Free shore access
This spot have a free shore access: you can go snorkeling there freely and without having to book a tour or pay an entrance fee.
Cala Calella is one of L’Estartit closest snorkeling spots. In this pretty rocky cove, which can be reached on foot from the port, you can see seabream, triplefin blennies, nudibranchs, and sometimes small moray eels.
Cala Calella is a small rocky cove located in the Montgrí Natural Park, just north of L’Estartit. It is about a 30-minute walk from the port of L’Estartit. The path (starting point here), which goes up behind the city then descends into a wooded valley, offers great views of the neighboring Medes Islands.
Get in the water from the rocks that line the small cove.
The cove, very narrow and steep (about 10m wide) near the “beach”, begins to widen 60-70m from the beach. The rocky beds of Cala Calella are covered by several species of algae, and are home to many sea urchins, snakelock anemones and beadlet anemones. On the walls, you can also find small nudibranchs, like the pilgrim hervia (↕6-12ft/2-4m).
Many fish can be spotted on this spot, including salema, saddled seabream and two-banded seabream. Groups of dozens of damselfish swim near the rocky drop offs. On the walls, there are also many red-black triplefin. In small rocky caves, you can sometimes see small Mediterranean morays.
Cala Calella is in a natural setting and there is no water or food available nearby.
These spots are accessible to anyone with basic snorkeling skills, and feeling comfortable in the water and with his snorkeling gear. You will enter the water from the shore (beach, pontoon, ladder, rocks) or from a boat. The water height in the sea entrance area is reasonable, but you will not necessarily be within your depth. Moderate currents can occur in the area, even when the sea conditions are good. The distance to swim to reach the most interesting snorkeling areas of the spot does not exceed 200 meters.
This level only apply when the spot experiences optimal sea and/or weather conditions. It is not applicable if the sea and/or weather conditions deteriorate, in particular in the presence of rough sea, rain, strong wind, unusual current, large tides, waves and/or swell. You can find more details about the definition of our snorkeling levels on our snorkeling safety page.
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Snorkeling spots are part of a wild environment and their aspect can be significantly altered by weather, seasons, sea conditions, human impact and climate events (storms, hurricanes, seawater-warming episodes…). The consequences can be an alteration of the seabed (coral bleaching, coral destruction, and invasive seagrass), a poor underwater visibility, or a decrease of the sea life present in the area. Snorkeling Report makes every effort to ensure that all the information displayed on this website is accurate and up-to-date, but no guarantee is given that the underwater visibility and seabed aspect will be exactly as described on this page the day you will snorkel the spot. If you recently snorkeled this area and noticed some changes compared to the information contained on this page, please contact us.
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