Wednesday, 27 October 2010
Tossa de Mar - Costa Brava Travel Guide
2 blue flag beaches, a beautiful castle and Barcelona is only a short train ride away.
•What's Tossa de Mar like? Tossa de Mar is a quietish, friendly resort with lovely beaches, a wonderful castle and an understated nightlife. It is quite different from the big resorts nearby and has a very cosmopolitan atmosphere. Here is how two of our holidaymakers summed it up this year:
•Tossa was really nice, a lovely beach, nice shops and a good selection of bars and restaurants.
•"Having been to Tossa for the 1st time, I was really taken by the place. It is really pretty totally different from the big resorts on the Costa Brava. No gangs of yobbos. Lots of nice little bars and cafes.”
•The beaches at Tossa de Mar: There are three beaches with two blue flag beaches of golden sand and shingle and shimmering waters to choose from. They have colourful parasols, watersports and cafes.
•Here is the insider's guide to beaches in Tossa de Mar from one of our very happy holidaymakers: “We've been going to Tossa a long time, so sorry here's all our tips."
•Beaches: There are three, the Platje Gran (just follow the river bed to the sea), Mar Menuda to the left of the main one (very popular with watersports enthusiasts, scuba, snorkel etc) and our favourite Cadolar, a lovely small bay beach which you'll only find if you walk down the main street in the old town (behind and parallel to the main beach) as far as you can go; and up the slope with the rear wall of the castle on your left. Safest in our opinion for swimming as well, especially kiddies.
•Mar Menuda beach is nearby and is great for diving and snorkelling.
•The beaches at nearby Lloret de Mar and Fenals are both golden beaches with shingle and sand. They offer parasailing, pedalos, wind-surf, water-ski, jet-ski, nautic club, showers, umbrellas, hammocks, first aid, cafes and bars.
•Watersports: Snorkelling, swimming and boat trips around the coast are very popular from here.
•Sports: In nearby Lloret de Mar, there are athletic courts, 2 multi-sports pavillion, 2 football stadiums and karting.
•Shopping in Tossa de Mar: In the town centre, there's a good range of gift, souvenir, pottery, jewellery shops and stylish boutiques.
•Attractions in Tossa There is magnificent castle that overlooks the bay which makes for a great walk and incredible views; plus you can enjoy delicious local cakes and cava at the pretty café at the top. It's local museum is home to works of art by Chagall. The church square also reflects the traditional architecture of the region and is a wonderful place to stop for some tapas and a cervesa and simply watch the world go by.
•Excursions: Take a day trip by train to fabulous Barcelona and see the amazing architecture of Gaudi, the dancing fountains, and the bustle and delights of La Ramblas.
•You can reach nearby Lloret de Mar either by boat or bus.
•When is the best time to visit Tossa de Mar? May - October.
•Eating out in Tossa de Mar: There is a good choice of local tapas bars, a few British pubs and some excellent cafes and restaurants serving tasty local fish specialities and paella, and at very good prices. Plus there are many restaurants in Tossa de Mar with incredible views such as those near the castle and the lighthouse.
Again, from one of happy holidaymakers in Tossa de Mar comes the following valuable advice:
•There are at least 300 places to eat and drink apart from hotels in this small town and here's our opinion on the best, at the risk of outraging all the many other wonderful places we have also been.
•I'd better explain first, how you do Tossa; new town left of the river, old town right of the river, main beach at the end of the river.
•Best English Food: "Very cheap and cheerful English food and drink served by Spanish folk (you know, beans chips gracias) is Bar Elsa. Two streets over from the main Avenida to the left of the river. Pedro and Aurora are wonderful. Great for brekkie.”
•Best Tapas: " La Luna up the steep steps inside the castle walls. This must actually be the best tapas in Catalunya and certainly the best original regional food. Manuesh (hope I've spelt that right), her husband and Oriole the waiter.”
•And the Bahi Ton Grill just past Don Juan on the old town main street before the little fisherman's church. The best sardines in Tossa. The best prawns in Tossa (even than La Luna). We lunch there every day with Miguel and Peter.” For more of this really helpful review, please see the 'Food' section of the User Guide to Tossa de Mar.
•Nightlife in Tossa de Mar? Nightlife tends to revolve around the waterside bars and cafes and the entertainment in the hotels. There are a few discos and music bars but the livelier Lloret de Mar is only a short bus ride away. In the summer months a night bus service will join the resorts of Blanes, Lloret and Tossa de Mar helping everyone get home easily and safely.
•Tossa de Mar is ideal for all ages.
•We have a wide range of hotels and apartments from 1* to 5*.
•Holidays to Tossa de Mar: We have an excellent choice of holidays in Tossa de Mar.
•Hotels in Tossa de Mar: We have excellent hotels in Tossa de Mar, all with our lowest prices guaranteed.
•Cheap Flights to Tossa de Mar: We have cheap flights to Gerona and lowest prices guaranteed on hotels in Tossa de Mar.
The flight takes just over 2 hours 30 minutes from UK airports.
•Car hire in Tossa de Mar: There's so much to explore, you would be wise to hire a car. We can offer great deals on car hire in Tossa de Mar so check us out when completing your holiday booking.
•Transfers to your hotel in Tossa de Mar: We can book your transfers from the airport to your hotel in Tossa de Mar. Transfer times are about 1 hour and 15 minutes although this will be quicker when a private taxi transfer is used. We can book either shuttle or taxi transfers for you when you have completed the online booking process.We can also book UK airport car parks online, plus travel insurance and currency exchange for your holiday.
•Tossa de Mar Hotel Reviews: Written exclusively by genuine customers who have booked and stayed in the hotel.
Did you know? August is Music Festival week. There are some great concerts at the top of the castle- but take a warm jumper or blanket.
Posted by john at 07:36