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Tossa de Mar is in the province of Girona in Spain's Catalonia region. It is a fabulous town on the Costa Brava coast. Tossa de Mar was once a fishing village and retains much of its charm.

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Spain This Way review: Tossa de Mar is our favourite resort on the Costa Brava. The presence of the castle and old town add to its beauty and it is a good size offering plenty to do without having become too large and spoilt

narrow streets of Tossa de Mar

Tossa de Mar's beach is dominated by the medieval old town and huge ramparts looming over the beach at one end and the medieval streets that lie below it.

Walk along the narrow streets running parallel to the beach and you enter a maize of lovely shaded streets full of whitewashed buildings housing lovely restaurants and some quite chic shops as well as those designed for tourists.

The streets are packed with holiday-makers in July and August but retain their charm and offer a welcome respite from the heat of the beach.

Continue through the streets towards the fortified old town and the architecture changes. Cobbled streets lead you uphill past beautiful stone, medieval houses also home to shops and restaurants thought this part of town is distinctly less packed.

This old part of town is called the Vila Vella (old town) and if you do one of the boat trips from Tossa de Mar you get some lovely views of the Vila Vella from the water. It is dominated by its huge medieval walls and three sturdy turrets.

At the top of the Villa Vela you get some great view of the coast to the north and south of Tossa de Mar. It is possible to walk on parts of the ramparts.

Villa Vella is the only remaining fortified medieval town on the Catalan coast. It dates from the 13th century and has now been designated an artistic-historic monument.


Within the Vila Vella there is a 14th century church and at the top is a lighthouse. There is also a statue of Ava Gardner because of the fame she brought to the town with her 1950 film 'Pandora and the Flying Dutchman'.

There is also a museum - the Museu de la Vila Vella which has a Roman mosaic and items from a nearby Roman villa.

Outside of the old town on the road running along the edge of the beach, the Passeig del Mar, look out for the Casa Sans building.

This 20th century Modernist building is very attractive and has gargoyles representing the four seasons, stained glass windows and wrought iron work similar to that of Gaudi on the Casa Vincens in Barcelona.

Also be sure to visit 'sa Roqueta' area which is the traditional fisherman's quarter and was the first part of Tossa de Mar to be built outside the protective walls when the town began to expand in the 20th century.

This area is found next to the Es Codolar beach which is to the south of the Vila Vella and is a lovely small cove great for snorkeling.

One of the best views of Tossa is from up above the Es Codolar beach and the Vila Vella where you can get a lovely view of the Es Codolar beach, the old town and beyond the large town beach. Beautiful!

Tossa-de-Mar Beaches

Tossa de Mar has three beaches. The main beach in the town is sandy, though the sand is gritty, and shelves quite steeply into the sea. The Es Codolar beach is further round the coast to the south and around the headland to the north is the Mar Menuda which is quieter and very pretty. It is a popular spot with divers.

To the north and the south are small coves which are very nice but you need to drive to them.

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Places to visit near Tossa de Mar

Tossa de Mar is close to the bigger resort of Lloret de Mar and you can get to Lloret by bus or boat if you do not want to drive. Lloret de Mar has a very lively night scene.

Further north on the coast is the pretty resort of Sant Feliu de Guixols which has some attractive Moorish buildings and an ancient monastery.

Tossa de Mar is on the beautiful 'Cami de Ronda' coastal walk along the Costa Brava. The walk stretches from Blanes to Portbou and from the cliff tops offers some fabulous views across the sea.

You can find more local travel ideas in the Girona guide, and the Catalonia guide.

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Map of Tossa-de-Mar and places to visit


Tossa-de-Mar places to visit

Water World

Water World

Water World at Lloret de Mar is one of Catalonia's biggest water parks. It is very popular with families.

Water World guide
Lloret de Mar

Lloret de Mar

Lloret de Mar is one of Spain's most popular tourist resorts. It is lively but has retained its charm.

Lloret de Mar guide
Sant Feliu de Guixols

Sant Feliu de Guixols

Sant Feliu de Guixols is a relaxed resort with a Benedictine monastery. The town has an interesting mix of colonial and Moorish architecture.

Sant Feliu de Guixols guide


Blanes is a must for garden lovers with the Blanes' Botanical Garden, the Jardi Botanic Mar i Murtra, designed by Karl Faust in 1928.

Blanes guide
Platja d'Aro

Platja d'Aro

Platja d'Aro is a popular beach resort with a large sandy beach and lots of facilities.

Platja d'Aro guide


Palamos is an attractive port town on the Costa Brava.Its pleasant old town winds uphill from the beach.

Palamos guide