1/18Best holiday resort in Spain
Roses | The picturesque coastal resort on the northern edge of the bay which shares its name has obtained the best customer reviews from you, and is this year’s best Spanish holiday resort. Read more in our blog!
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Holiday home for up to eight people in an almost perfect location, south of Tarragona.2/18Holiday with a panoramic view
Coast of Catalonia | Regardless of whether it’s the Costa Brava or the Costa Dorada – there are holiday homes on the Catalonian Mediterranean coast which are near the water and offer a direct view of the blue Ocean.
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Apartment for six people in the heart of Barcelona.3/18More than just a city trip
Barcelona | Sagrada Familia, Museu Picasso and not forgetting the blue shimmering Mediterranean. Nowhere else are culture and the beach close next to each other than in the Catalan capital.
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Holiday villa for up to six people above Calonge.4/18Holiday with your own pool
Costa Brava | Give your holiday in Spain that little bit extra. An own pool not only provides the ideal possibility of retreating from a full beach, but also just gives off a great deal of flair.
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Holiday home for 20 people, which has been furnished in a modern way and has a large pool and a horse stable.5/18The best at the Costa Brava
Costa Brava | Here we'll show you the accommodation at the Costa Brava, which has received the best reviews from our customers.
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Apartment with a sea view for up to six people in San Feliu de Guixols.6/18Beach in sight!
Costa Brava | "Vamos a la playa" is the holiday motto here. The beaches of the Costa Brava can be reached on foot from these holiday homes and apartments.
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Extensively-equipped cave apartment for up to six people in Andalusia.7/18That’s a holiday home?
Spain | Whether it’s castles, caves, stately mansion houses or former windmills – if you’re searching for extraordinary holiday homes, you’ll find them here.
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Apartment in the historic quarter for up to six people8/18Experience Spain’s capital city
Madrid | Discover Spain’s midpoint around the Puerta del Sol and the Palacio Real with a city apartment in the heart of the royal capital.
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This is how holiday rental owners described Tossa de Mar
There is ample evidence of settlements dating back to the Neolithic period, and it is ...
show more believed that the area has been continuously populated since that time. Between the 4th century BC and the 1st century BC appeared the first settlementsof the Iberians, followed shortly after by the Romans in the 1st century.
In 966 Tossa was ceded by Count Miró of Barcelona to the Abbey of Ripoll. Some two centuries later, in 1187 Tossa was granted its charter by the Abbot of Ripoll, coinciding with the building of a church atop Mount Guardí, the remnants of which can still be seen today.
Sometime in the 12th century the mediaeval town was walled off and a castle was built on the highest point of Mt. Guardí, this castle was to be subsequently replaced by a wind mill, and this in turn by a lighthouse which is still operational.
By the year 1500 the first houses were built extra-muros to accommodate population growth. This process was greatly accelerated during the 17th and 18th centuries, shaping an urban configuration which was to remain practically unchanged until the arrival of mass tourism in the 1950s.
In 1989 Tossa de Mar was the first place in the world to the declare itself an Anti-Bullfighting City.
Contrary to popular belief that Tossa has traditionally been a fishing town, in medieval times and until the arrival of tourism, the local economy was mostly based on agricultural production, principally Grape vine and cork. There was a thriving export market of the latter (in the form of cork taps shipped to the Americas) during the 18th century and early 19th century.
Fishing has traditionally been a relatively minor contributor to the village's economy, although it has consistently provided an alternative source of income in times of economic crisis. A small fishing industry is still active as of 2005 and occupies a few members of local fishing families. Most of their captures are sold to local restaurants and in the fish markets in neighbouring Blanes and Sant Feliu de Guíxols.
Remains of the Roman villa of the Ametllers
Tossa de Mar has three main beaches:
The Tossa Beach (Platja Gran), in front of downtown. This beach is closed off on the west by the medieval castle. It has a length of 380 m and a width of 60 m.
La Mar Menuda, on the other side of the bay. It has all services and facilities, such a sport equipment. Local police patrol the area on bicycles. It has a length of 180m and a width of 20 m.
El Codolar, behind the walls.
The Ancient Hospital of San Miquel
This ancient hospital was founded in 1773 as a hospital for the poor. The founder, Tomás Vidal i Rey had become wealthy in America. It is a building with two floors and a central courtyard. It now houses the cultural centre of the village. At its side is the chapel of San Miquel with a baroque altar of some note.
