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From L’Estartit: Snorkeling Trip to the Medes Islands

1. From L’Estartit: Snorkeling Trip to the Medes Islands

Discover one of the best snorkeling spots off the Costa Brava on this wonderful eco tour. Explore the seven islands of the Medes Islands archipelago, located just a mile from L’Estartit beach. See the incredible marine flora and fauna as you snorkel through this beautiful nature reserve. Meet at the local partner's shop where you guide will welcome you and give you the snorkeling equipment. Watch a short video on the Medes Islands and the marine life you can see there. Then get on board a small boat and depart for the islands. When you arrive at the archipelago, jump into the water in groups of 8 to 10 people with a guide who will show you the best spots to see the fishes. After 50 minutes of snorkeling, return to the boat and you enjoy time for swimming or relaxing on deck. Take a short cruise around the islands before returning to the harbor, where your tour will end.

From L'Estartit: Sea-Kayaking Tour to the Medes Islands

2. From L'Estartit: Sea-Kayaking Tour to the Medes Islands

Take on an unforgettable sea kayaking adventure to the Medes Islands, one of the principal marine flora and fauna reserves in the Western Mediterranean. Paddle to unique spots only reachable by kayak and have a swim in Costa Brava’s crystal waters. Meet at the local tour partner's shop, where your guide will welcome you and give you the necessary equipment for this activity. After a safety and technical briefing, climb aboard your kayak and follow your guide to this beautiful natural reserve. Kayak across the seven islands and enjoy unique picturesque views of the whole bay while you learn about the flora and fauna of this protected area. Before heading back, cool off with a refreshing swim, and marvel at the unique marine life on the seabed. You will be accompanied by the guide at all times and assisted by a boat which will tow you in case you need it.  

L'Estartit: Try Dive & Snorkeling in Montgrí National Park

3. L'Estartit: Try Dive & Snorkeling in Montgrí National Park

Discover one of the best diving spots off the Costa Brava on this wonderful 3-hour tour. Get a safety briefing and introduction to diving as you prepare for your first underwater drive. Hop on a diver’s boat and sail out to the stunning coast of the Natural Park of el Montgrí, a great spot for entering the ocean as a beginner diver.   After you have become familiar with the necessary breathing techniques, you will begin your first dive, guided by a qualified instructor. Your personal guide will accompany you and attend to you during the whole activity.   Spend up to 20 minutes exploring the tranquil underwater world and seeing a huge variety of marine wildlife. After the dive, you will have time to snorkel around the area by yourself before you get on the boat back to the harbor.      

Costa Brava Full-Day Tour from Barcelona

4. Costa Brava Full-Day Tour from Barcelona

This 12-hour tour from Barcelona explores the Girona coast, christened as the Costa Brava 100 years ago, due to its rugged coastline of small coves. Its superb natural beauty is apparent in several territories and protected areas. The area has also historically been a point of entry, transit, and settlement for different cultures and civilizations. Each has left a footprint, evidenced by the Greek and Roman sites in Èmpuries. Depart from Barcelona at 8:30 AM, and take the motorway to Calella de Palafrugell, a small fisherman’s village of great architectural and natural beauty, where you will visit its incomparable bays for spectacular views. Take an easy hike along the Camino de Ronda to the town of Llafranc. The Camino de Ronda borders all of the Costa Brava, and was historically used to control smuggling. Today, you will discover beautiful spots that wouldn’t otherwise be accessible. Explore the small seaside town of Llafranc, before heading to Pals at around noon. Located inland, on the top of a hill, the village is built entirely in an integrated medieval site. At the top, there is a 12th-Century cylindrical tower, which is visible from far away. Get stunning views of the Costa Brava and surroundings from the terrace, and walk through the cobbled streets of the old town, to appreciate the round arches, façades with pointed windows arches, and perfectly restored stone balconies. Continue to l’Estartit, an important diving center due to its close proximity to the Medes Islands’ archipelago, of significant interest for the wide variety of flora and fauna that inhabit the area. You'll have free time to eat lunch and then board a boat at 3:00 PM to explore the area from the water. Cruise for 1 hour and 20 minutes to the outer islands for spectacular views, then continue to the stunning cliffs of Sierra de Montgrí, only accessible by boat. Your final stop is the extensive Greek and Roman ruins of Èmpuries. An expert guide will take you on a guided tour of the site, the only one in Spain where both a Greek and later a Roman city existed together. Admire the remains of the city walls, the Acropolis, Market Square, and numerous other buildings. See the Roman city highlights, such as a mosaic floor in excellent condition, the Forum, remains of an amphitheater, and several statues and vestiges of street frameworks. Return to Barcelona at approximately 6:00 PM. You will arrive back at around 8:00 PM.

L'Estartit: Explore the Sea with a Diving License

5. L'Estartit: Explore the Sea with a Diving License

Become diving certified in just 4 days with this Open Water diving course in the stunning seaside town of L'Estartit. Practice two dives in the safety of a swimming pool on your first day. Try 4 more dives on the Montgri's coast over the next two days and get a taste of the underwater world that will now be open to you. Receive all the diving theory information by a convenient email, so you never have to worry about getting a diving book wet. Enjoy expert instruction from experienced divers. Take a test on the theory information to ensure you are ready to start diving safely. Once you get your diving certificate, make a last dive inside the marine reserve of Medes Islands. Enjoy getting up close to the thriving life in the reserve.

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Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 481 reviews

Awesome day out! Didn’t expect as much wild life as we saw on this trip! It was well run, very organised and friendly staff. Covid friendly they gave everyone a new snorkel so people don’t have to re use old ones. Issued us with fins wetsuits and a mask. Quick boat trip out to the island, lots of fish to see as well as beautiful coral. Highly recommend! Great value for money

We had a really great introductory course in the world of diving. nuria brought me to a depth of 5 meters with a lot of empathy and patience. A great experience!

Very good experience, it feels like being immersed in an aquarium! The staff is very friendly and competent, speaks a little French.

Great experience. Lovely waters. Good gear and information provided.

Very fun and refreshing, beware that the water is freezing!