Blanes has more than four kilometers of coastline, offering a variety of beaches including S’Abanell — the longest beach of the Costa Brava.
The beaches are well-maintained. Fresh sand is brought in when needed, and during the night cleaning crews remove garbage, leaving behind a freshly-raked beach.
The sand on most of the beaches of Blanes is somewhat coarse, but comfortable to lie and walk on.
It is not well suite to building sand castles, though — but judging by all the happy children that does not seem to be a problem at all.
Most beaches are served by small kiosks where refreshments can be bought at reasonable prices.
There are open showers at regular intervals. There are also some toilet and first aid facilities, as well as access points for the handicapped — but not as many as you’d expect.
The water quality at Blanes beaches is consistently good, and within Blue Flag standards.
Still, many Barcelonians — and other Catalonians — vacation in Blanes.
Why? Many reasons, including: beautiful beaches with plenty of space, clean water, fantastic restaurants, gorgeous nature, plenty of nightlife, great shops, and an authentic old town.
Deep Water and Safety
The beaches of Blanes have an excellent safety record.
Life guard stations along the beaches are manned from July 1st through September 12th.
Power boats, yachts, jet skis and sail boats must stay outside clearly marked boundaries.
Ferry boats and water sports vehicles, such as the speedboats used for paragliding, also have clearly marked traffic lanes.
Most of the time the surf is very gentle — and frequently almost non-existent.
Unlike at many beaches in Western Europe, there’s hardly any noticeable tide either.
But families with small children, as well as people unable to swim, should realize that just into the water most beaches shelf steeply.
In other words, in most places the water gets deep just a few feet from the beach.
One beach where this is not the case is the south-end of Platja de Blanes.
Look for the area south of the flags (across from the bus station at the roundabout of Placa de Catalunya) and up to the statue at Sa Palomera.
Protected by the rocky promontory this beach — in front of Hotel Kiku, Restaurant Can Ton and cocktail bar Can Tirol — slopes more gently in the water than the other beaches of Blanes.
Note that a number of fishing sloops line this beach. Some of them are still actively used by elderly fishermen. They and their boats are much-photographed — the source of countless ‘picturesque Blanes’ photos on Instagram and other social media.
The fishermen use a motor-powered cable to pull their boats out of the water and onto the sand. It is operated in a safe manner, and this part of the beach remains one of the most popular spots along the coast.
Another beach very well suited to people with small children is the newly created extension of Platja de Blanes — at the far north.
This beach, which also has a gentle slope into the water, was formed during the remodeling and expansion of the harbor.
As is the case along the Spanish coast, going topless is no problem at any of the beaches of Blanes.
In fact, Spain does not have laws that prohibit public nudity — though you’re still expected to use common sense as to where and when you decide to take advantage of this.
One can see the occasional nude sunbather or skinny-dipper, but if you wish to go nude just be sensible, which includes being sensitive to those around you. [Read: don’t flaunt, and don’t do anything those around you would likely want you to confine to your own bedroom].
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In short: Blanes presents itself as a family-friendly beach resort, and the vast majority of people behave accordingly.
Overall, the main draw of Blanes is it’s excellent beach, in the setting of a friendly beach resort town with plenty of other things to do.
If it’s a beach vacation you’re after, waste no time and book your place in the sun.