The internationally recognised fireworks competition – “El Focs de Blanes” or “Concurs Internacional de Focs” – will once again take place in Blanes on the Costa Brava, Spain.
With it’s mild climate, long sandy beaches and beautiful coves, Blanes is an ideal spot to spend a weekend or longer. An absolute must-see for fans of firework displays.
What could be better than standing outside on a warm summer’s evening watching the amazing 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 rocky promotory that marks the separation point between the old town and the new. The rock Palomera also mark 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 a number of 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 as the biggest firework festival in Spain, and maybe all Europe.