If you are staying in Tossa de Mar, Platja Mar Menuda is a very good option for snorkeling in the city. The rocky point which borders the beach has impressive drop offs, where schools of seabream, damselfish, ornate wrasses and sometimes octopuses can be seen.

Snorkeling at Platja Mar Menuda, Tossa de Mar
At this spot, great for taking underwater pictures, the fish are easy to approach.

How to get to Platja Mar Menuda snorkeling spot

Platja Mar Menuda is the smaller of the two beaches of Tossa de Mar. It is easy to reach the spot by walking from most of the seaside resort areas (the beach is only a 10 minute’s walk from the old town). Otherwise, there are a few parking spaces nearby.

Platja Mar Menuda snorkeling zone

Water entrance for snorkeling Platja Mar Menuda

We advise you to enter the water near the rocks found at the end of the beach (on your left when you are facing the sea).

Platja Mar Menuda snorkeling exploration tips

The recommended snorkeling area in Platja Mar Menuda is located around Punta de Sa Longa, the rocky point found at the end of the beach. If beginners and children will stay in the shallow rocky beds that face the beach, more experienced snorkelers can follow the short itinerary (see map above) which allows you to discover the most beautiful areas of the spot, and in particular the impressive rocky drop offs.

School of damselfish at Platja Mar Menuda, Tossa de Mar
Large schools of damselfish are found near the rocky drop offs.

In the shallows (↕3-5ft/1-1.5m), you will see many sargos, sharpsnout seabream and two-banded seabream. Small schools of salema swim from rock to rock, looking for the small algae they feed on. A little further on, the water level increases: have a look in the cracks in the rocks, where common octopuses sometimes hide.

Near the rocky point, you’ll snorkel above steep drop offs (↕10-30ft/3-10m) around which hundreds of damselfish, small groups of saddled seabream and schools of two-banded seabream can be seen. With a little luck, you may also spot a gilt-head seabream streaking in the blue. Arriving towards the small beach, you will cross ridges covered with algae (↕5-10ft/1.5-3m) where there are many ornate wrasses.

Common octopus at Platja Mar Menuda, Tossa de Mar
Lucky snorkelers may spot an octopus in the craggy rocky beds.

Many boats use the passage between Punta de Sa Longa and the small island (Illa) – do not pass the yellow buoys.

Restaurants and accommodation nearby

Sa Bauma bar and restaurant is located on the beach. Otherwise, you will find a large choice of restaurants and convenience stores in town.

 

  • Level required Intermediary
  • Maximum depth30ft/10m on the drop offs
  • Water entranceFrom a sandy beach
  • LifeguardYes, in summer
  • Visitor numbersHigh
  • Access costsFree
  • Restaurants nearbyYes

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.