Scuba Diving in Spain

The Kingdom of Spain is a state located in the southwest of Europe. The Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands are also a part of the state. Atlantic Ocean washes over the north and the west of the country, with the Mediterranean Sea from the south and the east.
The kingdom is famous for its many exotic places that are ideal for diving. The diving area in the water around the islands of Alboran and La Nube (“Cloud”) makes up more than 26 hectares.
The purest water has a visibility of up to 40 meters, the ability to dive to a depth of 50 meters, the diverse underwater world, a large number of specialized equipment rental centers and diving training schools and favorable weather conditions. All this attracts different levels of divers to Spain.

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Museo Atlantico is the very first underwater museum in Europe. It is located near the island of Lanzarote at a depth of 12 to 15 meters. It is made up of an area of over 2,500 square meters settled over three hundred installations that were created by the eco-sculptor from the UK, Jason de Caires Taylor. The sculptures depict migrants and refugees. You need to scuba dive to visit the museum.
Diverse sea life and deserted beaches make Alboran Island very attractive for divers. The underwater world is rich in kelp beds and stunning coral, known for its beauty. You will find flocks of sardines and anchovies here, as well as mammals like killer whales and sperm whales. And if you're lucky, you will see the extremely rare striped dolphin.
Costa Adeje is located on the southwest coast of Tenerife and is washed over by the Atlantic Ocean. Both beginners on their first dive, and experienced divers will find it interesting here. The sea bed is very clean. During a dive you can meet angelsharks, stingrays, barracudas, turtles and other representatives of the rich marine kingdom.
Cape Palos (esp. Cabo de Palos) is located in the Spanish region of Murcia. The rocky bottom here is coated with a unique marine eelgrass — posidonia, the largest plant in the world. The sunken ships are absolutely littered with artificially created coral reefs. The vessels are connected with ropes for divers' convenience. If you dive down to 30 meters, you will see octopuses, moray eels and sea eels.
Thanks to its unique underwater landscape, the Castell de Ferro area is particularly attractive for divers and is among the top ten diving sites in Spain. Many of the underwater caves are covered with starry corals, which create an indescribable atmosphere. The water is calm here, and you can watch moray eels, sunfish, octopuses and eels.

Diving Destinations in Spain

Spain is a kaleidoscopic mix of landscapes that attracts divers with completely different interests. The Island of Alboran is attractive due to its natural and pure beaches. Cape Cope will intrigue you with its rocky bottom and its many caves. Cape Creus has natural park status. In Castell de Ferro there is a promise of stellate corals and other unique inhabitants of the underwater world. The waters around Formentera allow you to dive to a depth of 50 meters. Cieza Islands are considered to be the best dive zones in the north of the country.

Memo Notes
Currency EUR - European euro
Languages Spanish
Timezone UTC - UTC +1
Phone code 34
Emergency Help 112
Electricity

Type C - 230 V, 50 Hz

Type F - 230 V, 50 Hz

Dive Shops in Spain

A lot of dive shops are located around Tenerife in the Canary Islands. There are more than 30 diving spots here. Dive shops and schools in the Costa del Sol region are working all year round as well.

Сlimate & Seasonality
Spring

In Spain the rains end and the sun starts to warm up the country in March. The swimming season starts on the Canaries. But throughout the country in May, the air and the water heat up to +26 ˚C and from +15 to + 19 ˚C respectively.

Summer

On mainland Spain, the Summer is steadily hot and arid. The climate is milder on the Canary Islands. Diving season is in full swing then. The average air temperature is +25 ˚С in the day and the water is always warm.

Autumn

Summer lasts until September in Spain, and autumn arrives in October. However in the Canaries, the beach and the swimming season are still in full swing at this time. It gets rainy in November and the temperature drops by +15 ˚С.

Winter

December is still quite comfortable and there are no sub-zero temperatures. In warm areas, the air warms up to +17 ˚С, and water up to +19 ˚С. In January, the weather is windy and rainy, and in February, snowfalls alternate with the warming sun.

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The Best Dive Sites

The Medes underwater reserve is among the best dive sites in Spain. It stands out due to the diversity of its underwater world and good immersion conditions, where even in winter the water temperature here does not fall below 15 ° C. Divers are attracted to the huge sea maze of Furio Fito and Montgri, which lovers of wreck diving will appreciate.

Health & Safety

Despite the fact that Spain has a good police force, robberies and thefts are quite common. The most dangerous public places include town squares, train stations, airports and supermarkets. It is possible for someone to steal money and valuables from a cheap hotel room. Because of this, it is best for them to be stored in a safe. It is safer on crowded beaches, however, tourists may face other problems such as heat stroke and stinging jellyfish. You can call a doctor if you need help, even if you do not have insurance. The doctor will provide quality care and prescribe treatment. Before visiting Spain, you need to be vaccinated against hepatitis A. And if you want, you can make sure that your other vaccines are up to date.

Dangerous Marine Life

A large number of jellyfish are found off the coast of Spain and many of them are dangerous to humans. For example, the sting of the tentacles of the Portugese Man O' War, is very painful. There is a high chance of getting injured by sea urchin needles or fireworms. Fireworms sting like stinging nettles.

Eat & Drinks

Spanish cuisine, much like the country itself, is bright and original. It successfully combines seafood and meat. It is rich in fruit and vegetables. Tapas are popular with Spaniards, or, pinchos by another name. These are golden pieces of toasted bread decorated with cheese, cold meats, seafood and vegetables. They are beautiful and very tasty. What about the famous boutifar with meat, fragrant-smelling blood sausage with beans, topped with real Spanish olive oil and garlic sauce?
Those who love gourmet food will enjoy the exquisite taste of the famous red Spanish wines. The most famous wines, both in Spain and in the world, are the wines of the province of Rioja, which have absorbed all the sun's warmth from Tempranillo grapes. You can drink tap water in this country, but it is still better to use bottled water.