If there is one place you cannot miss on the Costa Brava, it is the Medes Islands, a stunning archipelago made up of seven islands belonging to one of the most important nature reserves in the Mediterranean.
Located one kilometre off the coast of Estartit, it is a unique place worth visiting, not only for its spectacular scenery but also for its incomparable environmental value. You can visit the Medes Islands from Mas de Torrent Hotel & Spa, where we will help you plan your excursion.
Great diversity of flora and fauna
The Medes Islands belong to the Montgrí Natural Park on the Estartit coast. The seven islets are Meda Gran, Meda Petita, Medallot, Carall Bernat, Ferranelles, Tascó Gros and Tascó Petit, with a surface area of more than 21 hectares.
The main attraction of the archipelago lies in its enormous variety of marine and land species. The seabed is home to fish, algae, corals, and crustaceans, as well as shipwrecks, making it a popular spot for scuba divers. Out of the water, the island's vegetation is adapted to the wind and salty conditions, and there are also abundant birds, insects, and some mammals.
A diving paradise
The warm waters of the Costa Brava are ideal for diving, and the Medes Islands are a true underwater paradise to be discovered by fans of the underwater world. The Meda Gran and Meda Petita, the largest of the islands, offer the most diving opportunities. Access is usually by boat or zodiac, always under the supervision of professionals.
If you haven't tried scuba diving yet, try a diving baptism on the Costa Brava and make your first dive in the sea. There are many diving options for beginners on the islands.
Visiting the Medes Islands by boat
At Mas de Torrent we organise an exclusive experience for our guests who wish to visit the marine environment. Our boat trips are ideal for getting to know the landscapes of the Costa Brava and getting close to the Medes Islands.
We have packages that include a day or half-day sailing trip with skipper included, so you don't have to worry about anything, and all the material you need on board: towels, diving goggles and a picnic lunch provided by chef Ramón Freixa, so you can enjoy a luxurious gastronomic experience on board.
The departure ports for the boat trips are in Palamós, Estartit or Llafranc. You can choose between two types of experiences:
- Half day: 4 hours trip in which you can discover the coves of the area. From 2 to 6 people in a 6m boat.
- Full day: 8 hours of sailing to get to places such as Cadaqués or Cap de Creus, from where you can visit the Medes Islands. From 2 to 12 people in a 12m boat.
Your hotel near the Medes Islands
At Mas de Torrent Hotel & Spa we offer you an exclusive stay in the heart of the Costa Brava. Our 5-star hotel and spa in Costa Brava is located in a charming 18th century masia with all the comforts of a modern luxury hotel, where you will find all the calm, privacy and relaxation you need.
Book a room or suite with private pool and discover the pleasure of elegance at Mas de Torrent. In our restaurant run by chef Ramón Freixa, you will be able to taste the best produce from the Costa Brava in traditional Catalan dishes. And to pamper yourself even more, our MasSpa is at your disposal with a wide range of treatments and the best spa and sauna facilities. An unforgettable gastronomic and relaxing experience awaits you at Mas de Torrent!