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PostSubject: Spain, Costa Brava, Tossa de Mar    Fri Sep 10, 2010 11:23 am

Due to the high prices Majorcan hotels were asking for the first week in September we decided to go somewhere different and booked a week at Tossa de Mar on the Costa Brava.

What a find!

Full of charm, spectacular castle right by the beach, spotlessly clean sands and water and much cheaper accommodation!

Much as we love Majorca, we will be tempted to return to the Costa brava for future holidays if Majorcan hoteliers don´t lower their prices.


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PostSubject: Re: Spain, Costa Brava, Tossa de Mar    Fri Sep 10, 2010 11:33 am

My mate loves Tossa de Mar he is on here but never posts ,him and his wife are starting to be a bit of an expert on the place, they found a hotel that they love there Ill ask them which one it is, its a pitty they dont post as Ali is a travel agent and could give us some inside knowledge and tips,Ill have a word

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PostSubject: Re: Spain, Costa Brava, Tossa de Mar    Fri Sep 10, 2010 2:05 pm

We were in Tossa de Mar this April for a week, it is a beautiful place, we stayed in the Tossa Beach Hotel, very good, only thing was that you were 'shooed' off to bed at 11.30 Shocked all the lights out, but the food was good the drinks too, not too far from the beach and the old town and castle fab place, will go back again, before Tossa we went to Malgret de Mar, which is much more commercial and not as nice, although the hotel Sorra was ok, food not as good, I have posted on another post.
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PostSubject: Re: Spain, Costa Brava, Tossa de Mar    Fri Sep 10, 2010 2:09 pm

Went to Lloret de Mar once for 2 nights of season ,it wasnt a very nice place to be honest but they never look as nice in the winter anyway.

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PostSubject: Re: Spain, Costa Brava, Tossa de Mar    Fri Sep 10, 2010 2:53 pm

Just as Majorca sometimes creates the wrong vision for prospective visitors so does Costa Brava.I went to Tossa de Mar 25 years ago and like casaianda I was very impressed.While there we had a look at Lloret,Santa Susanna and Malgrat too which were more like the image we had conjured.Bit too much like Blackpool with sun or Benidorm minus the live entertainment.Just shows how one needs to explore and decide for oneself.

We stayed at a 4* hotel Gran Reymar which although well located with sea and castle views was disappointing.I just looked it up on TA and it gets much better write-ups these days.
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PostSubject: Re: Spain, Costa Brava, Tossa de Mar    Fri Sep 10, 2010 2:54 pm

Hi casaianda great to see you posting at long last, keep it up.


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PostSubject: Re: Spain, Costa Brava, Tossa de Mar    Fri Sep 10, 2010 3:50 pm

Thanks for the welcome Hayzer!

We thought that Tossa was unique in style and atmosphere amongst the well known resorts of the Costa Brava.

We visited Lloret - went by boat - and, although catering for a much livelier set, it wasn´t as bad as we expected.

Visited Blanes and drove through Santa Susana and Malgrats which we didn´t like at all.

Hotel Reymar looks very smart now WS!


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PostSubject: Re: Spain, Costa Brava, Tossa de Mar    Fri Sep 10, 2010 4:49 pm

Hi Casaianda

Mrs Delboy just looked up some reviews on Tossa de mar and although the majority like the place there was a slight sting in the tail for beach lovers, in that the beach was slightly shingle and the hire of two chair beds and a parasol was 15 euros a day. Most of the holiday makers were buying lilo's etc but for me the comfort these give are not the same. So chair beds at £180/210 euros per fortnight would get a no no from me.
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PostSubject: Re: Spain, Costa Brava, Tossa de Mar    Fri Sep 10, 2010 4:57 pm

Can´t speak for July + August but last week 2 x Beds + Parasol cost €10 per day which is similar to the price down here.


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PostSubject: Re: Spain, Costa Brava, Tossa de Mar    Fri Sep 10, 2010 5:08 pm

Yes Casaianda the review was in August but something to bear in mind if your holiday is in this period

Glad your on here posting
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PostSubject: Re: Spain, Costa Brava, Tossa de Mar    Fri Sep 10, 2010 6:32 pm

Sarah:
"...you were 'shooed' off to bed at 11.30..."

Lolololol :gnt: I don't think so... Very Happy

I went to Blanes, but it was in 1983, i'd imagine it has changed a fair bit now.

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PostSubject: tossaa de mar   Sat Sep 11, 2010 1:31 am

Hi have been to tossa about 5 or six times now and just love the place its not commercialised has the nice cobbly streets and many nice shops
not many pubs there mainly restaurants on the front overlooking the beach that sell drinks and meals.The ones overlooking the beach are quite expensive but if you go off the front abit its more reasonable ,an absolute must is a walk up the castle with breathtaking views or you can take the train up.We have found an absolute gem of a hotel called the GOLDEN BAHIA DE TOSSA its a thomson platinum hotel and its fantastic from the minute you walk through the doors its got the wow factor my wife wont stay anywhere else and shes a travel consultant,the food service and quality of accomodation is first class with ice machines on every floor kettles in the rooms if you like a cuppa ,the pool areas are stunning with lagoon swimming pools and jacuzzis you can even hire bikes if you fancy a pedal. Two other good hotels are the tossa beach and the tossa centre both directly across from each other and offer great value and do all inclusive if your on a budget,our friends stayed at the tossa centre and said it was fine you have to go to the tossa beach for your meals both four star and have just been renovated in the last year to a good standard the pool areas are very small though and would not be adequate peak season.These are the only three hotels i would stay at but try the place and you,ll be hooked like us its about 45 minutes transfer from girona airport hoping to go back october for a few days
























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PostSubject: Re: Spain, Costa Brava, Tossa de Mar    Sat Sep 11, 2010 4:58 am

Thanks Graham for that its a brilliant review and about time you put your bit on here hehehe, dont be shy now you have started, everyone say hi to my mate of many years Graham and his lovely wife Alison. As Graham said Alison is a travel consultant and a cruise expert for the company she works for so tips there.
:C*J: bravo and one of these on the way beer drinker

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PostSubject: Re: Spain, Costa Brava, Tossa de Mar    Sat Sep 11, 2010 8:23 am

Hi Graham great to see you contributing to the forum cheers

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PostSubject: Re: Spain, Costa Brava, Tossa de Mar    Sat Sep 11, 2010 8:40 am

Thanks Graham it good to see more reports adding on do you have any pics of the place
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PostSubject: Re: Spain, Costa Brava, Tossa de Mar    Mon Sep 13, 2010 8:19 am

delboy wrote:
Thanks Graham it good to see more reports adding on do you have any pics of the place

hi delboy put some photos on for you with daryns help
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PostSubject: Re: Spain, Costa Brava, Tossa de Mar    Mon Sep 13, 2010 8:27 am

Just seen the photos Graham, they look great and they bring the place alive for us. Mrs Delboy has had a look and is impressed by the whole area.
That castle looks in wonderful condition.

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PostSubject: Re: Spain, Costa Brava, Tossa de Mar    Mon Sep 13, 2010 10:04 am

Nice to see both Casaianda & Graham posting fantastic & honest reviews, with great photo's. cheers

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