a lot of people with food allergies or celiac disease, we want that everybody tastes Blanes. For this reason, an awareness programme aimed at informing restaurants about food safety regulations was launched. This programme is also aimed at helping restaurant owners to train their employees and to be accredited as Gluten free restaurants, with the collaboration of the Association of Celiacs of Catalonia.