This year, the 41st Prize “Trofeu Vila de Blanes” Costa Brava International Fireworks Competition will happen again in this nice Mediterranean town in Costa Brava.
This 2011’s fireworks festival in Blanes will be held over from Friday July 22nd till Wednesday July 27th and the shows will start at 11 pm, each lasting 20 minutes.
The Costa Brava International Fireworks Competition lasts almost a week, every night with a different firework company from various countries. In addition to spend a beautiful moment, spectators can vote for their favorite show, through their cell phones and help the jury choosing the winner of the year.
- The winner will receive an 8000€ price in cash + trophy, and the second place 3000€.
- 4000 m² of launching area.
- 1 million people are expected to come watching this competition Fireworks Festival in Blanes 2011.
- Organizers are counting on 150.000 viewers a day, and 450.000 visitors over the weekend, coming from all around the world.
While the fireworks competition was established in 1970, the history of gunpowder and fireworks displays in Blanes goes back to at least 1906.
Blanes’ municipal archives reveal a similar event in 1909 and another in 1931. From that year, fireworks displays became a tradition ended in 1936 due to the outbreak of the Civil War, but luckily in 1944 the tradition was restored.
In 1970, the Costa Brava had become very popular with tourists, and the city came up with the idea to use the fireworks festival in Blanes for international promotion. This first event that year lasted only three days and was later expanded to more days.
Fireworks Festival in Blanes 2011 Program:
Friday 22nd: Focs d’Artifici Europlá SL / Valencia
Saturday 23rd: Fuegos Artificiales Hermanos Ferrández SL / Murcia
Sunday 24th: Pirotecnia Malta Fireworks / Malta
Monday 25th: Pirofantasía Carlos Caballer SL / Valencia
Tuesday 26th: Pirotecnia Parente Fireworks / Italia
Wednesday 27th: Pirotecnia Zaragozana SA / Zaragoza
The fireworks will be launched from a 4000 square-meters platform, weighing four tons, anchored just of Sa Palomera — the rocky promontory that marks the official start of the Costa Brava (Wild Coast).
So, you can admire the launch of the fireworks from the main beach; just keep in mind to be there well in advance because it is quickly full! Another option is to watch the fireworks from the sea, that is why plenty of boats will stay there to enjoy at the maximum.
Where to stay
If you want to assist to the fireworks festival in Blanes, we advise you to book an apartment in Costa Brava or an apartment in Blanes to enjoy better the city.
How to get to Blanes?
- If you are coming from Barcelona or Girona airports, you will need to take, first a bus to get to Barcelona center, in order to be able to take a RENFE train (1h30 long) that are every 30 minutes, from 6 am to 10.30 pm.
- If you are coming for Perpignan airport (France) you will need to take a train to Barcelona, or a plane, and then take the same RENFE train than said previously.
- If you plan to arrive in Blanes by car during the competition, note that access to the center of town is restricted from several hours before each event. The parking accesses are free during the fireworks festival in Blanes.
- Here are the streets to take to view the fireworks:
- Avenida Europa
- Calle Mas Vaixeller,
- Avenida Els Pavos,
- Calle Anselm Clavé
- Avenida Joan Carles I.