Principally popular as a day-trip from the main Costa Brava islands, Les Medes are a small group of islands which form part of an important marine reserve. The islands are hugely popular for their scuba-diving as the restricted nature of the reserve allows many species to thrive. As such there is a huge variety of wildlife to be found in the sea with many different types of jellyfish and fish, including giant grouper, to be spotted. Currently uninhabited but home to some stunning ruins, the island is hugely popular for those seeking a cultural experience in an area renowned for its beaches and cheap villas.
There is a remarkable 15th century fortress located on the island that is in a state of disrepair which suits it perfectly. It can be easily accessed from the beachside of the island after a steady trek through some lush forest. La Meda Gran also has a beautiful 19th Century lighthouse which housed the only permanent resident in the islands history until becoming automated recently. If you would prefer to see the marine reserve from above the water then there are a few companies offering tours on glass-bottom boats.
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