Trip Start Oct 05, 2009
Trip End Oct 31, 2013

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Flag of Spain  , Catalonia,
Wednesday, April 18, 2012

JOURNEY: Calonge, Tossa da Mar, Tamariu, Begur

WEATHER: Fine, slightly cloudy, low 20,s

This Costa Brava (Wild Coast) stretches from the French border 206 kms down towards Barcelona. The coast winds along jagged cliffs, small bays and sandy beaches and you do quite a few kilometres coming in and out of the coast. Some places are busy over-developed tourist beaches, others are harder to get to and are pretty and more natural.

We had visited the northern section yesterday and set out to investigate the south as far as Tossa da Mar which has a wonderful old town in good condition and dating back to the 12th century. Enclosed behind high walls overlooking the pretty beach are some interesting buildings with towers here and there from which you gain great views over the sea.

The newer part of town has lots of restaurants, souvenir shops, hotels and will be a noisy busy scene in the coming months- this is a big holiday destination in the summer.

As is usually the case in our travels through Spain, we precede the  holiday season so the new part and the old part of Tossa are quiet today.

It is a charming destination and we loved it.

Back in the car, we take the spectacular 24km coast road to Sant Feliu de Guixols and marvel at the greenish colour the sea displays far below us; we have magic views looking back on Tossa and see camping grounds with elaborate facilities and modern resorts clinging to the hill sides.


We stopped often to appreciate the vistas during bursts of sunshine amongst the clouds.
We passed through the less attractive bulk tourism towns that reminded us of areas of Australia's Gold Coast and we found some gorgeous little beaches, especially further north where we fell in love with Tamarui, population 270, where by now it was cloudy and cool but this little holiday town made a very good impression on us.

Quick trip to Begur and we headed home after another scenic day on the road.

We made a stop at a huge wine shop, unusual in Spain and spent a while looking at all the styles, but no bargains here- so no sale!

But we did notice a large cork yard opposite storing very expensive cork, stripped from cork oak trees and ready for processing. Spain is the largest producer of cork and the trees grow 40 years before producing, can only be stripped by trained experts every two years and can live for 500 years! The saying goes: "eucalypts for us, pine trees for our children and cork trees for our grandchilren." By the way, you never find screw top wines here in Spain; every bottle is corked.

(Maritza- Ada wine for Ada.)

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