Along the coast about 37 miles northeast of Barcelona, Costa Brava has become a highly popular attraction for tourists looking for a beachside holiday. The summer climate, beautiful nature, sandy beaches, and top-notch resorts make Costa Brava a favorite getaway for Barcelona locals and tourists alike. In the waters surrounding Costa Brava, there are several caves to be explored, perfect for those who love snorkeling. Here are a few of the marine caves in Costa Brava.
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Cova d’en Gispert
The Cova d’en Gispert is the longest marine cave in Costa Brava, forming the main cove between two other coves, the Aiguablava and Aiguaxelida. The best way to get there is by kayak from Aiguablava, going through a narrow but lengthy tunnel for 150 meters on the way. La Galeria and the Sala Final are the best spots for views around the cove; the latter is a small, rocky island at the end of the cove. In fact, Salvador Dalí once organized a private concert there, in line with his radically experimental art ways. You can also take kayaking tours through the cove to see all the beauty it has to offer, especially in the summer months when the light shines through.
Cova de la Vaca
From the mooring buoy, go to the wall of the Punta Galera to find the beginning of the Cova de la Vaca. This shallow cave with an entrance about 14 meters below the sea extends to a depth of 20 meters inside the cave. It’s more like a tunnel in which swimmers will find an amazing light towards the end. The path is straight and the light is about 27 meters long, with another tunnel running along it. At one exit, there are blocks of rocks and overhanging cliffs. Back in the cove, red coral, scorpion fish, octopus, and grouper pass by for all to see.
Pedra de Deu
Pedra de Deu is a small rock that serves as a bit of an obstacle with just 1 meter visible on the surface, but there are arches and shallow cracks for divers to swim through. Swimmers can descend along a slope made by boulders detached from the cliffs, guiding them into the cove. More experienced divers can go down 42 meters and find another entrance to the cove. While exploring, divers will see beautiful corals, conger eels, lobsters, sea bream, and other marine species.
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Costa Brava is full of beautiful beaches, cliffs, and stunning coves worth exploring. The coves are a great way to discover the sea life and beauty made by the natural sunlight and calm waters beneath. For swimmers, getting off the beach and into the sea will lead to some of these incredible marine coves in the Costa Brava.