Consider a honeymoon or romantic getaway holiday in Tossa de Mar: this picturesque and historic town sits behind a golden-sand beach and offers a quiet alternative to the nearby but more commercial resort of Lloret de Mar.
Unwind on a choice of pristine beaches then stroll around the Old Quarter (or Vila Vella), which was built on the site of a 1st century AD Roman villa and surrounded by ancient medieval walls and turrets.
Discover narrow and twisting cobblestoned streets lined with whitewashed houses dating back to the 12th century.
Examine the ruins of the town's 15th century Gothic church and the much more recent statue of Ava Gardner, who made the town famous in the 1950 Hollywood movie Pandora and the Flying Dutchman.
Admire paintings by Marc Chagall (who once lived here) and remnants from the excavated Roman villa at the Museu Municipal.
Then climb up through the streets until you come to the headland and the 19th century Far de Tossa, with panoramic views overlooking the main beach and along the coast.
The best of Tossa de Mar's beaches, include…
(Tossa de Mar) – Unwind on this 430m-long crescent of course golden sand that sits between a medieval castle and a rocky headland.
The 60m-wide beach is edged by the town centre and offers a range of facilities including parasols and sun loungers for hire.
This 180m-long, 20m-wide golden-sand beach is a less-crowded alternative to Playa Gran and offers a beautiful setting between rocky outcrops facing a turquoise bay as well as great conditions for swimming and snorkelling.
With limited facilities on the beach, it’s probably best to take your own food and drink.
This small, golden-sand beach sits beneath soaring cliffs and the castle walls of Tossa de Mar. With limited facilities, it’s probably best to take your own food and drink.
Tossa de Mar offers newlyweds an excellent choice of accommodation options to suit all budgets, including the following…
Boutique Hotel Casa Granados
Location: Tossa de Mar
Ave nightly price: AUD168 per room
Description: Boutique Hotel Casa Granados is located in central Tossa de Mar, 150 metres from the beach. Set in a restored 19th-century mansion, a range of luxury personalized services are offered. This boutique hotel is surrounded by ornate gardens and has a swimming pool. Guests can request a personal shopper and a chauffeur or book customized guided trips and boat rides for a surcharge. Boutique hotel Casa Granados has a café which is open 24 hours a day. Can Sophia Restaurant serves seasonal dishes and elaborate confectionery. A 24-hour room service is available. The elegant rooms come with a vintage Illy coffee machine, a Bang & Olufsen TV with international channels and a minibar. Bathrooms include toiletries and hairdryer. Lloret de Mar is 20 minutes’ drive away, while Blanes is 17 km away.
Premier Gran Hotel Reymar & Spa Superior
Location: Tossa de Mar
Ave nightly price: AUD154 per room
Description: This seafront hotel offers direct access to Playa de la Mar Menuda Beach. It features an outdoor pool and hot tub, spa, tennis courts and has panoramic views of Tossa de Mar and its castle. The hotel's spa includes a spa bath, hydrotherapy, Turkish and Finnish saunas, as well as a wide range of massages and treatments. Access to the spa is available for a supplement. The air-conditioned rooms at Gran Hotel Reymar feature a balcony and private bathroom. Each one comes with a flat-screen satellite TV, minibar and free WiFi. Safe is available with a surcharge. Gran Hotel Reymar also offers 3-bedroom villas with a living area, dining area, fully equipped kitchen and a terrace with sea views. The hotel’s romantic Illa restaurant serves à la carte Mediterranean and international food and offers great sea views, both from the inside the restaurant and on the terrace. Previous reservation is required. A buffet breakfast is offered, as well as cooking shows. Reymar’s beachside and poolside bars serve refreshing cocktails, and the hotel also has a ping-pong table and basketball court. Tossa Castle and Faro de Tossa Lighthouse are 10 minutes’ walk away via the main seafront promenade, which is full of shops, bars and restaurants. Girona Airport is 30 minutes’ drive from Gran Hotel Reymar.
