Shipwrecks on the Costa Brava

Written by Ezequiel Mizrahi
05/28/2023 09:44:56 en Immersion | 4 comments

The dives in the sunken ships give a lot of emotion, exploring every hidden corner, we can find new inhabitants of flora and fauna and enjoy unique underwater landscapes. But that's not all, there is something else that makes them so attractive to divers, their history!

All dives, including Wreck Dives, require proper diver preparation. In this article you will be able to know several ships, sunk on the Costa Brava with different levels, which depend on the depth and difficulty of the dive.

low difficulty

Vessel Name : Cotenti

Location: L'Escala

Depth: 6-12 m.History: The ship was built in 1940 and sank on September 8, 1963, when it was going to be scrapped, because of the tramuntana, it broke loose from a trailer head and crashed against the rocks from Punta de Cinc Sous after being adrift.

Vessel Name : El Melchuca

Location: Roses/Cala Montjoi

Depth: 5-17m.

History: The shipwrecked in 1968, due to a great storm, due to the collision with the Massa d'Ors islet, which has caused a significant leak. The Captain decided to head for Roses, but the state of the ship prevented his goal and finally there was a shipwreck in Cala Montjoi in front of l'llot de Bergantí.

Medium difficulty

Vessel Name : Reggio of Messina

Place: Motgrí Depth: 24-32 m.

History: Reggió de Messina for many years transported trains and passengers, its length reached 122 meters and draft to 6. In 1987 it was intended to become a party room to be another attraction during the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, but it could not be a reality due to a fire. The Generalitat de Catalunya decided to sink it to turn it into a marine biotope about 2 miles from L 'Estartit, close to the area of the tip of La Foradada. Over time, it has been split and divided into three main parts, listed on the port side.

Vessel Name : Boreas

Place: Palamós

Depth: 25-32 m.

History: It is a ship with a very curious history. Originally, called Pellworn, it was a German tall tugboat that participated in World War II, becoming part of the United States Navy at the end of the war and finally a shipping company based in Panama. Although his ultimate goal was to work in oil prospecting, he was used for smuggling and in 1985 he was arrested carrying a large amount of hashish off the coast of Begur. Requisitioned, it was abandoned in the port of Palamós. After several years, diving centers (Nautilus and La Coma) bought the boat with the intention of sinking it in the Llosa de Palamós, after removing dangerous ledges for divers, and converting it, as is today, in a wreck with one of the most popular dives on the Costa Brava.

High difficulty

Vessel Name : El Marmoler

Location: L'Escala

Depth: 32-42 m.

History: It is an Italian ship, which was transporting Marble, and after a storm it ran aground near Punta Trenca Bracos in May 1971. Its real name is Avvenire, but it became well known as El Marmoler due to the cargo it was carrying and which it still keeps in his edge. It is a dive for experienced divers.

Vessel Name : Saint Prosper

Place: Roses

Depth: 37-60 m.

History: It is a French merchant ship, also called an "oil tanker" that was wrecked in March 1939 when it collided with a mine placed in the Civil War period, splitting the ship in half and sinking so quickly that the crew, 27 people, appeared at first sight. have no chance to escape. At the time of the sinking, the ship was carrying 300 tons of crude oil drums.


Feedback from our users.
Ángel 25 July 2021

Years ago I was on the Costa Brava and I visited one of these boats, the "Boreas". It was a wonderful experience. The whole ship can be seen, and you can even go inside, with great care of course. In some parts of the ship you can find life. I recommend it!

Antonio 19 February 2021

I love sunken ships and especially their great history. Thanks for sharing the article.

Joan 24 December 2020

I was in one of them, in the Boreas, it's very good, you can see the whole thing in a single dive. It's nice and easy.

Clara 20 January 2023

That's cool, I didn't know that there are so many shipwrecks on the Costa Brava, but I would like more information.

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