According to the prestigious Spanish website EFEverde, Cabo de Palos-Islas Hormigas´ marine reserve has been claimed to be one of the most important areas in the Mediterranean. Nowadays, this location is considered the area of greatest underwater biodiversity of Europe, an essential requirement that has advertised its importance as the perfect Spanish dive destination.
Its 1.900 hectares encompass an immense amount of different submarine species, covering seaweed (vast colonies of posidonia, extended in the Mediterranean Sea and the south coast of Australia) and colonies of coral, making it the perfect environment to foster biodiversity. But this is not its only allure!
The fact of being catalogued as a dangerous space for navigation has prompted another major tourist attraction, since its seabed “shelters” the remains of ancient shipwrecks: the Italian ocean liner “El Sirio” (the Syrian) sunk off the coasts of Cabo de Palos in 1906 – 110 years ago –, taking away the lives of its crewmen, together with other four sunken vessels from ancient times – it has been discovered rests of a Phoenician cargo, as well as a cannon from an old xebec. As a result of these previous loses and in order to conserve wildlife, Cabo de Palos-Islas Hormigas became a protected space in 1995, and moreover, Cabo de Paloss´ lighthouse was declared a Site of Cultural Interest in 2002.
To preserve this natural paradise, there have been various restrictions in the field of fisheries, including other nautical activities. However, diving – in a controlled manner – is still considered a valid activity in the area because of its huge tourist power and how enriching the experience is, allowing humans to contact directly with the hidden beauty of the ocean and its exoticism.
For this reason, we invite our most adventurous readers to join this rewarding and interesting experience!
Some of the diving activities we have in Cabo de Palos are: