PHOTOS FROM OUR TOSSA STAY....
We landed in Barcelona, picked up a rental car, and drove 2 ½ hours up the coast to the Costa Brava area of Spain. Our base was in Tossa de Mar, a tourist village on the Mediterranean Sea. Our hotel, Hotel Capri, is a family owned/operated place on the beach in the old part of Tossa. We could sit on our balcony and view the picturesque scenes in front of us. The weather was in the mid 80s, with no humidity. We slept with the windows open and listened to the waves because there was no street noise after 9:00 PM. Much to our surprise, the swimming water was very cold, but most invigorating.
Tossa is quaint, with no cars allowed on the narrow streets of the old town. We had to park our Citroen C3 about 10 blocks away from the hotel in a newer residential section. Tossa has maintained its Spanish identity by allowing no Hiltons, no MacDonald’s, no corporate chain operations in the inner town. We loved roaming through the small shops and eating/drinking in the outdoor sidewalk cafes. Orange and black dominate clothing colors for the locals.
We walked around the old walled ruins of the original city, climbed on cliff paths overlooking the beaches, and swam at the topless beach. Prices were reasonable, and the local wines were a pleasure to drink. We found having a ½ litre with lunch and full litre with dinner just perfect for us. There are lots of artesian pizza places, tapas cafes and gift shops. Why are the 10-inch pizzas throughout Europe so much better than any pizza in the States? After dinner, we learned to drink a ‘cortal’ – espresso with cream. We ate some wonderful tapas for light breaks, such as anchovies over green tomatoes. We were served a bowl of olives at one place and Joan, being a lover of olives, stated these were probably the best olives she has ever tasted.
We didn’t encounter any Americans in Tossa, which added to uniqueness. We were asked if we were Germans or New Zealanders.
Unique Quality: Tossa offers a relaxed pace, where the biggest decisions are whether to eat and drink the local specialties, watch the fishermen work their boats, swim, explore the ruins or walk the boardwalk. It is a mixture of Amalfi and the Cinque Terra, which is right across the sea on the Italian side.
INCLUDES BREAKFAST GOOD VALUE.
FAMILY RUN / GOOD SERVICE
GAVE US FREE BOTTLE OF WINE ONE NIGHT
HAS RESTAURANT ON THE BEACHFRONT. WE DID NOT EAT THERE HOWEVER, TOO MANY OTHER GOOD OPTIONS ALONG THE STREETS IN TOWN.
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Address: Passeig del Mar, 17, Apartado de correos 263, Tossa de Mar, 17320, Spain