Discovering Costa Brava: Tossa de Mar
Hey, everyone! What have you been up to lately?
While I’m here living in Barcelona I made it a quest to discover as much from famous Costa Brava as possible – which turned out to be quite a challenge if you don’t have a car at your disposal.
So what to do then? See what public transportation can offer!
First, you guys remember I asked on my instagram which village from Costa Brava you recommend as the prettiest. The ones that got most of your votes were by far Cadaqués and Tossa de Mar, so we decided to pick one of those as our first destination. Because we had just one day for this trip, we finally settled to visit Tossa de Mar, which is closer to Barcelona.
How to get to Tossa de Mar from Barcelona.
So! We read a ton of articles on the best ways to get from Barcelona to Tossa de Mar by public transportation and the conclusion was the way to go is by train from Barcelona to Blanes and then take the bus from Blanes to Tossa de Mar. Now, you’ll probably find on the internet that there is a combined ticket that includes both train and bus. We tried every vending machine in the biggest train stations in Barcelona without any luck, only to find out that you can buy them only from the ticket info points in Placa Catalunya station and only with cash. AND, the price is the same as buying the train and bus separately so.. my point is to not bother with the combined ticket and waste time at the long lines at the info points.
Therefore, check the timetables and stations here. Arrive with enough spare time at the station to buy tickets and find the right train track. The train leaves you at the train station in Blanes, which is a bit far from the center, but the bus to Tossa de Mar is right outside and you can buy the ticket from the driver. Easy-peasy! The same bus passes by another cute village called Lloret de Mar, which might also be of your interest. If you want to do it in a single day as we did, start your trip as early as possible, as it takes you around 2 hours total one-way (we left Barcelona at around 8:30-9 am).
Important! When you return, make sure to check when is the last train leaving Blanes and what bus you should take from Tossa de Mar to make it to the Blanes station in time!
Moving on to prettier subjects… Tossa de Mar is absolutely enchanting! It’s a small city with lovely, photogenic streets (no, seriously!). The medieval area flaunts its steep stone streets and houses, many covered in greenery all over, and great views over the rocky coastline, while the newer area features typical white-washed housing. You can also take the hiking route up the hills if you’re in for more stunning views of the sea and the coastline.
For beach lovers, my favourite spot was definitely the small bay hugged by the rocks, but there’s also a large beach area with all sorts of offers for fun sea activities and lockers to store your valuable stuff.
Where to eat?
Hmm! There are TONS of options everywhere and it would have been a pain in the butt to choose one for our lunch hadn’t we bumped into La Lluna, a small restaurant with a cute terrace in the medieval area. We stopped here for coffee when we arrived in the morning and we happily returned in the afternoon for their delicious tapas and refreshing tinto de verano.
Ah! Don’t forget to bring snorkeling equipment with you! We didn’t do it and regretted it after seeing all the other people having so much fun…
What’s your favourite village in Costa Brava? Need your recommendations for our next getaway, so comment below!