Blanes: The gateway to the Costa Brava

Blanes was originally an old fishing town located approximately one hour north of Barcelona. The modern-day beach town is also just 50 minutes from Girona making it easily accessible from both of the region’s major airports. If you rent a villa on the Costa Brava it’s the ideal place to explore with all of the family. With over 4 kilometres of sandy beaches, characterful coves, and a town centre steeped in history, it is worth adding a day here to your travel itinerary.

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The Beach

The main attraction in Blanes for families is the beach. A pretty promenade flanks the entire coastline which is dotted with shops, bars, and restaurants. On Cala de San Francesc and Playa de Sabanell you can sign up for boats trips, hire sun loungers, and indulge in a multitude of water sports such as windsurfing, paragliding, sailing, and jet-skiing. Playa de Capellans is perfect for diving as the area of Santa Ana Point is particularly abundant with marine life.

 

The Gardens

Blanes is blessed with two wonderful botanical gardens with more than 11,000 species of plants such as aloes, cacti, and yucca palm plants. These gardens, popular with visitors to the town, exide natural beauty, shade, and seclusion which contrasts with the hustle and bustle of Blanes.

 

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The Culture

In addition to the archaeological ruins in the town centre and the myriad of shops, restaurants, and local bars, Blanes also hosts many markets and festivals throughout the year. Climb the hillside to the Castle of San Juan to visit the chapel and fortress, and enjoy views over the town, golden beaches, and azure Mediterranean Sea. If you do climb the steep walk to the top, remember to bring plenty of sunscreen as there aren’t many shaded areas – and don’t forget your camera!

If you are staying close to Blanes or a short drive or train ride away, take a day trip from your Costa Brava vacation rental to the charming coastal city of Blanes.


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Barcelona’s top 9 attractions for children

A family vacation is different from an individual or couple’s vacation because you have to consider the children. When you are planning a Spain family vacation with children tagging along, you should consider their safety and preferences, as well as a favorable climate for them to enjoy. Barcelona meets the criteria for an ideal family holiday destination.

 

The Barcelona Zoo

 

Visiting the zoo during your family holiday in Barcelona will ignite excitement in the younger children and amusement in older children. You can visit the zoo inside the Parc de la Ciutadella. The most exciting thing about the zoo is the occasional dolphin shows. It is like the 7th wonder of the world. Adjacent to the zoo is a lake where you can rent paddle boats and enjoy the surrounding nature.

 

CosmoCaixa Science Museum

 

CosmoCaixa Science Museum is one of the best science museums in Europe where children can enjoy the Amazonian rainforest with different bird species, crocodiles, and piranhas. They can also learn about rocks and other exciting science experiments.

 

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The Beach

 

A Barcelona holiday is not complete without a trip to one of the region’s stunning beaches.  Rent a few chairs and parasols and bask under the sun while building sand castles and swimming in the refreshing Mediterranean Sea.

 

Parc Güell

 

Parc Güell is home to some of Barcelona’s best views of the city and water amidst unique architecture of the park. Children can learn more about the park from history lessons and play among the architectural fixtures.

 

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The Chocolate Museum (Museu de la Xocolata)

 

Located in a historic monastery in the Born neighborhood, the Chocolate Museum explains the history of the decadent dessert and offers the chance to purchase some treats to take home with you to your vacation villa.

 

Mercat de la Boqueria

 

At this famous market near La Rambla, you can buy fresh fruit, Spanish tapas, and ham with the chance to sample food before you buy it. After hours of sightseeing, this is the right place to refresh and fill your hungry bellies.

 

La Rambla

 

This is a magnificent walkway, and it is one of the most famous walkways in the world. You can start at the beach and walk up to Plaça Catalunya.

 

Montserrat

 

Approximately 1 hour outside of Barcelona, take the train to these fascinating mountains and enjoy caves, hiking trails, and views all the way to the Mediterranean and Girona!

 

Museum of Ideas and Inventions

 

Allow your children’s creativity to be stimulated on your Barcelona holiday by visiting this museum full of inspirational designs and inventions.

 

 

 


Pack your swimsuit: Costa Brava’s can’t-miss beaches

One of the biggest perks unique to the Barcelona region is the fact that there are dozens of beaches available either within walking distance or just a short train ride away in the Costa Brava region, the area north of Barcelona. Each beach offers a different experience, and summer is the perfect opportunity to discover what experiences the gorgeous Mediterranean shoreline can provide for you. 

 

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Cabrera de Mar is a lovely town with some of the prettiest beaches you can imagine. While you’re there, you can even visit the Castell de Burriac or try your hand at surf lessons! 

 

Canyelles offers a quiet beach surrounded by cliffs that are covered in Spanish pine trees. This beach typically remains less crowded than other beaches in Catalonia if you’re looking for your own semi-private getaway.

 

Platja d’Aro is perfect if you’re looking for a more lively vacation. Come check out the surrounding shopping opportunities, food experiences, and festivals. It is a perfect beach if you’re looking for different activities, from relaxing on the beach to dancing at a local festival.

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Sant Pol de Mar is another beach with waters so clear that you can see your feet beneath the tide. One of the most secret beaches in Costa Brava, a trip to these crystal waters are guaranteed to provide a truly regenerating experience.

 

This is just a taste of all the beach experiences Costa Brava has to offer. Make plans to come and check out your favorite one during your holiday. After all, life’s a beach! If one of these beaches sparks your interest, you’ll be happy to know that we at Catalunya Casas have properties in all of these beaches! Feel free to send us a message via our website.

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