L'Estartit Off The Beaten Path

  • Blanes beach
    Blanes beach
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  • Towards Illes Medes in the early morning sun.
    Towards Illes Medes in the early morning...
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  • Paulien is excited to go snorkeling.
    Paulien is excited to go snorkeling.
    by Jerelis

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    Illes Medes – Some history lessons.

    by Jerelis Written Feb 14, 2013
    Getting close to another island.
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    During our boat tour we were told by a guide that the entire archipelago covers an area of approximately 23 hectares. The Illes Medes were listed as a marine reserve in 1983 and since then the area has seen a spectacular recovery of the rich seabed and of many sea and land species previously in danger of extinction. The islands are uninhabited today but shipwreck remains testify to ancient Greek ships navigating these seas in classical times. In the 15th century, a fortress was constructed on La Meda Gran and inhabited by the knights of St. Sepulchre. The monks eventually left and the fortress partially caved in after numerous pirate attacks in the 16th century.

    Finally the history lesson gave away that the first lighthouse was built on La Meda Gran in 1866, during the reign of Isabel II and was tended by a resident lighthouse keeper until 1930. The new automatic lighthouse is now powered by solar energy. So far for the history lessons anyway. We simply loved the tour, the weather was good and we had some excellent views at the island which we passed one by one. We saw numerous little boats near the island, right there the visitors were either snorkeling or scuba diving. Finally we made it back to the harbor of L’Estartit. It was a day very well spend!

    Address: Illes Medes.
    Directions: Being at L’Estartit just have a look from the coastline at the Mediterranean Sea and you will see them immediately. Can’t miss them.

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    • Water Sports
    • Diving and Snorkeling
    • Family Travel

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    Illes Medes – Part of our snorkeling tour.

    by Jerelis Written Feb 14, 2013
    Right next to one of the islands.
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    Initially L’Estartit was a fishing village, but the influx of a large sum of visitors to the town during the summer months made a hug change to the village. Like many other tourist resorts around the world, massification and uncontrolled growth led the town to lose the charm that had made it popular in the first place. Lucky enough for L’Estartit there is the underwater beauty of the Illes Medes and the large and well-equipped sports marina that keeps divers, sailors and snorkelers coming back year after year. The Illes Medes Islands constitute one of the principal marine flora and fauna reserves in the Western Mediterranean, a privileged natural area for visitors to this area and a much appreciated snorkeling destination.

    The sea surrounding the coastline is nearly tide-less and the visibility can easily be 30 and 40 meters in depth. Snorkeling was really fun and easy for us to do without much instruction, especially because we are strong swimmers. After an hour we left the area for a tour around the Illes Medes. The Medes Islands are a set of seven islets and we had the pleasure of boating around this beautiful seascape enjoying it with some free sangria. Conclusion: the underwater life is unexpectedly colorful and will add a memorable experience to your life. A must do!

    Address: Illes Medes.
    Directions: Being at L’Estartit just have a look from the coastline at the Mediterranean Sea and you will see them immediately. Can’t miss them.

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    • Family Travel
    • Diving and Snorkeling
    • Water Sports

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    Illes Medes – Group of seven islands.

    by Jerelis Written Feb 14, 2013
    Towards Illes Medes in the early morning sun.
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    During our summer holiday of 2012 we stayed at the campground Mas Patoxas in the village of Pals. At the reception we read a folder about snorkeling the beautiful blue water of Illes Medes and of course the kids were enthusiastic immediately. Because the trip from Pals to L’Estartit was only a 25 minutes drive we decided to go for it and booked a ‘Safari Tour’, which not only included snorkeling, but also a visit to the Medes Islands as well. The Illes Medes (in Catalan) or Islas Medas (in Spanish) is a small group of seven islets in the northwestern Mediterranean Sea. They are located close to the shore, east of the coastal town of L'Estartit.

    The funny thing about the island group that they all have a name, no matter what the size of it. Meda Gran, the largest one, is the only island of a considerable size. It has some vegetation and a 19th-century lighthouse on it. The other names are Meda Xica, Carall Bernat, Tascons Grossos, Medellot, Tascons Petits and Ferrenelles. The last ones are mere steep rocky outcrops jutting out from the sea. Don’t ask me which is which … LOL

    Address: Illes Medes.
    Directions: Being at L’Estartit just have a look from the coastline at the Mediterranean Sea and you will see them immediately. Can’t miss them.

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    • Diving and Snorkeling
    • National/State Park
    • Family Travel

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    Blanes

    by 9152315 Written Aug 8, 2005
    Blanes beach

    Blanes is a fun town to visit. There are great beaches and many good restaurant / bars.

    There's a parking garage near the beach which makes it an easy place to park your car and go to the beach with all your beach-stuff. :-)

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    Route touristique

    by 9152315 Written Aug 8, 2005

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    Great view of Loret da Mar

    When you have a car then you should definately take a tour along the shoreline. (Roadnr: C 255)

    This path has numerous parkingplaces where you can rest and take beautiful pictures like the one on this page.

    The tour will take you through several little towns and other places worthy of a visit.

    When you drive all the way you'll end up in Loret de Mar and Blanes. These towns are VERY tourist minded.

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