Located at the foot of Cap de Creus lighthouse, Cala Jugadora is a superb rocky cove with crystal clear waters, protected by a marine reserve. While exploring its seagrass meadows and rocky drop-offs, you will encounter combers, starfish, seabreams and sometimes small moray eels. A great snorkeling awaits if you are visiting Cap de Creus Natural Park!

Comber at Cala Jugadora
The comber is pretty common in Cala Jugadora. This grouper-related fish, generally unfearful, it is easy to approach.

How to get to Cala Jugadora snorkeling spot?

Cala Jugadora is located in the Cap de Creus Natural Park, in northern Costa Brava. From Cadaqués, the nearest town, follow the signs of the Cap de Creus lighthouse (8km, 20 minutes by car). About 600m before arriving at the lighthouse, you will see from the road Cala Jugadora (on your right) and Cala Culip (on your left). A parking lot has been set up right before the last ascent to the lighthouse, but there are very few spaces. Once parked, walk down into the cove following one of the small paths in the slope (10 minutes).

For hikers, it is possible to reach Cala Jugadora on foot from Cadaqués (or Portlligat) by following the Camino de Ronda coastal walk. The walking time is approximately 1.5 hours.

Cala Culip, also famous for snorkeling, is located just across the road, about a 15-minute walk from Cala Jugadora.

Cala Jugadora snorkeling ma

Water entrance for snorkeling Cala Jugadora

You can enter the water from one of the two small beaches of the cove (see map), or from the surrounding rocks.

Cala Jugadora snorkeling exploration tips

You can snorkel all over the cove, where the seabed is made of rocks, sand tongues and posidonia meadows. If the shallows near the beaches offer great sightings (salema, peacock wrasse, painted comber, blennies), we particularly recommend to follow the western edge of the cove until the “pass” located between the coast and the small rocky islet (see map).

Calcareous tubeworm at Cala Jugadora
Beautiful calcareous tubeworms can be found along Cala Jugadora’s rocky shore.

At the foot of the drop-off, in the scree, you will readily spot combers (which can be easily approached), sargo, and sometimes small moray eels. By scanning the walls, you certainly find the red starfish that live here. Near the “pass”, there are large sargo, saddled seabream and two-banded seabream which come and go as the waves move (do not enter this area if the sea is rough), creating a magical atmosphere.

Red black triplefin at Cala Jugadora
Males red-black triplefin, easy to spot almost everywhere in the cove, has a bright red coloration.

Restaurants and accommodation nearby

Two restaurants are located at the Cap de Creus lighthouse. Otherwise, you’ll find in Cadaqués, a 20-minute drive from Cala Jugadora, a number of restaurants, supermarkets and accommodation fitting all budgets.

 

  • Level required Intermediary
  • Protected areaCap de Creus Natural Park
  • Maximum depth25ft/8m
  • Water entranceFrom pebble beaches or rocks
  • LifeguardNo
  • Visitor numbersMedium
  • Access costsFree
  • Restaurants nearbyYes, near the lighthouse
  • Public toilets & showersNo

MAP Spot

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.