Diving in Cap de Creus
The charm of the Costa Brava is not limited to what can be seen on the surface. By the sea, there are fortunately still many wild places preserved from the whirlwind of humans and maintaining almost their original nature. But if you dare to cross the border between land and water and dive in, you will find thousands more havens of living nature. The Girona coast has all the attributes needed to make its depths a real wonder for lovers of underwater life: great geological diversity, big bright caves, a wide variety of marine life of all kinds, shipwrecks and more.
There are many underwater attractions along the Costa Brava, but one stands out especially: the Medes Islands. This archipelago of seven small islands one nautical mile from the harbour of L’Estartit is a continuation of the Montgrí massif. There are few places along the Mediterranean coastline with such a spectacular nature reserve, housing hundreds of species of marine flora and fauna, from giant groupers, eagle rays and moray eels to fields of colourful gorgonian coral or an extensive reserve of red coral.
With its well-kept sea floor, now protected as a nature reserve, taking a look at it from below feels like turning back time to enjoy an environment which is intact, stable, yet full of life.
In these ideal surroundings and climate, scuba diving is possible almost all year round. There are diving points for all levels and a large number of clubs and schools to take you there in little more than ten minutes by boat. And for those who don’t dare to pull on a wetsuit, there are also glass-bottomed boats from which you can enjoy the coral without getting wet. A must for lovers of the underwater world.
Jordi Pèrez Grimal.