Car: not necessary
Blanes has a long history of a fishing village popular with Spanish holidaymakers and more recently with international tourism. It has developed around the old town and fishing harbour and its 4 km of sandy , blue flag beaches are never crowded. The restaurants on the seafront cater for all tastes. From 22 to 27 July Blanes hosts the International Fireworks Contest. Besides the obvious attractions of its many wonderful beaches, the Costa Brava (meaning Wild Coast) is also an ideal base from which to explore the countless treasures of Catalonia. The regional capital of Barcelona must surely rank as one of the most fascinating cities on the planet with its mind-blowing Gaudi architecture, Pablo Picasso museum and world-famous La Rambla boulevard. Europe's biggest water park is located just outside Lloret de Mar and the Marineland complex near Blanes is another hugely popular family day out with its dolphin, sea lion and parrot shows, water slides, reptile house and children's zoo.