Tossa de Mar
The beautiful "Vila Vella" (old town) of Tossa de Mar is one of the best jewels on the shores of the Mediterranean, offering wonderful views over the beach and bay.
Its well-preserved and attractive medieval town centre was fortified to protect against pirate attacks and a walk through its narrow cobbled streets lined by ancient whitewashed houses is truly enjoyable.
During the 1930s Tossa de Mar was frequented by artists such as Josep Clarà, Marc Chagall and André Masson. Some of their works are exhibited in the Museu Municipal de Tossa de Mar located next to the Codolar Tower.
The Codolar Tower, which can be visited, is one of the three round turrets to be seen on the 12th to 14th century walls. Below the tower lies one of the prettiest beaches in Tossa de Mar, Codolar beach.
A walk along the walls, declared a historic monument and around the castle, which still has cannons facing out to sea, is well worth it, if not only for the magnificent views of this town. Even better is a walk at night when you can see the whole town lit up.
Both the old quarter and modern part of Tossa de Mar offer a wide range of culinary delights. It is difficult to refrain from entering many of its shops, especially the dazzling array of clothes shops.
The main Tossa and Mar Menuda beaches are flanked by small coves which can be reached through the pine forests from the "camí de ronda".
Top attractions in Tossa de Mar:
- The walls and the Codolar Tower
- The castle
- Church of Sant Martí
- Chapel del Socorro
- Church of Sant Vicenç
- The lighthouse
Special dates to consider when visiting Tossa de Mar:
- Summer "Festa Major"; 28th June to 22th July
- El Pelegrí de Tossa (pilgrimage from Tossa to Santa Coloma in honour of San Sebastià); 20th to 21st January
Local market; every Thursday
And more information in …. Tossa de Mar