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Tossa de Mar Travel Guide

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Tossa de Mar: historical and cultural centre on the southern Costa Brava with a beautiful medieval old town. On of the most beautiful coastal cities of the Costa Brava.
Busy, but still idyllic
In a wonderful natural setting, Tossa de Mar, with its 6,000 inhabitants in low season, is a truly tranquil spot, although tourists flock there in July and August.. Even so, in high season, it is quieter here than in the other two southerly Costa Brava towns of Blanes and Lloret de Mar.  Anyone looking for a real party should preferably head for the party stronghold of Lloret de Mar which is also accessible from Tossa.

Historical Value
The town of Tossa de Mar is characterised by its almost entirely preserved medieval city walls and watchtowers dating back to the 12th century. Take a walk through the heart of the Vila Vella The Old Town of Tossa and you will discover many beautiful houses and winding alleyways. But Tossa de Mar is more than just an attraction for day trippers from all over the Costa Brava who want to wander through the Old Town’s narrow, historical alleys. There is much more to see. At the highest point inside the old fortifications, above the cliffs sits the Far Tossa lighthouse from which you can enjoy a spectcular view of the steep coastline and the town of Tossa. On the way there, one of the things you will encounter is the ruin of the late gothic Esglesia Vella de Sant Vicenç church dating back to the 15th century which is sometimes used as a venue for concerts. Not far from the town centre is the excavation site of the Roman villa Villa Romana dels Ametllers which, due to its smallness, is easily overlooked. A walk around the site is quick and not too taxing.

Attractions for the Artist
Since the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries, numerous international artists such as Marc Chagall, Andre Masson, the Catalan artist Rafael Benet and Pere Creixams have moved to Tossa, where they have found the perfect setting for their works. This is how Tossa developed in the 1930s into a centre for the avant-garde. Unfortunately, this development was abruptly interrupted by the Spanish Civil War (1936 - 39).

Expansive Beaches and Little Coves
If you are looking for little coves hidden between steep cliffs, the coastline of Tossa de Mar is the right place for you. If you drive along the coast following the winding GI-682, you will be rewarded with breathtaking views over the steeply plunging cliffs and natural coves. The coves of Cala Futadera and Cala Bona are good examples. Other fine beaches include Cala Pola to the north of Tossa, and  Playa Porto Pi and Cala Llorell to the south. Naturists will also find a suitable beaches in Tossa
Tossa's town beach Playa Gran is fully developed and expansive. Within the town boundaries, there are other smaller beaches : Playa Mar Menuda which borders on to the main beach, and the wind sheltered Cala Codolar which lies below the walls of the Old Town.
The coast of Tossa de Mar lends is ideal for diving. Best possibilities for this are offered by the Playa Gran town beach and the outlying Cala Llorell.

Wide Range of Food
In the network of narrow streets of Tossa de Mar and along the promenade of the Playa Gran beach in the Old Town of Tossa, there are numerous top quality restaurants with great atmospheres offering both traditional and modern cuisine. Although the prices are a little higher than in many other towns on the Costa Brava, you will get very good food in Tossa de Mar in a privileged location, for example on the promenade with a view of Tossa's illuminated city walls, or within the medieval city walls themselves.
In April and September, culinary events take place which enrich the menus of Tossa. Hotels and restaurants use these themed events to bring traditional dishes back to life, one of which, the Cim i Tomba fish stew, is Tossa's  best known dish - a must for all fish lovers!

The Romantic Side of Tossa
Tossa de Mar is one of the most romantic towns of the Costa Brava. Beautiful squares, quaint little cafes, wine cellars (bodegas) and restaurants can be found among the narrow streets. By night, the illuminated city walls provide a wonderfully romantic and breathtaking backdrop best enjoyed from one of the terraces on the promenade or from the Playa Gran beach itself. Little wonder that so many couples are seen in Tossa.

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