Ses Negres Marine Reserve

Created in 1993, Ses Negres Marine Reserve is a stretch from the coast of Begur that extends roughly from the Cala Aiguafreda to Cala Sa Riera, in Begur, about 1800 meters of coastline under surveillance and restricted to any activity that may mean exploitation or degradation of the surrounding seabed.

La Reserva Marina de Ses Negres, en Begur, Girona, Costa Brava

Ses Negres Marine Reserve, in Begur, Girona, Costa Brava, Spain

The first Marine Reserve was created in the Costa Brava  in 1983 on the Medes Islands, located 5 miles northeast of Ses Negres. 10 years later Ses Negres was created, which covers an area of 80 ha and that has several aspects of interest. It is an area which also has strong cliffs reaching even 23.5 meters.

La zona de Ses Negres está fuertemente acantilada y alcanza importantes profundidades

On Ses Negres coastline you'll find high cliffs. Underwater deep is also very important

Oriented NNE it is exposed to winds from the north (Tramuntana) and east, whose strength, added by that of the water and strong waves, have been shaping the curious rock morphology we find nowadays. In Ses Negres you can not fish, and you cannot sail near the shores with any kind of boat motor. The area is marked out and watched from the shore, and on several occasions their offenders have been reported. The transfer zone away from the edge is limited by a marked channel and speed is limited.

However, it is possible to snorkel in this piece of coast, since this is a friendly environment activity. You can even sail along the entire shore by kayak, with no limitations (but no fish!). Ses Negres underwater, after almost 20 years of protection has today a significant ecological recovery. Thus, we find forests of sea grass and coral.

Tras 20 años de protección el fondo marino de Ses Negres se muestra espléndido al visitante

After 20 years of underwater protection Ses Negres deep water show magnificent to the visitors

Another important part of the ecosystem of Ses Negres is the mouth of the Ter river, about 3.5 kms north. During the rainy season in spring and autumn, the materials dragged by the river to its mouth are carried by ocean streams south to Ses Negres. These organic material contribute to the development of native species.

Ses Negres area can be visited on foot from various points. From the Sa Riera creek, to the right, facing the sea, begins a coastal path that runs along a part of this magnificent coast. Another well-known  access point is Sa Nau Perduda, a small urbanisation located near Cala Aiguafreda.

Zona del litoral de Begur cercana a Ses Negres. La pesca, incluso con mera caña, en la Reserva está castigada por la ley

Coastal zone near Ses Negres. Fishing in Ses Negres restricted zone is not allowed, even not fishing rod.


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This post was written by Alex Rigola who has written 60 posts on Costa Brava Blog.

Alex Rigola is Costa Brava's editor and an ampurdan passionated who enjoys sailing his little boat through the Costa Brava coast. He currently lives in Pals and if you use to ride along cycling routes in the area, it's very likely that you encounter him at some point. When asked about his favorite spot on the Costa Brava he never hesitates for a moment: Cala Montjoi.


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