Golden Bahia de Tossa & Spa
Location: Costa Adeje, Tenerife
Ave nightly price: AUD142 per room
Description: Located 800 m from the beach in Tossa del Mar, Golden Bahia offers free Wi-Fi in public areas. It features 3 outdoor pools, surrounded by palm trees and a sun terrace. Rooms at Golden Bahia Tossa de Mar are spacious and have a private balcony. All rooms include air conditioning, a TV, and tea and coffee making facilities. Hotel Golden Bahia de Tossa & Spa has a buffet restaurant with many traditional and international dishes. The hotel’s snack bar serves sandwiches, salads and ice creams. The spa includes a hot tub, indoor pool and sauna. Massage and beauty treatments are also available. Use of the spa comes at an extra cost. Tossa de Mar Golden Bahia is a 10-minute drive from Lloret de Mar and 25 minutes from Platja D’Aro Beach. Girona and its airport can be reached in around 45 minutes’ by car.
Location: Tossa de Mar
Ave nightly price: AUD92 per room
Description: Situated 202 m from Platja Gran Beach, the 4-star Delfín offers a rooftop terrace with a hot tub and wonderful views of Tossa. Each spacious room has free Wi-Fi and a balcony. The Delfín’s air-conditioned rooms are decorated in blue tones, and offer views of private grounds or the center of town. Each room has flat-screen satellite TV, a minibar and safe. Buffet meals and show cooking are offered in the Delfín’s restaurant. The hotel also has a stylish snack bar. Hotel Delfín is a 15 minute walk from Tossa’s lighthouse, which offers panoramic views of the Costa Brava.
GHT Oasis Tossa & Spa
Location: Tossa de Mar
Ave nightly price: AUD80 per room
Description: In the charming Costa Brava town of Tossa de March, Hotel Oasis Tossa features a large outdoor pool and a free spa. Each air-conditioned room has a private balcony and a rental safe. The Oasis Tossa has a buffet restaurant where guests can enjoy show cooking. There is also a bar and a terrace. The hotel provides daytime and evening entertainment. Hotel Oasis Tossa’s spa includes a heated indoor pool, Turkish bath and hot tub. There are also heated lounge chairs and a gym. For an additional charge, you can book a relaxing massage. The Oasis is a 5-minute walk from central Tossa. The beach is half a kilometer away, and the old city wall is around a 15-minute walk away.
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The best time to honeymoon in Tossa de Mar (and avoid the peak summer season crowds) is during May and June, which sees an average high of 25ºC (77°F), and September and October, with an average high of 23ºC (73°F)
Given its position on the northeast coast of Spain on the Costa Brava, Tossa de Mar enjoys a Mediterranean climate with long, hot summers and mild winters.
The peak summer months of July and August see Tossa de Mar swamped with mainly British and Spanish tourists, when temperatures average 29°C (84°F) but can soar beyond 30°C (86°F).
As a year round destination, the Costa Brava is one of Spain’s most popular summer holiday retreats with the resort towns of Blanes, Tossa de Mar, Lloret de Mar and Cadagues filled to capacity during the summer months.
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Tossa de Mar is located in the Costa Brava region of Spain, 13km (8mi) north of Lloret de Mar, around 90km (56mi) north of Barcelona and 100km (62mi) south of the French border.
The most convenient route to Tossa de Mar is by air to Barcelona–El Prat Josep Tarradellas Airport (BCN), previously known as Barcelona-El Prat and also El Prat Airport, which is located around 15km (9mi) southwest of the centre of Barcelona.
From the airport, it's easy to either hire a car or take a train or shuttle bus to Tossa de Mar.
By bus, Barcelona–El Prat Airport to Tossa de Mar takes about 1 hr 16 mins, with an hourly and on-demand service.
By train, the high-speed Tren de Alta Velocidad Española (AVE) runs between Madrid and Barcelona, with 17 trains daily in each direction – non-stop trains take just 2 hours, 40 minutes.
Latest update: Tossa de Mar: 15 December, 2019
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