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Diving in Porto
When to go to Porto
Climate is Mediterranean in Porto. It is advisable to visit the destination in summer,as summers are warm and dry. Average summer temperatures are 25-28C/77-82F, while winter averages are 8-12C/46-53F. Water temperature throughout the year is approximately 16-18C/60-64F. Currents are mild – 1-2 knots.
Scuba diving in Porto
Proclaimed once as the Best European Destination, Porto is the second largest city in Portugal and one of the oldest European regions. Due to the rich history of the area, UNESCO entitled city’s centre as a World Heritage Site. When planning a vacation in Porto, tourists should include sightseeing and watch such places as Porto Cathedral, Church of Cedofeita, Igreja de Sao Francisco, the Episcopal Palace and the remains of ancient city walls. Neoclassicism, romanticism and baroque styles in architecture penetrated into each other through centuries and nowadays create a unique atmosphere in the city. Another peculiarity of Porto is its coastline washed by the Atlantic Ocean. The area is great for diving and offers lot of dive sites to be explored. Dive sites are accessible by boat and advisable for divers of different levels. Usual depth of the sites is 15-25m/49-82. Divers can explore marine life around underwaters rocks, cliffs and slopes, densely covered with gradually descending coral formations. Diving enthusiasts can enjoy natural canyons and vertical walls in the depths of Porto's surrounding waters. Scuba-diving in Porto presumes watching anemones, octopi, eels, molluscs, manta rays, whales, dolphins, groupers and mussels. The amount of wrecks in the area create a real paradise for history buffs. The remains of sunken cargo ships, vessels and steam-boats attract crowds of divers every year. Wreck diving is possible in such sites as Batelao, Brenha, Charneca, Ruy Barbosa, U1277, Unidentiried Steam Shipwreck and Veronese. To admire underwater beauty divers should dive in Olo, Pelo Negro, Prego and Rodelha.
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