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Cala Montjoi is located on the north of Costa Brava, at the heart of Cap de Creus Natural Park. This beautiful and well sheltered rocky creek, with waters protected from the waves, is a good snorkeling option in the area. In its crystal water you can spot a beautiful variety of Mediterranean fish, especially sea bream, wrasse and shoals of salema.

Two-banded sea bream at Cala Montjoi
The common two-banded seabream (Diplodus vulgaris) in frequently seen in Cala Montjoi seagrass meadows.

How to get to Cala Montjoi?

Cala Montjoi is a little cove located between Roses and Cadaqués, on the north of Costa Brava. It is at the heart of Cap de Creus Natural Park. From Roses, you can reach Cala Montjoi by car or taxi (5km), but also by foot, by taking the enjoyable walkway (Camí de Ronda) along the coastline (2.5km).

Cala Montjoi snorkeling map

Water entrance for snorkeling Cala Montjoi

You can get into the water from one of the two extremities of the beach, according to the area you want to cover.

Cala Montjoi snorkeling exploration tips

Cala Montjoi is a very sunken rocky creek, bordered by small cliffs. The most interesting areas for snorkeling are located on either side of the beach, along the rocks. The central part of the bay, with sandy seabeds, has less underwater life.

With respect to the western area (area 1 on the map), we especially recommend the surroundings of the rocky tip which separates Cala Montjoi from Cala Calís. Here you can admire rocky seabeds covered by seaweed, with ornate wrasse going back and forth (↕1-3m). Some Posidonia meadows stretch nearby, attracting small schools of salema and many two-banded seabream.

Wrasse at Cala Montjoi
Several species of wrasse are found over Cala Montjoi rocky seabed.

On the eastern area (area 2 on the map), the seabed is mainly made of screes interrupted by patches of Posidonia, populated by the species common to rocky seabeds of Mediterranean shallow waters (↕1-3m).

The painted comber and various wrasses species are the easiest to spot here. With a little luck, you might come across an octopus or a cuttlefish hunting on the rocks (the latter is best observed in spring, during the breeding season).

Cala Montjoi Beach
Cala Montjoi offers calm and sheltered waters, right in front of a sandy beach.

Cala Montjoi is pretty deep and, therefore, boats might come quite close to the beach. Observe the swimming areas and notify your presence using a diving flag if you swim outside.

Restaurants and accommodation in Cala Montjoi

There are several bars and restaurants around Cala Montjoi. Cala Montjoi Resort & Bungalows holiday village, located in front of the beach, is the only accommodation available in close proximity to the spot.


  • Level required Beginner
  • Protected areaParque natural del Cabo de Creus
  • Maximum depth20ft/6m
  • Water entranceFrom a sandy beach
  • LifeguardNo
  • Visitor numbersMedium
  • Access costsFree
  • Restaurants nearbyYes

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These snorkeling spots are accessible to beginners and kids. You will enter the water gradually from a beach, or in a less than 3ft. deep area. The sea is generally calm, shallow, with almost no waves or currents. These spots are usually located in marked and/or monitored swimming areas. It is not necessary to swim long distances to discover the sea life.

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.