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If you are looking for a lovely Spanish getaway, look no further than the beautiful beaches of Tossa del Mar.
This scenic municipality will appeal to any kind of get away, be it family friendly fun, or a more romantic getaway as it is full of seafront restaurants serving fresh fish caught daily, and many tapas bars.
Tossa del Mar is a municipality of Catalonia and is located on the Costa Brava in Spain, about 103 km north of Barcelona and and about the same distance from the French boarder.
The Catalonia city is known for its mediaeval walls that were constructed sometime in the 12th century when the city was walled off and a castle was built at the highest point of Mt. Guardi, which has replaced by a windmill, but is now a still-operational lighthouse.
Though you can enjoy freshly, and locally caught fish at numerous delightful restaurants in town, fishing is not, and historically has not been the backbone of the city's economy. Instead, Tossa del Mar has historically thrived off of agricultural production of grape vine and cork. However, tourism now plays a very large role in the city's economy. It was also the first place in the world to declare itself an anti-bull fighting city.
If you are going to Tossa del Mar, be it with a lover, loved ones or even on a solo adventure, you are going to be spending some quality time on the beach, it is just a fact of life. Good news is, Tossa del Mar is home to three main beaches: The Tossa Beach (or Platja Gran,) La Mar Menuda, and El Codolar.
The Tossa Beach is right downton and is enclosed on the west by the medieval castle. It is about 380m long and 20m wide. La Mar Menuda is just on the other side of the bay, and has all of the expected services and facilities such as sports equipment for rent. It is also patrolled by local police on bike. El Codolar is located behind the walls.
Tourists will want to check out the Walled-in Old Town. Known as Vila Vella enceninte, it is one of the only remaining examples of a fortified medieval town that is still standing. The way it looks today can be dated back to about the 14th century. The site has been declared a national historic monument since 1931.
Another site that must be seen when visiting Tossa del Mar is the Parish Church. The church, which is dedicated to martyr Vincent of Saragossa, was inaugurated on Nov. 29, 1775, after its 20 year construction. It is massive in size, and during special celebrations it can house the entire population of Toass del Mar. Though, much of the inside of the church was destroyed during the 1936 civil war.
Tossa del Mar is also home to the Municipal Museum which is worth a look once you have exhausted the beach life. The Municipal Museum is a late Gothic building and is housed in the Governor's House just inside the Vila Vella enceinte.
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