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Costa Brava

Day Trips

Our most recommended Costa Brava Day Trips

From L’Estartit: Snorkeling Trip to the Medes Islands

1. From L’Estartit: Snorkeling Trip to the Medes Islands

Discover one of the best snorkeling spots off the Costa Brava on this wonderful eco tour. Explore the seven islands of the Medes Islands archipelago, located just a mile from L’Estartit beach. See the incredible marine flora and fauna as you snorkel through this beautiful nature reserve. Meet at the local partner's shop where you guide will welcome you and give you the snorkeling equipment. Watch a short video on the Medes Islands and the marine life you can see there. Then get on board a small boat and depart for the islands. When you arrive at the archipelago, jump into the water in groups of 8 to 10 people with a guide who will show you the best spots to see the fishes. After 50 minutes of snorkeling, return to the boat and you enjoy time for swimming or relaxing on deck. Take a short cruise around the islands before returning to the harbor, where your tour will end.

Lloret de Mar: Catamaran Sailing Experience with BBQ

2. Lloret de Mar: Catamaran Sailing Experience with BBQ

Enjoy the ultimate day of fun in the sun with a sailing trip along the Costa Brava. Climb aboard a beautiful catamaran in Lloret de Mar and set sail. Lie in the big net bow area and feel the sensation of floating over the sea while listening to music and having a drink.   After 1 hour of sailing past the stunning landscape of cliffs, caves, secluded beaches and fishing villages, the boat will stop at a quiet spot. Swim in a small inlet, play on the giant floating mattress, or go snorkeling in the beautiful waters. Top off the experience with complimentary drinks including beer, sangria, soft drinks, and water. Return to Lloret de Mar with the music turned up, as you soak in the atmosphere.

From Barcelona: Costa Brava Kayaking and Snorkeling Day Trip

3. From Barcelona: Costa Brava Kayaking and Snorkeling Day Trip

Discover the Costa Brava on a day trip from Barcelona. Snorkel and Kayak in the Mediterranean. Explore caves and coves and learn about local flora and fauna. Savor a picnic in a stunning natural setting and end your experience with a refreshing drink at a bar in central Barcelona. Depart Barcelona and journey along the Costa Brava for approximately 1 hour to reach the start point of your exciting kayak and snorkel adventure. Upon arrival at the beach, get outfitted with all the necessary equipment and listen to the instructions from your guide. Explore secluded beaches and rocky caves by kayak, and swim and snorkel among the native marine life. Encounter volcanic cliffs towering above the shimmering waters, brimming with fish, sea urchins, coral formations, and more. Along the way, enjoy a picnic lunch and complimentary water, and get plenty of free time to chill out on a white sand beach. Head back into the heart of Barcelona at the end of your adventure, and enjoy a round of beer or sangria at a bar on arrival.

From Roses: Cap de Creus Natural Park and Cadaqués Boat Tour

4. From Roses: Cap de Creus Natural Park and Cadaqués Boat Tour

Explore the beautiful coastline of the Cap de Creus Natural Park on a boat tour. Sail along the coast spotting natural landmarks like Cat's Rock, Tamariu Cave, and the cliffs of Cape Norfeu. Enjoy some free time to explore Cadaqués before heading back to Roses. Depart from Roses by catamaran and sail by the Cap de Creus Natural Park as far as Cap de Creus headland. See all the highlights of the natural park; passing by the Cat's Rock, Tamariu Cave, the cliffs of Cape Norfeu, the Cave of Hell, and the lighthouse of Cap de Creus. Enter the scenic cove of Port Lligat. Here, you can see the house of the famous artist Salvador Dalí from the boat. Arrive in Cadaqués where you will disembark on the main beach, just in front of the old town. Enjoy 1.5 hours of free time where you can explore the beautiful village or grab some lunch. Afterward, hop back on the boat for the return journey to Roses.

