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Tossa de Mar

Costa Brava, Spain

Story by David C. September 6th, 2015

One of the advantages of living in Barcelona is that you have a lot of amazing options at hand when it comes to choosing where to spend holidays or weekends. Tossa de Mar is one of them and it’s located in the Costa Brava region of Catalonia, in Northeastern Spain. You can get there quite easily from Barcelona Airport by buses or by car (about 100 km from Barcelona). Tossa, a former fishermen village, has 3 main beaches: Platja Gran (the biggest one), La Mar Menuda and El Codolar, which is the most spectacular.


Tiny, hidden, surrounded by cliffs, with a castle behind it, El Codolar (The Rubble) is probably the most beautiful beach I’ve ever seen.

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This is the biggest and the most accessible beach of the three. I visited Tossa at the beginning of September, but I’m pretty sure during high season the place gets very crowded.

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The beach of Mar Menuda is located at the northern end of Tossa bay. It’s quite small as well, but usually crowded, being really accessible and close to the town. The “rocky” part is quite impressive.

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the OLD town

Even during cloudy days (when going to the beach is not an option), there are still things to see in Tossa, mostly in the Castle area and the old town. Great places to eat as well and most of them serve “Menu del Dia”, which consists of a three course meal (starter, main course, dessert) with drinks (water, wine etc) included. You can have one of these for about 15€.

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On a side note, I’m still taking pictures with my old iPhone 5, I find it the most comfortable. I had another camera with me (a compact Canon), which I didn’t use at all. I’m sure some professional equipment would really make a difference, but it would be a pain to carry when travelling.
Footnote: All photos are taken with iPhone 5 and processed with VSCO Cam iOS app
Tossa de Mar, Spain