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Apartment in Blanes (Santa Cristina)

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  • 2 bedrooms
  • sleeps 6
  • 1 bathroom
  • 61 m² living area
  • 20 m² terrace
  • Shared pool
  • Wi-Fi
  • Garden
  • Terrace furniture

Villa in Blanes

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  • 7 bedrooms
  • sleeps 16
  • 4 bathrooms
  • 300 m² living area
  • 600 m² terrace
  • Private pool
  • Wi-Fi
  • Balcony
  • Patio
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Villa in Blanes (Cala San Francisco)

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  • 3 bedrooms
  • sleeps 6
  • 2 bathrooms
  • 185 m² living area
  • 45 m² terrace
  • 1500 m² garden
  • Shared pool
  • Wi-Fi
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Blanes

Blanes is located in the Spanish region of Catalonia on the Costa Brava, 60 kilometres north of Barcelona airport.

Once a small fishing town, Blanes still retains some of its original charm; the resort boasts a four-kilometre stretch of coastline with wide sandy bays and small rocky coves, most of which are well served with water sports and other tourist facilities.

Moving away from the seafront you'll find evidence of a town steeped in history, with ancient monuments, churches and buildings still standing as reminders Blanes’ colourful past. The medieval castle of Sant Joan still looks down on the town as it has done since the 13th century.

History
The first settlers are thought to have inhabited the area as far back as the third century BC and archaeologists have excavated the remains of houses from the first century BC. 

The town thrived as a ship-building centre in the 19th century but its fortunes declined in the first half of the 20th century, particularly during the Spanish Civil War (1936-39) when the local population suffered bombing, famine and repression. 



Modern tourism arrived in the 1950s and over the following 20 years Blanes started to flourish once again, developing into a popular international holiday destination. 



Culture
Blanes has Spanish street markets, fiestas and folk dancing fairs throughout the year.

Beaches


The beaches are the main attraction for the vast majority of tourists to Blanes; the sandy beaches and coves, with the incredible backdrop of mountain scenery, make this a perfect beach holiday location. There is a promenade running the full length of the 4km beach strip with many terraces, restaurants and bars.

Playa de Treumal border with the Santa Cristina beach of Lloret del Mar. Small boat hire, Sun shades, sun beds and a kiosk are available.

Cala de San Francesc is one of Blanes’ most famous coves, backed by steep green hillsides and with magnificent views. Here boat trips, small watercraft hire, showers, sun beds and shades and snacks are available.

Playa de Capellans, Punta Santa Ana is rocky, with small pebble beaches. The area is ideal for diving. There are bars and restaurants, sun beds, small craft hire and showers.

Playa de Blanes is the town's main beach with bars, restaurants sun beds, small craft hire, boat trips, first aid, kiosks, showers, public telephone and access to public transport.

Playa de Sabanell is Blanes’ largest beach at two kilometres long. Here you will find public telephones, first aid, boat trips, wind surfing, paragliding, restaurants, pleasure craft, dinghy sailing, sun beds, kiosks, bars, showers and jet-skis.

Cala de Sa Forcanera has an optional clothes policy. Beware of the dangly bits!

Leisure & recreation 

Blanes is famous for its two botanical gardens, which are home to over 11,000 different plant species, including some of the most important collections of yucca palms, aloes and cacti in Europe. The gardens, which have been developed from contributions from private collections and nurseries around the world, attract more than 300,000 visitors a year.

All manner of water sports can be enjoyed; in particular there are some excellent diving zones, there are schools offering good tuition and equipment hire. A variety of sports are readily available locally, including tennis, mountain biking, trekking, hacking, and paddle. Joggers will enjoy meeting each other at dawn on the promenade.

Excursions
Barcelona with its famous fountains and fabulous Gaudi architecture and the Benedictine monastery in the extraordinary mountainous region of Montserrat, to the north west of Barcelona are popular day trips.

 Kids will love a day out at Water World, Europe's biggest water park near Lloret de Mar, the Marineland complex just south of Blanes and Port Aventura, the Universal Studio theme park near Tarragona.

Cuisine
The gastronomy of Catalonia is rich and varied; principally it is the typical Mediterranean diet of fish and seafood, with fresh vegetables, olives and olive oil rice and pasta.

Some traditional Catalan dishes to try include, Escudella I Carn D'olla consisting of a vegetable broth with pork, veal and chicken; Pa Amb Tomàquet, simply rustic bread, which can be toasted, rubbed with tomato pulp and dressed with oil and salt; this delicious breakfast can also be served with ham, sausage or tortilla.

Coca is a very thin dough baked with onions, peppers and other vegetables served with and meats, or fish (especially sardines).

Climate
Blanes enjoys a fantastic Mediterranean climate with long warm summers tempered by cooling sea breezes, glorious mild autumn and spring days and winters that can be windy, wet, and suddenly sunny.

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We have visited Blanes for the past 40 years and it is still our families favourite place to stay. Although it has changed over the years and some of the Olde world places have now disappeared, it still contains corners of the old Spain with their rustic charm and beauty. It is easy to seek out the places and beaches for peace and quiet if like us that is what you go for, but there is an abundance of lively night life on the other hand. There are restaurants and cafes to suit all tastes and pockets.


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The town beaches are clean and family friendly with all amenities. The playa, sea-front of Blanes is a popular evening walk overlooked by the castle on the mountain. Some beaches just out of town are of outstanding beauty, with trees and rocky backdrops.
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Beaches were great.


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Lovely scenary
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Dirty city, everything broken, thief on the beach, very dirty water lots of dogs poo on the street. You have to be very careful, they are like a landmines. If you like swimming with old condoms and rubbish in water, poo on the street, thiefs and no atractions: Blanes is perfect place to stay


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Best city Lorret del mar. Nice and clean.
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The selling point for blanes is it is where the Spanish go on holiday


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The costa brava has a mixture of stunning coastline, relaxed beaches and excellent nightlife something for everyone.
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Nice beach front with nice restaurants. Friendly people .


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Blanes is a very nice small town, closest to Barcelona, where the railwas does not lie through the beach. Excelent beach, warm sea, many restaurants and small shops. It is good for family and elderly people. It is not so lively and crowded as Lloret de Mar, that does not sleep at all and night live is more active than daytime live.


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Costa Brava is very beautiful, it is not so hot as in south Spain, there vere many places to see: Barcelona, Gerona, Monstserrat, Figueres, Tossa de Mar.. picturescues beaches...
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A nice town, not too crowded, not too many tourist (in May that is).


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Beautiful, nice and warm.
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Great, we have friends there and will visit Blanes 2012 again.


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Considering that we went during the low season (1-7 May)Blanes is a nice seaside resort. The main beach however is not to be recommended for young children or older people as the sand is more like sharp fine gravel (we chaffed our feet quite badly)and the water edge goes from a few centimetres to around a metre drop. There are some lovely natural beaches which are worth visiting. Restaurants aren't much to be desired ( low season meant ready prepared frozen food). Town centre small but nice. Not many places of interest but Blanes is well situated and there is plenty to see and do without having to travel too far.


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Lloret Del Mar young and lively, typical seaside town - souvenirs, bars, burgers, clubs, clubs, clubs. In low season obviously a lot calmer but alive! Barcelona nearby and every bit as exciting as all great cities. Plenty or amusement parks but some closed in low season, so find out if open before promising to the kids!
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