There are outstanding diving destinations all over the world, including in Europe. While the continent rarely features on a list of the globe’s best diving experiences, there are plenty of under the radar diving spots that are well worth visiting whether you’re a beginner or an experienced diver.
Take Murcia, for example, the Spanish region located in the southeast of the country. It offers many intriguing dive spots of various difficulties, as well as plenty of other features that make it a desirable destination. In this blog, we’ll take a look at the ins and outs of taking a diving trip to Murcia, including when to go, where to go, and other activities to do whilst you’re there.
Conditions and When To Go
Murcia isn’t the only diving spot in Spain, but it is arguably the best one. Or, at least, it’s the best for people who like to stay warm when they’re diving! Murcia is closer to Africa than it is to the North of Spain, and so, as you can imagine, it never gets too chilly. The average water temperature is around 21 degrees, which is truly not bad by European standards. However, though you could still be wearing shorts and t-shirts when you’re on land in January, you won’t want to be in the water. In general, the best diving conditions are found between March and October. And with calm to moderate waters virtually year-round, you can rest assured that you’ll have plenty to see, too.
Where To Go
When we say Murcia is a great location, we really mean it. There are plenty of sites to choose from. If it’s your first time in the area, it’ll be best to set up camp in Cabo De Palos, which is where the main diving schools are located. After you’ve gotten your bearings, be sure to take a trip to La Azohia, which offers diving spots filled with diverse marine life thanks to the Mazarron Shelf, which creates an instant drop of 1,700m. Experienced divers will spend a lot of time around Islas Hormigas, which is part of Cabo De Palos and features diving spots that include shipwrecks, coral reefs, and other points of aquatic interest.
You’ll have plenty of daytime fun on your diving trip to Murcia, but it’s not as if the good times will end as soon as you’re out of the water. Quite the opposite, in fact: they’ll have only just begun! Murcia is known for the extensive entertainment and nightlife it provides, so make sure you check it out. While it’s OK to stick to the local corner bars, if you’re looking for something a little more classy, swing by Odiseo, an entertainment hub in the style of the fabulous Las Vegas hotels. There, you’ll be able to wine, dine, and live the high life at the grand onsite casino; just be sure to practice your skills beforehand by using a free bet offer to increase your chances of coming away victorious!
Murcia is one of the easier diving destinations to visit, especially because of its proximity to major European cities and the ubiquity of the English language there. But as with all diving destinations, you’ll need to take some precautions to ensure you get the most from your trip.
First, be sure to choose a reputable school. A PADI certified school will have knowledgeable staff, experience, and a high level of professionalism. However, don’t take a PADI certification as a bona fide badge of quality. If your intuition tells you something isn’t right with the school, then choose another. You’re there to have fun, but your safety comes first!
The Good Life
Murcia’s reputation as an excellent diving destination continues to grow, in large because there’s so much to love. Sunshine, diving spots, and a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere that allows you to sink into the pleasures of life on Spain’s east coast. You’ll have a great time!