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Estartit Beaches

Estartit boasts one of the biggest and best sandy beaches on the whole of the Costa Brava. You can enjoy all kinds of water sports here and delight in the wonders of the Medes Islands marine reserve which attracts scuba divers from all over the world. Either side of the resort, the rugged Costa Brava coastline offers a wealth of delightful rocky coves to explore.

Watersports available at the yacht marina and beaches include sailing, fishing, scuba diving, windsurfing, water ski ing and jet ski ing.

Mas Pinell is the main beach stretching for a seemingly endless 3,100 metres of fine sand. Facilities here include bars and restaurants, sun beds and shades for hire, showers and access for wheelchairs. The beach is cleaned regularly and patrolled by lifeguards and the police.

The smaller Estartit Beach, flanked by the seafront promenade, is 925 metres long and similarly well served with all the usual tourist facilities.

The modern marina, which has developed alongside the original fishing harbour, is a pleasant place to enjoy an al fresco drink or a meal in the shade of one of the many canopied outdoor terraces.

 

The Medes Islands are without doubt one of Estartit's greatest assets, attracting visitors from other major coastal resorts and divers from many different countries. The archipelago of seven islets was once the hideout of pirates who plagued the Mediterranean coastline for centuries. The islands lie one and a half kilometres off the beach and are at the centre of one of the most important marine reserves in the whole of the Mediterranean.

Thousands of plant and animal species thrive on the islands and underwater in this national reserve which has been protected by a law passed by the Catalonian Parliament in 1990. Diving is unrestricted but fishing, including underwater fishing, is prohibited allowing a vast and rich variety of marine life to flourish here.

Scuba divers are delighted by some extraordinary sights including shoals of thousands of glimmering fish, carpets of coral, scores of octopus tangled together and underwater caverns illuminated by shafts of sunlight streaming through rock crevices.

There are numerous diving clubs and schools in the area to cater for beginners and experienced divers alike. And worry not if you prefer underwater exploration without getting your feet wet. Glass bottomed boats tour the islands regularly from Estartit, bringing visitors in their droves from the big resorts such as Lloret de Mar and beyond.

Hikers and horse riders will enjoy exploring the swampy plain of the River Ter, via the series of sandy paths which crisscross this lush, fertile area.

In the unlikely event of the kids tiring of the beach, there are the two major attractions of Water World and Marineland within easy reach. Water World is Europe's biggest water park, near Lloret de Mar, and boasts a wealth of thrill rides and fun pools including a 250 metre long raft ride over steep hills, round sharp bends and through dark tunnels. If you're not terrified enough after that, try your hand at the bungy jumping!

Marineland, just south of Blanes, has dolphin, sea lion and parrot shows, water slides, a reptile house, children's zoo and boating lake.

Just south of Blanes, on the road to Malgrat de Mar, there's Marineland which makes another good day out there are dolphin, sea lion and parrot shows, water slides, a reptile house, children's zoo and boating lake.

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