Snorkelers who frequent European hot spots in Greece, France and Italy may be overlooking some real gems in Spain. Much of Spain's Atlantic and Mediterranean coastlines remain relatively undeveloped and easy to reach, offering novice and experienced snorkelers the chance to explore miles of turquoise waters and observe a wealth of marine life.
Costa Brava, Barcelona
Costa Brava is the rugged Mediterranean coastline in the Catalonia region just north of Barcelona, Spain, and it offers several excellent, shallow sites for snorkeling. Costa Brava's craggy coastline features miles of cliffs and sandy beaches that give way to the Mediterranean Sea, and snorkelers can spend hours exploring deep caves, hidden coves and coral reefs teeming with marine life.
Valle Gran Rey
Valle Gran Rey of La Gomera, the "green island of the Canaries," is situated in a terraced valley that faces a picturesque delta of the Atlantic Ocean. This once secluded island town is now a popular vacation spot, and snorkelers can see a multitude of colorful fish and underwater rocks in the calm, clear Atlantic waters during warm summer months. One of the safest area to go snorkeling at Valle Gran Rey is the shallow lagoon named Charco del Conde, also known as "Baby Beach."
La Granadella Beach
La Granadella, a beautiful beach on Spain's Costa Blanca near the town of Jávea, is an excellent snorkeling site. La Granadella, a horseshoe-shaped bay surrounded by white cliffs, offers acres of colorful seagrass beds, abundant rays, barracudas scorpion fish and other marine life. Though the sea floor is mostly gravel, snorkelers should be aware of large sharp rocks that are present as well.
Another popular snorkeling site on Spain's Costa Brava is Tamariu, an expansive, pretty bay with pristine sandy beaches. Of particular interest to snorkelers are the large rock formations, a coral reef and a wide variety of marine plants and animals. Snorkelers can also explore several sheltered coves, including Aigua Xelida, Cala Marquesa and El Cau, at the north end of the area.
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