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The Magic of Spain, Issue #006- Newsletter
October 01, 2005

It s Linda Plummer here from

to deliver your monthly update on Spain via the
newsletter "The Magic of Spain".

I m getting it out early this month as, on 9 October,
we shall be going on a week s coach tour of Andalucia.

Pick-up point is Benidorm, on the Costa Blanca (we live
just outside Benidorm in a fairly small place called
Alfaz del Pi) and we ll be visiting Seville, C rdoba,
Granada, Costa del Sol and Gibralter.

Guess what next month s newsletter will be about!

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As you know, Spain is a popular tourist destination with
most nationalities.

This is especially true with us Brits, for it is relatively
easy to get to.

Many of us fall in love with the country whilst on
holiday and decide that this is where we d like to live.

This is the case of Sarah McInerney. Her passion is
Tossa de Mar and she has dedicated a website to it:

She has also kindly supplied us with the following article
about Tossa - to tempt us to discover it for ourselves ...

Tossa de Mar - Charming Resort on the Stunning Costa Brava

Tossa de Mar is a charming coastal resort on Catalonia s
rugged coast - the Costa Brava - just under an hour s
drive from Girona and an hour and a half from Barcelona.
It is steeped in history, and overlooked by the turrets
of a 12th century walled town, the Vila Vella (old town),
which blends seamlessly into the Vila Nova (new town) -
a maze of narrow winding streets dotted with boutique
style shops and cosy bars.

Tossa escaped over-commercialisation during the tourist
boom and retained its fishing village charm.
Nevertheless, it offers much to the visitor, including
three main beaches with ample services, and special
facilities for the disabled courtesy of the Creu Roja
(Red Cross).

Restaurants abound: take in the aroma of sizzling fresh
fish as you stroll along the promenade, deciding where
to take your lunch or dinner. Try one of the many
quality restaurants for dishes like Cim-i-Tomba (fish
stew with garlic mayonnaise), Parillada de Pescados
y Mariscos (mixed grill of fish and seafood), Lubina
al Sal (sea bream baked in salt), the renowned Girona
Veal (try it in goats cheese sauce - delicious!) and
the Catalan sausage delight, Butifarra (with white beans
in garlic and parsley - not chips!).

If you like a scenic walk you will not be disappointed:
Tossa has a strict no high-rise policy, meaning the
many viewpoints along your route will be uninterrupted.
The Tourist Office runs organised walks every Saturday
and Sunday morning, mostly along the coastal paths
either north or south of Tossa, exploring the pretty
secluded coves and bays that this coastline is renowned

Unlike the surrounding more boisterous resorts, those
that have contributed to the unfortunate Brits abroad
labelling of the Costa Brava, Tossa de Mar is more suited
to couples and older travellers. Due to the friendly
nature of its people, and the safety of the area, Tossa
is also ideal for those who prefer to travel alone.

Tossa de Mar is served by the regional airport in Girona
and several airlines offer flights here, the most popular
of which is RyanAir with a daily schedule of flights seven
days a week. Barcelona El Prat Airport is a little further
away, but offers a wider range of flight options. There is
also the opportunity to travel by coach, rail or ferry
depending on your preference.

For travel details, together with lots of information about
Tossa: things to do, where to eat, where to stay, virtual
video tours, musical photo movies, an events diary updated
monthly, a discussion forum, a section dedicated to services
for the disabled, and lots more, visit

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Are you now making your plans to visit Tossa? I hope so!

If your Spanish needs improving before you go, download
my FREE e-book on Basic Spanish at:

And anyone interested in either selling or buying property anywhere
in Spain can place a FREE ad on my site here:

If you wish to contact me about anything, just send an email to

Until next time!


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