Roman villa of Ametllers
This rural villa (1st century BC - 6th century AD) belonged to the Roman province of Tarraconensis. It consists of two parts : the rural and the rustic. One can get an idea of its great value by looking, among other things, at the remains of the spa, the central heating system, the mosaics and the base of a fruit press with recipient for the crushed juices. Fragments of the mosaics, the stucco and several elements of sculptures attest to the wealth of the owners of the villa. The ceramic vases are proof of the trade with the Mediterranean world. Farming tools, fish tackle and loom tools reveal agricultural and fishing activities. Everyday life is evoked by other objects such as hairpins, small spoons and bone and ivory utensils.
This church, dedicated to the martyr Vincent of Saragossa, was inaugurated at 29 November 1775, after 20 years of construction. The church is one of the largest in the diocese and can, during important celebrations, host the whole population of Tossa de Mar. Much of the interior of the church was devastated during the Civil War in 1936.
Inside is the chapel of Saint Sebastian, a saint adored by the population. The devotion, started in the 15th or 16th century, culminates each year on 20 January into the commemoration of "Vot del Poble" (pledge of the people). The retable of the Rosary has also survived the destruction in 1936.
The walled-in Old Town
View of the Vila Vella enceinte of Tossa de Mar from the beach
The "Vila Vella enceinte" is the only example of a fortified medieval town still standing on the Catalan coast. Its present appearance dates back to the end of the 14th century. It still has the entire original perimeter with battlemented stone walls, four turrets and three cylindrical towers with parapets. At the highest point, where the lighthouse stands today, was, until the beginning of the 19th century, the castle of the Abbot of the Monastery Santa Maria de Ripoll, the territorial Lord of the town. The site has been declared a national historic monument in 1931.
The interior of the Old Town is a charming place with narrow, cobblestoned streets, the Governor's House (now the Municipal museum), the House of Holy Cloth ("Sant Drap"), a medieval hospital, an remnants of a Romanesque church and a Gothic church.
The Municipal Museum, built in Late Gothic style, is situated in the Governor's House, inside the Vila Vella enceinte. It used to be the residence of the jurisdictional governors of Tossa de Mar and its environs, who ruled for the Abbots of the monastery Santa Maria de Ripoll.
The museum was opened on 1 September 1935. It houses an important collection of contemporary art with works of Spanish and foreign artists who frequented Tossa de Mar during the 30s of the previous century, such as the Celestial Violinist by Marc Chagall. The archaeological section houses artefacts dating from the Paleolithical Period to the Late Middle Ages. Of particuliar note are the mosaics found in the atrium of the Roman Villa of the Ametllers, dating from the end of the 4th - beginning of the 5th century.
The "Wild Coast "
Costa Brava | At the Costa Brava beautiful sandy beaches and a great landscape of bizarre rock formations as well as green pine groves await you. Enjoy sun, beach and sea in a mild sun spoilt climate and discover the cultural treasures of this region. The Dali Museum in Figueres, the Sagrada Familia of Gaudi in Barcelona and the medieval town of Girona are some of the unique sights the Costa Brava has to offer. Considering the rugged coast as well as the lively shaped landscape which are overgrown with countless pine forests the coastal landscape in the north-eastern part of Spain is referred to as the “Wild Coast”. One might though think that the name actually is reference to the nightlife of this region: Many coastal resorts give you the chance to turn night into day – with Lloret de Mar leading the way which has a seven kilometre long sandy beach and a vast range of discos, bars and pubs on offer.
If you would prefer to avoid the hustle and bustle of the coastal resorts then just a couple of kilometres away from the coast there are cook oak forests waiting for you to discover. In the area of Sant Pere Pescador one is provided with a splendid nature adventure. The nature reserve Aiguamolls de l´Emporda with coastal lagoons, salt marshes and dunes are not only a nesting place for many water birds but also it plays a significant role in fruit growing. Here for example you can enjoy a quad tour through the delightful landscape. Of course the preservation of the nature is paramount. Regardless whether you just are briefly staying in the Costa Brava region or planning a longer vacation you must take time to visit the rocky bays at Begur and Palafrugell which gave this region its name. atraveo has more than 3,800 holiday apartments and houses on offer around the “Wild Coast”. According to the reviews of customers the most popular destinations for a holiday home vacation are Empuriabrava, l'Escala, l'Estartit, Llanca, Playa de Pals and Roses. Further information on Spain and the Costa Brava can be found in the respective holiday home selection.