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Tossa de Mar

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Tossa de Mar is in the Costa Brava region of Catalonia in Northeastern Spain.

View of Tossa de Mar including the hilltop castle
A view of Tossa de Mar from the castle

Get in[edit]

If not on a package deal, usually a Ryanair flight to Girona airport. From there a shuttle bus booked on the internet for between 12 and 16 euros each way to the resort. Best to book a return trip and you have to phone them to confirm the day before leaving. Warning: A few shuttle buses will do all the more distant resorts first before ending up in Tossa de Mar. There is a wall phone for taxis at the Tourist Office next door to the bus station. Other telephones take cash or card.

Girona/Gerona/Costa Brava airport. There are now buses to Tossa from the airport at €10.You'll find them on the Girona airport internet site. Because of the narrow streets, coaches will often drop people little walk from their hotels. A little more expensive at just over €10 is the (shared) http://www.barcelonatransfers.com which is direct and will drop you off and pick you up at your accommodation. There are also a number of official pick up points round town for bus (shuttle coaches) which you will probably leave from rather than your hotel. You must confirm pickup with the shuttle service up to 72 hours before going home.

Get around[edit]

The town is very easy to walk around and has a small village feel unlike its larger neighbours. Most of the town is flat and wheelchair friendly (but many hotels are not). There is a bus station with regular buses to Lloret de Mar (€1.30 and 15 minutes away) and Barcelona. From Lloret bus station you can get a bus to Blanes (which has a market on Monday). Always buy return tickets as queues can be very long. Lots of free car parking if you hire a car (2 places in town). The town has free parking within easy reach of the centre and does has some car ramps but they are moderate in size.

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Parts of the town date from the 12th century. There are extensive walls of an old fort next to the beach and more remains with a small section of old houses nearby (the Vila Vella), some towers (which you cannot go inside of) and a working lighthouse on top of a hill. Do not drive upto the fort as the road is very narrow, has many bad turns and there is no parking at the top. A small history museum at the sea front and on top of the hill a light house museum (€3 each). There is the ruins of some old Roman villas a few minutes walk from the bus station (turn right) and a few old churches in town. There are two information bureaus in town (shut 2pm in off season), one next to the bus station and the other by the main beach where you can pick up free maps of the town with full information in a number of languages on the back. There are also a number of information boards about with important information and hotel locations on them. Thursday (morning) is market day.

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View over Tossa De Mar

Some nice beaches. Sand is gravelly, which is fine to walk and sit on and won´t sand blast you if there is some wind. There are public toilets at either end of the main beach, as well as near a further beach. A blue and white tourist train (a motor vehicle disguised as a train, pulling 3 carriages) does tours of the town. Another (green) train will take you up to the top of the fort if you don´t feel like walking. There is a glass-bottom boat available which enables you to see fish and such, and explores local grottos. SCUBA and PADI diving: there are a number of shops around town to buy or hire cylinders and gear from, as well as diving schools where you can dive with others. Well worth checking out is Splash Ocean Adventures on the main beach; it`s a great little boat trip that also includes snorkeling. There are some cyber cafes ranging from €2 to €3 an hour. Trips are available to nearby towns by bus or by boat, as well as to Barcelona. Local radio is 107.8 FM. There is a small bowling alley as well as a few slot machines on the Avda Costa Brava. Also a small crazy golf place nearby (Avda de la Palma). There are travel agents in town. This is more a family resort than Lloret, so it is quieter. The town is about as safe as they come and, unusual for Mainland Europe, cars stop at crossings to let people cross. You can walk South out of the old town along the cliffs for lovely views. Also West up into the pine covered hills. Excellent bus services run North and South to gain access to further wonderful walking. The tourist information office is a very helpful source of walking information and maps.

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You'll find all the things you can usually buy in Spain -- souvenirs, etc. Nothing cheap, but there are some €1-and-up shops to buy small things you forgot or find you need. During out-of-school holidays many shops shut from 13:30 till 16:30, then are open until around 20:00. Most shops that sell postcards also sell stamps with them. There is a post office on Ava de Ferran Agullo, just past Caprabo across the road, open till 14:30. English and other newspapers are available.

The silver shop of Tim and Kat offers good quality handmade items. It's a bit hidden but you will find it.

You can acquire money from the main Spanish banks, as well as ATMs and exchange bureaus.

