In l’Escola we dive by the Coastline of Montgri. In the Medes Islands, diving courses or baptisms are prohibited. The Coastline of Montgri is part of the Natural Park and it extends from Estartit to “Punta del Trencabrassos” in the municipality of l’Escala. It is the facade of the Natural Park’s coastline. Underwater life is similar to what can be found in the Medes Islands. The coast is steep and forms cliffs. You can access several coves on foot such as Cala Calella, Cala Pedrosa and Cala Ferriol, or natural ports such as Cala Montgó. But many of the diving sites are only accessible from the boat. We follow and respect the rules of underwater behavior, explained before each trip to the clients before the dive. In general, the anchor is not cast in the posidonia and the bottom is not to be touched (except in courses), we do not remove or move any marine species and collect human waste (provided there is no life inside). In the briefings (explanations that are done before entering into the water to the guided divers) the dive sites, the route, duration, and the rules of good practice of the diver are remembered.
NATURAL PARK OF MONTGRI, ILLES MEDES, BAIX TER
The Park, created on 05/28/2010 by law 15/2010, occupies a land area of 6155.20 hectares and a marina of 2,039.99 hectares. It occupies space in 8 municipalities of High and Low Empordà: Bellcaire, l’Escala, Fontanilles, llavià, Gualta, Pals, Palau Sator, Ullà and Torroella of Montgri.
The park is divided into 5 zones of differentiated habitats: Montgri massif, Medes Islands and the Coast of Montgri, Beaches and Dunes, Wetlands and Marshes and the agricultural plain.
In the Natural Park sports activities are carried out in the land, sea and air. There are self-guided hiking, bicycle touring and mountain biking networks. Visitors can make their own excursions on foot, horseback riding and nautical and underwater activities. Other activities are: bird watching, golf, cultural visits to museums and artisanal production (Rice).
– Montgri Massif: located between the plains of the regions of Hogh and Low Empordà, this mountainous mass of limestone rises. Seen landscape from a location north of the massif, a figure of a dead bishop can be intuited. There are Paleolithic settlements (Cau del Duc cave) and Romans (lookout settlements). The Montgrí massif can be divided in two. A northern strip that forms a high plateau and a higher, steep and rocky southern strip, where the main peaks are: Montplà (317 m), Muntanya d’Ullà (308m) and Montgrí (303m), behind which is the Santa Caterina Valley. Following this system of peaks towards the sea, is the Rocamaura (225m) on whose slopes is the Estartit.
On the coastline, the massif ends in some sectors with cliffs of more than 100 meters, what we call the Coastline of Montgri. The erosion of the sea has caused some cavities such as La Foradada, in Cape Castell. There are also small coves, such as Cala Ferriol or Cala Pedrosa. To the northwest corner of the massif, is Cala Montgó. Crowning the Massif, is the unfinished castle of Montgri, dated XIII Century. The view of the castle is one of the tourist attractions of the Park. It is reached by several paths indicated in the area.
– Medes Islands and Montgri Coast: The Medes archipelago, located 1 mile in front of Estartit, is seven islets and has an area of 23 hectares. They constitute one of the most important marine flora and fauna reserves in the western Mediterranean. The protection of the islands began in 1983, although it was in 1985 when mandatory regulations began to be established and in 2010 it was declared a Protected National Natural Park. It is a comprehensive land nature reserve (cannot be accessed without authorization from the Park) and partial underwater. Its protection is due to the attempt to preserve more than 1,300 animal and plant species such as posidonia, red coral, corvallo, bedeo, groupers, lobsters, nopales, vines, carob trees etc.
The Coast of Montgri, part of the Natural Park, runs from Estartit to Punta del Trencabrassos in the municipality of l’Escala. It is the facade of the coast of the Park and where our company carries out its economic activity. Underwater life is similar to that of the Medes Islands.
– Beaches and Dunes: in the Natural Park there are 6 km of beach, in a continuous extension except at the river Ter mouth, between the towns of Estartit and Pals. The “urban” beaches are those near these locations, easily accessible. There are other areas on both sides of the river mouth, where the dune systems have been protected, where walkways have been conditioned for controlled and orderly access by bathers to the beaches. The dunes are cordoned off to protect the dunes and the species that live there. Species that inhabit these areas are: Cinderella Lizard, Patinegro Plover, Barrón or Sea Lily. The dunes hinge between the sea (the beach) and the wetlands of the Old Ter or the saltpeter areas of the Pletera.
– Wetlands and marshes: wetlands are wet areas, resulting from the interaction of the Ter and Daró rivers with the sea. They have been restored thanks to European Life projects of the European Union, since they had almost been destroyed due to the tourist pressure of the last decades.