Diving in Catalonia

Catalonia, or Cataluña as it is known in Spanish, is an autonomous region in the northeastern corner of Spain.

Made up of three distinct areas, it has something to offer every diver. Considered by some to host a few of the best and least know diving sites in Spain, there are a range of underwater rock formations, sea mountains and cliffs, coral, and a few shipwrecks to explore too.

On the Costa Brava, the most popular dive destination, you’ll find Los Ullastres, a series of three underwater peaks, Cap de Creus, a Maritime and Terrestrial Nature Reserve, the protected seabed the Medes Islands, and the Formigues Islands - home to a few shipwrecks.

The metropolitan area of Barcelona offers several different dive sites, but just half an hour’s drive outside the city the more adventurous diver will find a different underwater landscape which includes sea meadows, cliff faces and the odd shipwreck. In the summer, don’t be surprised to see some underwater “eel fights”.

Tarragona, the most southern region, is home to the least known dive sites. Suitable for the more technical and advanced divers, El Cavour, a shipwrecked steamboat from 1917, and lying about 52m (170ft) down, is worth exploring.

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Wildlife in Catalonia

Though not home to the most varied of sea life, it’s still worth a visit with several interesting marine species on offer. Beds of seagrass and the many kinds of Alcyonacea coral, or soft coral, including red and yellow sea fans, red coral, and gorgonians form reefs on sea walls and underwater peaks. One can find a range of fish, including sarpa salpa, dusky groupe, barracuda, gorgonian, dolphinfish, octopus, as well as black and red scorpionfish. Diving of course is possible year-round, although winter temperatures are that bit cooler. In general sea temperatures average from 16-24C (61-75F) throughout the year.

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Dolphins
Common Dolphin
Rays
Eagle Ray
Stingrays
Electric Ray
Skate (fish)
Reptiles
Alligator
Seahorses and Pipefishes
Common Seahorse
Spiny Seahorse
Pipefish
Fishes
Ocean Sunfish
Moray Eel
Angelfish
Butterfly Fish
Clownfish
Barracuda
Lionfish
Wrasse
Sand Eel
Snake Eel
Ribbon Moray Eel (Ghost Eel)
Conger eel
Panther Moray Eel (Dragon Eel)
Scorpionfishes
Snapper
Surgeonfish
Frogfish
Triggerfish
Damselfish
Goatfish
Tuna
Garfish
Box Fish
Garibaldi fish
Trumpetfish
Bannerfish
Flounder
Emperors
Molluscs
Octopus
Squid
Cuttlefish
Crustaceans
Crayfish
Shrimps
Lobster
Crab
Jellyfish
Sea Nettle
Moon Jellyfish
Portuguese Man o'War
  Jan - Mar Apr - Jun Jul - Sep Oct - Dec
Dolphins
Common Dolphin
Rays
Eagle Ray
Stingrays
Electric Ray
Skate (fish)
Reptiles
Alligator
Seahorses and Pipefishes
Common Seahorse
Spiny Seahorse
Pipefish
Fishes
Ocean Sunfish
Moray Eel
Angelfish
Butterfly Fish
Clownfish
Barracuda
Lionfish
Wrasse
Sand Eel
Snake Eel
Ribbon Moray Eel (Ghost Eel)
Conger eel
Panther Moray Eel (Dragon Eel)
Scorpionfishes
Snapper
Surgeonfish
Frogfish
Triggerfish
Damselfish
Goatfish
Tuna
Garfish
Box Fish
Garibaldi fish
Trumpetfish
Bannerfish
Flounder
Emperors
Molluscs
Octopus
Squid
Cuttlefish
Crustaceans
Crayfish
Shrimps
Lobster
Crab
Jellyfish
Sea Nettle
Moon Jellyfish
Portuguese Man o'War

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