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10 kayak routes to enjoy the Costa Brava from the sea

10 kayak routes to enjoy the Costa Brava from the sea

Kayak routes along the Costa Brava: a different way to discover it!

The Costa Brava is not only surprising from the land but also from the sea. Corners, coves, virgin beaches, caves, grottoes and rocks. While paddling on your kayak, you will find a different way to discover all its corners, some of them very hidden. An adventure for everyone, as long as you feel like paddling. 

1. A tour of the island of Caramany

10 kayak routes to enjoy the Costa Brava from the sea

Located 2 km from the mouth of the river Fluvià, in Sant Pere Pescador, you can contemplate one of the largest and best preserved riverside forests in the Aiguamolls de l'Empordà Natural Park. From the bank of the river Fluvià you can reach the mouth of the river, if you dare, instead of going around the island, you can paddle to the mouth. 

2. The Formigues Islands 


To get there, you can leave from Fosca de Palamós or from Castell beach and follow the coast of the Castell-Cap Roig natural area as far as cala Estreta. From there, you will go out to sea until you reach the islands! If you feel like it, it is an exceptional place for snorkelling ;-)

3. Cala Pedrosa

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Between l'Escala and l'Estartit, you can reach this virgin cove with crystal clear waters from either of the two towns. We recommend leaving from Cala Mongó, as you will pass by La Foradada (there you will find a cave; you can actually kayak through it!). You will also pass by Cala Ferriol before reaching Cala Pedrosa. 

4. Cala Jonca

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This cove in Sant Feliu de Guíxols is an exceptional place for climbing lovers, as with this route you will pass next to the Molí cove, where there is a well-known via ferrata and from where you’ll be able to watch the climbers from the sea. 

5. Route along the river Ter

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One of the most popular routes along the Ter is the one that starts in the village of Colomers and goes down to Verges or to Sobrànigues. This is an ideal route for the whole family, as it is not very difficult. It is also perfect for the hottest days, as the vegetation is abundant and it is a very quiet route. 

6. Cap de Creus from Portlligat

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An ideal route to enjoy the purest and wildest Cap de Creus from Portlligat. This route passes through exceptional spots such as s'Alqueria beach, es Jonquet, Badia de Guillola and Cala Seca. Unspoilt places with rock formations typical of this area. 

7. The Gispert Cave

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In Tamariu, the Cova d'en Gispert (between the Tramadiu cove and before reaching Cala Marquesa) is the longest sea cave on the Costa Brava, 150 metres long. It is highly recommended to go early in the morning and watch the sunrise from the cave.

8. Boadella reservoir

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The Boadella reservoir, in Darnius, is an ideal place to enjoy a quiet day kayaking. We recommend, if you have time and desire, to cross the reservoir and follow the course of the river Muga, to Sant Llorenç de la Muga. Attention: to navigate in the reservoir with your own boat you must have a permit from the Catalan Water Agency. 

9. Route to Les Salines


A quiet and different way of getting to know the Aiguamolls de l'Empordà area is to paddle along the canals of the Salines (within the Aiguamolls Natural Park), to discover its flora and fauna. Ideally, the departure point is Santa Margarida.

10. From Cala Montjoi to Cala Murtra


A good route of about 4 hours is the one from Cala Montjoi to Cala Murtra. Paddling in the direction of Punta Falconera you will gradually reach the nudist cove of Murtra. We recommend that you wear snorkelling goggles and dive into the sea to contemplate the wrecks of a sunken ship next to the old marble mines. 

Enjoy these sea routes on the Costa Brava and, afterwards, recover your strength in the best local charming houses in the area.

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