Blanes is a town and municipality in the comarca of Selva in Girona, Catalonia. During Roman rule it was named Blanda or Blandae. It is known as the "Gateway to the Costa Brava". Its coast is part of the Costa Brava, which stretches from Blanes to the French border. The township is 18.29 km2. Blanes is a popular tourist town, and it is known for the Concurs de Focs d'Artifici during the Santa Anna festival. This event includes many fireworks. Other places of interest include beutiful viewing points from the castle and the mountains, botanical gardens, coves such as the Cala Bona, and beaches that are surrounded by mountains.