Tossa De Mar – Spain’s Romantic Seaside Destination

(Last Updated On: February 3, 2016)

Tossa De Mar is one of those places that instantly makes you relax, take a deep breath and realize that the best things in life are savored, slowly. And hopefully with a special someone to enjoy the day, walking hand in hand taking in the sights, smelling the sea and tasting regional cuisine.

The town is a small coastal community of the Costa Brava Region of Spain. It’s an easy drive or bus ride from Barcelona (about an hour), but you can also take a ferry ride from its larger neighboring town, Lloret De Mar. If you do, you will arrive to sights like this:

Tossa De Mar Castle
Tossa De Mar Castle
Tossa De Mar
View of the ferry landing at the beach in Tossa De Mar

The water in Costa Brava is remarkably blue and crystal clear. There are wooded paths along the shore and woods for hiking, a white sandy beach and a medieval castle to explore. As we explored the town, we were immediately drawn to the walled city. After crossing through the arched entry it’s one of those places where everywhere you look is like a postcard.

Cobbled Narrow Tossa De Mar Streets
Tossa De Mar’s cobbled narrow streets

There are little doors to wander through leading to views of secluded stretches of beach that beckon you to linger.

Iron Gate in Tossa
Iron gate used as a short cut by fisherman in Tossa
Tossa Beach
Tossa beach seen through the ancient city walls
Tossa De Mar Beach
Add a guitar and the ingredients for an irresistible romantic day by the sea are there

There are quite a few restaurants in town where you can eat a lunch of fresh seafood with a view of the water and enjoy a glass of sparkling cava. We enjoyed a sampling of a many of the regional delicacies at the Victoria Restaurant and fell in love with this dish.

Cimi I Tomba
Traditional Tossa De Mar Fisherman’s Stew – Cim i Tomba

Cim i Tomba is a traditional fish stew made by the fisherman who needed a way to cook up the parts of leftover fish that they caught during their multi-day voyages. The resulting dish of fresh fish with local seasoning mixed with centuries of practice is fantastic.

The romance of Tossa De Mar was also not wasted on film legend Ava Gardner, who filmed a movie here in 1951. She reportedly had an affair with one of her co-stars while filming here (while still married to Frank Sinatra). You can join the bronze statue of her gazing out at a stunning view overlooking the town on a stroll toward the ancient tour after lunch.

Bronze Statue of Ava Gardner in Tossa De Mar
Bronze Statue of Ava Gardner in Tossa De Mar

Our day in Tossa De Mar went by more quickly than we wanted. A few hours wasn’t really enough to take in everything there was to see. But it did leave us looking forward to coming back and enjoying another day where we could appreciate the place, and each other, a little more.

Quiet side street in Tossa de Mar
Quiet side street in Tossa de Mar

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Thank you to the Tossa De Mar Board of Tourism, Tossa Tour Experiences and The Victoria Restaurant for introducing us to Tossa De Mar and providing this experience. As always, our opinions are our own.

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17 thoughts on “Tossa De Mar – Spain’s Romantic Seaside Destination”

  1. Wow. Just that first picture on its own does justice to your title! So quaint, pretty, picturesque and all those cliches actually coming true! Love it!

  2. I don’t take advantage of being so close to Spain and great places like this destination. From the UK, you can be there in a couple of hours. Such beautiful beaches and great food. That view is so charming. Great post

  3. Tossa de Mar sure looks beautiful. I have only been to Tenerife so far in Spain but I can’t wait to explore more of this awesome country.


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