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Facts

Inhabitants 6000
Level above sea 6 meters
Nearest airport Girona
Distance to airport 40 km
Distance to beach 0 meters
Max. temperature 35 C
Min. temperature 5 C


Tossa de Mar

Tossa de Mar is a pretty town with cobbled streets, constructed around a magnificent ancient castle, located in the Spanish region of Catalonia on the Costa Brava. The beautiful mountainous hinterland with lush green valleys, gorges and natural springs creates a stunning backdrop.

 There is also a bustling beach life in this attractive resort which appeals to couples and families alike.

An attractive part of this historic town is the Villa Vella (old quarter) with its ancient defensive walls and towers still intact.

Situated 95 kilometres north of Barcelona and 100 kilometres south of the French border, the resort is approximately 40 minutes drive from the very well served airport at Girona, and around 1 hour 30 minutes by car from the major international airport in the Barcelona suburb of El Prat.


History
Medieval Tossa dates back to the year 966; in 1187 the castle was built on the headland to defend the town. Today the castle is only invaded by tourists, who delight in the sense of history and wonderful views to be had from this, the highest point of the town.

The walled enclosure, built in the 12th and 14th centuries has been preserved along with the original towers, which have become the emblem of Tossa de Mar. The enclosure, accessed via an arched portal, is the only surviving example of a fortified medieval town on the whole of the Catalan coast. It’s a delightful labyrinth of medieval alleys peppered with shops, restaurants and ancient houses

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Beaches


The coastline is a 14-kilometre stretch of sandy beaches and small sheltered coves. The main beaches around the town are very well served by facilities such as showers, sun beds, kiosks, restaurants, bars, lifeguards, first aid, playgrounds and various land and water sports.

Leisure & Recreation
There is a full range of water sports to be enjoyed in the area; the crystal clear waters and nearby islands are a magnet for scuba divers, snorkelers (and those who prefer underwater discovery from the safety of a glass bottomed boat!).

The many traffic free paths along the coast are attractive to walkers and joggers, plus cycle hire is available. Close to the town are riding stables, go-karting and tennis.



Golf
There are several good golf courses within one hour’s drive of Tossa de Mar. Remember to book your tee time in advance, as turning up without a reservation often leads to disappointment. You may well be asked for evidence of handicap.

Excursions
The Sa Riera park is a man-made nature reserve consisting of a Mediterranean forest, river and lake with an underground watering system all designed to encourage interest in and a wealth and diversity of plant and animal life.



The Massif of Cadiretes is a vast natural reserve, which extends over most of the wider area of Tossa between the plain of La Selva and the coast. This wild, mountainous territory is intersected by riverbeds, lush valleys and hollows, and has a special ecosystem born out of the Mediterranean climate. The result is a rich variety of flora and fauna that thrive including many rare species that have been found along the six kilometres of protected coastline.

Eating out
Tossa del Mar has many restaurants and eateries. Pizza is very popular and there are some good pizzerias in town. Look out for the ones that bake in a wood oven (horno de lena) for extra good flavour.

Seafood is also popular here, and the choice is extensive. You might like to try the Restaurant Bahia, serving fresh daily fish choice and many other excellent Spanish dishes, located on the Passeig del Mar.

Cuisine
The gastronomy of Catalonia is rich and varied. Principally it is the typical Mediterranean diet of fish and seafood with fresh vegetables, olives and olive oil rice and pasta.

We recommend that visitors try some traditional Catalan dishes whilst on holiday, especially delicious are 

Escudella I Carn D'olla, vegetable broth with pork, veal and chicken. Pa Amb Tomàquet, 

simply rustic bread, can be toasted, rubbed with tomato pulp and dressed with oil and salt; these delcious breakfast can also be served with ham, sausage or tortilla.

Coca is a very thin dough baked with onions, peppers and other vegetables served with and meats, or fish (especially sardines).

Climate
Tossa de Mar enjoys a mild climate throughout the year. Sunshine prevails on most days. However the visitor should be prepared for some precipitation especially during the winter months.



Map of Tossa De Mar

Reviews for Tossa De Mar

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Based on 28 reviews.

   
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10 September, 2014

City review

Nice place, beautiful castle and seashore. A lot of tasty restaurants and cafe.

Coast review

Everything was good
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18 August, 2014

City review

The best holiday resort in Costa Brava? It certainly would be if it had a sandy beach and it might be without it. Has an upmarket and historic feel whilst remaining reasonably priced.

Coast review

Beautiful coastline and stunning beaches with crystal clear water. Beaches are small though and can be over crowded. Resorts are beautiful with a spanish feel and none of the 'egg-and-bacon' bars that crowd some other spanish resorts popular with brits. Popular with visitors from UK, France, Russia and Sweden.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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28 July, 2014

City review

I stayed in suburb, and have been in Tossa twice for my rest time. Only few people, working in touristic bisness spoke English, and none except one spoke Russian

Coast review

Fantastic
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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08 July, 2014

City review

Wonderful little city. Lots of tourists, but not as many as Lloret de Mar, and has a less "party" feel to it. This would be a city ideal for family vacations. There are lots of activities offered for touristic purposes, and lots of option for relaxation. In the last week of June, there was a farmer's market set up right on the beach, followed by San Juan celebration.

Coast review

Travelling around the cities using the bus is very cheap and convenient. I would highly recommend visit other cities like Lloret de Mar (and the botanical gardens there).
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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03 July, 2014

City review

Il est très beau Tossa de Mar.

Coast review

C'est génial avec enfants.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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26 July, 2013

City review

A wonderful place for a family stay! Very nice place for diving!

Coast review

Beautiful places for different kinds of audience.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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16 July, 2013

City review

Excellent. Beautiful, cozy town

Coast review

Maybe not lucky enough was chosen time for the visit, the sea temperature was cold for swimming. The beaches are very picturesque
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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16 June, 2013

City review

This is the very nice city. We have spent a very pleasant time wolking on the streets and were amaised by fantastic views

Coast review

A full deliting is the best description for our sens.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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03 June, 2013

City review

Lovely area and will be back again no doubt.

Coast review

Plenty to do and see nearby and transport very reliable.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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28 August, 2012

City review

Marvellous place, but very high humidity levels when we were there, not sure if this is usual. No other complaints

Coast review

Didn't get out much, see comments on villa situation, lends itself to 'staying put' for a week anyway
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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28 August, 2012

City review

I was only once in the city

Coast review

It's fantastic!
1 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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14 June, 2012

City review

Small, not built up, no high rise. So different from Lorett De Mar that is just short bus drive away.

Coast review

See view beautiful, but we had our 18 month grand son who is not afraid of water but the see was cold for anyone even adults. And the sand on the beach too gravelly. You could not make any sand castles as there is no sand only grave. But Tossa De Mar is still one of the nicest resorts on the Costa Brava small and charming.
3 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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