Blanes – Hermitage El Vilar – Sant Joan Castle (Blanes)

(Hiking Routes Catalonia)

Circular route from Blanes that passes partially through the well-known route of the hermitages including beautiful views of Blanes, its beach and Castle of San Joan. Ended at the starting point a journey between the mountain and the sea a mixture of places with great interest to visit.

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4 hours


345 m

Returning to Blanes


Starting from the train station of Blanes separated from the city centre by a couple of km. One continues parallel to the train track to turn right to a pine forest where thanks to its cosy shade one can have a nice break.

Reaching the entrance to the hermitage El Vilar protected by a closed gate on the left a small path allows the passage to the walkers. A little beyond one discovers a magnificent display of tables and barbecues ready for weekend family feasts. The hermitage is simple as it should be but strangely beautiful thanks to the covered porch of the entrance that seems to encourage the parishioners to continue the communal neighbourhood in the shade of the porch.

It is advisable to retrace ones steps and return by the same path to resume the route ignoring the path we will follow for the return because it is little travelled and the vegetation has reclaimed that space and converted into a thicket what was once a path. When one reaches the gate one must take the road that is just opposite leaving behind a sign saying “Blanes 11…km” given that we will return to the town on the north side.

Soon one has the first view of the houses with the sea at the bottom. Here one turns left as one moves away to prolong the walk beginning a hard and prolonged climb that leaves the Regional Hospital on the left and takes you to the top of Cala de Sant Francesc which is a beautiful enclave to enjoy with the family of the sun, the beach and of course good food.

Close to also the Botanical Garden. Following one continues the challenging ascent to the Sant Joan Castle and the small hermitage attached to it. The view from there more than compensates for the past difficulties and after taking some pictures one follows the GR marks down the stairs to the beach.

On the left the marina and opposite the Sa Palomera where the annual pyrotechnic festival takes place. An ice cold beer allows you to recover while one e.g. contemplates the weekly market a few meters away. Take a walk round the charming port as well before a stroll through the old town of Blanes may be combined with a few tapas.

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Accommodation in Apartments Europa*** in Blanes.

Accommodation in apartment with 1 separate bedroom & Shuttle Transfer Turn/Return Airport – Hotel: Prices From: Pr Day 2 Persons: 26,50 – 185,00 Euros 2 Persons – 8 Days/7 Nights.

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