Europe Diving Holidays: An Overview

Europe is the second smallest continent in the world but has the second highest number of countries. That means but one thing: diversity. Not all of these countries offer decent diving of course but if you look carefully...

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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

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.

It's not just beneath the waves that we love Europe either. Of those destinations mentioned above there is much to enjoy to land. Gozo is steeped in religious history, there are plenty of charming villages to explore and the island has a surprisingly buzzy nightlife. Sardinia is a wonderful combination of high glamour and undiscovered beauty, while the Azores


Top picks for Europe

Azores Aerial

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

Gozo Blue Hole

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

Portugal, Azores

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

Swimming Pool at the Kempinski, Gozo

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

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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

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