Tossa de Mar is a pretty coastal resort in northeastern Spain. This popular town lies between the French border and the major city of Barcelona.
This Spanish Costa is the Costa Brava or “Brave Coast” in English. Home to some of the top holiday destinations in northern Spain.
Tossa de Mar Travel & Tourism Guide
Top Attractions & Things to do in Tossa de Mar
Tossa de Mar is full of attractions, historic landmarks and plenty of things to do during your visit. Below we provide more information about the beaches, castle and old town. We also cover some of the other top attractions you should check out.
Tossa de Mar Beaches & Coves
There are 15 beaches and coves along 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 is due to gritty composition of the beach.
The landscapes here are the most photographed of the Costa Brava coastline.
The second beach of this town is Platja de la Mar Menuda (beach of less sea). This beach has shallow calm waters ideal for children. Both beaches are Blue Flag Certified and continue to attract plenty of visitors.
Platja del Reig is a tiny beach which is little more than a cove. This depends 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. A good resource if would like to know more about the beaches here.
Tossa de Mar Medieval Castle – Vila Vella
Villa Vella is the only fortified example of medieval Catalonia on the Costa Brava or northeastern coastline. Built in the late 14th century, these landmarks bear a resemblance to the Peñiscola Castle and town. peñiscola lies to the south on the Costa del Azahar.
Despite the age of the castle, most of the original features still exist.
These include the turrets, cylindrical towers and outer walls which remain intact. Taking a stroll to the top of the castle may seem like a bit of a slog. You are rewarded with some amazing 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. These streets 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. Many trails exist in the hills above the beaches and coves. There are 5 walking trails in total, all offer 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. These 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. This route has some steep slopes to negotiate which can be dangerous when you descend.
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 much 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. The temperature can turn quite chilly during winter.
The Pyrenees mountains are quite near which can make things seem particularly cold. The hotter summer months are June, July and August. The average temperature during these months is around 22 Celsius.
In September the temperature begins to decrease as the year reaches it’s conclusion. December, January and February are the coldest months. 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. The temperature then drops to drops to under 15 Celsius leading up to winter.