Things to do
Marimurtra Botanical Garden
The Marimurtra Botanical Garden is one of the jewels of our surroundings, located between cliffs bordering the sea, you can find around 3,000 species of exotic plants there. The garden has 10ha of Mediterranean forest and 4ha divided into three zones – subtropical, temperate and mediterranean –. Marimurtra, declared a Cultural Site of National Interest by the Catalan Government, was founded more than eighty years ago by the German Carl Faust, a patron of the biological sciences, with the intention of establishing an international headquarters for scientific research in Blanes.www.marimurtra.cat
Pinya de Rosa
This tropical garden is one of the most interesting living libraries of cactus in Europe, with more than 7,000 species worldwide. It was founded by Ferran Riviere de Caralt, a recognized industrial engineer, who began to build the garden shortly after acquiring its property in 1945.
Castle and hermitage of San Joan
Built by order of Grau de Cabrera in the middle of the thirteenth century, its watchtower dates from the sixteenth century and made a high promontory from which to sight potential enemies such as Mediterranean corsairs and pirates. Nowadays Sant Joan determines the unmistakable profile of our town and has become an excellent viewpoint to observe both Blanes and a good part of the coast.
It marks the beginning of the Costa Brava and from its peak, it is possible to sight the village waterfront.
Beaches and coves with blue flag, clear water and white sand. • Platja de Blanes• S'Abanell• Santa Anna• Cala de Sant Francesc• Sa Forcanera• Cala Treumal• Cala S'Agulla
More than 1000 years of history
The geographic center of the town is also the trade center, where most of the shops and companies are located. Walking through its streets you can also find some traces of village's history. Try not to miss the following points of interest: • The parish church and antique palace of the Viscounts of Cabrera: The Palace of the Viscounts of Cabrera and the church were initially a single body building and were set apart when the Parish of Blanes was instituted in 1319. • The gothic Fountain: its civil gothic style is so rare that makes it a remarkable and unique fountain. It was built by order of Na Violant de Cabrera, daughter of the Count of Prades, in the early fifteenth century. • Virgin Mary Square (or the Old Fish Portal): with the Virgin Mary Portal, which used to be the gate of the ancient walls of Blanes.
The "americanos" or "indians" were the people who had emigrated to America in their youth and after some years came back to their home town more or less wealthier, having achieved a certain economic and social ascent. Their most evident legacy are their houses. The essentials are: • Tordera House: of modernist style, built by "indians" in 1908. • The Town Hall: it was the Seat of the municipal government of the late sixteenth century and was renovated by Martí Sureda in 1866. • Orench House: it is a representative of the buildings of the architect Francesc Folguera, from 1926. • Can Massó (Passeig de Dintre, 2): from the Verdaguer-Massó family, who accumulated a fortune managing a sugar plantation in Guayama (Puerto Rico). • Can Gallet (Carrer Esperança, 14): Bonaventura Puig Torrent amassed one of the most remarkable fortunes thanks to the " Cafè de la Marina" which he established in Havana.
The city offers a range of dining options, linked to the marine character of the town. To finish the day you can relax on the terraces in front of Sa Palomera. Beers, wines and cocktails will perfectly fit the coastal landscape.
Passeig de la Mestrança
A flat quiet walk along the sea that ends at the port. You can see Saladrigues House (1926) and the fountain of the "Mare de Déu del Carme" (1943).
The port combines the fishing tradition with the sport facilities, offering a wide range of services for nautical activities. Discover: the port, the fishing dock, the fish market and the fish sale.
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