Unfortunately, Tossa de Mar has the claim to fame as the city of mass tourism, but what is certain is that it has been able to maintain its own originality and roots thanks to the political protection of monuments, which were erected in one of the most beautiful places on the Costa Brava.
Why not leave your accommodation in Barcelona for a few days and visit Tossa de Mar, situated some 90km from the northeast of Barcelona and is very charming thanks to the beach, situated in a bay and surrounded by rocks and cliffs. As well as the marvelous bay, Tossa also has many interesting cultural monuments and ruins from past ages (above all Medieval and Roman).
Just as in Vila Vella as in the new part of the city, you can apréciate streets and buildings full of culture. There are some hints and tips that you should remember when visiting Tossa de Mar:
In the new part of the city there are many churches, amongst which is the beautifully decorated Capella de la Verge dels Socors from century XVI, situated in Plaça d’Espanya and the baroque church Sant Vicenç.
An archelogical deposit from the Roman times, which you will find in the east part of the new part of the city.
A wall with 7 towers which date back to the end of the XIV century, situated in la Vila Vella.
The ruins of the gothic church of Vila Vella which are also magnificent.
The Municipal Museum of Tossa de Mar, situated in the walled precinct of Vila Villa in a building well known as the Governor’s House, in which many different Roman artifacts were discovered years ago.
And alter the stressful cultural tour around the city, you can go calmly to crash out on the beach o relax and do a bit of sun bathing.
To get to Tossa del Mar from Barcelona it is easiest to take the “Sarfa” bus. The buses go from Estació de Nord in Barcleona and arrive 20 minutes later in Tossa de Mar. In Summer the buses leave every hour. To see the timetable click here. The price of a normal ticket is €9.35.
If that seems like far too much activity for you for just one day (cultural sights, beach etc) and you would prefer to enjoy this marvelous city a bit more, or simply enjoy your wonderful hotels in Barcelona or apartments in Barcelona, I’d recommend a 2 or 3 day trip to Tossa de Mar. Enjoy the city in a calm way and soak up all the culture, and the sun on the beach! All that is left to say is that it’s definitely worth a visit! I can assure you..