If you’re looking for a summer holiday with a difference in 2017, consider Tossa de Mar for your next Costa Brava getaway. Tossa de Mar has the same peaceful atmosphere and traditional poolside holidays as many other resorts in Costa Brava, as well as plenty of adventurous activities available in the surrounding mountain ranges.
Quieter than other nearby resorts, you’ll soon fall in love with its scenic coastlines and balmy yet comfortable climate, as well as its rich heritage and stunning architecture. For those who enjoy a more cultural holiday, there are plenty of medieval towers and walls, quaint cafes and winding cobbled alleyways to explore. As a busy resort, Tossa de Mar offers a welcome change of pace for many holidaymakers who prefer to keep their holidays active and exciting. Temperatures are balmy but comfortable all-year round with temperatures rising above 30 degrees Celsius in summer, providing the ideal venue for outdoor pursuits including swimming, golf and cycling. The town centre is bustling with intimate bars and market stalls, making for a nice mix of locals and tourists. There are plenty of English bars and breakfasts, with some Irish establishments too, making this a good choice of a home away from home for those from the UK. Whether you are looking for the best destination for your next family holiday or are planning a break as a couple, Tossa de Mar is an excellent choice for a relaxing and vibrant holiday in Costa Brava.
The top attractions in and around Tossa de Mar include the Platja d’es Codolar beach, nestled beneath a steep cliff and lush green trees, the Castell de Tossa castle and the Museo del Faro. Cala Llevado is a beautiful, fairytale-like cove close to Tossa de Mar and something of a hidden gem in the area. Cala Llevado has around 60 metres of flat sand and popular with snorkelers and families alike. The walled medieval town of Tossa Old Town has a tower with beautiful views over the bay at Tossa, as well as the surrounding coastline. If you want to learn more about the history of Tossa de Mar, head to the Municipal Museum, the former governor’s residence with Chagall paintings and Roman era mosaics. Other attractions include the beach hiking trail at Cala Pola, the Chapel of Mare de Deu del Socors, the Parish Church of Sant Vicenc and the Moorish Tower.
Wine and Dine
Whatever your tastes, Tossa de Mar has a wide selection of dining establishments ranging from European and Majorcan fine-dining through to British style cheap and cheerful cafés and refreshment stands. If your holiday in Majorca is on a tight budget, it’s worth remembering that prices in Tossa de Mar tend to increase the closer you are to the beach, so it’s well worth getting food in town before you head to the beach. There’s no need to worry if you have some fussy eaters in the family, as there are more than 300 places to eat in Tossa de Mar. With a variety of international offerings, you will be able to find something for everybody in Tossa de Mar, whether your favourite is Chinese, Indian or British cuisine.
Tossa de Mar is a fantastic destination for families, especially those with children younger than 10. The resort overall has a convenient set up for families with lots of laid-back little restaurants, plenty of choices for family activities and entertainment for parents too. One of the best attractions for families is the glass-bottomed boat that runs from Tossa de Mar on the hour between 10am and 4pm. Children and adults alike will love seeing fish swim in and out of the marine plants and the beauty of the reflections on the water. The glass bottom boat also stops at Cala Giverola and Cala Pola as well as three picturesque caves. For an adventurous family excursion, take a journey on The Nautilus, a bright yellow boat that travels between Tossa and Lloret de Mar, allowing you to take in the coastal scenery. If your kids love to travel on trains, take them on the Tourist Train, a 30-minute tour that you can join at Playa Gran.
Action and Adventure
There’s plenty to see and do in Tossa de Mar, guaranteeing you’ll have no problems finding fun and exciting things to do. You can enjoy a full selection of water sports in the area, including scuba diving, snorkelling and boat trips. For those who prefer to keep their feet on dry land, there’s trekking and hiking, as well as cycle hire. Equestrian holidaymakers will enjoy the riding stables close to the town, and there’s also go-karting and tennis offering a nice compromise between the more leisurely and active sports. There are also several golf courses less than an hour’s drive from Tossa de Mar for golf fans. If you fancy heading further afield, there are several attractions that are well worth a day trip, including the Sa Riera and Massif of Cadiretes nature reserves.
Life's a Beach
There are some fantastic beaches both in Tossa de Mar and the surrounding area, the most popular of which is the Platja Gran. This is a very clean and quiet beach with a relaxed atmosphere, plenty of space for sunbathing and a gorgeous landscape featuring lush green trees and clear blue waters. If you prefer a more quiet and secluded beach, try the Cala Llevado, a picture-perfect sandy cove nestled in a pine forest, just a short drive from Tossa de Mar. Cala Llevado is relatively unknown, meaning you won’t have to wrestle for sunbathing space and can let the kids explore the beach. The calm waters off the coastline are popular with snorkelers and are great for paddling with the kids. While there are no showers or beach bars at Cala Llevado, there are both at Cala Carles, which has a bigger cove and good facilities.
Tossa de Mar’s nightlife is quiet compared to nearby Lloret de Mar, making it ideal for intimate nights out as a couple or as a family. The generally quiet nightlife doesn’t mean that there’s a shortage of disco or bars though, with most of the nightlife based around the main promenade on the seafront. If you’re holidaying as a couple and are looking for a bar with a slightly older crowd, try Bar Tahiti. A good club for all ages is Mar I Cel, which mostly draws locals and is bustling during the weekend. Chaplins disco in Calle Rosa Rissech draws mainly tourists and plays a wide selection of mainstream dance classics, with the floors completely packed in the peak summer months.
The bustle of Tossa de Mar makes for a welcome shift in gear for many couples away from the habits of everyday life. As Tossa de Mar is a very busy resort that is a favourite of many holidaymakers, it is a good choice for couples who prefer an active, exciting holiday, like to meet people and want to really immerse themselves in the culture of Costa Brava and wider Catalonia. With so many activities geared at tourists on offer, it is easy to head out each day with your loved one and pick a different activity on every day of your holiday in Costa Brava. The glass-bottomed boat tours make for unforgettable days out with your significant other watching the fish swim around the seaweed, or you could take an impromptu stroll to explore the pretty cobbled streets of the town around the historic castle. With such a beautiful backdrop of vibrant green trees, natural springs and magnificent mountains, every day out with your loved one feels extra special.
Tossa de Mar occupies a majestic position on Catalonia’s Girona Coast and has many architectural masterpieces. The resort is very busy now but has a long and rich heritage dating as far back as the Neolithic period. Many civilisations have left their mark on Tossa de Mar, from the Romans in the 1st century to Philip II in the 16th century, whom built a series of defensive towers along the coastline. The Els Ametlleres Roman villa, whose ruins were discovered in 1914, dates back to the 1st century AD, while the Castle of Tossa is the one remaining example of a medieval fortress town that still exists on the coast of Catalonia. When it comes to the modern day culture of Tossa de Mar, it very much focusses on the laid-back, outdoors loving Mediterranean life. Many of the area’s annual festivals are rich in religious and historical symbolism, such as The Pilgrim’s Vow in January, the Festival of the Holy Cross in May and the Pilgrimage of Sant Grau in October.