Tossa de Mar, a beautiful memory from my childhood of my first holiday abroad with my parents and my sister Rebecca. I was 6, she was nearly 4. We still have some old photos taken in Tossa, one in particular is of me and my sister sitting on a wall in the old medieval town of Tossa which sits high above the beach and the new town below. We managed to replicate this image years later when my sister and I took our children to re-visit our childhood holiday. Barlie was 16, Izzy 13, Natalie, 10 and Sam 7 and we were camping in a nearby campsite called Cala Llevado which was a fantastic site with it’s own beach. Another great holiday. Unfortunately, the site was closed in February so we were unable to stay here. So yet again, for a third time, I find myself sitting on the same piece of wall contemplating all the holidays of my lifetime.
My memory of our accommodation is a fuzzy image of a small hotel reached by a steep road. I remember the waiters wore black with long white aprons and I do remember they were very friendly. One sat me on the side of a deep well filled with water which when my mum found me nearly gave her a heart attack! I tried to find our hotel on this trip and I think I did but even if it’s the the one! It’s very close…..
Tossa has still managed to remain a small seaside town unlike it’s infamous neighbour, LLoret de Mar which should be avoided at all costs!
We were able to park the van on a nearby piece of land within walking distance of the town which was flat…..and important factor as this part of Spain is very hilly and most of the seaside resorts are down extremely steep roads. This we discovered the day before when Carlos found a parking spot in Canyelles…..the road down into the village was not for the faint hearted!
Tossa became famous in the 50’s when they used the town as a location for a film with Ava Gardener in it called ‘Pandora and the Flying Dutchman’ also starring James Mason. The town have even erected a bronze statue of her! We watched the film which was very cleverly edited but you can clearly see the beach which really hasn’t changed at all. Tossa has retained it’s charm and managed to avoid masses of high rise hotels and you still get the feel of a small time fishing village. The Costa Brava is a beautiful part of Spain and leaving Tossa, we took the coastal road, a very windy, steep road which hugs the mountains on one side whilst providing breath taking views of the ocean on the other. Once again, not for the faint hearted! Our next destination, Pineda de Mar a province of Barcelona.