Tossa de Mar: PADI Discovery Scuba Diving

5. Tossa de Mar: PADI Discovery Scuba Diving

The "try dive" is an activity recommended for beginners in scuba. The entire experience lasts three hours, the first 35 minutes of which will consist of a briefing on how the equipment works, how to communicate underwater using hand signals, and how the tour will go. Afterwards, get kitted out in the provided wetsuit and boots in the changing room. Once you are ready, hop in the van for just five minutes and prepare for the fun to start. Because the dive site is directly connected with the beach, you'll be enjoying a shore dive off Mar Menuda Beach.  When you get to the water, your guide will break up the activity step by step, and you'll have plenty of time to get used to each one at your own pace. Starting from the beach makes everything easier, especially for your ears as you'll have more time to get used to the pressure. Stay under the water for about an hour — this, of course, depends on you, because the more nervous you are, the faster you breathe, and the quicker you'll go through the air in your tank. During the dive, your guides will snap some photos/videos, so you will have a souvenir from the activity.

L'Estartit: Try Dive & Snorkeling in Montgrí National Park

6. L'Estartit: Try Dive & Snorkeling in Montgrí National Park

Discover one of the best diving spots off the Costa Brava on this wonderful 3-hour tour. Get a safety briefing and introduction to diving as you prepare for your first underwater drive. Hop on a diver’s boat and sail out to the stunning coast of the Natural Park of el Montgrí, a great spot for entering the ocean as a beginner diver.   After you have become familiar with the necessary breathing techniques, you will begin your first dive, guided by a qualified instructor. Your personal guide will accompany you and attend to you during the whole activity.   Spend up to 20 minutes exploring the tranquil underwater world and seeing a huge variety of marine wildlife. After the dive, you will have time to snorkel around the area by yourself before you get on the boat back to the harbor.      

From Roses: Catamaran Cruise to Cap de Creus

7. From Roses: Catamaran Cruise to Cap de Creus

Enjoy an unforgettable sailing experience on board the catamaran "Magic". Sliding gently over the blue waters of Costa Brava, you’re sure to love this quiet and relaxing day on the water.   Departing from the dock of the Ginjolers in the center of Roses, sail along the beautiful coast with its solitary coves lined with pine trees and abrupt cliffs until Cap de Creus. There, pass by the famous Cadaqués as well as Port Lligat, where Antoni Gaudi’s house is found, and enjoy the spectacular rocky coastline of this bay. In either Cala Bona or Cala Culip, the catamaran will anchor so you can take a pleasant swim in the crystal clear waters. Discover the seabed with free snorkeling equipment on board, or sunbathe in the wide bow nets while the crew serves a delicious barbeque prepared on board. After a full and relaxing day in the sun, your crew will lift anchor and take you back to Roses.

From Roses: Sailing Catamaran Cruise to Medes Islands

8. From Roses: Sailing Catamaran Cruise to Medes Islands

Cruise aboard a comfortable catamaran on this day trip from Roses to the National Park of the Medes Islands. Take a refreshing dip in the crystal-clear waters of Cala Montgó or Illa Pedrosa. Sip on soft drinks and sangria as you sail and savor a BBQ lunch.  Hop aboard a spacious boat and disembark from Roses. Glide through the Bay of Roses on the spectacular Costa Brava on your way to the Medes Islands. Weave through the islands, admiring views of the village of Estartit and the Montgrí massif.  Stop at Cala Montgó or Illa Pedrosa about 2 hours where you can swim in turquoise waters and sunbathe on deck. Meanwhile, the crew will prepare a mouth-watering barbecue meal and serving it on board.  After a full and relaxing day enjoying the sun and the sea, the crew will lift the anchor and take you back to Roses.

