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Tossa de Mar

A chic coastal hangout

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.

Your Tossa de Mar questions, answered

Seafood is a mainstay of this coastal town. ‘Simitomba’ – a beautifully seasoned smoked fish and potato combination – is so popular that there’s an entire festival dedicated to it.

On a select few summer evenings you can watch dancers strutting their stuff on the main beach, as part of a festival celebrating traditional rumba and Catalan music.

There’s a reason the painter Marc Chagall described this town as ‘the blue paradise’. The water is exactly what you want when you’re gazing in wonder at fish through a snorkel.

Best things to do in Tossa de Mar

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.

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