Few destinations in Europe can so deftly combine the pleasure and relaxation of a beach holiday, with substantial history and culture as Spain. The renowned Costa Brava is no exception, and if you’re looking to delve into the past one day and soak up the delights of the Mediterranean beaches the next, Tossa de Mar, in Catalonia, is the perfect solution.
While not many people need tips on how to relax and enjoy a day at the beach, when it comes to the history of Tossa de Mar, a bit of insider knowledge might help.
Discover the Old Town
The word ‘discover’ is a little misleading, as you certainly won’t be able to miss the huge ramparts, ancient walls, and medieval architecture of the Old Town – aka Vila Vella. With roots dating back to the thirteenth century, it is the last surviving fortified medieval town along the Catalan coastline. You’ll find plenty of well-known highlights and you might ‘discover’ a few secret favourites for yourself…
The Castle Complex
The castle, or fortress as it is also known, dominates the skyline at the end of the main beach, encompassing a promontory and affording magical views over the ocean. Vila Vella is made up of numerous buildings, enclosed by defensive walls. The majority of the original structures are incredibly well-preserved, which makes it such an important cultural symbol and why it’s been designated a National Historical Monument.
The best way to explore is to just wander around the cobbled streets, taking in the architecture and interesting layout of the complex. You can stop along the way at one of many cafes or restaurants, and it’s particularly lovely to start your walk mid-afternoon, then stay for dinner and stunning sunset views over the Mediterranean.
The Church of Sant Vicenç
This fifteenth-century Gothic church is, sadly, now reduced to its bell tower, chapel and choir, but when you learn its history, it remains an evocative site to visit. During the French occupation it was used to store ammunition, and was very badly damaged after a gas explosion. Private residences were then built on some sections of the site, but ruins of the original structure remain in others. It’s well worth seeking out, not only for its cultural value, but for the simply spectacular views.
Sitting at the highest point of town, the lighthouse is a more modern addition, with construction completed in 1919. Its historical value is in that it stands on the foundations of an ancient medieval tower, but it’s also very interesting in its own right – housing an exhibition space on lighthouses of the Mediterranean.
Finally, don’t miss popping in to the Museu de la Vila Vella, where you can appreciate the intricate Roman mosaics, an interesting archaeological display denoting Tossa de Mar’s Palaeolithic connections, a host of well-curated artefacts from a Roman villa, and some works of art from the many artists who flocked here for inspiration in the 1930s.
Where to Stay:
Gran Hotel Reymar: Spectacularly located right on the beach, and just a short walk from the historic attractions, the hotel is also on the doorstep of some excellent hiking trails. The stylish rooms feature stunning ocean views, and the extensive amenities include a restaurant, poolside bars and a hot tub.
Hotel Diana: This beautiful historic hotel has all the comforts of the best contemporary accommodation, with a friendly, family-run vibe. Set in the historic centre of town, the spacious rooms feature private bathrooms, superb appointments, and gorgeous views.
Ancora Luxury Apartment: Offering a perfect location and lush, tranquil garden views, this spacious, luxury apartment puts you right in the heart of the action. Featuring a fully-equipped kitchen and spacious, breezy living, including a beautiful terrace, this is the perfect home-from-home in Tossa de Mar.
How to Get There:
Getting here is as simple as hopping on a flight to Girona (GRO) then taking a pre-booked airport transfer to Tossa de Mar. Numerous airlines offer a good range of flight options to get you to Girona Airport, and you’ll easily find one to suit your needs. If you book with Shuttle Direct, once you land, a friendly local driver will be there to meet you and whisk you the rest of the way to your accommodation without stress or delay.
UK to GRO Flight Time: 2 hours, 17 minutes
GRO to Tossa de Mar Distance: 41.2 kms
Shuttle Direct Transfer Time: around 40-45 minutes
Types of Transfer
There are multiple options for getting from Girona Airport to Tossa de Mar. At Shuttle Direct, we know everyone’s needs and wants are different, so we offer a choice of airport transfers.
If you organise a pre-booked airport taxi from Girona to Tossa de Mar, it means less time waiting around and more time to enjoy your holiday. This kind of Girona airport transfer gives you door-to-door convenience.
If you’re happy to share with other customers and are looking to conserve the budget for more important things, this is a great option to get from Girona Airport to Tossa de Mar. Transfer is in a comfortable shuttle bus, and you’ll even be able to make some new friends along the way!
If luxury, comfort and convenience are your holiday buzzwords, then a private Girona Airport transfer is for you. You’ll be transported in a luxurious vehicle by a friendly, professional driver, who’ll deliver you straight to the door of your accommodation.
Finally, a minibus transfer from Girona Airport to Tossa de Mar is another superb sharing option for anyone looking to save. It’s particularly good if you’re travelling with a larger family or group, as you’ll all be able to go in the same vehicle.
Choosing the Right Transfer
You’re the only person who can decide what kind of transfer is right for you – but it generally comes down to two factors you’ll need to consider: convenience and cost.
Convenience: If travelling in style and ensuring a door-to-door service are the most important things for you, we suggest booking a private transfer from Girona to Tossa de Mar. You’ll pay more for the privilege, but the peace of mind is priceless.
Cost: However, if saving money is a priority, we suggest booking something like one of our cheaper shared shuttle or mini-bus services. This is the most cost-effective way to transfer from Girona to Tossa de Mar, and you’ll still be safe, comfortable and on time.
About Shuttle Direct
Here at Shuttle Direct we offer the most convenient, extensive and cost-effective range of airport transfers to and from a vast range of destinations all over the world. Our friendly, professional drivers are committed to customer service and will get you where you need to go with minimal fuss, stress and delays. From budget-friendly shared shuttles, to high-end luxury private transfers, whatever you need, Shuttle Direct has it.