Things to do in L'Estartit

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Costa Brava Full-Day Tour from Barcelona

1. Costa Brava Full-Day Tour from Barcelona

This 12-hour tour from Barcelona explores the Girona coast, christened as the Costa Brava 100 years ago, due to its rugged coastline of small coves. Its superb natural beauty is apparent in several territories and protected areas. The area has also historically been a point of entry, transit, and settlement for different cultures and civilizations. Each has left a footprint, evidenced by the Greek and Roman sites in Èmpuries. Depart from Barcelona at 8:30 AM, and take the motorway to Calella de Palafrugell, a small fisherman’s village of great architectural and natural beauty, where you will visit its incomparable bays for spectacular views. Take an easy hike along the Camino de Ronda to the town of Llafranc. The Camino de Ronda borders all of the Costa Brava, and was historically used to control smuggling. Today, you will discover beautiful spots that wouldn’t otherwise be accessible. Explore the small seaside town of Llafranc, before heading to Pals at around noon. Located inland, on the top of a hill, the village is built entirely in an integrated medieval site. At the top, there is a 12th-Century cylindrical tower, which is visible from far away. Get stunning views of the Costa Brava and surroundings from the terrace, and walk through the cobbled streets of the old town, to appreciate the round arches, façades with pointed windows arches, and perfectly restored stone balconies. Continue to l’Estartit, an important diving center due to its close proximity to the Medes Islands’ archipelago, of significant interest for the wide variety of flora and fauna that inhabit the area. You'll have free time to eat lunch and then board a boat at 3:00 PM to explore the area from the water. Cruise for 1 hour and 20 minutes to the outer islands for spectacular views, then continue to the stunning cliffs of Sierra de Montgrí, only accessible by boat. Your final stop is the extensive Greek and Roman ruins of Èmpuries. An expert guide will take you on a guided tour of the site, the only one in Spain where both a Greek and later a Roman city existed together. Admire the remains of the city walls, the Acropolis, Market Square, and numerous other buildings. See the Roman city highlights, such as a mosaic floor in excellent condition, the Forum, remains of an amphitheater, and several statues and vestiges of street frameworks. Return to Barcelona at approximately 6:00 PM. You will arrive back at around 8:00 PM.

L'Estartit: Costa Brava Guided Scuba & Snorkeling Lesson

2. L'Estartit: Costa Brava Guided Scuba & Snorkeling Lesson

Plunge underneath the waves of the Balearic Sea and connect with marine life on a whole new level on this snorkel and scuba adventure. Your instructor will accompany you and teach you all you have to know for a safe, fun underwater experience.  Enjoy a 20-minute dip to soak in the marvels that live in the depths of the sea. After the dip, snorkel around the area. 

From L'Estartit: Medes Islands Guided Snorkeling Trip

3. From L'Estartit: Medes Islands Guided Snorkeling Trip

Visit the Medes Islands on a boat tour from L'Estartit and discover one of the best snorkeling spots in Spain. Explore the natural marine reserve situated in the heart of the Costa Brava and marvel at the incredible marine flora and fauna as you snorkel in the warm waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Meet your instructor and gather your snorkeling equipment before boarding your boat and departing for the islands. Once you arrive at the archipelago, hop into the water and follow your instructor to find the best spots to see the colorful marine life. Spend around 50 minutes exploring this underwater world before getting back into the boat. Then, sit back and relax on deck as you take a short cruise around the 7 islands before returning to the harbor, where your tour comes to an end. 

Costa Brava: Montgrí Sea Cliffs Kayak Tour

4. Costa Brava: Montgrí Sea Cliffs Kayak Tour

Enjoy an adventurous sightseeing trip down the Costa Brava by kayak. Meet your guide at L'Estartit and have a quick kayaking instruction session. Then it's time to hop in the kayaks and paddle out of the L'Estartit Harbor led by your experienced guide. Head down the coast towards Montgrí Mountain. Marvel at the 80 meter high cliffs that greet you as you get closer to the mountain. Learn about the different landscapes and the singular geological formations that comprise this protected area. After soaking in the thrills of the open sea and the stunning rocky coast, stop at the small Cala Calella Creek and take a refreshing dip. Then return to L'Estartit accompanied by your guide.

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What people are saying about L'Estartit

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 148 reviews

It was a very wonderful experience. Top activity. We did this as a family and we all enjoyed it. There was a lot of fish to see. And after snorkeling you had the chance to see which fish you had encountered under water by means of an information booklet about fish. Very good guide and you also got some time to snorkel on your own. Really great and I will definitely do it again.

Very warm welcome, good organization, smiling team. good distribution of groups our guide took the time to explain and show us the different marine species

Great activity to exercise and visit Illes Medes. The staff was very nice and the equipment was good. I highly recommend it!

Really nice experience. Well-organized also for our kids (10 & 12 y/o) totally recommended

Well organized. Nice trip with teenagers who love water and snorkeling.