The clicking of castanets is often heard in the festive holiday resort of Blanes, situated way down south on Spain’s Costa Brava. Many Spaniards choose to holiday in Blanes, besides the hordes of international tourists who are drawn to its miles of attractive coastline, to be housed in the high-rise hotels and apartment blocks whichmore
blanes bar monte carlo costa brava - emma croswick. Date of travel: Mar 2010
i went to blanes for a holiday this march and stumbled upon a new english/spanish bar, the peaple who run it are lovly helpfull peaple and realy helped us find our way around blanes, they also serve the best fish and chips ever and have a lovly selection of spanish tapas,(they were also happy to explain what each tapa was) cant wait to return. the bar is called the montecarlo, its right in the heart of los pinos,
Lovely place to stay - V Williams. Date of travel: Aug 2009
Blanes is a very nice resort and very family orientated. Go and have a walk along the seafront in the evening and mingle with the locals. The old town has some lovely shops and great places to have a wonder around. The market is on every week and definitely worth a look.
Blanes with Club Cantabrica - Jackie , Dave, Leah, Lauren & Lee. Date of travel: Jul 2009
We went on holiday to Blanes with Club Cantabrica in July. The town is full of dutch, everyone assumed we were dutch, and spoke to us in dutch.... but that was not a bad thing as they thought it hilarious when they discovered we were english. Everyone very friendly. Was there for two weeks and tried a different restaurant most nights - never had a bad meal once. Prices on par with england though but thats because of the poor exchange rate on the euro. The only thing cheaper than Britain was the wine... and that suits me fine. Temperatures reached nearly 40 degrees on some days so dont go July/August if you can't bear the heat. All in all a good family holiday - I would go to Blanes again. Club Cantabrica reps were brilliant but I don't think I could stick the 24hour coach journey again.
Blanes - Reece and Carol. Date of travel: Sep 2008
Blanes is a very nice place full of history. Short distance from Barcelona by train which is only about £9. We recommend it. There's much more to see.
Beautiful town - Mark, Emi, Peter and Simone. Date of travel: Jul 2008
The town of Blanes is beautiful and the promenade is excellent. Though in need of repair at the campsite end. If you´re prepared to look past the "ENGLISH" pub attitude then there are many fine places to eat. Asia Wok, Los Arcos, Sirocco, Texas Steakhouse and the campsite bar were among our favourites for good food. If powered mas is your thing, then try the Irish bar like we did...once.
Blanes a resort on its knees - S.Guard. Date of travel: Apr 2008
I took my family on a weeks holiday on the Costa Brava, we stayed three days in Barcelona and then went up the coast by train for a further four day stay in Blanes. On the train journey we were approached several times by Spanish gypsies who were looking to rob us, finally they succeeded in robbing a bag from another tourist in a different part of the train. Blanes was a massive disappointment, almost empty with very few shops open and looking very run down. For sale signs on property everywhere.
Blanes - Margaret Cherrie. Date of travel: Oct 2007
Blanes is a lovely place, not spoiled like many other tacky resorts in Spain. Great shops & bars in the Old town, 2 beautiful beaches. Will be back!
Blanes is a base to travel all over the Costa Brava - Mrs K Walker. Date of travel: Sep 2007
The bus and train services are brilliant, there is a bus terminus in Blanes, the old part of Blanes is lovely and so is the beach.
Nice city with amazing views and some nice bars - Olga. Date of travel: Jul 2007
It is a nice city, you can find a bit of everything there, nice beach, amazing views, quiet places to relax but also some discos to go out, it is a good place to go both with your family to relax or with your friends to hang out.
Blanes - Kerry Buxton. Date of travel: Jun 2007
Blanes is a quiet resort, for saying that it is a working town, not at all like Lloret de Mar. We didn't hear any loud music, encounter the 18-25 holiday clubs. We were able to rest which is what we needed. We went to the botanic gardens, that was nice to see. We went on the boat to Tossa de mar - what a beautiful place and great shops. We went up to the castle and lighthouse. If you're hungry the selection of food there is amazing. The bus service runs frequently from Blanes to Lloret, Barcelona, Gerona, etc and it's cheap. We found three bars round from the Europa all next to each other and they were all great, however we did spend more time in in the Drunken Bull, owned by Alex and Louise, really nice people, and a good atmosphere. We travelled with Ryanair booked accommodation with the holiday club, and transfers with key tranfers.
Blanes - Claire. Date of travel: Aug 2006
Two resorts in one - the old town (Barri Vell) and the new resort of S'abanell, divided by the rock on a promontery called Sa Palomera. The new resort has several campsites and large hotels and apartment blocks, bars, discos and fast food joints. The old town is a proper working town, people live there and work there and there's industry other than tourism. Between the two, you're likely to find something to your taste - unless you're after a tiny, intimate and under-developed fishing village with no traffic - there's certainly lots of traffic. We spent most of our time in the old town, which has a collection of restaurants on the sea front and a very nice wide promonade. Loads of dogs in Blanes - and very little mess - the Spanish are conscientious about clearing up after their pooches! Good place to visit: the Botanic Gardens Mar I Murta. Do take a trip into Barcelona - trains are quite cheap and frequent. Lloret and Tossa de Mar are very close. Recommended restaurant: Damaljuana which has some really good pasta.
