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The Park

The variety of environments and its water’s extraordinary biodiversity surrounding this small archipelago, about one mile from the town of Léstartit, right in the middle of the Costa Brava, make this a unique spot and one of the most emblematic in the Mediterranean.

The land in this Natural Park is a 7 island archipelago: Medellot, Meda Gran Island, Meda Petita, les Ferrenelles, Tascó Gros, Tascó Petit and Carall Bernat.

Humans have always considered this a point of interest, as shown from the shipwrecks found in these waters. Pirates used it as a base for their attacks along the coast, and held military and strategic importance since the Middle Ages until the end of the 19th century. They have been inhabited since 1934.

The island was first protected in 1983 with an Order from the Catalonian Parliament. In 1985 a resolution established the Natural Park’s standards in 1990, Law 19/1990, creating the legal framework to protect and conserve the flora and fauna of the marine floor in the Medes Islands and part of El Montgrí coast, between Roca del Molinet and Punta Salines.

Park details

Surface: Land: 21.5 ha (PEIN)
Maritime: 511 ha (Protected Area)
Surroundings: Baix Empordà: Torroella de Montgrí
Legislative Framework: Order from 25 November, 1983 (DARP), prohibiting fishing and the extraction of live marine resources off the coasts of the Medes Islands (DOGC 391, 21-12-83)
Law 19/90, from 10 December, on the conservation of the marine flora and fauna of the Medes Islands (DOGC 1381, 17-12-90)

Governing Organism: Governing Board (Park headquarters)
Managing Organism: Departamento de Medio Ambiente y Vivienda, DG del Medio Natural, Park Services.

Rules of Conduct



“The aim of this Law is to establish a specific regime to conserve and protect the flora and fauna of the Medes Islands in its surroundings, and to avoid the destruction, deterioration or disfiguration of the natural habitat.”

The Law also states that the responsible managing organism currently the Departamento de Medio Ambiente y Vivienda, must approve, along with a previous report from the Advisory Board, a plan guaranteeing the ecological balance in the protected areas of the Medes Islands. A later decree, 215/1999, from 27 July, approved the general norms of the Conservation Plan for the protected areas of the Medes Islands for 1999-2002 (DOGC 2944 de 3/8/99).

Points of interest

The Medes Islands belong to the Torroella de Montgrí-L’Estartit municipality, which is surrounded by a well conserved and rich natural environment.
Els Aiguamolls del Ter Vell.
La Gola del Ter and del Daró (mouth).
The Montgrí massif.
Montgrí coast separating L’Estartit from l’Escala.

You can find extra information at the tourist offices and the Montgrí and Baix Ter Museums.

You can visit other neighbouring cities with points of interests:
Torroella de Montgrí Montgrí Museum, castle and historic quarters.
Empúries: Greek and Roman ruins.
Ullastret: Iberian settlement.
Pals, Peratallada, Ullastret, Monells: Medieval quarters.
La Bisbal d’Empordà: Ceramics.
Other natural points of interests:
Parque Natural de Els Aiguamolls de l’Empord?
Els Aiguamolls de Pals.
Les Gavarres.

Sub-aquatic itineraries

By clicking on each itinerary, you will see a brief description of the area and the recommended route, with representative images of the place and local fauna and flora.

We recommend the red itineraries for beginner scuba divers, and white for more experienced scuba divers.

List of itineraries through the Medes Islands.

Itinerary 1: Salpatxot
Itinerary 2: El Medellot
Itinerary 2: Pedra de Deu
Itinerary 4: Pota del Llop
Itinerary 5: La Vaca
Itinerary 6: Dofí Nord
Itinerary 7: Dofí Sud
Itinerary 8: Carall Bernat / Tascons
Itinerary 9: Les Ferranelles