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Best Diving Destinations in Costa del Sol
The Most Beautiful Dive Sites in Costa del Sol
Tres Picos Must see
Punta de la Mona Must see
Las Bajas Must see
Green Beans Wreck Must see
Tarifa Must see
About Costa del Sol
Costa del Sol (the Sun Coast) is a region in the south of Spain, in the Autonomous Community of Andalusia, with the coastal towns and communities along the coastline of the Province of Málaga. Málaga has the most important airport in the region, and this ancient city is worth visiting, with its narrow, historic streets that are packed with curiosity shops and small cafés. Costa del Sol is also a very popular travel destination in Europe, with historical sights, stunning architecture in the form of churches and museums, bustling resorts, delicious food, and interesting customs and traditions, as well as a diverse landscapes: fabulous beaches, cliffs, estuaries, bays, and dunes. A 160km/99mi-long coastline is ideal for different water activities, including scuba diving. The popular scuba diving destinations are Tarifa, Gibraltar, the National Marine Reserve of La Herradura and Almuñecar, Mogacar, and Garrucha. Near Tarifa, divers can dive both in the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean on the same day. There are many dive sites that can be reached from shore and by boat, that are suitable for novice or experienced divers. Divers can explore the abundance of marine life along the underwater walls, cliffs, caves, canyons, chimneys, wrecks, and tunnels.
The best sites are Tres Picos, La Calita, Punta de la Mona, Cueva del Sifón, Fraggle Rock, La Huerta, Piedra del Hombre, Green Beans Wreck, Las Bajas, and the sites near Tarifa (the best are the Pecio del San Andrés, Puerto Fenicio, Morocco Point, Pecio de Las Calderas/The Boilers).
When to go to Costa del Sol
Costa del Sol has one of the best climates in Europe, making it a good place to dive at any time of year. Most of the rainfall is during the winter months of November and December. The high diving season is from April to October. July is the hottest month here, with an average temperature of 24C/75F, and January is the coldest, with an average temperature of 11C/52F. August has the longest days and thus the most hours of sunshine. The water temperature is 23C/73F in August and 15C/59F in February. Visibility ranges from 10m/33ft to 30m/98ft.
What to see
Costa del Sol is home to a beautiful array of marine life, such as moonfish, pollocks, octopuses, morays, congers, wrasse, bream, cuttlefish, sea bass, amberjacks, shrimp, triggerfish, groupers, nudibranchs, damselfish, scorpionfish, sponges, many crabs and lobsters hidden in crevices, and many others. There is an amazing field covered in yellow anemones and orange and yellow corals.