Visiting El Platja d’Es Codolar

Visiting El Platja d’Es Codolar

barcelona, beach, costa brava, el codolar, guide, travel
Monday, September 01, 2014

The other day, I was mindlessly scrolling through Instagram (*like* *like* *like*, you know the drill) and came upon the most beautiful picture of a beach I had ever seen. I was awestruck; the water was turquoise and glittering, and both sides of the beach were flanked by cliffs. I then noticed it was geotagged, and to my surprise it was about an hour away from Barcelona, where I’ve been hanging out this past week. I immediately started googling and piecing together how to get there, but like many things in Europe, it’s a little complicated. So here goes my simplified, yet fully detailed, method of visiting El Codolar from Barcelona!

  1. Take the metro, or walk, to Barcelona Nord, the bus station. The nearest metro stop is Arc de Triomf, on the L1.
  2. Go to the second floor of the bus station to purchase your tickets from Sarbus, at the northmost end. The bus route is called “BCN Est.Nord A Tossa Mar” and each way is €11.25,  or €21.50 round trip. A bus departs every hour, so you won’t have to wait long. Keep an eye on the monitors on the ground floor as you wait for your bus, because that’s where you’ll see where the bus is parked, similar to train stations.
  3. The bus ride is about an hour and half and I would suggest you sit on the right side going to Tossa, and on the left when you leave. You’ll be able to see the ocean about 2/3 of the trip in and then beautiful mountainside homes as you wind along the coast.
  4. When you arrive to Tossa del Mar, the path to the secret beach is very simple. Follow the main street right in front of the station, Av. Pelegri, and then make a left at the dead end. Follow this path between quaint shops and restaurants, and you’re almost there when you begin to go up hill. Power through because the prize is worth it!
  5. At the top of that hill, you’ll be greeted with an amazing view of one of the most beautiful beaches in the world! If this happens to be the first time to you take a dip in the Mediterranean prepare for veryyy chilly water’s, even in the summer. Today’s water temperature was 73º.

Additional tips: Take goggles and a snorkel. I didn’t have any and I was really jelly of the people that did because the water was crystal clear. Also, don’t underestimate the European sun, it’ll burn! Slather on the sunscreen!

Path to the beach from Tossa Del Mar bus station to El Codolar beach!

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