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Top 15 Places For Snorkeling In Europe: A Virtual Tour

We all know that the best places to do some water sport activities are the Islandic destinations or Oceanic Destination But have you heard or imagined Europe is one of the best places to do Snorkelling? We commonly think that Culture, Food, Weather, History, Architecture, is what Europe is all about but the continent does have a lot of scuba diving options in various cities each being unique from the other. This Blog will cover Top 15 Places For Snorkeling In Europe

Top 15 Places For Snorkeling in Europe: Pocket Guide

  1. Elafonisi Beach, Crete, Greece
  2. Reserva Natural da Berlenga, Portugal
  3.  Illes Medes, Costa Brava, Spain
  4. Makarska, Croatia
  5. Maddalena Archipelago National Park, Sardinia, Italy 
  6. Lake Silfra, Thingvellir National Park, Iceland
  7. Coco Beach, Nice, France
  8. Isola Rossa, Sardinia, Italy
  9. Bovisand, Devon, UK
  10. Ghar Lapsi, Malta
  11. Russalka, Black Sea, Bulgaria
  12. Paphos, Cyprus
  13. Lobos, Canary Island, Spain
  14. Skiathos, Greece
  15. Palud Bay, South of France 

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1. Elafonisi Beach, Crete, Greece :

To start with, Elafonisi Beach, Crete, Greece is one of the best places to start with, Located in the Eastern Mediterranean region the place offers diverse marine life, the blue water clear as a sky. The best time to experience is around Early Autumn i.e. between September to October. You can plan along with Santorini
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2. Reserva Natural da Berlenga, Portugal

Situated on a rocky island the Reserva Natural da Berlenga is Ten kilometers off from Peniche in Portugal. The place gives you historic vibes, you can see real shipwrecks sights while your snorkeling. The place is fondly known as Wonderland of Nature Lovers because of its Clear blue waters which are deep. The best time to visit is around February (Spring) or during October (Autumn)
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3.  Illes Medes, Costa Brava, Spain

Few of the Protected Marine reserves Illes Medes is one of them, Meaning it’s a natural sight of plants and fish growth. One of the peaceful locations to indulge in Snorkeling and it’s quite near to Barcelona, so you could do a day trip from Barcelona more or less a 2-hour drive. The best time to visit is either during the spring season i.e. between March to May or between September to November i.e. the Autumn season.
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4 Makarska, Croatia :

One of the best coral reefs to snorkel in, Makarska has you could find different water species like turtles and if you see a sea horse you could count yourself lucky, It is famous for its coral reef is because the fresh springs on the sea bead help in the formation of the coral reefs. May or June is the best time to visit.
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5 Maddalena Archipelago National Park, Sardinia, Italy

One another place around the Mediterranean sea, The Maddalena Archipelago National Park is a must-visit for Honeymoon couples It is located in the Northern part of Sardegna Island. The best time to visit is between April – May or Between September to October.
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6 Lake Silfra, Thingvellir National Park, Iceland

Warmest place to Snorkel as there are water geysers nearby also the water is crystal clear as it is a glacial lake. Another Must visit snorkeling location for reasons such as the fissures where the two continental plates meet would be visible for you and since there is Lagoon beside the lake you could see the shallow bottom from the top. The place is famous for its freshwater fish too. You could visit this place throughout the year.
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7 Coco Beach, Nice, France :

You might be surprised to Nice in the list as it is predominant an industrial area none the less you cannot miss the place if your planning for a trip to France. You can peaceful snorkeling experience near the beach sides but be cautious about the jet skies. You can also experience the same diving companies in and around the area. The best time to visit is During the Spring or Autumn month
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8 Isola Rossa, Sardinia, Italy :

Another place in Itlay where you could have a snorkeling experience, but this quite different as the waters would have residuals of the red rock beaches which means that reefs are quite sandy which is an indication of rich diversity. The best time to visit is between April – May or September – October
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9 Bovisand, Devon, United Kingdom :

Located near Plymouth harbor, Bovisand is the home for big fishes, You might even see few sharks too ! one of the best places to snorkel in Europe as the place is shallow at the bottom. Best time to visit around Spring or Autumn months.
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10. Ghar Lapsi, Malta : 

Clearwater, caves with white sands make it a wholesome and ideal place to do snorkeling. Natural caves act as bustling cafes for the fish you can visit these caves and you’ll find different breeds of fish. So the highlight of the places is the natural caves. The best time to visit is During April, May, or June.
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11 Russalka, Black Sea, Bulgaria :

One of the Top most Snorkeling Destinations across Europe, As the name, suggests you would be black sediments it doesn’t affect your snorkeling experience. You could shipwreck from a different era, on the flip side the marine life is low. The best time to visit is between June and September.
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12. Paphos, Cyprus :

Located on the eastern side of Cyprus a small town with a presence of both small and big caves. The most preferred side is near the small caves where you could find secluded beaches near the lighthouse where you could find diverse marine life likes of octopuses too. Best time to visit between May – November
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13. Lobos, Canary Island, Spain

It being the smaller canary Lobos is an Exquisites place to do snorkeling. The area remains undisturbed as it is protected by marine reserves, Locates two kilometers away from the Island of Fuerteventura has rich marine life as the fishes and plants grow without any disturbance from the outside world. The best time to visit is around Spring and Autumn months
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14. Skiathos, Greece:

Contrary to other snorkeling places, Skiathos located in the Aegean Islands snorkeling can be a bit of hard work due to the low visibility because of the sediments. You could find rare and exotic fishes near the rocky islands. A highlight is that by the coast you have white sand beaches where you could chill before the activity.
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15 Palud Bay, South of France :

Picturesque surroundings, Lush greeneries, Rocky Terrains then Palud Bay alternatively know as Plage de Le Palud is the place. The place has well-defined paths for snorkeling which gives you a unique experience. There is no best time to visit you could visit any time of the year.
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