Sea swimming lanes over the Catalan coast
If none of our latest recommended routes has convinced you or if you think it’s still too hot to go for a walk on the mountains, this recommendation might be the one for you. The sea swimming lanes, extended all over the Catalan coast, are different marine itineraries, running parallel to the coastal paths, clearly marked and... View Article
If none of our latest recommended routes has convinced you or if you think it’s still too hot to go for a walk on the mountains, this recommendation might be the one for you.
The sea swimming lanes, extended all over the Catalan coast, are different marine itineraries, running parallel to the coastal paths, clearly marked and delineated using buoys, to guarantee the safety to anyone willing to enjoy the experience to swim in the open sea.
Those lanes have been developed, studying the orography of the coast and the sea currents, creating a variety of routes for all to enjoy and discover another perspective of the Catalan coast on a safety way, with different options to choose according to our own fitness level.
We all can enjoy these sea lane. From professional swimmers looking for a place to train for their competitions, to amateurs looking for another way to enjoy the Mediterranean sea, sea lanes are also suitable for snorkeling and exploring the rich flora and fauna of the seabed.
Along the Costa Brava, for example, there are up to 10 itineraries, covering a total distance of almost 13 kilometres. Among the different lanes available, we can find different lengths starting with the shortest, with only 600 metres in Llança; and continuing to the longest, with 2 kilometres in Platja d’Aro. But there are also other lanes available with differentdegrees of difficulty in Roses, l’Escala, Tamariu, Calella, Platja d’Aro, Sant Feliu de Guíxols and Lloret.
From the website Vies Braves we will find all the information regarding the available lanes. Once we have chosen our favourite, we can see on the same website the degree of difficulty, the length and approximate duration, and some other important factors to have in mind such as the winds flowing in the area, the water temperature and the type of seabed.
For those who are not convinced to have the necessary level to finish one of the routes, you need to know that from most of the lanes you can take an emergency exit that will lead you to the nearest beach.
If you don’t feel like swimming of if you want to return to starting point on foot, you can take a “Camí de Ronda” a coastal path along the sea itinerary, offering excellent views over the sea. From the same website, you will see the most suitable path for each lane. There is also a brief information about the beaches that we will find on our way, just in case we change our mind during the route and decide to lay under the sun for a while.
Do not forget to read the safety recommendations before jumping into the water!
If you are near the Costa Daurada, you have to know that there is also a sea lane in l’Ametlla de Mar to enjoy a swim. The lane goes from “Platja de Pixavaques” until “Estany Tort”, located in one of the best places to practice snorkel. The information available on the web about the lane is not at all comparable with the the information given about the lanes in Costa Brava. This lane can also be followed on foot, using part of the route GR-92 known as “Sendero Mediterráneo”(Mediterranean Path). Although the path proposed for this route is much longer than the sea lane, we will only take part of the stage 28. You can download the track for GPS and read all the information on this website.
Do not hesitate to send us your recommendations, if you have discovered any other sea lane. And, as you well know, you can share with us your pictures and experience if you decide to follow our recommendation.