Tossa de Mar is one the most popular seaside resorts on Costa Brava, Spain. In today’s post, I want to give you a bit of advice how to prepare an attractive one day trip to the town.
A trip to Tossa de Mar can be divided into three parts. At the beginning, I want to invite you to visit the town, then have a walk through the defensive fortifications from the twelfth century and, in the end, there will also be a while to relax on the beach just near the small bay.
1. A journey in time through the streets of Tossa de Mar
The walk through the narrow streets in Tossa de Mar is like a journey in time. What does it mean? In the center of the town, there are plenty of small, low-rise buildings with colorful walls and small windows. The streets are very winding. In almost each corner you can notice a small cafe, restaurant or bakery.
A majority of facilities are decorated with handicrafts. What’s more, some of them are very old – for instance, in the central part of the town, there is a small cafe with many photos on the walls. On the pictures, you can see people who probably worked there in the past. Each of these small details creates a special atmosphere of Tossa de Mar and makes you feel like on an old-movie plan.
2. Head in the clouds – go to the gate leading to the old town on the hill
Time spent on exploring the town passes very slowly and then you suddenly realize that you’re standing in front of the defensive city wall. That’s the beginning of the next part of the trip inside Vila Vella, the oldest part of Tossa de Mar.
Vila Vella is one of the most recognizable tourist attractions in Tossa de Mar. The old town is located on the hill about 70 meters above the sea level and it’s surrounded by the long city wall with seven towers.
What’s waiting for you there? First of all, a long journey through the high city walls. This route offers an excellent view of the entire town, the sea, and cliffs.
What’s also interesting, in the middle of this historic area there are plenty of old, small residential buildings. Nowadays the entire field is under the protection.
The trip through the area of the old castle will take you a few hours. You will pass by various cute corners with many historical buildings, monuments or stunning views of the coast and mountains.
Once you stay on the highest peak of the hill looking at the waterscape. Later on, you explore some ancient monuments e.g. the cannon.
There are also small restaurants hidden between the lush plants where you can enjoy the landscape with a cup of tea. If you appreciate exploring the mix of nature and historical spots, you will appreciate this part of the trip for sure.
3. Are you looking for a calm corner to relax after exploring? Here it is!
After visiting Vila Vella, go straight through the coast heading towards the impressive formations of rocks in the sea. In the meantime, you will pass a few boats on the beach, as well as some restaurants and cafes where you can have a drink or eat a dinner while observing the sunset.
If you go straight through the coast, you get to the farthest point of the beach just in front of the castle. On one hand, it’s a good spot to observe the old town, city walls and old fortifications on the hill. What’s more, between the rocks formations there is hidden the small, secret bay.
How to get to Tossa de Mar
The easiest way to get to Tossa de Mar is a car or public transport. Unfortunately, there isn’t any direct train to the town. If you want to travel to Tossa de Mar by train, you have to change it to the bus – e.g. in Blanes. The bus goes directly to Tossa de Mar. From the bus station, you have to walk about 5-10 minutes to the old town.
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