© AdobeStock-Nikolai Sorokin Diving in Central Portugal Although a small country, Portugal’s mainland is vastly different from the north to the south. The central region of Portugal (otherwise known as Centro) is a mountainous landscape covered in pine and chestnut tree forests. Historic villages dot these mountains, dating back almost 1000 years, where religious festivals and ancient rituals still thrive today. Enjoy touring hundreds of years old stone castles, most of which are now national monuments, sampling savory traditions foods, visiting thermal springs, and hiking the beautiful Serra da Estrela mountains. Numerous opportunities for adventure also exist along Centro Portugal’s coast. Watch big wave surfers from around the world flock to the famous wave at Nazaré, a spectacular sight to see, especially when this wave is pumping. The beautiful town of Peniche also has great wave formation, drawing surfers of all levels here throughout the year. Peniche is also the launching point for diving the Berlengas Islets. The Berlengas UNESCO Biosphere Reserve has some of the best diving in Portugal, where crystal clear waters are home to a wide variety of fish. The best diving in the Berlengas UNESCO Biosphere Reserve is in the summer months when sunfish, or mola mola, congregate here by the hundreds, a spectacular sight to see. Featured places to go in Center Portugal © MaresBerlengasBerlengas Nature Reserve marine life includes large schools of sea bream, grouper, conger eels, and possible dolphin sightings below and above the water.Learn more Dive Sites in Center Portugal Discover the wonders of the deep with SSI's blog Join us on an exciting journey of discovery and learn more about exhilarating diving adventures, dedicated conservation initiatives, and innovative educational opportunities that will help you illuminate the extraordinary beauty of the underwater world. Let's explore the underwater world together and delve into the hidden wonders beneath the gentle waves.