Holidays to Tossa de Mar and its many beaches check off all the highlights of a classic Costa Brava getaway.

Town with a past

Tossa de Mar's an authentic Catalan coastal town with traditional stone homes, an impressive castle and a winding cobbled district. Only a 90-minute drive from Barcelona, this Spanish seaside spot's also right at the foot of Massis de Cadiretes – a forested mountain region that's great for hiking.

Coastal hotspots

Barcelona's a 90-minute drive south and a must-see for any trip to the Costa Brava. If you're not enticed by the big city sights, perhaps you'd prefer something more au naturel – drive 90 minutes in the opposite direction and you'll come to the Pyrenean mountain region near the French border.

Beach hopping

The main beach within this curving bay area is Playa Gran, with parasols aplenty and baby-blue shores. To sample the best of the rest of the region, drive 10 minutes to Cala Llorell and take your pick of the cove's tree-lined sandy stretches.

At a Glance

  • Wander your way through Tossa de Mar's walled old town
  • Take a daytrip to fun-loving Barcelona to get your sightseeing fix
  • Sip sangria and eat tapas in Catalonian eateries