Scuba diving in Spain

Diving in Spain

Diving in Spain — diving centers, country, description and general recommendations for tourists

General information about the country

Spain — the country that is well known for bullfighting — is very large and extensive. It includes territories of the Atlantic Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea, and many lakes and rivers. You can snorkel along the entire coast, and you will often find yourself delighted with what you encounter underwater.

Most blogs that report encounters on the underwater world of Spain, often describe the Costa Brava region or the Canary Islands. But those areas are only the tip of the diving iceberg. All you have to do is peek at a map and you will notice that there is much more diving destinations to discover than just these popular ones. The aforementioned Costa Brava spans only a small percentage of the 3904-kilometer (4964, if you count its island) long coastline of Spain.

Why is Spain such a popular destination?

Diving around the mainland, especially along the coast of the sea, will not always yield one of the most fascinating diving experiences, because rocks and patches of sand can get boring. That said, there are a lot of cephalopods there, and in Andalusia, in autumn, you can come across Sunfish (Mola piers). There some nice wrecks to explore as well.

Spain also has a lot of islands. Dives around, for example, the Balearic Islands can provide a lot of pleasant experiences. For example, Ibiza, which is better known for being the party capital of Europe, is full of tourists during the summer, yet charming and peaceful in the spring and late autumn.

Spain is also a country known for its sophisticated cuisine, fine wine and juicy fruits. It is a place where you can rest, drink beer, and explore interesting places — even on land. This is very good information for our families and friends (and especially those who do not dive).

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What are the best dive sites in Spain

The Santa Margerita dive site, full of "leaky" tunnels, illuminated by the sun from various angles, passing through several caves, chimneys and openings (such as a window or arch), is breathtaking and one of the best places I've had the pleasure to dive.

The diving bases in Spain are usually well or very well prepared.

When looking at diving in the Atlantic, you must be prepared for more difficult conditions and higher waves. On the other hand, the ocean fauna is often different from that in the Mediterranean — you will have more opportunities to meet larger animals.

Tarifa is located on the most protruding part of continental Spain (and the whole of Europe). Due to the winds blowing there, it is probably more attractive to windsurfers than it is to divers. Standing on the beaches of Tarifa, or diving off its coast, you can clearly see the African coast. The distance from the beaches of Europe to the beaches of Africa is just over a dozen kilometers. The terrain is rich in rocks, isthmuses and wrecks. A great place to immerse yourself is in San Andres Miňo. The name is associated with the wreck which sank there on March 29, 1856. Now, after over 150 years, its remains are scattered over a large area and are largely overgrown with sea creatures. The sea has claimed the wreck for the rest of time and will use it as an apartment for many creatures.

Spain certainly belongs to some of the most interesting places on the European diving map. Good food, friendly people, great wine and exciting dives. What more could you desire?