Lovely town with an old fort

Trip Start Apr 10, 2013
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Trip End Apr 14, 2013


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Old Fort
Cliftop views

Flag of Spain  , Catalonia,
Saturday, April 13, 2013

Lovely place set in a cove with 1 large beach and 2  (at least) more hidden beaches.
we had hired a car and drove over there in the morning, was about 45 mins drive. Stopped on the way with a view from the clifftops on the approach to Tossa de Mar.
Drove down to the beach to see the layout and how far it may be to walk it from the main road.  Beach car park full,  so drove around and then off the main road found a supermarket with its own car park. I thing there was a sign saying something about temporary for 30 minutes, but hey I don't read Spanish ;),  and we did buy a lot of salady things in their shop to keep us going in the food stakes. so duly left the car in the "free" parking space and made our way to the beach- or actually the nearest ice cream shop, then the beach. 
Suitably refreshed, we went to climb the zig-zag path up to explore the hilltop fort at the edge of the cove and beach
Not a gruelling climb at all, you can go at a very leisurely pace, not severly steep, and for anyone who is low in energy supplies, there seemed to be a tractor/trailer coach that would take people up/down, but didn't see any stopping point where any prices were shown.
We had more fun walking as there are lots of places to stop to take in the views - near the top there is a viewing promontary with a coin-operated telescope, and then just above it you find a cafe/bar. 
There is also the remains of a church half-way up, then there is another stone paved pathway that leads off with signs indicating the old hospital which is another historic group of buildings.
From the top we took yet another path down which follows the fort walls on the other side of the promontary. You can duck under a small doorway where it opens out onto a small esplanade that leads via a series of stone steps down to a small beach in a very small cove. The easy way back to the main beach is through the older streets leading off the end of the fort wall, which is lined with tempting looking restaurants and cafes with outdoor seating nestled in the shade of the fortress wall and there are  periodic flurries of activity as waiters criss-cross the footpath from their restaurants to these seating areas.
After a bit of shopping and window-shopping in these touristy souvenir shops, we enjoyed some sangria (as one does) to rejuvenate the body, then walked right past the opposite end of the beach, where you climb a slight hill and descend into another smallish cove. this was a favourite area for scuba diving and I started to regret not checking this out and booking a dive before going there. Anyhow I had left my lenses and prescription mask at home not expecting to get a chance for any scuba action, and would not have had a great experience, probably even annoying the divemaster if I had to keep stopping him to read my guages for me!!
But the cove was great despite the rather gravelly sand, as a place to chill out.
Left before it started getting chillier so we would have time for one more stop at some gardens, assuming we could find them, on the return trip to Calella.



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