Medas islands

Site description (2000 baseline):

Site location and context
A small, scrub-covered island and six more islets 1 km off Cape Estartit, on the Costa Brava. The islands are uninhabited. The main activity is tourism.

Key biodiversity
This is an important site for breeding seabirds and for a heron colony. The site has one of the largest Larus cachinnans colonies in the Mediterranean

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The main threat to the islands is from increasing tourism. The surroundings of the island are protected as a Marine Reserve (418 ha).

Protected areas
National None International None

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Medas islands. Downloaded from on 25/09/2023.