Portugal is possibly the most diverse diving destination in Europe. With a long Atlantic coastline, diving takes place at locations around the country. In addition to the mainland, divers flock to the Portuguese islands which include Madeira and the Azores.
Wreck enthusiasts delight in Portugal’s sunken ships and submarines from its long maritime history. In addition to this historical encyclopaedia of wrecks, many marine reserves and parks provide plentiful habitat for fish life and coral.
Open ocean dives near Madeira and the Azores entertain pelagic lovers. The Azores is one of the only places in the world to dive over a live volcano. While you may not visit Portugal explicitly for the diving, you won’t be disappointed when you jump in the water.
Find local PADI dive shops and explore the top dive sites with our map.
The two main entry points into Portugal are Lisbon Portela Airport and Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport in Porto. Flights to both of these ports of entry originate from most other continents.
You might also fly into João Paulo II Airport in Ponta Delgada, the Azores or Faro Airport in Algarve. These airports serve Europe and North America with limited international flights.
Alternatively, you could arrive to Portugal by road or by boat from other parts of Europe.
Once you are in the country, you can move around between destinations by train, domestic flight or bus. Taxis, trams and subways are available for local transportation.