S’Abanell is the longest beach of Blanes: 2.1 kilometers of clean, golden sand.
To the north this beach begins at Sa Palomera — the rocky promontory that marks the official beginning of the Costa Brava, and serves as somewhat of a separation mark between the tourist district and the old town.
It runs south all the way to the mouth of the (mostly dry) Tordera river. In doing so it stretches alongside the districts of El Pins and S’Abanelle, wheere most of the town’s 40 or so hotels are located. Furthest south it lines some of Blanes’ campings.
The sand much of it reclaimed from the sea each spring, is somewhat coarse, but comfortable to walk and lie on.
It is not well-suited for the building of sand castles, but it is golden and clean.
The entire beach is cleaned every night.
Battle Against The Sea
Guide books and website say that S’Abanell beach varies in width between 40 and 60 meters, but in recent years it has been somewhat narrower.
This entire beach is subject to much erosion during the winter months, when wind-whipped waves drag much sand out to sea.
Many storms have even caused damage to the boulevard itself. In 2009 — after the particularly destructive storm of December, 2008 — large sections of the boulevard were reconstructed and fortified in a semi-permanent fashion.
An ambitious redevelopment plan for the entire tourist district and its beachfront was approved by the City Council of Blanes. However, that plan — which includes measures to fortify the beach — has been delayed due to the ongoing effects of the financial crisis.
At any rate, whenever the beach is damaged, repairs are made well ahead of the tourist season.
End Of The Boulevard
Officially this beach ends at the mouth of the Tordera river. However the promenade ends a bit sooner — near the last camping along the beach. Years ago you were able to continue on a small, unofficial path, but since the December, 2008 storm access to the path has been closed.
At this point the beach is quite a bit smaller, and huge boulders — placed there to protect the beach and the boulevard from further erosion — prevent you from easily walking to the last stretch of the beach.
You can still reach this part, either by clambering across the boulders, or by walking down Avinguda De La Vila De Madrid.
At the mouth of the river Tordera — which is dry for most of the year — is a designated, official nude beach. It is seldom busy, and is frequented primarily by older men and some middle-aged couples.
Note that nudity can be encountered at any beach in Spain, though at S’Abanell people seldom go beyond topless.
Services, Disabled Access
Close to the Avinguda del Mediterrani street [Google Map] there are facilities for the disabled — including wheelchair-accessible toilets and access to the beach.
There is also a lifeguard station at this location.
Food and Snacks
There are kiosks, bars and some restaurants on or near the boulevard along the beach.
Do not expect too much from the restaurants, but we’ll note the following:
Restaurant Els Pins, on the boulevard close to the roundabout, serves surprisingly good food — with good portions and efficient, friendly service at very reasonable prices.
The Texas Ranch Steak house, across the road, was formerly run by a Dutch couple and currently operated under the scepter of a guy from Scotland. If you’re up for steak, ribs or burgers, this usually is among the best place in Blanes to eat. Mind you, though it looks like a restaurant it’s a simple snack food eatery. The prices are alright, the staff is helpful, and the food is good.