Europe Diving Holidays: An Overview

Europe contains more countries than Asia, a continent five times its size. This is both a testament to Europe's extraordinary cultural diversity…and to the inhabitants' unerring ability to have a punch up and then redraw the boundaries every few years. Not all of these countries offer decent diving of course but if you look carefully...

Neill and Louisa are here to help give you the inside track.

Why we think you’ll love it

  • Mantas, blue sharks, whale sharks and more in the incredible Azores
  • Laid back charm and wonderful diving in Gozo
  • Chic hotels and crystal clear waters in Sardinia

Our Guide to Europe Diving Holidays

We in the UK are extremely lucky to be perched on the edge of a continent with such extraordinarily rich heritage in what is a relatively small area. That the region in question also incorporates towering mountain ranges, beautiful beaches and pretty much everything in between makes it all the more fortunate. Culture vultures and adrenaline junkies alike will find plenty to keep them interested, and there's not an overnight flight in sight.

Scuba diving in Europe can be a bit of a mixed bag but if you choose your spots right it can be incredibly varied and exciting. We are constantly on the hunt for new European diving destinations. We're still not sure that you can dive in style in the UK (we're sure some would argue you can) but in places like Gozo, Sardinia and the Azores you can do some excellent scuba diving, and all in easy reach of the UK making even weekend diving trips in Europe a possibility.


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FOOD! We might be accused sometimes of taking for granted the HUGE variety of fine food on our doorsteps in Europe. Where else, however, can you find the home of such iconic dishes and ingredients within such a short distance. We're thinking Pain au Chocolat, Calamari, Greek Salad, Tortilla, Paella, Moules Frites, Schnitzel, Tiramisu, Pizza, Gravadlax, Tarte Tatin, Dolmades, Parmesan...we could go on.

Alex, Original Diver


Top picks for Europe

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The Azores

Portugal

The Azores offer world-class diving; we think the best in Europe. It also offers some amazing activities around its volcanic scenery.

Where to go

The Azores
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Gozo

Europe

Gozo, Malta's quiet sister, offers great Mediterranean diving, as well as culture, with a collection of charming villages and prehistoric sites to visit; and it's relatively anonymous.

Where to go

Gozo
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Portugal

Europe

Portugal is home to the beautiful Azores, a group of islands in the Atlantic ocean which arguably have the best diving in all of Europe.

Where to go

Portugal
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Hotel Caloura

The Azores

The main attraction at Hotel Caloura is the location. It is on one of the most beautiful parts of the main island of São Miguel in the Azores and set in a stunning cliff-top position.

Where to stay

Hotel Caloura
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Pousada da Horta

The Azores

Set in a 16th century fortress overlooking the bay at Horta on the island of Faial in the central Azores, the Pousada da Horta is a boutique hotel with a long history.

Where to stay

Pousada da Horta
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Convento de Sao Francisco

The Azores

In the small town of Vila Franca do Campo on São Miguel lies one of the most interesting boutique hotels in the Azores, the Convento de São Francisco which is a converted 17th century monastery perched above the Atlantic.

Where to stay

Convento de Sao Francisco
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Hotel do Canal

The Azores

Hotel do Canal is a high quality hotel on Faial in the Azores and is located just by the marina at Horta so perfect for diving, whale watching and all manner of other activities.

Where to stay

Hotel do Canal
Ta' Cenc

Ta' Cenc

Gozo

Blending effortlessly into its surroundings on Gozo’s highest point, Hotel Ta’ Cenc caters to the discerning traveller by personifying style, comfort and hospitality in a very laid back way. And after a recent €2.5 million refurbishment, Ta’ Cenc may now regain its rightful position as the top hotel in Gozo.

Where to stay

Ta' Cenc
Kempinski San Lawrenz

Kempinski San Lawrenz

Gozo

Built of pale yellow Maltese limestone, the Kempinski Hotel San Lawrenz is surrounded by large subtropical gardens, overlooking the Mediterranean.

Where to stay

Kempinski San Lawrenz
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Private Gozitan Farmhouses

Gozo

How about your own private Gozo farmhouse on the outskirts of a quaint little town on this tranquil Mediterranean island?

Where to stay

Private Gozitan Farmhouses

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