Tossa De Mar: Just Go. Please.

by farrah on August 27, 2013 · 12 comments

Once again I’m linking up with Katja at Skimbaco Lifestyle and some other fine travel bloggers for Instagram Travel Thursday. Check them all out- you might be inspired to visit someplace new and learn some great tips for your own IG photos. 

It’s almost painful to go back almost three weeks later and write a travel-do post for Tossa. It was so perfect- I want to pack my bags and return right this minute!  There’s so much for you to see I have to share. More importantly- it’s easy to go to Tossa de Mar with your family, alone, or as a couple. I gushed and oohed and aahed when we first got back- but it’s time I spill it on what’s good and what to do once you get there.

The beach at Tossa.

Where

Tossa de mar is specifically a municipality in Catalonia, located in the Costa Brava region about 103 kilometres north of Barcelona.

How to get there

Fly into Barcelona or Girona airport (what we did). Extremely easy- from there you can choose a taxi or a bus to take the you 35 minutes or so to the coastal town. We learned that the bus had one connection along the way, so chose to bite it and pay 54 euros for a quicker taxi.

Where to stay

Hotel Delfin

We stayed at the Hotel Delfin. Prime location, just off of the beach but in the heart of the activity in Tossa. Our room was clean, large and well provisioned. Our mini bar didn’t ask insane prices for drinks or snacks- and housekeeping was well worthy of a generous tip when we left. Our room was on the first floor (not to be confused with the ground floor) and had a balcony overlooking the garden courtyard.

  • The buffet breakfast was delicious- and offered many local dishes like the cold tomato (sauce? soup?) which we loved on bread with olive oil. Many choices of meats and cheeses as well as hot offerings. I was very happy with the breakfast experience at Hotel Delfin and thought the added touch of friendly waitstaff in a sunny room was a great start to the day.
  • The reception at our hotel was better than we could have hoped. Not only were they friendly, helpful and attentive- they did their best to assist us when we had an issue. My bathing suit which was white, got mixed up with our bathroom towels. When we returned to our room at the end of the day I realized what happened and called the front desk. They assured me they would look for it- but to be honest, I wasn’t very optimistic. It was white mixed in with white towels! Much to my surprise it was quickly found and returned to our room. THAT is what I call attentive and helpful service.
  • We did not have children with us- however I heard families in other rooms while walking in the hallway. We were located near the stairs and I still didn’t feel like it was loud or noisy. The only time I was bothered by noise was in the wee early morning hours I could hear the garbage trucks and recycling bottles crashing and banging around- which was MY fault because I chose to sleep with the balcony doorwall open. I wouldn’t have heard it otherwise.

Where to eat

Paella at MinervaOur friend made a delicious paella!

As I get older I find that one of the things I enjoy most about traveling is the food. It used to be ‘wahoo! party time!’ but seriously, now it’s all about the good food. My two restaurant recommendations would be La Luna (best tapas around) and Minerva Restaurante. With La Luna you’ll see the crowd in Old Town waiting for a table as they don’t take reservations. Minerva’s seafood paella was divine, and  being in the shadow of the Minerva statue was pretty incredible. With a view like this while you eat dinner, having delicious food is merely a bonus.

Tossa de Mar castleView at Minerva’s Restaurante

Our other observation: if you’re used to eating dinner ‘early’ (ie before 8pm) you’ll have no problem finding an open table along the street restaurants. My husband and I are so used to eating by 6, that a 7 or 7:30pm dinner was a luxury to us and we were in without an issue. I was thrilled to discover the slightly chilled ‘Rioja’ red wine. Cheap, good and goes with anything- is there really anything else you need?

What to do

Why, beach it of course! Tossa’s main beach had decent sand (don’t expect ash-tray smooth) and no complaints. A beach around the bend had even finer sand if that’s your thing. You can even take a water taxi to explore the other beaches in the area- which drop off and pick up is clearly noted on the hour. Just make sure you don’t miss the last boat back!

  • Explore the castle walls and Old Town. See the history- look at that view, appreciate the cobble road.

Ava Gardner statue in Old Town.

  • Anything water related! Scuba, snorkel, and all other kids of water activities can be had by visiting the little booths at the mid-point on the beach.
  • Shop your heart out. So many shops we never had time to hit them all!
  • Just take in the breeze…and relaaaaaax.

When to go

We spent an evening chatting with a Dutch gentleman who owned a bar in Tossa. Bar Comics- to be exact. We spent an evening chatting about the history and political environment of the Catalan area- and he talked about what Tossa was like in the off seasons. It’s hard for me to imagine it as anything but sunny, even in the winter, but it does get a bit cold. Additionally shops will be closed and restaurants as well. The best times to go are May-August and when you go depends on what nationality you will see. Early on it’s the Germans, later the French, Spanish and Italian.

Minerva statueMe, Minerva & a friend

So should you go? Absolutely! It was practically criminal to leave after only a few days- but knowing it’s just a short flight away really makes me want to think about returning next summer with the boys. They will adore this beach and surf- and the castle to climb is just icing on a perfect vacation cake. With so much to do- a week would be the ideal amount of time to stay in the area. Oh I already want to go back….

This is not a sponsored post and all thoughts and opinions are my own. Check out my other post on Tossa for more pics and a great video created by the tourism board. All photos are my own except the Hotel Delfin which is taken from their website.

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1 Rach (DonutsMama) August 28, 2013 at 7:03 pm

Love reading about your travels. I spent a summer in Europe in college and reading about all this brings back happy memories. I never went to Tossa but did spend a weekend in Barcelona.

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2 farrah August 29, 2013 at 2:20 pm

I never even thought I would make it to Spain.I keep thinking this is all just some crazy dream and I’m going to wake up!

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3 Katja of Skimbaco August 29, 2013 at 9:22 am

Oh wow!!! I LOVE these pictures, and I would love to go there with the family when it’s cold here in Sweden. The view from the restaurant is just breathtaking. Thank you for linking up again, I hope you join us for the Twitter chat too!

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4 farrah August 29, 2013 at 2:21 pm

Thanks! It really is a perfect spot for the fam. I honestly cannot wait to take the boys. Castles and surf? YES.

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5 Satu VW August 29, 2013 at 1:30 pm

Hmm, we are thinking of Portugal in October, but Tossa de Mar might be a good option as well… 🙂 I’m the same these days as well, it’s all about the food and not the party, as I’ve been mainly traveling with the kids for the last couple of years. Maybe a girly party holiday would be a good call too! 😉

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6 farrah August 29, 2013 at 2:21 pm

Oh that sounds heavenly. And I would love an invite 🙂

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7 Chasing the Donkey August 29, 2013 at 2:09 pm

Lobster paella! Well I never… and now I must. Looks so yum, sure beats the cabbage and potatoes I ate today…

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8 farrah August 29, 2013 at 2:22 pm

Ha! Yeah. It was THAT good 🙂

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9 Reeta @houseofanais August 29, 2013 at 3:07 pm

Looks beautiful and warm! We are about to head to Spain soon and not too far from where you were, so this is a nice warm-up reading about what you liked there!

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10 Leigh Powell Hines @Hinessightblog August 29, 2013 at 7:37 pm

I remember these photos in your feed, and though they were lovely. Honestly, I’m all about the food and hotel these days. Great information and thanks for linking up with us,

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