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 this 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 we will have a walk through the defensive fortifications from the twelfth century and, at the end, there will also be a while to relax on the beach just near the small bay.
Ready for the new adventure? Here we go!
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 centre of the town, there are plenty of small, low-rise buildings with colourful 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 these ornaments comes from the past. For instance, in the centre part of the town, you can find one cafe with many old photos on the walls. On the pictures, you can see people who probably worked in this place in the past. That’s a unique and interesting way of promotion their local business as well as cultivate tradition. Each of this small details creates a particular atmosphere of this place and makes you feel like on an old-movie plan.
2. Head in the clouds – it’s a time to go to the gate leading to the old town on the hill
Time spent on exploring the town passes very slowly. But then you suddenly realise that you’ve already left the former area and now you’re standing in front of the thick defensive city wall. That’s the beginning of the next part of the trip inside Vila Vella, which is the oldest part of Tossa de Mar.
Vila Vella is one of the most recognisable tourist attractions in Tossa de Mar. The old town is located on the hill about 70 metres 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, seaside, 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 castle grounds will take you about few hours. You will pass by various cute corners and in each of them you can find some attractions – historical buildings, monuments or stunning views of the coast and mountains.
Once you can stay on the highest peak of the hill looking at the waterscape. Later on, you can explore some ancient monuments like for instance 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 mixture of nature and historical spots, you will nevertheless appreciate this part of the trip.
3. Are you looking for a corner to relax after exploring? Here it is!
After visiting the Vila Vella, you can go straight through the coast heading towards the rocks protruding from the sea. They are just on the other side of the seashore. 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 observing the sunset.
If you go straight through the coast, you will get to the farthest point of the beach just in front of the castle. On one hand, it’s a good spot to observe an old town, city walls and old fortifications on the hill. On the other hand, you can find there a small, secret bay between the rocks formations in the sea. That’s finally a time to sunbathe, go swimming or just relax on the blanket after a few hours of exploring Tossa de Mar.
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How to get to Tossa de Mar?
The easiest way to get to Tossa de Mar is 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 – for instance in Blanes. The bus goes very frequently and directly to Tossa de Mar. From the bus station, you have to walk about 5-10 minutes to the old town. There a lot of different maps that explain how you can go to the Vila Vella as well as to the other parts of the town.
Find more photos from this trip on Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/crafttheway.
Do you have any additional questions related to visiting Tossa de Mar? Do not hesitate to contact me or ask in the comments below! 🙂