Eat[edit][add listing]

Authentic local dishes, burger and chips, pizza, Chinese, curry, and cakes are available in the many restaurants. Generally, the closer to the sea you get the higher the prices. If you do it yourself, the Maxi Dia and Caprabo supermarkets are five minutes walk from the main street roundabout in the centre of town. Ava de la Catalunya and Ava de Ferran Agullo (which both lead off of the roundabout) are the cheapest. Many tourists use Magatzems Palau (by the centre of town roundabout), but this shop is expensive.

Drink[edit][add listing]

You are spoilt for choice of drinking places with all the normal drinks. Try the La Luna bar in the old town (Vila Vella), just sit down relax and absorb the peace or do some people watching on the terraces on the Paseo del Mar, along the beach, with places like El Celler.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Many hotels and hostels (most are small, usually no more than four floors high) can be booked on the internet. As the town is fairly compact, almost all are within easy walking distance of anywhere. The resort has the benefit of no noisy night clubs, so you can get a good night´s sleep. If you book an apartment, double-check to see that it is not in the surrounding hills -- you'll save yourself a sizable walk between there and town. Hotel TVs usually have CNN, Eurosport and some foreign channels. Many will also have air-conditioning, which is important during the summer months. Local agencies do long apartment lets for a month or more.

  • Hotel Diana, Plaça Espanya 6, 00349721886, [1]. checkin: 13.00; checkout: 12.00. Emblematic modernist boutique hotel located on the beachfront in the historical centre. from 60€.
  • Hotel Delfín, Avda. Costa Brava 2, 0034972340250, [2]. checkin: 13.00; checkout: 12.00. 4 star hotel located in the centre of town. from 60€.
  • Hotel Windsor, C. Nou 28, 0034972340186, [3]. checkin: 13.00; checkout: 12.00. Low cost hotel located right in the centre of town, 2 minutes from the beach. The hotel has private terrace and swimming pool. from 30€.
  • Hotel Marina Tossa, Avda. Catalunya 33, 0034972340221, [4]. checkin: 13.00; checkout: 12.00. The Hotel Marina Tossa is a low cost hotel located in a very quiet area, 15 minutes from the centre of town and 800 metres from the beach. It has two swimming pools, one for children, and a garden area with tennis courts, pool and ping pong tables. from 30€.
  • Hotel Tossa Beach (Tossa Beach Center), Adva. La Palma, 20, 0034972342882, [5]. checkin: 13.00 h; checkout: 10.00 h. 4 star hotel 150 meters away from the beach and 200 meters from the town centre. Only all inclusive basis. (41° 43' 18.3972,2° 55' 54.9876)
  • Hotel Tossa Center (Hotel Tossa Beach Center), Avda. La Palma, 9, 0034972342920, [6]. checkin: 13.00 hrs; checkout: 10.00 hrs. 4 star hotel 150 meters away from the beach and 200 meters from the town centre. 76 rooms and runs only all inclusive basis. (41° 43' 18.0294,2° 55' 55.185)
  • Hotel Mar Bella* ((Marbellatossa)), Avda. Costa Brava, 21, 0034972341363, [7]. checkin: 13.00 hrs; checkout: 10.00 hrs. 100 meters from the Playa Gran de Tossa beach. The hotel has 33 comfortable rooms, 24 hour reception, internet corner, wi-fi connection and safe. Rooms from 50 €. (41º 43' 20.5926,2º 55' 51.0996)
  • HORTA ROSELL, C.Pola- Tossa de mar- 17320, 0034972340432, [8]. checkin: 14.00; checkout: 12.00. The Horta Rosell Tossa is a very pretty B&B with a beautiful garden in the centre of the village and 150 metres from the beach. Breakfast is served until 12.00midday + it serves nice long cocktails. Rooms from 50€
  • Cocktail Garden Rosell, C. Pola 29-Tossa de mar-17320, 972340432, [9]. Famous in town with the locals and Barcelona crowd for its delicious cocktails and Gins. Set in a beautiful garden with lots of flowers and candles.

Cope[edit]

The one main annoyance is that many young men and women have motorbikes and believe they have to rev them as much as possible for maximum acceleration (fairly slow) and maximum noise (a loud whine) when driving around town. There is one automated speed camera about a mile out of Tossa near the start of the long descent into town. The small streets in the centre of town can get very crowded in high season with people coming in by bus, coach and boat from other towns as well as constant tours of this historic town and even Spanish people going to the coast for a short break or a weekend away.

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