Costa Brava / Tossa de Mar
It's hot. July was out to scorch us and August was even worse. Now in September the temperature is cooling down at last. Still a great time to go the beach and fine-tune that tan though. If you have a car to your disposal and you're willing to get up early you can escape the crowds which are still littering the Barceloneta beaches by visiting one of the beaches found on the Costa Brava, where the water is clean and the sand free of rubbish. For those of you who don´t have a car, you can always take the Train from Pl. Catalunya to Badalona, and you are 2 minutes from the beaches. Trains leave every 15-30 minutes and take about 20 minutes. Or take the bus from Pl. Catalunya all the way to Tossa de Mar run by Sarfa.
A particularly nice spot for the weekend beach goer are the beaches between Tossa de Mar and San Feliu de Guixols. The road winds it's way around the hills in a never-ending slalom, unveiling beach after beach. Each beach no more than 200 meters wide due to the way the hills snake along the coast creating perfect secluded bays, some more, some less populated. With great cliffs and dense forest protecting many of the bays, most of which are only accessible via private estates. The owners make their money from the holidaymakers through extortionate parking charges. From 2€ Up to 8 € per car, with parking space for 50-100 cars you can imagine the holidays those landlords will be having. But on the other hand it also ensures that the beaches don't get overcrowded, as the amount of parking available is in direct connection to the amount of people on that particular beach.
Some of the beaches come with amenities, but don't count on it. With the sun trying to burn holes into our scalps this summer, one of those umbrellas found in your local Chinese brick-a-brack shop at 7.50 is well worth the investment, best buy a couple to keep the drinks out of the sun too!
While in the area you might want to take some time to view the nearby medieval castle of Tossa de Mar, visit the Museu Municipal, where you can see the finds from a roman villa or just stroll through the cobbled narrow streets of the old-town.
For those, still energetic after a day at the beach, we suggest visiting Lloret de Mar, 12 km south of Tossa, where you can find all the bars and nightlife any British tourist would yearn for. It's like home away from home, with the streets lined with pubs such as the Queen Vic and Piccadilly, clubs like Rockafellas, mini golf and karaoke, the orient express, casino, etc, etc.
1) A7 direction Girona. Exit 9 will take you to directly to Sant Feliu, where you can head back south-west, direction Tossa de Mar. When you get off the A7 you can also take an early turn towards Tossa directly through the forest up the hills.
2) C31 direction Badalona, C32 towards Malgrat/Palafolls, B682 direction Blanes & Lloret de Mar and GI 682 to Tossa de Mar. This route will take you through some nice Costa Brava scenery.
Catch the bus leaving Placa Catalunya run by Sarfa. The bus runs about once every hour starting at 8am, last bus back at 8pm. Tickets are 7,80 one way or 15,60 return. Journey takes 1h 20min. You can find the full time table at http://www.barcelonanord.com.