Costa Brava: Kayak and Snorkel Tour with Lunch and Beer

9. Costa Brava: Kayak and Snorkel Tour with Lunch and Beer

Meet your guide and transfer to the coast by air-conditioned minibus or coach from the Arc de Triomf in Barcelona. It’s just over an hour up the coast of Spain in our air-conditioned minibus or bus. Arrive at the kayaking base camp and meet your kayak tour guide. Change into your swimwear, get snorkeling gear and equipment, and take part in a safety briefing to learn some basic kayaking techniques. Launch off the beach and into the water to start your 3-hour kayak tour. Hear about local flora and fauna from your guide as you admire the dynamic coastline. Stop along the way to try some snorkeling and exploring coves. Savor a classic Spanish Bocadillo with chorizo for lunch along the way. Have the option to take part in a kayak race. Keep a lookout for marine life like an octopus while you snorkel. Watch swooping bats, splash your guide, and be terrified by old pirate legends. After your tour, arrive on the beach and enjoy 3 hours of free time. Cool off with a free beer or soft drink and spend your free time exploring. Play a game of volleyball with the public nets, go for a cocktail or tapas in a local bar, or enjoy a walk along the coastline. Take the opportunity to have a short walk along the coast of the bay to different viewpoints or to pick up some souvenirs. Return to Barcelona by bus at the end of your tour. 

From Barcelona: 8-Hour Costa Brava Kayak and Snorkel Tour

10. From Barcelona: 8-Hour Costa Brava Kayak and Snorkel Tour

Try something different during your time in Barcelona and explore the wild coast of the Costa Brava by kayak. Travel by private coach from the city center to a picturesque beach, where the qualified guides will navigate you to places only accessible from the water. Discover secret coves and small caves, and get up close and personal with the beautiful sea life. Avail of an activity that requires no previous experience and is a gentle and relaxing day out for all the family. As long as you can swim, you can marvel at the rugged cliffs and coastline from a different perspective. Get the chance to jump from rocks and go for a swim in the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Enjoy a lunch of sandwiches, freshly prepared on the beach and served with a selection of delicious hams and cheese. Don't worry about getting travel sports insurance as full injury insurance is included. In the unlikely event that anything should happen to you, you'll be covered.

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What people are saying about Costa Brava

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 1,448 reviews

Super fun activity! A highlight of our vacation. Approximately 1.5 hour bus ride to Platja d'Aro, a very nice little beach town that is worth a visit on its own, short instruction on kayaking, then we went on the water. We paddled along the coast and stopped every now and then to snorkel. Competent and friendly guides! Afterwards there was a snack (baguette, apple and muffin) for everyone who also looked out for intolerances. I received a salad as a gluten-free snack. At the end you could stay in the start bar for a beer/sangria. There was enough toilet break and after snorkeling you could chill on the beach for half an hour. All in all, a very successful and well-coordinated trip and, despite the relatively long bus ride, definitely worth the price! Easily manageable in terms of effort level, but you should be able to swim safely despite wearing a life jacket. Cell phones and backpacks can be safely stored on the beach.

I did this kayaking with my parents. Kayaking and snorkeling last 3 hours. The rest is free time. Before I did a kayaking, my parents and I were able to swim on the beautiful beach of Costa Brava. Also our guides Tim and Ignacio are very kind and hospitable. 부모님이랑 카약이랑 스노클링 했는데 좋았어요! 대략 3시간에서 3시간 반정도 진행되고 점심으로 샌드위치랑 사과 먹었어요. 3시간이 짧을거라고 생각했는데 은근 힘들어요. 총 투어시간은 10시간인데 왔다갔다 하는 시간 3시간 조금 넘고 설명듣고 카약타는 시간 4시간정도입니다. 그리고 나머지 시간은 자유시간이여서 바다에서 수영했어요. 엄청 재밌고 부모님이랑 좋은 추억 만들었어요.

Absolutely amazing. Oscar was our guide, he was great. We kayaked through rocks , into a cave and out into the sea. Everyone was very friendly and helpful. We received lunch and a free beer to end the trip. The journey to get there was in a very comfy coach with good AC. Would definitely recommend. Great value for money. The cues were absolutely beautiful.

My favorite day of the trip. Our guide Kyra was awesome. Safety was important as my wife is not a strong swimmer. Kyra’s instructions and mother duck personality kept us safe and sound

it was very informative and visit to Beach was created. Our guide was very nice and informative.