Tossa de Mar is a pretty coastal resort in northeastern Spain which lies in between the French border and the major city of Barcelona.
This coastal area is known as the Costa Brava or “Brave Coast” in English which is home to some of the top holiday destinations in northern Spain.
Tossa de Mar Travel & Tourism Guide
Tossa de Mar lies just 12 km north of the vibrant Lloret de Mar resort which is where many head for the extended nightlife on offer. The coastline and bay of Tossa de Mar stretches for 14 km and is formed of a series of beautiful beaches and coves. Rich in history and culture, here you will find the only example of a fortified walled-in medieval town in the whole of Catalonia.
Top Attractions & Things to do in Tossa de Mar
Tossa de Mar is full or beautiful attractions, historic landmarks and plenty of things to do during your visit. Below we provide more information about the beaches, castle and old town and some of the other top attractions you should check out.
Tossa de Mar Beaches & Coves
There are a total of 15 beaches and coves that line the 14 km coastline of Tossa de Mar. The 3 main beaches in the town itself are Platja Gran, Platja del Reig and Platja de la Mar Menuda. Platja Gran (big beach) is the biggest as the name implies with a length of 380 metres and a width of 60 metres.
The medieval castle and walled old town lie to the east of this beach. Although the biggest beach, Platja Gran does not tend to get as busy as you may expect, this could be due to slightly gritty composition of the beach. Platja Gran and the surrounding landscapes are said to be the most photographed of the whole of the Costa Brava coastline.
The second beach of this town is Platja de la Mar Menuda (beach of less sea) which has shallow calm waters ideal for children. Both beaches have been awarded Blue Flag Certification and continue to attract plenty of visitors. Platja del Reig is a tiny beach which is little more than a cove depending on whether the sea has washed the sand away or not.
There are many more beaches and coves to explore here, one of the official tourism websites has an excellent beaches map if you would like to know the location of all of them.
Tossa de Mar Medieval Castle – Vila Vella
The majestic medieval castle and walled old town are the only fortified examples of medieval Catalonia on the Costa Brava. Built in the late 14th century, these landmarks bear a striking resemblance to the Peñiscola Castle and town located south on the Costa del Azahar.
Despite the age of the castle in particular, most of the original features such as the turrets, cylindrical towers and outer walls remain intact. Taking a stroll to the top of the castle may seem like a bit of a slog but you will be rewarded with some of the most breathtaking views of Catalonia and the Mediterranean Sea. Another bonus if you trek to the top is the unexpected tapas bar serving snacks and refreshments, this is an especially welcome sight on hot days.
The beautiful old town is a pleasure to visit as you pass through narrow cobblestone streets that are full of old churches and buildings all dating back hundreds of years.
Hiking & Mountain Bike Trails
Among the top things to do in Tossa de Mar are walking, hiking and mountain biking along the many trails in the hills above the beaches and coves. There are 5 walking trails in total with the added benefit of the spectacular views of the Sea and the coastal areas below. The walking trails will take you through popular areas such as Cala Pola, Es Codolar and Sant Grau.
There are 3 mountain bike trails of varying distance and difficulty that take you up into the mountains and through beautiful lush green countryside. Puig de Cadiretes is route 1 with a distance of close to 11 km but there are some steep slopes to negotiate which can be dangerous when you descend so caution is advised. Les Planes de n’Aromir is not as demanding as route 1 and mainly on the flat with some ascending and descending. The distance is considerably longer at close to 15 kilometres but the ride is enjoyable. Aiguafina is the longest route at 18.5 kilometres but the ride is not as challenging as it the other routes.
Tossa de Mar Weather
The Weather in Tossa de Mar is generally excellent during the summer months but can turn quite chilly during winter. The close proximity of the Pyrenees can make things seem particularly cold at times. The hotter summer months are June, July and August when the average temperature is around 22 Celsius. Entering September the temperature is 20 Celsius before gradually decreasing as the year reaches it’s conclusion. December, January and February are the coldest months when the average temperature drops to 8 Celsius. The rainfall in Tossa de Mar is pretty consistent all year round, here it rains a fair bit every month with May being the month with most rainfall. The Sea temperature is warm between June – October but tends to drop sharply to under 15 Celsius leading up to winter.
Tossa de Mar Hotels
As with any popular tourist destination it’s important to get an idea of some of the hotels available in the area prior to travel. Below we provide some of our favourite hotels in Tossa de Mar with a some useful information about each.
Although this gorgeous hotel is considered to be 2 star, this is a historically important building that’s over 100 hundred years old. Located in Plaza España near Puig de Castellet, Hotel Diana has 21 rooms available, located opposite the beach and only 10 minutes walk to the town centre. You can check out the rooms and prices for more information about this museum style guest house.
Golden Bahia de Tossa
Moving slightly upscale we come to the amazing Golden Bahia de Tossa, a 4 star hotel with all the trimmings and more. Golden Bahia de Tossa has an indoor and outdoor pool, several bars for different occasions, a sauna and many sporting facilities. The hotel is well located giving you easy access to beaches, town and everything good going on in Tossa de Mar.