Spain is a country surrounded by coasts, well endowed with mountains, full of rivers with crystal-clear waters… Therefore, it is not surprising that lovers of sports linked to nature know and value its potential, for example, to dive. Precisely in relation to the extensive Spanish coast, We want to offer you 5 ideal places to dive in Spain.
We are sure that the tranquility of the waters that bathe the Spanish shores and the beauty that the seabed treasures will whet your appetite to practice this adventure sport. Do we immerse ourselves in the alternatives?
5 ideal places to dive in Spain
The Spanish coasts are quite rectilinear, except for the Galician ones. Hence the scarce marine penetration towards the interior. On the other hand, the coastal features in Spain are very varied: capes, gulfs, bays, cliffs… many of them represent authentic delicacies for diving lovers.
In the following enumeration, we are going to go through some points of the coast, both of the peninsular and insular territory, to know 5 ideal places to dive in Spain.
1. L’Estartit (Catalonia)
Estartit—in Catalan L’Estartit— is a decentralized municipal entity of the municipality of Torroella de Montgrí. It has 2,982 inhabitants and is the area that generates 60% of the population’s resources through tourism.
A few miles from the port of Estartit, the Medes Islands are a natural reserve full of life and unique landscapes, where it is possible to find a great amount of diversity of large fish, accustomed to the presence of divers.
We can also see huge schools of barracuda, amberjack and salps. In turn, we can have the surprise of seeing sea eagles, sunfish and tuna, and of course, always accompanied by large and curious groupers. These waters offer a wide variety of dive sites suitable for any qualified diver to dive.
2. Island of Tabarca (Valencian Community)
The marine reserve of the island of Tabarca is one of the most desired places by thousands of divers of all the world. On this island is the first marine reserve in Spain, which was created in 1986 and since then it has been preserved and its overfishing has been controlled. For this reason, it is one of the few places in the Mediterranean where you can see so much large life at such a shallow depth.
Tabarca Island is a tourist attraction that attracts more than 8,000 people a day during the summer months. The diving marine reserve is divided into 2 zones: the first so-called interior reserve, made up of 5 diving points. On the other hand, the outer reserve is made up of 2 diving points that are further away from the island coast.
One of the best diving spots in Tabarca is located in the inner reserve. Is named escull black by ‘escollo negro’, a black rock that emerges on the south face of Tabarca. It is characterized by being one of the points with the greatest biodiversity on the island; With only 13 meters of maximum depth, you can see everything.
3. La Restinga (Canary Islands)
Within the diverse ecosystem of the Canary Islands we will find, in El Hierro, the youngest island of the 7 that make up the archipelago, with an age of 1.2 million years. La Restinga was formed when magma broke through the seabed and created a Y-shaped gap through which lava began to flow. This is how the island was left with that characteristic shape.
Leaving the port, there are 2 options for diving: the eastern area or the western area, where the Mar de las Calmas Marine Reserve is located. The area of the reserve, due to the shape of the island, is usually always sheltered from the prevailing winds —trade winds— so no matter how much air and waves we have at the exit of the port, When you get to the diving areas, the sea will be like a real pool of oil..
Here the immersion of the Bajón stands out, an underwater volcano that, according to what is said, was dived for the first time by Jacques Cousteau on his first trip around the world aboard the calypso. It was the fishermen of La Restinga who spoke to the famous captain about El Bajón, and he had it as one of his top 100 dives.
4. Formentera (Balearic Islands)
Discovering Formentera is one of the greatest pleasures one can give oneself. This island is home to some of the most beautiful enclaves on the planet, from the well-known beaches of Ses Illetes and EsPalmador to the almost unknown torrents of Es Ram.
In Formentera, you will be able to immerse yourself and venture into its endless possibilities, as it is one of the best ways to complement an excellent diving holiday in what is known as the “last paradise of the Mediterranean”.
El Arco is one of the most popular dives on the island. Its spectacular and varied landscapes, its smooth profile and the colors that its seabeds offer are the reasons that make it one of the most requested dive sites.
The dive begins on a platform that reaches a depth of 4 meters but where, in the parts closest to the coast, you can even stand up. This detail makes it one of the most recommended places to dive in Spain, and even to start in this discipline.
5. Ris Beach (Cantabria)
The Bay of Biscay offers somewhat cooler and more attractive waters for the most seasoned. Here, the star activity of the summer are the guided tours of snorkeling with a guide experienced, who will explain everything about the species that are being discovered on the seabed.
the excursion of snorkeling It takes place on the right bank of Ris beach. This area is perfect for this type of activity, since its rock formations serve as a refuge and food area for many species.
Hopefully, here you can enjoy authentic marine shows such as the display of different schools of fish: cuttlefish, octopus, sea urchins, starfish, among others.
Spain, an ideal paradise for diving
Traveling to dive, an excuse as valid as any other that every year moves thousands of diving enthusiasts around the world in search of new funds and new encounters.
Due to its location in the extreme south of Europe, with coasts that overlook the Mediterranean, the Bay of Biscay and the North and South Atlantic, Spain is a paradise for scuba diving. Are you going to miss it?