Summer is getting closer and if you’re like us, you’ll be daydreaming of your next holiday.
As the thoughts of endless sunshine, sandy beaches and clear blue waters spring to mind; a familiar name should also appear – Costa Brava. The popular Spanish destination is alive with a host of diverse and equally beautiful resorts, none more so than Tossa de Mar. Perfectly situated on the Mediterranean coast and close to the region’s main airport, it is great for a week or two away.
So what is there to do in Tossa de Mar? Let us tell you.
The Old Town
Photo credit: (L) Jorge Franganillo via Flickr.
While you may regard the Costa Brava as a holiday resort, it boasts some truly wonderful cultural sites. One of which is Tossa de Mar’s old town, or Vila Vella, which is the historic centre of this part of the Catalonian coast.
Vila Vella is a beautiful place to simply wander around taking in the heritage of Tossa de Mar in years gone by. Designated as a National Historic and Artistic Monument, the walled centre can trace its history back to between the 12th and 14th century when it was first built to protect Tossa de Mar from pirate attacks.
At the top is the Castillo de Tossa de Mar which provides stunning views across the bay and of the striking Selvathe Cadiertes mountains. Spend an afternoon here or come back in the evening to watch the sunset.
Let’s be honest, the main reason most people head to the Costa Brava is to swan around the beautiful beaches. In Tossa de Mar you can swan around until your heart’s content as it boasts miles of pristine shoreline.
You can take your pick when it comes to beaches, given the vast number around Tossa de Mar. Head to the family-friendly Platja Gran, the more secluded Cala Pola or the cove of Playa Santa Maria de Llorell.
Whether you want to go water-skiing, help the kids build sandcastles or simply relax with a cold drink in hand, Tossa de Mar is beach paradise.
When it comes to food Tossa de Mar is quintessentially Spanish. This corner of Catalonia was once a bustling fishing village and the catch of the day remains popular when it comes to local cuisine.
If you want a real taste of Tossa de Mar then indulge in a fish stew. The most popular dish is Cim-i-Tomba which is a combination of fish, ali-oli, peppers, mushrooms, onions and sliced potatoes. It is a recipe that has been passed down from generation to generation so it’d be rude not to try it.
As you may expect, paella is also a favourite in Tossa de Mar obviously with a liberal dose of seafood. If you like your fish a little more rustic then order hake, monkfish or turbot simply grilled and served in a cazuela dish.
Essentially, if you love seafood you will adore Tossa de Mar. Don’t worry if you’re not a fishy fan; there are plenty of other eateries to suit your tastebuds.
Unlike its near neighbour Lloret de Mar, Tossa de Mar’s nightlife is a bit more laid back. Swap the raucous nightclubs for the refined seafront cocktail bars and watch the sun go down.
Catalonia is famed for its wine, with some believing that it has been made in the region for almost 3,000 years, so indulge in one of their classic vintages. Beer connoisseurs need not worry either as the Barcelona-made Estrella is very popular in these parts.
Combine the drinks with a bit of tapas and you’ll have yourself a real Spanish evening.
Say hello to the neighbours
Not only is Tossa de Mar a beautiful part of the world but it also shares its coastline with some interesting neighbours.
A short hop down the coast and you’ll find the party town of Lloret de Mar while journey north to the picturesque town of Girona. From here, you can travel to the star attraction of the region – Barcelona.
Enjoy a day trip splurging on La Rambla, delighting in the crazy architecture designed by Gaudi, seeing his unfinished masterpiece of Sagrada Familia and much, much more.
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