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Daytrips from Barcelona – Tossa de Mar

Written by Michael

Tossa de Mar is one of the Costa Brava’s gems. Sitting pretty in a cove the curved beaches spread a kilometre wide and the town itself gently rises away from the sea through a maze of tiny, narrow streets which house the oddest selection of shops ever for a seaside resort. Quite why you’d want to buy a Katana on your summer holiday is beyond me, but then, this is Spain.

A popular resort

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Tossa is an incredibly popular resort and with good reason; a veritable feast of sights, sounds, smells and choices greet you upon arrival and the sandy beaches are as inviting as any out there. During the summer streets are always brimming with visitors and to keep them entertained there are performers, painters, T-shirt printers and a whole clutch of themed bars, restaurants, creperies and ice cream parlours. During the day the sheltered streets are a welcome break from the blazing hot beaches although the agitated sea provides an excellent cool down too.

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Tossa de Mar by night

By night, Tossa de Mar is bustling in a different way; people dressed up in their best rags to enjoy an evening meal while the din really begins to rise as street acts perform for their bread. Off season, Tossa is more of a sleepy town with just a few day trippers perhaps skimming stones on the deserted beach and enjoying the vistas from the beautiful walled city.

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To get to Tossa, it’s an easy drive from Barcelona. Or if you would prefer to arrive via public transport, then there is a bus service that can be booked in advance at You can also take a train from Barcelona to Tossa although this is a little more complicated as there is no train station at Tossa de Mar and you will, therefore, need to alight at Blanes train station 25 kms away and then take a local bus (which stops outside the train station) or a taxi which will cost around 3o euros.

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About the author


Michael is a vegetarian, dog-loving, kindle-clutching, sunshine-seeking, adventure-obsessed, responsibility-dodging gypsy who has spent much of the last five years exploring Spain and parts of Europe.

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