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Cala Pola, one of the best coves in Tossa de Mar

Updated: Apr 27, 2023

If you still don't know this fantastic cove with crystal clear waters located about 4 km from the town centre of Tossa, read on. Surrounded by pine trees and vegetation, Cala Pola is the only cove in Tossa de Mar that has a campsite and hotel, so it has services such as showers, supermarket and bar area. The beach is about 65 metres long and is characterised by its rich seabed, making it a must for those who wish to go scuba diving.

Surrounded by rocky cliffs, it is considered one of the most beautiful coves on the Costa Brava. Its beach has coarse sand and a turquoise blue background, thanks to the reflection of the pine and holm oak vegetation that surrounds it. An ideal family beach to spend the day or to stay during your holidays in Tossa de Mar thanks to its proximity to the town centre.

How to get to Cala Pola in Tossa de Mar?

This beautiful beach on the Costa Brava can be reached on foot, by road or by sea. Here are more details on how to get to Cala Pola.

drone view of cala pola tossa de mar

By Sea: This cove is an obligatory stop for one of the tourist boats that go on sea excursions from the fishing village of Tossa. In addition, these boats are characterised by their glass bottom to offer tourists spectacular underwater views. The Fondo Cristal, as the boat is called, allows you to reach the cove, spend the day and return to Tossa de Mar whenever you feel like it. They leave from Tossa and Cala Giverola every 30 minutes and stop at Cala Pola.

You can also go paddle surfing or kayaking. Both water activities can be hired from the Mar Menuda beach, or over the internet, from any of the various companies that rent these types of individual boats. Once in the cove, it is possible to access an incredible cave that ends in a small sandy beach.

  • On foot: Through the camí de ronda, a beautiful path that surrounds the coast, you can reach this fantastic cove on foot with a medium degree of difficulty. Remember to bring comfortable shoes and water for the walk, especially if you do the route in the summer months.

  • By road: If you are driving from Barcelona or Girona to Cala Pola, take the GI-682 road (Tossa-Sant Feliu de Guíxols). If you don't have a car, you can also take a taxi to Cala Pola. You will find the taxi rank next to the bus station in Tossa de Mar. The journey time is approximately 7 minutes, about 5.4km and the estimated price is between 10 - 13€.

Or if you prefer, you can also take a bus (Sarfa-Moventis company) from the bus station in Tossa de Mar (just opposite the Esclat supermarket) to the cove. At the station itself you can check timetables and prices at the customer service desk.

cala pola in tossa de mar
Foto: Seamill Photog

Frequently asked questions from users interested in visiting Cala Pola

Where can I park?

It is possible to park just past the campsite car park and walk to the beach. During the summer months, it is advisable to go very early in the morning to avoid parking problems as the parking space is very limited.

It is also possible to pay and thus avoid unpleasant fines by parking in the hotel car park which is right in the same cove.

How do I get to the cove from the campsite or the hotel?

If the campsite is not open, walk to the hotel and look for the stone stairs leading down to the cove. Otherwise, the easiest way to get to Cala Pola is through the campsite. You will be able to cross it as long as you go on foot.

Is access to Cala Pola free?

Yes, the beach is publicly accessible and you don't have to pay. You just have to bear in mind that the access to the cove is very busy during the summer months.

Is there a beach bar?

There is no beach bar as such on the beach, but there are catering services both in the campsite and in the hotel. There is also a take-away restaurant where you can eat at tables and benches set up for this purpose.

Is it possible to camp overnight?

YES, at the campsite you can rent pitches for small tents right on the beach, right on the hillside.

Is it fine sand?

No, you should know that the beaches and coves of Tossa de Mar do not have fine sand. They are characterised by having coarse sand made up of pebbles of different sizes. For this reason, there are sometimes people who prefer to wear sandals, such as crab sandals or booties, to swim.

Are dogs allowed?

Cala Pola is not a dog-friendly beach. You can take a walk along the camí de ronda with your dog, but it is not allowed to take them down to the beach.

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