Blanes Fireworks Festival, Spain
The internationally recognised fireworks competition – “El Focs de Blanes” or “Concurs Internacional de Focs” – in Blanes on the Costa Brava, Spain.
With its mild climate, long sandy beaches, and beautiful coves, Blanes is ideal for spending a weekend or longer.
More about the firework festival
A competition between some of the world’s most talented pyrotechnic companies.
To compete, the pyrotechnic companies must apply.
If accepted, you’ll find them in Blanes setting up for their show.
The set-up, being an all-day affair, takes way longer than the actual show.
Each show runs for 20 – 24 minutes, and there are two categories for judging – technical and popular.
The focal point for the firework shows is the Rock – Sa Palomera, the rock that marks the end of the coast “Costa Brava” that goes from the French border.
Platja de Blanes is a popular gathering spot to view the spectacle.
Here you’ll find yourself rubbing shoulders with your fellow viewer as the competition attracts lots of visitors.
The fireworks are visible for miles, and one of the best places to view them is from the water.
There are several tourist ferries offering trips, or you can hire your own boat.
This event has a long history dating back as far as the late 19th century.
It’s been running annually for almost 50 years now and considered the biggest firework festival in Spain.
How to get there
You can rent a car or take the train. There is also a bus line operated by Sagales.
It goes from the airport and have some stops in Barcelona and further up the Costa Brava Coast.
To Blanes, the bus takes between one and a half to two hours
Blanes is an hour and a half by train from Barcelona and about an hour by road.
The train operator is Cercanias, a subdivision of RENFE services.
Link to Renfe timetable search from Barcelona:
More about Blanes
Blanes is situated 60 kilometres north of Barcelona.
It’s considered the Gateway to the Costa Brava, which is the coastal region of northeastern Spain stretching to the French border.
Costa Brava has many coastal towns with sandy beaches.
Perfect if you want a quiet and relaxing stay.
Otherwise, it is best in Barcelona nearby.
Want to know more about Blanes and the Costa Brava?
See our Blanes page.