The History of Tossa de Mar: Several Roman rural villas have been found in Tossa’s surrounding area. The most important is the Roman villa of Ametllers, consisting of the urban and the rustic parts. It is still being excavated at present but these remains show evidence of an uninterrupted commerce with all the Mediterranean world from the Roman period onwards. The agricultural tools, fishing tackle, and loom tools reveal agricultural and sea activities: wheat, wine, oil and salted fish, which was exported by trading ships. Many of these finds are exhibited in Tossa’s Municipal Museum.
Tossa de Mar beach
The 12th century walled enceinte of “Vila Vella” is a National Historic-Artistic Monument and is a unique example of a Catalan medieval fortified village.
The 16th-century Moorish watch-tower of “Can Magí” is one tower constructed along the Mediterranean coast by the Spanish King Philipp the 2nd, whilst The “Socors” (Virgin of Aid) Chapel was built during the late 16th century, probably as by the merchant Antoni Caixa, to thank the Virgin of Aid. The original chapel has undergone several modifications and although originally situated on the outskirts, it became a point due to the enormous devotion professed to this virgin by seamen and traders.
In the 18th century, construction of the Parish Church of “Sant Vicenç” began to substitute the old church of the walled enceinte. It’s a plain baroque-style building, the nave is very impressive. In 1773, The Ancient Hospital of “Sant Miquel”, a hospital for the poor, was founded by Tomàs Vidal I Rey, a man from Tossa who became wealthy in America. The building has two floors, with a central courtyard.
Many artifacts and examples of fine Catalan art can be found at the Municipal Museum at Vila Vella which occupies the 14th-century Governor’s house called Casa Falguera.
The Beaches: Along with a length of some five miles from Salons to Cla Morisca, there are 16 beaches, mainly of fine sand. These vary from small coves to wide sweeping stretches. The central beaches (North to South) are:
Mar Menuda (also know as Sa Palma): Most facilities
Platja del Reig: No facilities
Platja Gran: Good facilities
Platja d’ Es Codolar: Beach Bar, Loungers & Showers only
For those so inclined, Cala Figuera (a mile from the center of Tossa) is a nudist beach
Walking: There are many walking circuits available, taking in the sites of Tossa and the beauty of it’s surrounding area. Walks vary from a couple of hour’s stroll to full one-day hikes.Click here for a full list of airlines and UK airports serving Girona and Barcelona (the nearest airports).
Indoor Swimming: Zona Esportiva Anna Esteve Llach – a six-lane 25m pool and shallower 11m, pool. The center also has fitness equipment, saunas, Turkish baths, and Jacuzzis.
Other Sports: Mountain Biking, Bowling, Golf, Kayaking, Mini-Golf, Paragliding, Sailing, Scuba Diving, Tennis, Water skiing, Windsurfing,
Reaching Tossa de Mar: Girona airport is 25 minutes drive and Barcelona is a one hour drive. Both have coach services to Tossa, whilst Barcelona is also served by train. For details of all UK airports and airlines serving these destinations, Click Here.
.All pictures on this page are copyright Neil James (Neil@cerijames.org) and reproduced with kind permission.