L'escala is a Spanish Mediterranean town of nearly 11,000 inhabitants, located in the Catalan Costa Brava, Gerona (Girona). It is a place of beautiful beaches and rocky shores lapped by crystal clear waters and where history left its legacy.
There are the ruins of Ampurias, a Greco-Roman city. Its seabed is formed underwater plains where huge marine biodiversity are mixed with grottoes, caves, wrecks and remnants of history. Its surroundings are beautiful places where do all kinds of diving. On the beach virgin Les Muscleres north near the ruins of Ampurias can make diving snorkeling, visiting remains of Mediterranean history. Nearby on the beach urbanized Moll Grec, in San Mantin Ampurias, there is a Greek source port attractive for diving snorkel also. South of L'escala, Illa Mateua Cove, at the southern end of the Natural Montgri is perfect for snorkeling and scuba-diving average depth of the rugged coast of the island. Nearby is the Cala Montgo (Cove Montgó). A beautiful sandy beach set in a bay sheltered from the winds. It is ideal for beginners diving. Around the village there are also beautiful and varied beaches: Rec Moli, sandy beach surrounded by pines and offers a nice place for snorkeling, as well as the small beach of Port d'en Perris, facing the old part of the town. The rock formations Portitxol beach is a perfect place for diving. Platja del Poble, coarse sands, is the most visited and having better services.
Top dives in L'Escala
Diving in this area is very attractive for the amount of possibilities you have. The diving among wrecks has two prominent stars: Regio Messina and The Averine. The visit to the wreck Reggio Messina, southern tip Castell, carries a dive of about 30 m. This ferry of 122 m in length, was dedicated to the transport of passengers and trains. On the main deck remnants of train tracks are. Many lobsters live in that wreck. In Cala la Viuda (P.N.Montgri), 42 m. deep is the wreck The Averine, also called The Marmoler because lie inside lots of marble, visited by locusts, sun fish, lobsters and other marine species.
For diving caves, the Mateua Island is a good site. For cracks inhabit its shores many different species of shrimp and fish, seahorses, white gorgonians and mollusks. Nearby you can visit the small wreck Cotentin. However the quintessential dive sites are the Medes Islands, in the Natural Park Montgri.
In the bowels of the Montgrí massif, between L'Escala and L'Estartit, you can practice cave diving for exploring underwater caves, the cave of Vetes, a much visited and cavity dubbed "the cathedral. The limestone of the area makes the caves are very numerous in the Montgrí and the Medes Islands. The fund, consisting of silt and sediment can become dangerous if the visibility is reduced to almost entirely be removed by diver’s fins reason why you should only go diving in this site with cave experienced instructors.
Species to see in Medes Islands, Costa Brava
In the Mediterranean Sea have been recorded and classified about 11,000 marine species. Particularly, diving in L'Escala has a truly spectacular panorama, as everything that characterizes the Costa Brava. Also, near the coast of L'Escala is usual to meet the seductive brunette, with cleaner shrimp, elegant stripes, sunfish, eels, conger eels, groupers and sea slugs living quietly among beautiful corals and gorgonians.
In nearby marine areas, it is possible to see a variety of beautiful nudibranchs mating, the splendid veil brizoos and sirens.
When speaking of L'Escala, is impossible not to make a very special mention world famous Medes Islands and recognized by divers worldwide. Its seabed is truly eventful "underwater forest" of life, through the mouth of the River Tiber. Also, there are many sunken wrecks. The Medes Islands are a small archipelago of seven islands and a beautiful reef located near the "Massif Montigrí". Among a wonderful scene composed of pink and white algae scorched by the sun, coral and sea lettuce, curious animals can be seen as the marine tomatoes, tops, mussels, limpets and chitons. Also, runners crabs, Moorish crabs, slugs, worms and spectacular marine molluscs curious drillers. The bream and always splendid "golden" tend to break the shells of barnacles and apparently still tops, for their food. A dense vegetation cover by the amazing arborescent fronds of red, green and ocher, white fans, all kinds of algae and red and yellow sponges, provides habitat for beautiful urchins, oysters, mussels, worms and beautiful multicolored asidias.
The wide variety of algae, which try to defend themselves with the secretion of repellents, are eaten by hedgehogs, smooth, salps, sea hares, snails, crustaceans, Diplodus, shan fish, gobies, mountain and beautiful maidens.
Other animals such as octopuses, crabs, large fish (Diplodus, Sea Bream and others), bass, anchovies, whitebait and vogues, refuse to miss this spectacle that rather looks like an explosion of streamers of many colors. But the party is not over yet. In deeper waters, beautiful live green and red on inhabiting colorful sponges and algae shaggy appearance. Also, are commons showy coelenterates (such as "dead arm"), briozoos (as "false coral"), the red sea squirt, the puril, worms, snails and a variety of beautiful mollusks.
It is also possible to find giant lobsters, tailors, locust lobsters, territorial fish like learned rock fish, thrushes, scorpion fish, conger eels, groupers and hamstrings. Now the Posidonia meadow (known by locals as "Alguer") provides shelter to all kinds of colorful sea urchins, the spectacular purple urchins and salps. However, the sediments that accumulate in this meadow are richer, even in organic matter so the ellipsis animals like Comatula, sea squirts, sponges, worm’s hodroideos colorful strangers they abound. In these sediments inhabited, too, as are sediment feed brittle stars and sea cucumbers. In addition, guests are common octopuses, starfish, crabs and a splendid variety of colorful fish. Also seen some sharks left sometimes being completely harmless to humans.