We all love a good nature documentary, and fans are loving the return of Blue Planet on Sunday nights.
While Blue Planet II will explore some of the most amazing sea creatures in far-flung and off-the-grid locations, CV Villas has found that you needn’t travel so far to spot some beautiful marine life
They told us their favourite European spots to see incredible sea life.
1. Discover dolphins in the Bay of Biscay, France
Forget the Caribbean, you can actually see dolphins for yourself much closer to home – just over the Channel in fact.
All along the west coast of France is the Bay of Biscay you can frequently see a number of species of dolphins.
Whether you’re sailing out into the bay yourself or just travelling through by ferry, these friendly creatures regularly pop up alongside boats and will swim along with you.
2. Spot seahorses in Sardinia, Italy
Although there are plenty of beautiful spots along the coast of Sardinia, if it’s seahorse spotting you’re after then head to the north of the island.
There you’ll find Arcipelago di La Maddalena National Park, a geomarine national park which offers incredible underwater views.
The protected area is home to some amazing sea horses, as well as lots of other incredible underwater life.
3. Take in turtles in Kefalonia, Greece
One of the best places in Europe to see turtles is around the Greek island of Kefalonia.
Loggerhead Sea Turtles return to the island in the summer months to lay their eggs along the sandy beaches.
The area of Argostoli is a good place to head to, it’s famed for its snorkelling and but you can also sea turtles bobbing their heads up from the bay of nearby Koutavos Lagoon.
4. Whale watching in the Canary Islands
The warm waters of the Canary Islands bring one of the sea’s most impressive creatures to the area - whales.Pilot whales stay
around the area all year long but minke, sperm and even orcas are all visitors to the islands.
Take a boat trip out to sea and look out for them; not only will you nearly always see some amazing sea life but the views around the islands are also spectacular.
5. Spot starfish in the Algarve, Portugal
Along the Algarve in Portugal you’ll find amazing sandy beaches set amongst striking cliffs. Praia da Marinha, often said to be one of the best beaches in the area, also boasts fantastic snorkelling where you can see colourful and bright starfish.