The tranquil seaside resort of Tossa de Mar combines a sophisticated feel with the authentic charm of an unspoiled Spanish seaside town – a winning combination that is said to have made it popular with celebrity visitors. Wander the streets on Tossa de Mar holidays and you can admire boutique hotels opening out on to the steep, winding streets, disarmingly rustic restaurants, bijou tapas bars and an intact medieval walled village.
It’s all very picturesque, and some of the best views can be glimpsed from the 12th-century castle, which overlooks the umbrella-dotted beach. While the sand in these parts tends towards the pebbly, the crystalline waters are ideal for snorkelling, which is a brilliant way to explore this beautiful coastline. Come evening, holidays to Tossa de Mar are about making a beeline for the cliffside bars around the rocky Torre des Moros, from which you can watch the sunset bathe the town in an atmospheric orange glow.
See the old town
Soak up the romance of Tossa de Mar by wandering around the imposing medieval walls and climbing the elegant watchtowers overlooking the sea for wonderful views.
Do some people-watching
Whether you’re on a sunny terrace or a sand-covered towel, simply watching the world go by is one of the most relaxing joys of being on holiday in such a pretty place.
Visit a bakery
The actor Ava Gardner fell in love with Tossa while filming here in the 1950s – and it fell in love with her. Pick up a popular Ava-inspired pastry from a local bakery, then eat it in front of her statue.