Snorkeling is an adventure sport and gives you an instant rush
of adrenaline because you can never know what you are going to encounter
underwater. Europe offers some of the best snorkeling locations for both
amateurs and professionals.
If you want to go to Europe and enjoy snorkeling, but are not
sure where you should be headed, here are some of the best snorkeling locations
in Europe that you must try:
1. Coco beach, France
Coco beach is located in the ‘Nice’ region of France which is
literally nice for snorkeling lovers. The beach has sparkling clean water,
which makes it even more exciting for snorkeling. It is a famous beach, and
many companies arrange a range of water sports activities here.
If you decide to visit Coco beach for snorkeling, you can stay
in the nearby town which has all the necessary amenities for tourists. If you
think the beach is too crowded to enjoy, you can visit nearby caves to see the
hidden wonders below water.
2. Skiathos, Greece
Skiathos is another excellent
place for snorkeling in Europe, but the reason why few people come here is that
there are a lot of sediments from nearby rocks that have deposited at the
bottom. However, this does not mean that this location is no good.
Here the snorkelers get to witness some of the best-known exotic
water creatures. Another good point is that you can walk along the white sand
to find a secluded spot for yourself.
3. Bovisand, the United Kingdom
If you are a snorkeling enthusiast, then you must have heard of
Bovisand. It is located near the Plymouth harbor and is eagerly visited by a
vast range of snorkeling lovers. Good weather or not, you can safely snorkel in
this place and enjoy your adventure. This place is known for some big fishes
that you might not get to see elsewhere.
4. Maddalena Archipelago National Park,
Maddalena Archipelago National Park is one of the best and
safest locations for amateur people who want to try snorkeling in Europe.
Another reason that makes it an ideal snorkeling spot is that it is surrounded
at the edge of the Mediterranean Sea, so all the wonders of these vast waters
can be seen in this snorkeling location.
5. Ustica, Italy
Another great place in Italy for snorkeling is Ustica. This
place is easily accessible from the Island of Sicily and hosts some of the best
marvels of Tyrrhenian Sea. The crystal clear water offers a snorkeling
experience, unlike any other spot.
6. Medes Islands, Spain
Since it is a protected spot and people are not allowed to hunt,
so once you go underwater with your snorkeling gear, you will get to see a wide
variety of sea animals. It is a peaceful place where you can snorkel without
worrying about fishermen or loads of people on the shore.
7. Makarska Beach, Croatia
Makarska is another recommended place for snorkeling enthusiasts
because of its clear water, rocky coast, and less-crowded surroundings.
Makarska offers fresh and clean water from the Adriatic Sea, and needless to
say, there are heaps of corals, fishes, octopuses, plants, crabs and even
8. Paphos, Cyprus
Paphos offers a scenic location for snorkeling in Europe. This
location is not recommended for beginners, but experts may delve in rough water
to see some water wonders. If you go near Paphos lighthouse, you can observe
lots of water creatures. There are options to choose from sandy beaches to
rocky pools for underwater explorers.
Isola d’Elba Scoglietto, Portoferraio, Italy
Isola d’Elba Scoglietto is undoubtedly a special snorkeling
location in Europe. The protection given to sea creatures means that snorkelers
will get to see all marine life of the Mediterranean Sea, without missing out
The white stones of nearby Ghiaie beach give a majestic view.
The biological protection enables the big and small sea creatures to live
freely without any external intervention. While snorkelling, you do not even
need to go very deep to see underwater wonders, they are present closer to the
10. Caneiros, Portugal
Caneiros is located in the Algarve and is easily accessible from
Faro airport and Lagoa. The water of the Atlantic Ocean is not only clean but
also warm in this area. Underwater caves and low tides make it an ideal
snorkeling destination. These are the kinds of treasures that you can only
imagine if you are soaking in a saltwater hot tub, but at Caneiros you will get to experience all this
11. Plage de la Palud, France
It is another highly sought-after snorkeling destination of
Europe that is located in southern France. The rocky and sandy beaches along
the shores of the Mediterranean Sea are promising spots for snorkeling with
loads of underwater creatures.
Especially if you go to the preserved areas, you will see plenty
of fishes and archaeological heritage for exploration. The clear water holds
not only various schools of jellyfishes but also shipwrecks that are
well-protected by Port Cros National Park service.
12. Columbretes Island, Spain
Due to being next to the Mediterranean Sea, there are some of
the world-class snorkeling spots in Spain. It is one of the great locations
where you won’t be disturbed by many people around you. While there will be a
scarcity of people around you, there will be an abundance of sea life to
witness while snorkeling.
13. Ghar Lapsi, Malta
Numerous reasons make it a renowned snorkeling area. The rocky
shoreline promises to have a lot of sea animals to see while snorkeling.
Crystal clear water makes the whole experience even better.
If you come along with friends or family who are not into
snorkeling, don’t worry as they won’t get bored while you snorkel. There is a
fishing port, so everyone will get to see a lot of hustle-bustle around. Along
with this, there are also some natural pools where the water is quite shallow,
so even beginner swimmers can gain experience here.
So, grab from your snorkeling gear and head to these fantastic
snorkeling destinations in Europe. Happy snorkeling!
Europe offers some of
the best snorkeling destinations. Check out our list of 13 best locations that
will lead to amazing snorkeling experience.
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