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Tossa de Mar is located on the wonderful Costa Brava, between Barcelona and the international border with France. It is an attractive town popular with the younger families and visitors looking for a peaceful holiday. The resort is famous for the attractive medieval sector, which looms high over the coast like a Disney castle. Tossa de Mar was first brought to the outside world in the fifties when it was picked as the set location for the famous film, Pandora & the Flying Dutchman, starring the Hollywood stars James Mason & Ava Gardner.

The main Tossa de Mar attraction, apart from the fine beaches, is the medieval walled sector of Vila Vela, which is located on a cape overlooking the town. The walls and the towers were constructed during the early 12th century to protect the harbour from pirate attacks, a common happening along this part of the coast during that era. Now the labyrinth of quaint cobblestone roads in the Vila Vela is home to tourist souvenir shops, attractive houses and good restaurants.

Tossa de Mar museum occupies the old governors house which is dated back to the late 14th century. Inside is an archaeological display, with relics from the prehistoric era, through to the Middle Ages. Because of beautiful natural surroundings, the resort has long been a haven for Spanish artists, and the museum has some fine art, including by Marc Chagall, "The Celestial Violinist". Another of the local attractions is the old lighthouse, which has an audio and visual display explaining its long history and there are some wonderful vistas of the coastline from here.

Not far from the centre of Tossa de Mar is the nature reserve of the Sa Riera, which has a few different habitats all designed to encourage the local plants and creatures. They include a small river, pond and a Mediterranean type forest. The town itself is found in the centre of a protected stretch of coast named the Massif de Cadiretes. This region is characterised by tree lined, mountains and deep lush vales.

The main Tossa de Mar beach, the Playa Gran, is sandy with a good range of visitor facilities, including bathrooms, showers and a first aid facility. Water sports, like yachting, skiing and windsurfing are on hand. Close to the coast are the very small, uninhabited isles of Medes, which are popular with divers because of the clear seas and diversity of fish. If you do not wish to get your toes wet there are regular glass bottom boat tours round the islands. The town has over 8 miles (or 13km) of coast in total, including several small and secluded bays along its length.

Tossa de Mar has a good selection of shops, bars and restaurants geared toward the tourist industry. Although other than a couple of music bars, there is not much nightlife in the resort.

The nearest international airport to Tossa de Mar is Girona Airport (or Gerona), which is used by a few of the charter, plus budget airlines. Sagales operates regular bus services from the airport to all the resorts along the Costa Brava coast, including Tossa.
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