On this tour we are going to visit the Girona coast, christened 100 years ago as the Costa Brava (wild coast). This name is due to its unique rocky, rugged and cut shape coastline, composed of small coves surrounded by pine forests and lapped by crystal water.
Its natural wealth and beauty is apparent in several territories and protected areas, such as Cap de Creus, the Emporda Marshes and the Marine Reserve Medes Islands.
Costa Brava is also famous because of its villages. Small fisherman towns with whitewashed walls and narrow winding streets, still retain their charm today.
This area has historically been a point of entry, transit, and settlement for different cultures and civilizations that have each left their own footprints.
In this half-day tour, we will discover the southern part of the Costa Brava visiting two villages that represent the essence of that coast. They are opposed to each other but, at the same time, complementary, and after few hours after leaving Barcelona, we will go back with a complete idea of what Costa Brava is.
We will take the motorway and after 1h15m we will arrive at Lloret de Mar, the main touristic village of Costa Brava. Upon arrival you will immediately feel its bustle. Multiple coaches arrive from all over Europe to bring visitors to enjoy its beaches, hotels, shops, activities and, above all, its lively nightlife.
We will have about an hour to explore this colorful and dynamic village with a strong personality.
Along the unique beach promenade, we will be able to enjoy great views of its beaches, arising from the majestic beach of Lloret to the hidden Sa Caleta. In addition, two small hills on both edges of the beach promenade provide privileged viewpoints of the site and surroundings.
Walking through its narrow streets, which still have reminiscence of its recent maritime past, we will find plenty of shops to suit all tastes: from the latest brands to the typical beach bazaars.
In the middle of its most famous shopping street we will also be able to admire architectural jewels of great value such as Saint Roma church, with an exquisite modernism style, and inside the church, a 16th-century altarpiece which is still so well preserved.
At approximately 10.50am we will go on board Dofijets, which will lead us to the neighboring village of Tossa de Mar. During the sailing trip we will be able to enjoy the unique and characteristic landscape of Costa Brava; a procession of different huge cliffs which have been shaped in fanciful forms over the centuries by the strength of sea and wind.
At about 12.00pm we will get to the emblematic village of Tossa de Mar, considered “the pearl of Costa Brava” because in this small area we can find all those landscape and historic elements which have given it such well-deserved fame.
Its spectacular sceneries, from its shores, beaches, caves in the cliffs to its lush vegetation, turn it into one of the locations that has better preserved its natural environment in perfect harmony with the tourism industry.
History has left his footprints, from the Romans in the Vila Romana dels Ametllers, one of the most important villas in the ancient Roman province of Tarraco, which is a classic example of a Roman Mediterranean farming establishment, to its emblematic fortified Vila Vella or Old Town of Tossa, which was listed as an artistic-historic monument in 1931 as it is the unique remaining fortified medieval town on the Catalan coast. Today, little is left from the original 13th-century structure and today’s ramparts are the result of several restorations undertaken throughout the years, especially that one dating from the late 14th century.
Outside its walls, we can find the traditional fishing neighborhood known as Sa Roqueta, which still maintains the sailor atmosphere of these typical villages on Costa Brava.
Once we arrive in Tossa de Mar, we will begin a walking tour from the beach, following the fortified perimeter up to the lighthouse on the top, for those who are interested. Over there, you will appreciate stunning views from the coastline. When descending, we will go through the narrow streets and stony houses of Vila Vella until we get to the fishing district. From there on, you will have free time to have lunch. This village has the greatest gastronomic offer from all Costa Brava.
A peaceful walk around the beach will help us find places with unique perspectives on that site.
The Roma Vila dels Ametllers, with well-preserved mosaic floors, is located in the city center and is easily accessible, with free admission and explanatory panels. A complete visit is recommended.
You cannot leave Tossa de Mar without walking around the small and attractive shops on its typical streets.