Want to marvel at sunken ships and beautiful marine life? There are a number of great snorkelling locations that only Europe can deliver. With the Mediterranean heating up, now is the time to get the most out of those magical coastlines with our Best Snorkelling in Europe Guide.
Whether you want to snorkel in the French Riviera, investigate sunken ships in the Costa Brava or swim with Gibraltar’s diverse range of marine life, our guide, with information provided by our European Breakdown Cover, will point you in the right direction.
Snorkelling in the French Riviera
The French Riviera (Côte d'Azur) is home to a number of great snorkelling destinations. Located in the southeast corner of France, this Mediterranean coastline hosts the popular hotspots of Saint Raphaël, Var Coast and Nice, all of which provide excellent snorkelling and diving facilities. Saint Raphaël is arguably France’s main diving location, with numerous underwater artefacts. The Var Coast has many underwater sunken ships and planes, and Nice has a number of diving schools that provide qualified instructions and guidance for the divers.
Find directions from Calais to Saint Raphaël with RAC Route Planner – 10 hours 4 mins.
Snorkelling in the Costa Brava, Spain
Found on the coastal region of northeastern Spain, the Costa Brava stretches for 60 km from Blanes to the French border. Due to its rugged terrain, many a ship has fallen victim to the coastline’s cliffs, atolls and rock-strewn shores; not so great for the ships, but it does make for a wonderful spectacle for snorkelers. There is also an abundance of marine life to explore, as well as numerous caves, coves and tunnels for divers and snorkelers to enjoy.
Find directions from Calais to Blanes with RAC Route Planner – 11 hours 22 mins.
Snorkelling in the Amalfi Coast, Italy
The Amalfi Coast – another Mediterranean treasure – is home to a series of magical coves and impressive grottoes. The two most popular are the Green and White Grottos, and thanks to the area’s clear waters you’ll be amazed by the clarity of the marine life in the depths of the caves, not to mention being able to use it as a chance to practice your echo skills. If the views of the depth aren’t enough to tempt you, the views of the mountain cliffs are just as stunning.
Find directions from Calais to Amalfi Coast with RAC Route Planner – 18 hours 18 mins.
Snorkelling in Gibraltar
A hidden snorkelling gem, Gibraltar is home to a multitude of aquatic treasures. This northern ‘Pillar of Hercules’ is home to some of the world’s finest wreck sites dating back to Napoleonic times and World War II. Thanks to the current of the Atlantic Ocean mixing with the Mediterranean Sea, it is also home to a diverse range of marine wildlife and plant life. In particular, Gibraltar’s Camp Bay Artificial Reef Project boasts vast schools of boxfish, damselfish and octopus.
Find directions from Calais to Gibraltar with RAC Route Planner – 19 hours 49 mins.
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