Natalie Campton and co. Date of travel: May 2006
I had been a few times to Blanes as a child but this time I was going with my children. I couldnt knock the resort for anything. It is a perfect resort for families and the people are so friendly!! Although the beach was a bit worrying as it shelves very steeply into the sea. Best places to eat is the English run Club Tropicana and the Brits bar especially for those English breakfasts and an English cuppa. Very much a beach holiday but great for young children with very few disco's. Their hospitality is second to none. Already booked up for next year as this is a great place for all. Tour Operator: Club Cantabrica
Edwards Family. Date of travel: Jul 2005
Blanes was our first time abroad and we happened to be celebrating our 21st wedding anniversary there. We were amazed by the overall appearance of Blanes and the friendliness of its people, in particular Miguel and his staff at a street restaurant called 'Can Miguel'..would recommend to anyone. Fair prices, good food, and magic for the kids!! (and the big kids)...The beach does slope steeply into the blue warm welcoming sea, so keep an eye on the young ones. Otherwise a fantastic place. We are there again this July and can't wait. Go to the the Tropicana for a full English and a cuppa, and return later for a beer...All very welcoming. Our operator was also superb. The coach hostesses never seem to tire of bringing you all that you want..cheese toasties, bacon butties, tea, coffee etc etc....a very enjoyable site, accommodation was great and whole holiday was brill!! Do visit Barcelona and make good use of the cheap bus/train fares. Tour Operator: Siesta Holidays
Terence Cunningham. Date of travel: Jun 2005
Overall, a very nice resort although during the high seasons for weeks it is busy with Dutch youngsters. Lively nightlife and several nice eating houses and bars to enjoy. A large sloping beach (not children friendly) and some of the best coastal views of the Costa Brava. Ideal for reaching all towns on the Costa Brava. Tour Operator: Private
Pete & Jo Raggett. Date of travel: Apr 2005
We made our own way there on Easyjet: we got the train to Blanes from Barcelona airport. The apartments were not the best place we stayed in. Blanes is a very lovely place. The people are very freindly; we found the bars & restaurants prices very reasonable. We always find a nice bar near to where we are staying & we found 2, one was called Bar Stadium next to Lotus Europa apartments. Paco & Maria give you a freindly welcome & good food too. The second we found was a English bar just 2 doors down from the Bar Stadium called Bar k d's, Calle Olivers, great English food & a friendly atmosphere with Lisa, Vicky, Kev, Moira & Christena behind the bar. We went for a Chinese & we recommend Palacio Principe, Passeig de s'Abanell: reasonable prices & great food & a nice welcome. We found an English shop that sells English bacon & sausages: it's next to the Lotus Europa apartments. Calle Olivers, the bars & shop are all close to the bus station were you can get a bus to Barcelona or Lloret de mar. I recommend Blanes for a nice quiet family holiday. We going back in October. Tour Operator: Octopus Travel
Warnock family. Date of travel: Sep 2004
Blanes holiday resort is much much larger than we expected. It has a lovely promenade with various bars, hotels & restaurants. Our favourite was the Texas Steakhouse along the front. Lovely food & lovely waiters. La Rinconada is another very good restaurant - good food again & very nice staff. There are loads of different food places but these 2 were a bit more upmarket than the others. Blanes & the apartments in Blanes are very much Dutch orientated. It is a holiday resort full of young Dutch people & there are a number of nightclubs catering for them. It is not a place you hear many British voices & not groups of young brits. Direct Holidays were not particularly good. We saw our rep once at the welcome meeting where we booked the Rep night "Mission Impossible" ( Very good night!) We later found out she was leaving & that Airtours were taking over. We did not see much of the Airtours rep for the next 10 days. We did not have any problems that we needed one, so we were lucky. Blanes market on monday morning was good & not too pricey. Not a great deal of shops in the resort apart from your usual souvenir shops. We visited other resorts on the costa brava and enjoyed most of them. Took the train from Blanes to Calella which took about 10 mins. Number 4 bus from the bus station 5 mins walk from apartment takes you directly to train station. Calella was better for shopping & we got quite a few bargins there. Got the boat up to Tossa De Mar which was a lovely quaint looking place & we really liked, then back on the boat down to Lloret De Mar which was an utter dump. Mum & I were looking for some shopping whilst Dad went a walk but it is not a nice place. It looks really dirty & I have been on many girls holidays to Magaluf & Playa De Las Americas etc & I would not want to go there. It just oozes tack!!! We also visited Barcelona on an organised tour through the Rep which was a really good day as it is such a huge city, unless you know exactly where you are going, I wouldn't even attempt it!!! Overall, we had a very enjoyable holiday. Enjoy yourself! Tour Operator: Direct Holidays
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