Posted - 30/06/2006 : 14:58:49
| Every time we go to Tossa, there is something new to see. The visit this month was my 17th, and still I am taking hundreds of photos and being amazed by all the new things to do and see.
The Lighthouse Centre (full name 'The Mediterranean Lighthouse Interpretation Centre) was my favourite thing this visit. Here's a little bit about it - more details and photos in the next Newsletter:
The Lighthouse Centre is not just a feature of Tossa, but one of the entire Costa Brava. It is promoted throughout the region and has become a major point of interest not just for holidaymakers staying nearby, but also for tourists, students and teachers from a large radius. And it is no wonder...it's superb!
The centre is at the top of the Vila Vella. You can walk, or there is a new train called the 'DicoTren' which takes you up there (and back) for €3 each. It's a bit hair-raising - and very bumpy!
Once at the Lighthouse Centre, I recommend you buy your ticket (an exceedingly reasonable €3 each), then wander off with the book they give you with the tickets, sit in the grounds and admire the coastal views, or stop for a drink and a snack in the lovely little bar overlooking the Med. Read the book - all of it - then when you're ready to enter the Lighthouse Museum itself - let the lady in the ticket office know. You really need to read the book to get the background and explanation before you go in.
When you are ready, you are led inside the main lighthouse building, maybe on your own, or with others if a number of people have bought tickets at the same time - we were in a group of only 6. You basically go through several different rooms, with exhibitions and videos in each, and at the end of each a door opens automatically and you go on to the next. The first room is freezing cold, pitch dark, and a gusty wind blows round your legs, as you watch a video of rough seas and listen to the crashing waves and emotive music. It creates the feeling of being alone at sea, cold and scared, not knowing whether you are going to hit rocks - basically it's showing the need for lighthouses.
Then in the next room, you are educated on the history of lighthouses and how they progressed, and how communications have developed over the years.
The last room is fantastic - you see a video of Tossa and the Costa Brava. Not just any old video - this one has the most amazing aerial footage you can imagine - people were literally gasping as the camera swept over mountains, went gliding over the top of the church and sharply descended into the streets of Tossa. There was footage of fireworks exploding over the Vila Vella and cascading down onto the beach - wow!
When the show is finished, you end up in a room displaying all the different types of lightbulbs used in various types of lighthouse, and this room is also a shop where you can buy postcards and other souvenirs.
We were stunned and would definitely go again.
You can't really take photos or video footage in the Museum itself as it's so dark, and it would really spoil the show for anyone else in your group if your flash was going off.
Don't miss this - put it at the top of your things to do list!