Summer’s end is an ideal time to visit some of the most beautiful hidden gems of Tossa de Mar. The weather is still great this time of year but there are fewer tourists, making Platja Gran – flanked by the iconic Joanás Tower – a perfect spot from which to admire this gorgeous corner of the Costa Brava.
Without a doubt, the Vila Vella (old town) makes Tossa unique on the Catalan coast. Within the walled enclosure – which is almost completely preserved – you’ll feel like time has stopped, despite being just a hundred metres from the hustle and bustle of town. We highly recommend going up – it doesn’t cost much – as high as you can, to the lighthouse that stands where the castle was. Enjoy the panoramic view and listen to the evocative pull of the waves at the foot of the cliff. The path down along the narrow, stone alleyways, takes us past the sculpture of Ava Gardner, commemorating a movie she starred in that was shot in Tossa over 65 years ago.
Back in town, you’ll find the tiny Capilla de la Virgen del Socorro (Chapel of the Virgin of Succour), located at the crossroads of the ancient roads between Girona and Lloret de Mar. The chapel’s doors are always open. For lovers of ancient history, another must-see location is the Roman villa, the Ametllers, which was used to cultivate and export wine. The Roman baths and mosaics are especially impressive.
Make the most of our excellent end-of-summer weather and visit some of the beaches that Tossa de Mar has to offer. One of the top spots for visitors is Es Codolar, sheltered from the Tramontane wind and blessed with a spectacular location at the foot of the wall of the old town. The weather should still be warm enough for you to enjoy a refreshing dip in the crystal-clear waters.