Tossa de Mar:

experience the charm of Costa Brava

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Discover the surroundings of Hotel Turissa

SM Hotel Turissa is located in Tossa de Mar (Girona), an old fisherman’s town surrounded by hills and forests that go down all the way to the sea. The town is part of the county of La Selva, in the heart of the Costa Brava, an area which stands out for the beauty of its deep-blue waters, its romanticism, the friendliness of its people and the special light that floods it. Tossa has been immortalised many times by artists such as Marc Chagall, who after his summer stay in Tossa gave it the nickname “Blue Paradise”.

Beaches in Tossa de Mar

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The coastline in Tossa de Mar is divided by rocky cliffs that lead to stunning beaches and coves: Platja Gran, Mar Menuda, Ses Illetes, Caixa Infern, Cala Bona, Cala Pola, Cala Giverola, Cala Futadera, Es Codolar, Llevadó, Llorell, Portopí and Cala Morisca. Hotel SM Turissa is located just 500 yards from Playa Grande, a spectacular beach with fine sand and stunning views of the castle in the old town.

Old Town (Vila Vella)

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The walled city, located less than a 10-minute walk from Hotel Turissa, is well preserved, almost intact, and it’s the best silhouette that represents Tossa de Mar today. Through its cobbled streets you can discover important attractions and landmarks, such as the Tossa lighthouse, currently a lighthouse interpretation centre; Can Magí watchtower (16c), also known as Torre dels Moros, a construction built by King Felipe II to protect the village from Northern African pirates; Casa del Battle, which is the town museum and home to a valuable art collection from the Interwar period; and the ruins of the old Gothic church of Sant Vicenç.

Els Ametllers Roman villa

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The Roman villa of Els Ametllers is located just 100 yards from Hotel Turissa and is one of the most important ones in the ancient province of Tarraco. Discovered in 1914, the villa is located on the hill of Can Magí, overlooking the sea, and its main activity was cultivating vines and exporting wine. The villa was divided in two parts: pars urbana, on the upper level, with a magnificent thermal complex, mosaics, stucco, a fountain and a pool with beautiful marble sculptures by Carrara which are preserved in the Town Museum; and pars fructuaria, on the lower level, which used to be the industrial area. The latter used to be where the warehouses were and where they elaborated wines, oils, salting and stored cereals.

Shopping and gastronomy

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Vila Nova, a 10-minute walk from Hotel Turissa, is the city’s main shopping area. Here, visitors can find many shops, restaurants and bars where they can sample the local cuisine (based mainly on fresh fish and seafood) which includes the local speciality, Cim i Tomba, a recipe made with hake, monkfish and prawns. Tossa also has a weekly market that sells food, plants, clothes and souvenirs among other things which takes place every Thursday from 9.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. on Rambla Pau Casals and its adjacent streets. Also of great importance is its Christmas market, which is set up on the seafront promenade and sells traditional products and crafts.

Leisure and sports

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Guests at Hotel Turissa who enjoy playing golf can practice their favourite sport near Tossa de Mar, at the nearby Club de Golf de l’Àngel (9.5 miles) and at the pitch and putt facility at Golf Papalús, (8 miles) both on the outskirts of Lloret de Mar. Tossa, however, offers a comprehensive sports offer which includes beach football and beach volleyball competitions, local swimming pools, bowling alleys, padel tennis courts and water sports. Hiking lovers will especially enjoy the coastline route of Camí de Ronda, which has two options: one to Lloret de Mar and Blanes and the other to Sant Feliu de Guíxols. Both of them offer stunning landscapes and views of the sea. Children visiting Tossa can enjoy Water World and Marineland water parks and the Gnomo Park theme park.