Best places to snorkel in Spain

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Snorkeling is a beautiful aquatic activity to discover marine life. Therefore, it is not surprising that if you are passionate about the sea and the beach, it has caught your attention to practice it. But, do you already know the best places to snorkel in Spain

The Spanish coast of crystal clear waters and emerald blue has nothing to envy to the Caribbean. So today we’ll show you the best places to snorkel in Spain to enjoy the adventure to the fullest 😉

Mallorca, the snorkeling paradise

Bay in Mallorca Spain

Mallorca is part of the Balearic Islands and is surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea. Here you will find countless snorkeling spots such as Cala Sant Pere Alcudia, the Toro Marine Reserve.

This island is one of the best places to snorkel in Spain where the calm Mediterranean water is crystal clear and green, so you can see the fish and corals to perfection.

In addition, these fine white sand or rockbeaches with pine trees and bushes around provide you with unbeatable views when you get out of the water.

So snorkeling in Mallorca is guaranteed fun in the clear waters of the Balearic Islands. And if you want to live a 360º experience and discover the depths of the sea, you can always do diving in Mallorca 🙂

Snorkeling in Mallorca

The wonderful sea caves of Jávea

Jávea is one of the jewels of the Alicante coast. Here you can enjoy the Mediterranean Sea in a unique way.

If you are still wondering where to snorkel in Spain, we present the Sea Caves of Javea! These caves are located along the coast of Jávea, among its wonderful beaches of crystal clear and calm water.

On our Sea Caves snorkel and kayak tour in Jávea you will visit the Llop Marí and Cabo de la Nao caves. The last one is one of the largest sea caves in Spain.

But it’s not all caves, you will enjoy the Granadella beach and the coves Ambolo and Caló. Where you will dive to snorkel in a cave that can only be accessed underwater.

In short, Jávea’s coastal scenery of clear, calm waters, together with the area’s good weather make the perfect cocktail.

Jávea beach views

Menorca, wonderful coastal nature

Another very good option for snorkeling in Spain is Menorca. One of the Balearic Islands with more charm, tranquility and good vibes.

Known for its unspoiled paradises, Menorca is increasingly visited and has two key points to do this type of activity, both for the most pro people and for those who are just starting.

If it’s your first time and you are a little nervous, relax, it’s normal. Of course, the snorkeling tips for beginners that we tell you will help you 🙂

Menorca cove

Macarella Cove

To the southwest of the island you will find Cala Macarella, a beautiful place waiting for you to discover its marine fauna such as the starfish.

In this habitat of crystal clear waters, surrounded by nature and with caves in its depths you can spend the best days of your vacation.

Cala En Brut

If you’re still not sure where to opractice this activitie, Macarella is one of the best places to snorkel in Spain and Cala en Brut as well. It all depends on your main interests.

En Brut is near Ciudadela, a town with great historical and cultural value that is well worth a visit. The scenery you’ll encounter under the sea will be similar to that of Macarella.

However, En Brut is a rocky cove ideal for walking and snorkeling. So if you just want to lie on the shore and sunbathe for a while, Macarella cove will be more comfortable.

Columbretes Islands, Castellón

If you are passionate about marine life and the depths of the sea, snorkeling in the Columbretes Islands is what you are looking for. These are located in the region of Castellón, 50 km from the coast.

The Columbretes Islands is a natural reserve with a great ecological value, so to snorkel you need some diving permits, believe us if we tell you that it is worth getting them.

Here you will be able to observe a great variety of marine fauna and see the famous red coral up close. Many say that these islands have one of the best seabed in Spain.

That is why the Columbretes Islands is in the best places to snorkel in Spain list 🙂

Snorkeling in Islas Columbretes


Playa de la Mar Menuda

If you are a beginner in the world of snorkeling and diving, Mar Menuda beach is an ideal place for you. This location is in Tossa de Mar, Girona and is easily accessible.

As for the bottom and its dimensions, a few meters from the shore you already reach a considerable depth, ideal for scuba diving in Tossa de Mar. So you can enjoy the marine fauna and the impressive rocky landscape with no problem.

But if you snorkel, you can also observe the scenery and see little fish near the shore, no need to go offshore. It seems that the most fearful are in luck 🙂

Scuba Diving in Mallorca

Cala Maset, Sant Feliu de Guíxols

Cala Maset is a natural paradise with an area of 25 square meters located in Girona. It exudes peace and tranquility in each of its corners wrapped by strong massifs.

Snorkeling in this place is a guaranteed success, since there are hardly any currents in the sea, the Mediterranean landscape provides unbeatable views and the weather is usually always on your side 😉 Who would deny that it is not one of the best places to snorkel in Spain.

Medes Islands

Continuing with the Costa Brava, the Medes Islands are one of the most important natural parks in the Mediterranean and are located in Montgrí, Girona. These seven islets are a favorite of divers and nature lovers.

As protected territory, you can’t get closer than 4’5 meters and you must book a guided tour if you want to enjoy its seabed as close as possible.

Medes Islands coral

Cabo de Gata, Almeria

Another place to snorkel in Spain is Cabo de Gata, in Almeria. This area is one of the seven wonders of Spain and is a natural park.

Once you visit the area you understand the reason for these titles: you can enjoy crystal clear waters and beautiful underwater landscapes, full of very curious marine species.

So, you know, grab your snorkel, goggles and fins to dive into the wonderful sea of Almeria and discover its secrets as the sunken ship. In the water ducks!

Cabo de Gata beach in Almería

Playa de Nuestra Señora, Cíes Islands

Continuing with the best places to snorkel in Spain, we present to you thePlaya de Nuestra Señora in the Cíes Islands, Galicia. A paradise of crystalline water and quite cold, where multiple species of marine animals such as fish, starfish and octopus inhabit.

This spot could not be better to observe the seascape, as its waters are truly transparent, but we are no longer in the Mediterranean, we are in the Atlantic.

The Atlantic Ocean is much more busy and its temperature is much lower. You must get used to the water, be confident and have some ability to swim. That said, if you have the opportunity to snorkeling at this beach, don’t think twice 🙂

Ciés Islands in Galicia

Papagayo Beach in Lanzarote

To finish the best places to snorkel in Spain, we want to discover you the Papagayo beach in Lanzarote. It is a paradise of unspoiled nature that is part of the Natural Park of Los Ajaches.

To get to this beach you will have to drive along an unpaved road and pay 3 euros if you want to park there. After making this road and settling in on the golden sand, it’s time to put on your gear to dive into the water.

You’ll discover the rocky seabeds and sandbanks that Papagayo beach has to offer, along with an explosion of color from the small fish that will be swimming around you.

Papagayo Beach in Lanzarote

And so far the best places to snorkel in Spain 🙂 I hope it has helped you and you already know where your next adventure will be, maybe in the Sea Caves of Jávea?


Lucia's life motto is "go with the flow". She lets herself go with the flow and joins any plan.

She has been lucky enough to travel to many different places, but her perfect trip is any place with sun, sand and sea. Indecisive by nature, she would not know how to choose between the Canary Islands or the Balearic Islands in Spain, or between Mexican and Peruvian food. Maybe that's why she will never say no to a trip... She has to find answers!

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