Coastline and Forest: Hiking Around Tossa de Mar

Hiking in Tossa de Mar
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The Costa Brava has some magnificent scenery, with a wild rugged coastline and tranquil Mediterranean forests. And there is no better way to appreciate that scenery than by hiking through it. So I jumped at the chance of a guided walk around Tossa de Mar, taking in a part of the coastal path and an inland forest trail.

Hiking around Tossa de Mar: the coastal path
Hiking around Tossa de Mar isn’t always easy, but it is always enjoyable and rewarding!

The Blue Paradise of Tossa de Mar

We started off on the coastal path. It wasn’t always easy, with steep rocky slopes and tangled tree roots. But the effort was worthwhile: we were rewarded with panoramic views back to Tossa and to the isolated coves and deserted beaches far below. Looking down at the sparkling water of the Mediterranean I could see why the artist Marc Chagall described Tossa as his “Blue Paradise”.

Hking around Tossa de Mar: along the coastal path
Tossa de Mar was Marc Chagall’s “Blue Paradise”

Our guide was Josep. He knew the area intimately and led us expertly around the route, waiting patiently during our numerous photo stops and giving us snippets of information as we went. He told us how this part of the coastline is a protected area due to the diversity of marine life. And he explained that the path was part of the Camí de Ronda, built in the 19th century in an attempt to control the smuggling that was rife in the area.

We returned to Tossa de Mar along a forest track; apart from a steep uphill section this was much easier walking than the coastal path. But the scenery was no less spectacular, with views across the hills and spring flowers everywhere.

Hiking in Tossa de Mar
The return walk to Tossa was through beautiful forest scenery

Hiking in Tossa de Mar

If I’d had more time, I could have taken lots more walks around Tossa. There are several different routes, including a section of the GR92 Mediterranean Trail. These paths vary in walking time and difficulty, and they pass through a variety of terrain, both coast and countryside. Many also pass places of historical interest such as ancient sanctuaries and the Vila Vella (old town of Tossa de Mar). Information about the trails can be downloaded here.

Hiking around Tossa de Mar is made simpler with waymarked routes
The walks are well waymarked

Although these walks can be tackled by anyone with a reasonable level of fitness you will need strong shoes (I was certainly glad of my walking boots!) and you should carry water with you. The official advice is not to walk alone; if you do, make sure you let someone know your proposed route beforehand. In fact, I would strongly recommend walking with a guide: Josep tailored our route to the needs of the group, and it was much more interesting and enjoyable walking with someone who knew the region well. Contact [email protected] for more information about guided walks.

I went on this walk as a guest of the Tossa Tourist Office. Thanks to Josep and Sonia for making this such an enjoyable experience.

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3 thoughts on “Coastline and Forest: Hiking Around Tossa de Mar”

  1. I’m always so glad to hear about hiking trails. I’d love to hear more about the history notes you got from your guide. It’s good to know there are other trail options like GR92 Mediterranean Trail that run near Tossa.

  2. I think that walking and/or hiking with a knowledgeable guide is one of the best ways to explore a region or town. We did a four day guided hike on the South Island of New Zealand. I’m sure this is a spectacular way to get to know the Costa Braca coastline. Thanks for sharing your photos and experience.

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