The Catalonian city of Tossa de Mar is situated approximately 103 kilometres from Barcelona on the Costa Brava. Dating back to the Neolithic Period, the city was once favoured by Iberian and Roman empires before the granting of the charter by the Abbey of Ripoli in 1187 transformed the region into a religious centre. Ruins of a 12th century church can still be seen on Mount Guardi, while you’ll also find the fortified remains of the Joanàs Tower, Clock Tower and the Els Ametllers Roman Villa. Since the 1950s, the city has been a popular Mediterranean tourist destination while also being one of Spain’s first cities to take a vocal stance against bullfighting traditions.
During your time in Tossa de Mar, there’s many unique ways to spend your days, the most obvious being a relaxing day spent on the 380-metre-long Platja Gran beach – once named in the world’s top 25 beaches by National Geographic. Here, you’ll find a bustling tourist hub filled with restaurants and iconic establishments like the boutique Hotel Diana. Alternatively, take a walk to the 16th century Sa Roqueta fishing quarter to watch locals reel their catch or journey to the ruins of the Sant Vicenç church and admire views of the town below. Elsewhere, day trips are available to other coastal villages, as well as the trendy shopping streets of Barcelona.