Shortly after arriving in Spain we started regretting that we only planned three days for Costa Brava. This beautiful region with its rocky coves, sandy beaches, and tranquil villages, stole our hearts right from the start. The serene beaches lined up with green umbrella pines and turquoise waters were so peaceful and inviting! Coming here spring was however a good idea. In summer, the towns and beaches of Costa Brava swarm with tourists and visitors from all over Europe.
On our last day in Costa Brava we decided to visit Tossa de Mar, one of the many medieval towns along the coast. This old fishing village was constructed around a magnificent castle located on a high cliff overlooking the Mediterranean. The area is dazzling: green mountains, lush vegetation, and golden beaches.
Getting to Tossa from Lloret de Mar is a very easy day trip, but unfortunately we left it for our last day there. Between the TBEX meetings and visiting the local attractions, we couldn’t do it any other way.
The main centre of tourist activity in Tossa de Mar is of course down at the seafront. This is where the old part of the town is and this where you’ll see the remains of a beautiful medieval castle.
Since we weren’t sure how to get there, we parked the car and started walking uphill hoping to have a better view of the area from above. We ended up on a dirt road that was following the coast and started walking towards what we instinctively thought might be the location.
The path was absolutely spectacular: shaded by trees, with sheer drops and rugged hills overlooking the blue sea. This would have been a perfect hike if we had more time in Tossa de Mar. But since we only had a few hours before heading to the airport I felt sorry for the detour.
After a 40-minute walk, the towers and ramparts of the old fortress appeared at the horizon. The tall medieval walls were right at the edge of the rocks, next to a picture perfect sandy beach. Oh, what a great sight! I couldn’t take my eyes off of it and my camera kept clicking, and clicking, and clicking…
I think the best view of the old fortress is from the sea. If you have more time in Tossa it’s worth renting a boat that can take you along the coast. I can only imagine how charming this place may look from the sea, especially at night when the lights are on.
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Tossa de Mar is one of the many day trips from Barcelona that you can take if visiting the city. I would have liked to stroll the narrow cobbled streets of the old town, browse the souvenir shops, maybe have lunch in one of the restaurants or tapas bars. Sunbathing on that beautiful beach and swimming in the clear water seemed fun too. Or even take a stroll around the old ruins of the original settlement. But we didn’t have time for any of that. Costa Brava is definitely a place I’d love to return to.