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by Scubacrowd

If you want to practice the Diving in Spain, you have so much luck to be in this country surrounded by water, this is a perfect place to dive at any time or season of the year.

There is spaces for all kind of divers and it doesn’t matter if you are a beginner diver or an expert one, there is enough space for everyone! If you want to practice diving in Spain there are so many options regardless if you are a beginner or an expert. Spain has a great amount of diving sites around all the coast zone, maybe the most famous sites could be the Medas islands, Mallorca and Menorca, Costa del Sol, Costa Blanca or the Canary Islands.

Costa Brava as a diving destination 

This is a zone which has a great fishing pier and an excellent area with a seabed to practice the diving activity. A few miles you can enjoy of the most recognized Medas islands, which is an archipelago of seven islands, where you could find the flora and fauna marine ideal for all the diving lovers. The “Medas islands”, which are situated in the famous place called “Costa Brava” are really beautiful and with a lot of islets, you can see here the most important reservations of the Western Mediterranean. Its plains Posidonia, coral and kelp forests, constitute a wonderful setting that helps to appreciate in a better way all kind of crabs of all the sizes and colors (some of them giants), starfishes and a great variety of fish’s species.

In direction to the south of Spain you can find the Columbretes islands, located at 48 km of the east of the Cape Oropesa, next to the coast of Castellon. This volcanic archipelago offers all the divers an incredible marine flora and fauna, this is one of the best places to practice diving in Spain.

South of Spain

Further in the south, in Murcia, you can visit the Hormigas islands, which are Next to the El Cabo de Palos, a natural reserve with 19km, included in the Natura 2000, and in the network coastal strip in the black region of Murcia. In its rocky bottoms there are numerous shipwrecks, and it is excellent to visit the wreck of the transatlantic submarine sunk in 1906, Sirius, with great number of dead people. Its waters are great and have so many and incredible species of its marine fauna, the archipelago of the Hormigas is a wonderful place to practice diving. 

About the Posidonia prairie, we can tell that “Posidonia oceanic” is an aquatic plant abundant in the western Mediterranean. It has similar characteristics to terrestrial plants, because they have roots, rhizomatous stem and ribbon-like leaves up to a meter long. They bloom in the autumn and spring, they produce floating fruits called popularly as “Olive Sea”. You can imagine, the beauty of all these meadows. They are very important ecologically, and they have a balance of the marine life. In other hand, you can find in the “Columbretes islands” a marine reserve configured by a quadrilateral archipelago of volcanic islands. These islands are qualified as a Natural reserve, which is surrounded by precious transparent waters with steep underwater walls, they offer the most suitable places to have an amazing experience. Also there is a lot of “brown alga”. All this wonderful place have populations pen shells, red lobster and the spectacular red gorgonian offering a range of shapes and hues of red and orange colors.

The “Formentera Island” in Baleares, has proudly meadows of Posidonia, which are declared Heritage by the UNESCO. These islands are surrounded by the precious and crystal waters, which has diversity of marine life in the best part of the Mediterranean, it is an “underwater jungle”, it is for sure one of the favorite places of the divers, submariners, photographers, etc.

Underwater Species Diversity 

It is a great place where you can see all the amazing animals, such as jellyfish, sea urchins thousand colors, shellfish of all sizes and colors, mollusks, starfish and many other species. As if all this were not enough, in spring you can observe marine turtles coming from the Florida coasts, they travel so many miles every year. And from the shores of the islands you can see dolphins, whales and sperm whales, cachalots. In the “Hormigas islands” the divers find a heavenly place to dive. In this waters you can watch sunfish, bream, groupers, barracudas and many more species.

Balearics Islands and Canary Island

Baleares is the famous “Isla de Menorca”, you can find beautiful submerged underwater caves in temperate waters enjoying visibility up to 50 meters. There are so many fishes like the angel shark, the dogfish, common stingray, the thorny stingray, hammerhead sharks, sharks, seahorses, the pipefish, and much more.

Among the crustaceans can be seen crabs and cicadas. You can fins mollusks such as the conch, big eye octopus, and other rough top as well. You can experience all that you can imagine and everything you want to experience, one of the places you can enjoy is “Cabo de Creus” placed in Costa Brava. It is one virgin zone of the coast. Here you can find all kind of fishes, crustaceans, mollusks, reefs, caves and tunnels crammed the most beautiful submarine flora and fauna.

In Canarias, there is "Isla Del Hierro” with the warmest water of Spain, in this place live the blowfish, blue roosters, the moraines and other miliaris more. The blue rooster fish is really an art work of the nature. It has so many colors and tones of peacock blue that adorn its particular forms. In Baleares you can find a spectacular “Cabrera Archipelago”, in this water there is so many fishes, mollusks, crustaceans moving placidly for its clear waters in an unspoiled underwater scenery, thanks to its relative isolation.

In Pontevedra you can see the “Islas Cíes”, which has a great arqueology.  In Almeria there is “Cabo de Gata”. Its origin is volcanic and it has and is desert-like. This place hides the most beautiful seabed with extensive grasslands of Posidonia where there is a lot of groupers, octopuses varied shapes and colors and also adorn this giant crustacean paradise underwater landscape.

In the Balearic Islands can visit the natural park of Cabrera, an archipelago of small islands that have been kept separate and intact for a long time, and whose funds host wonderful underwater secrets. The island of Menorca, also in the Balearic Islands, is famous for its beaches and for being the destination of many visitors from all over Europe, but also for its waters that offer a unique experience for diving.

Finally, another recommended place to go scuba  diving in Spain is the island of Hierro, the westernmost island of the archipelago of the Canary Islands. 

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