Perched high on the cliffs above the town of Blanes, Marimurtra botanic garden is one of the first places north of Barcelona where you can get a true sense of the gobsmacking beauty of the real Costa Brava. There are ponds full of terrapins and avenues of trees and a formal staircase down through the pines to the cliffs and the deep blue sea - surely one of the best photo opportunities on the whole coast. And when you're sated by the views and the greenery a ten minute walk takes you back down to the sea front of Blanes where you'll find a good range of restaurants. We had a nice pizza at a place called La Gondola next to the marina but there are lots of others that looked equally good. Blanes is on the train line from Barcelona but it's a long and dull walk through an industrial area to get into town - a frequent bus service will instead drop you right at the marina.
Passeig Carles Faust, 9 Apartat de Correus, 112, E-17300, Blanes
+34 972 33 08 26
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