The Medes Islands, a paradise on the Costa Brava

Discover the Medes Islands Nature Reserve.

The Medes Islands is a small archipelago covering an area of 21.5 hectares located in the Mediterranean, one mile off the Montgrí Coast and Estartit – which is where our Nautilus trips leave from. It is formed of seven small islands and reefs which are home to an underwater site of extraordinary biological and ecological value.

The archipelago of the Medes Islands has been a protected area to conserve the flora and fauna of the seabed since 1990; this protection has made it possible to restore the richness of its aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, for example the common stingray, red coral and posidonia. In 2010 it was declared a Protected National Nature Park; its ecosystem has been classified as the best Marine Reserve in the Western Mediterranean.

Estartit, the heart of Empordà

Estartit is a town located on the coast of the Empordà region, part of the Torroella de Montgrí municipality. It is in a perfect setting, between the Montgrí Massif, a large sandy beach and the mouth of the River Ter. Lovers of scuba diving come to Estartit from all parts of the country to explore its seabed, and particularly the Medes Islands Marine Reserve. What’s more, there are also lots of walking or cycling routes that start right in the centre of the town and which give you fantastic views of the Costa Brava.

Accommodation and local restaurants

There are many camping possibilities around Torroella de Montgrí. It is an easy and cheap option for the whole family! At Nautilus we recommend the Castell Montgrí Camping, which has a wide selection of activities and services, perfect for a weekend in Estartit. And if you prefer to stay in a hotel, the Hotel Panorama has spectacular views of the Costa Brava and the Medes Islands.

No visit to Estartit is complete without a good seafood meal at La Sal restaurant. Enjoy the authentic flavour of the rice dishes, seafood and tapas and enjoy views of the port and the Mediterranean Sea.