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About Costa Brava

Costa Brava is a coastal region in Catalonia, northeastern Spain, consisting of the counties (comarques) of Alt Empordà, Baix Empordà, and La Selva in the province of Girona. The closest airports here are Barcelona airport, which is 75km/47mi away, and Girona airport, about 30km/19mi away. In this pretty area tourists can enjoy rugged cliffs, nature reserves, charming stone villages, seaside towns like pictures Tossa de Mar and Lloret de Mar, the beautiful inland town of Girona, archaeological sites like the Monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes, the Jewish quarter of Girona, and the Empúries. There are also 214km/132mi of coastline that consist of unspoiled coves, some of the finest Blue Flag beaches in Europe. The protected Illes Medes islands off the Costa Brava and Cap de Creus are the best diving areas. Cap de Creus Natural Park is the easternmost point on the Iberian Peninsula and was the first marine/terrestrial nature reserve in Catalonia. The main dive site of Cap de Creus is on the island of Massa d’Or, suitable for experienced divers, with a depth of 50m/164ft and some unpredictable, strong currents. There are caves, tunnels, wrecks, and many a sheltered cove to explore, as well as wonderful marine life. The depth of the other dive sites varies from 9-40m/29-131ft.

 

Most popular dive sites

An incredible area for divers are Medes islands Marine Reserve with its stunning dice sites: Dolphin's Cave, Pedra de Deu, Carall Bernat. Other interesting sites in this region are Puig de la Sardina, Massa D'or, The Saint Prosper, El Gat, La Pedrosa, Boreas Wreck. Experienced divers can enjoy the Reggio Messina - the largest shipwreck on the Costa Brava, measuring 115m/377ft long and sitting at a depth of 28-35m/92-115ft.

When to go to Costa Brava

The Costa Brava has mild and temperate climate, characterized by hot, dry summers and moderately cold winters. Diving is feasible year-round here. The primary maximum of rainfall on the coast occurs in September - November while the secondary maximum generally occurs in April - May. The high diving season is from May to September. The average air temperature ranges from 10C/50F to 28C/82F, while the hottest months are July and August. The water temperatures range from 13C/55F in winter to 25C/77F in summer. Visibility is very good and ranges from 10m/33ft to 30m/98ft. Currents can be strong in some areas.

 

What to see

Costa Brava boasts fascinating, abundant marine life, including red coral, multicolored gorgonians, nudibranchs, sponges, Neptune grass, starfish, fan mussels, groupers (some are over 25 years old and BIG), bream, wrasse, sea bass, red mullets, moray eels, congers, octopuses, tunas, barracudas, eagle rays, sunfish, sharks, turtles and dolphins.