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Introduction

Tossa de Mar - Costa Brava

Tossa de Mar - Costa Brava

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Tossa de Mar is a Spanish coastal resort town about 80 kilometres northeast from Barcelona, in Catalonia. The town has about 6,000 inhabitants.

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Getting There

By Plane

1. Barcelona Airport (BCN) is the second biggest airport in Spain and the 9th biggest airport in Europe. It handles over 30 million of passengers every year and it is perfectly connected to the other main European airports by direct flights operated by either low cost airlines or regular ones.

To/from the airport

  • Rail: It is located a few kilometres away from the city, but it is easy to reach by train with RENFE. The trip lasts 30 minutes and it costs around €2. Trains leave from Terminal 2 and run from the Maçanet-Massanes station, with major stops at Barcelona Sants railway station and the fairly central Passeig de Gràcia railway station to provide transfer to the Barcelona Metro system. Passengers for Terminal 1 must take a connecting bus from the train station to T1. As part of the major expansion above, a new railway station will be built nearby, connecting the airport to the Spanish AVE network, and Line 9 of the Barcelona Metro.
  • Bus: The Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona (TMB) public bus on line 46 runs every 16 minutes from Plaça Espanya. A scheduled private bus line (Aerobús) from Plaça Catalunya, stops at Urgell and Plaça d'Espanya.
  • Car/Taxi: Another alternative are taxis, which tend to be more expensive. If you leave from Sants Station the trip will last 20 minutes and cost around €22. Taxi stops are available at each terminal. The C-32B highway connects the airport to a main traffic interchange between Barcelona's Ronda de Dalt beltway and major motorways. There are around 25,000 parking spaces available, equally divided among both terminals.

2. Reus International Airport (REU) is a good alternative and is located near Reus and Tarragona. It's particularly good when you want to travel with low-cost airlines.
3. The Girona-Costa Brava Airport (international code: GRO) near Girona is another favorite and is getting more and more popular as a start of a trip in the region as there are quite a few low-cost airlines serving the airport. Ryanair serves dozens of cities in Europe, including London (Stansted), Brussels (Charleroi) and Rome. A few others include Jetairfly, Transavia and Star1, Thomson Airlines and Thomascook, which serve both or one of the airports at least.

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Sleep

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Avenida HotelAvda La Palma 5 Tossa De MarHotel-
Gran Hotel ReymarPlaya de Mar Menuda s/n Ap.Correos 82 17320 Tossa de Mar - GeronaHotel-
Hotel DelfínAvinguda Costa Brava 2hotel-
Hotel DianaPlaça Espanya 6hotel-
Hotel Hermes Tossa del MarFerrán Agulló, 6Hotel68
Hotel Mar BellaAvenida Costa Brava 21,Tossa de MarHotel64
Hotel Marina TossaAvenida Catalunya 33hotel-
Hotel TurissaAvda del Pelegri 27Hotel76
Hotel WindsorC/ Nou 28hotel-
Med Playa - Aparthotel EsmeraldasVilafranca del Penedes, s/n 17320 Tossa de MarApartment-
Med Playa - Aparthotel San EloyCtra. Llagostera, Km. 14 17320 Tossa de MarApartment-
Mana Mana HostelCarrer Sant Telm 9HOSTEL85
Horta Rosell TossaC.Pola 29 Tossa de marGUESTHOUSE-

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet is widely available within Spain. Most airports have wifi-zones and in most towns there are internet cafés or shops where you can use internet for a fixed price. Wi-Fi points in bars and cafeterias are available after ordering, and most hotels offer Wi-Fi connection in common areas for their guests.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

The international access code for Spain is +34. The emergency number for police, ambulance and the fire brigade is 112.

In cities you can find plenty of public phones, and 'locutorios'. The latter are small shops where you can use the phone and use internet. Most of them also sell prepaid cards for mobile telephones. These shops are used a lot by foreigners to call to their mother country.

The main mobile network operators in Spain are Yoigo, Vodafone, Movistar and Orange, as in most of Europe voice and data coverage is generally good in urban areas however it can be patchy in rural locations. Cheap mobile phones (less than €50) with some pre-paid minutes are sold at FNAC or any phone operator's shop (Vodafone, Movistar, Orange). Topping-up is then done by buying scratch cards from the small stores, supermarkets, vending points (often found in tobacco shops) or kiosks.

Post

If you want to post a card, you can head to the post office (Correos). The Spanish post is not yet as efficient as colleagues in other countries so receiving a card can take a bit longer than the number of days that it should take. On the website of Correos, you can find the locations of nearby post offices.
Post offices are generally open from 8:30am to 2:00pm, although times will vary according to the size of the city/town and the main post offices might be open until the early evening. Most will also open again on Saturday mornings, but in the smaller towns will close as early as 12 noon. When posting a letter, look for a yellow box and, if possible, post at the post office itself where there will also be divisions for local, national and international mail. Be prepared for long queues at the post office. This is why tobacco shops sell stamps and many will also have the facility to weigh packages. Standard letters/postcards of up to 20 grams sent within Spain are €0.34. However, non-standard letters/postcards of up to 20g are €0.39. Letters/postcards of 20 to 50 grams are €0.45. In the case of international shipping, the price is €0.64 to most countries within Europe for standard envelopes (letters/postcards) up to 20g, for a few European countries and outside Europe it is €0.78. If you want to send a package you are probably better off with a private courier company like TNT, DHL or UPS, as they offer quick and reliable services against competitive prices.

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