Can Tirol: Cocktails with the Best View in Blanes
Blanes has a plethora of wonderful places to eat and drink: eateries, snack bars, restaurants, tapas bars, British pubs, cocktail bars, and so on.
Few things are nicer than to relax on a sunny terrace at or near the beach, nursing a cool drink and the occasional bite to eat.
Yet on our many visits to Blanes we had not found a place that served consistently good cocktails. Until recently, that is.
I highlight ‘consistently good,’ because we did find several spots that served passable drinks. Some were very good indeed. However, we found that on return visits the drinks were quite different — sometimes better, sometimes worse than before. “Tourist-quality drinks,” in other words.
It got to the point where we just gave up and stuck to drinking Estrella, a very good local beer.
However, some 15 years ago we found a spot that quickly became one of our favorite hangouts. And we’re still wondering how we could have missed it on all our previous vacations in Blanes.
We’re talking about Can Tirol, a terrace-only cocktail bar facing the beach at the foot of La Palomera.
That’s right, it’s not like the place is hard to find or, for that matter, hard to miss.
We’ve walked past it hundreds of times, but only this year ventured onto the inviting terrace. Don’t ask us why. It just happened that way.
Can Tirol Cocktail Menu
Now, I love Pina Colada, while my wife is partial to Tequila Sunrise, Sangria, and some other drinks.
You should have seen our faces when we had our first few sips. This was good stuff — the real thing, and generously prepared. When we say generously, we’re referring to the fact that the friendly proprietor of Can Tirol does not skimp on the alcohol. On the contrary, it appears that you generally get quite a bit more than might reasonably expect.
Naturally we tried the place more than once — and kept coming back for more. Each time the drinks were as good as before. Excellent!
There is no online menu. When you arrive, simply ask for one. Better yet: order your favorite cocktail, and find out good it is.
Can Tirol: Raised Terrace, No Traffic. Panoramic views.
Mind you, Can Tirol is a tiny place. There are no seats inside. Instead there is a large terrace, shaded by two huge parasols. The terrace, along with the terraces of the two restaurants right next to it, is about one-and-a-half meters higher than the path along the beach which it overlooks.
The view from the terrace is excellent. To the left you can see as far as the harbor and the hill behind it. To the right you can look at the way past the hotels to the campings. In front is La Palomera — the rocky promontory that marks the official beginning of the Costa Brava.
In between the terrace and La Palomera is a popular beach, dotted with small fishing sloops which to this date are still in use almost every night. Bikini-clad girls, topless women, and handsome hunks complete the scenic views.
Cocktail Bar Can Tirol is Open till 3 am
We enjoy visiting Can Tirol at different times during the day. The cocktail bar’s terrace opens at 3pm (12 noon on Saturday and Sunday) until 3am.
We often visit before or after dinner. The place is busier in the evening, and often you may have to wait around for a while until a table comes free. It is well worth the wait, though.
Address & Details
Note: This is the only correct address of Can Tirol.
Sometimes a nearby bar attempts to lift on Can Tirol’s reputation. Don’t fall for it. Can Tirol is located directly across from “the rock” (Sa Palomera). It has panoramic views of Blanes, the beaches, the rock, and the sea (instead of traffic).
Website: Can Tirol
Calle San Andreu de la Palomera 8
Monday — Friday: 3pm — 3am
Saturday and Sunday: 12pm — 3am