Tossa de Mar on the Costa Brava
Planning your next summer holiday? Looking for the perfect combination of sea, sunshine and sand? Then charming Tossa de Mar is the holiday resort for you. It’s got a perfect balance of beach, lovely scenery and things to do, attracting a plethora of holidaymakers from around the world each year.
Tossa de Mar is situated on Spain’s rugged Costa Brava coastline, framed by a beautiful natural back drop – the Cadiretes Massif nature reserve. Blue flag beaches, beautiful weather and plenty to see and do make Tossa de Mar a sunshine holiday hotspot. Just 20 minutes in the car away from popular Lloret de Mar and around 1 hour and 20 minutes away from Barcelona (the perfect distance for a day trip), Tossa de Mar is perfectly placed for anyone wanting a relaxing beach holiday with the option to sight see and enjoy the Costa Brava.
Beaches in Tossa de Mar
The main beach in Tossa de Mar is the Platja Gran, which has quite coarse, grainy sand which makes for beautifully clear water and great snorkelling. Nearby Mar Menuda is another lovely beach and if you fancy a bit of exploring, there are lots of beautiful secluded beaches and coves close by. Visit nearby Lloret de Mar you’ll find another great selection of beaches to enjoy such as Lloret beach, Fenals beach and Sa Caleta Cove.
Shopping and dining
Tossa de Mar beautifully blends the Vila Nova (new town) with the Vila Vella (old town); in doing so, Tossa offers a fantastic array of shops, bars and restaurants. From stylish boutiques to ceramic and leather sellers, the narrow streets of Tossa de Mar are home to many different types of shops and wares. Tossa de Mar was a fishing village many moons ago so expect beautiful fresh fish dishes from the many restaurants. Other great dining options are traditional Catalan food and a variety of international cuisines. There is a good choice of cocktail and late bars for you to relax in as the sun goes down, perfect for people-watching as the world passes by. Take the short trip to Lloret de Mar for a change of pace and some livelier nightlife.
Things to see and do
Explore the medieval castle and the winding paths of the ancient walled ruins and the Vila Vella; walk up or take the little train to the lighthouse, from which you can see amazing views out across Tossa and the ocean. The Cadiretes Massif nature reserve is also a lovely place to wander around and explore, with winding marked footpaths that lead you through stunning scenery and lots of interesting flora and fauna.
There’s a free bus from Tossa de Mar to Water World water park (just outside of Lloret de Mar) – the park opens from mid-May to mid-September. There are loads of exciting splash rides to enjoy, from daring thrill rides to the dedicated children/family areas and slides. The park has all the facilities you might need to be able to enjoy a full day out including restaurants, a bar, grassy areas, sunbeds and lockers.
Gnomo Park is another fun way to spend some time whilst in Tossa de Mar. It’s about 25 minutes away from Tossa, again passing through Lloret de Mar. Gnomo Park is a perfect destination for families with younger children; there is an amusement park with kids’ rides and a small water park, interactive games, crazy golf, outdoor adventure trails and a restaurant.
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**Prices based on 2 adults sharing 1-8 May 2015. Prices correct when checked 26/09/2014