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Diving in Tossa de Mar
When to go to Tossa de Mar
Tossa de Mar enjoys an excellent Mediterranean climate with hot summers and relatively mild winters, which makes it a year-round diving destination. Rainfall is at its highest in spring and autumn, mostly toward the end of each season. The high diving season is from May to September. The average air temperature ranges from 10C/50F to 28C/82F, while the highest temperatures are recorded in the months of July and August. The water temperatures ranges from 13C/55F in winter to 25C/77 in summer. The visibility is very good and ranges from 10 m/33ft to 30m/98ft.
What to see
Red coral, multicolored gorgonians, nudibranchs, sponges, clumps of Neptune grass, starfish, fan mussels, groupers, breams, wrasses, red mullets, moray eels, conger eels, octopuses, tuna, barracudas, eagle rays, sun fish, sharks, turtles and dolphins can be met there.
Scuba diving in Tossa de Mar
Tossa de Mar is a municipality in Catalonia, located about 95km/59mi north of Barcelona and 100km/62mi south of France. It is accessible from the Girona Airport and Barcelona Airport. The surrounding scenery of Tossa de Mar is breathtaking, with mountains, lush, green valleys, gorges, and natural springs. It is a picturesque, calm town that attracts many tourists not only for its small sheltered coves and beaches (Platja Gran, Mar Menuda), but also for the impressive medieval fortress city of Vila Vella (built in the 12th century) with its spectacular defensive medieval walls and old fort and towers still intact. It is a small tourist resort that has a lot to offer, including hotels, shops, restaurants, and a full range of water sports. The coastline stretches for 14km/8.7mi with sandy beaches and small sheltered coves. The crystal clear waters and nearby islands attracts scuba divers and snorkelers like a supermagnet. Тhe Tossa de Mar coast is a marine protected area and offers an exceptional variety of underwater flora and fauna. Cold and a warm water streams increase this variety. Novices and more experienced divers have the opportunity to choose the sites that are suitable for them. The underwater landscape has rock galleries whose sandy beds descend gradually, and divers can explore walls, reefs, and wrecks in the area.
The popular dive sites near Tossa de Mar are Mar Menuda (excellent for night diving), Ile de Tosca, and Roca Muladera, and further north, the Boreas Wreck. For example, Ile de Tosca is a nice boat dive for divers of all levels of skills and experience. The average sea depth here is 10m/33ft and the maximum depth is 30m/98ft. Advanced divers will appreciate Mar Menuda where average water is 16m/52.5ft deep and maximum depth tends to 20m/66ft. The sites on the Medes Islands are also worth seeing.