Benagil
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Faro: Guided Benagil Cave and Marinha Beach Tour

1. Faro: Guided Benagil Cave and Marinha Beach Tour

After gathering at the tour meeting point, your van will depart from Faro for the approximately hour-long journey after which you will arrive to Benagil Beach. It will be from this location, together with your instructor, that you will enter the cave. It will take between 5 and 10 minutes to enter the cave, after which you will have 40 minutes inside to enjoy its unique environment. You can choose to spend your time taking photos, swimming, and just generally relaxing. It will soon be time to head to Marinha Beach, which is considered the most beautiful beach in Portugal. At this location you will have an hour to discover the amazing cliffs and views, following which you will head back to Faro.

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Algarve: Benagil Beach 2-Hour Kayak Rental

2. Algarve: Benagil Beach 2-Hour Kayak Rental

Visit the spectacular caves and desert beaches of the Benagil area with a 2-hour kayak rental. Spend up to 2 hours exploring the Algarve's main attractions by kayak. See breathtaking rock formations, including the famous Benagil Caves. Enter the caves from the comfort of your kayak. During your kayak ride, spot some of the Algarve's local fish and sea birds before returning to Benagil Beach.

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From Portimão: Benagil Boat Tour with Local Guide

3. From Portimão: Benagil Boat Tour with Local Guide

Departing from Marina de Portimão, your guide will take you on this 1 hour 45 minute cruise to the world-famous Jurassic caves and rock formations of the Algar de Benagil and Carvoeiro. On the way, take in views of the amazing beach of Praia da Rocha, followed by the Ponta do Altar Lighthouse, Carvoeiro village, Algar Seco, and the Alfazina Lighthouse. Cruise along before arriving at the journey's highlight, the Algar de Benagil. Stop here for some time to take photos and admire the hidden beach of this magical and ancient cave. Head then towards Praia da Marinha, one of the most beautiful beaches in Europe. Relax while sailing along the coast on the way back to the marina in Portimão. Prepare to be amazed as you pass magnificent scenery and all your favorite spots from the way there.

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Portimão: Private Benagil Cave Boating Tour

4. Portimão: Private Benagil Cave Boating Tour

Departing from the beach at Portimão, head out to the water where the fun begins. Once away from the beach, use a paddle board to gain access to the famous Benagil Cave, or to just paddle around for fun. Enter caves including the natural wonder of Benagil Cave, and see places such as Carvoeiro Village, the “Doll" in Algar Seco, and the Alfanzina Lighthouse. Encounter famous local beaches, including Vale Centeanes Beach, Carvalho Beach, Benagil Beach, and the world-famous Marinha Beach. Throughout your tour you will stop for approximately 30 minutes to do some snorkeling, paddle, access a private beach, or top up your tan on the padded sundeck.

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Portimão: Benagil Cave and Ria de Alvor Nature Reserve Tour

5. Portimão: Benagil Cave and Ria de Alvor Nature Reserve Tour

From the pier of São Francisco in Portimão, you will board a boat. After a warm welcome, the safety procedures will be explained. Then, the journey towards the famous Benagil Cave will start. Along the way, admire other beautiful caves along the coast and hear old stories about them from your guide. If you're lucky, you will be able to see dolphins. All the boats are equipped with radios that will be tuned in to the same channel as the dolphin watching boats. If dolphins are spotted, which is very frequent on the Algarvian coast, and they are within 2 nautical miles, you will have the opportunity to see them. After stopping at the Benagil Cave to take pictures, the boat will continue to the breathtaking Ria de Alvor Nature Reserve. The marshland of the Alvor estuary is one of the finest places on the Algarve for birdwatching, so it's likely you'll spot pink flamingos and many other bird species. On the way back to Portimão, admire the impressive Praia do Alvor, one of the largest sandy beaches of the Algarve.

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Algarve: Boat Trip to the Caves of Benagil

6. Algarve: Boat Trip to the Caves of Benagil

After being collected from your accommodation in Carvoeiro or Portimao, you will begin your trip to the caves of the Algarve Coast. On this 2.5-hour tour, you will explore the coastal caves ranging from Portimao to Caneiros, Paraiso, Carvoeiro, Benagil and Praia da marinha. The trip will start on the Arade River at Clube Naval Portimao, from where you can view the landscape, Ferragudo Castle and numerous beaches. After setting out to the open sea you will become witness to various rock formations and more than 20 caves. You will be able to journey inside of the caves during your tour, which will provide you with the opportunity to take plenty of unique photos. If you are lucky on the day, you will also have the chance to see dolphins. You will of course be welcome to stop for a swim in the sea if you wish, and your guide will be explaining your surroundings for the duration of your tour. Once your tour has concluded, you will disembark at Portimao, before being returned to your nearby accommodation.

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From Portimão: Benagil Cave Tour

7. From Portimão: Benagil Cave Tour

Discover Algarve’s hidden secrets with this extensive tour. Board in Portimão (Clube Naval) and enjoy a longer route along the Algarve coast, with more places to visit: wonderful sea caves, fantastic beaches, rock drawings created by the force of nature and fossils with thousands of years of history behind them. Enjoy a quiet tour on board of your fully equipped and licensed vessels, supplied with all the mandatory safety equipment. Do not miss the Benagil sea cave, a watery pantheon with sunlight streaming in through a hole in its domed ceiling which visitors can only reach from the sea.

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From Portimão: 2-Hour Benagil Caves & Navy Beach Boat Tour

8. From Portimão: 2-Hour Benagil Caves & Navy Beach Boat Tour

Begin your excursion to the Benagil Caves in Portimão with a safety briefing. Aboard your boat, sized to cross narrow channels and have easier access to coastal rocks. Sail along the Arade River, pass through the village of Ferragudo and the Fort of São João do Arade to head into the open sea.  Enjoy the incredible views of the Algarve Coast. See impressive cliffs that end at the sea, hidden caves, deserted beaches, and beautiful rock formations. From Portimão to the Benagil Caves, there are about 30 marine caves on the coast you and your guide will explore. Arrive at the Benagil Caves, which is only accessible by sea, and be stunned by their natural beauty.  After spending time in the cave, relax on your boat ride back to Portimão.

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Portimão: Private Benagil Caves Catamaran and Kayak Tour

9. Portimão: Private Benagil Caves Catamaran and Kayak Tour

Visit some of the Algarve’s best-kept secrets throughout an epic coastal adventure. Discover hidden caves and coves that are inaccessible by boat, and soak up the magic of these natural landscapes. The tour departs from the Portimão Marina on a catamaran, sailing along the stunning coastline towards Farol Alfanzina. Upon arrival, begin your 1.5-hour kayak experience to the stunning Benagil Caves. From your unique vantage point, soak up breathtaking views of the Algarve’s golden shoreline and local landmarks. Highlights of the tour include Albandeira Beach, Captain’s Cave, Barraquinho Beach, Baraço Cave, and Marinha Beach. There’s also time for a refreshing swim to cool off from the heat. If you get tired, hop back onboard the catamaran at any time for a rest. The catamaran is equipped with all the necessities for your exploration, including a toilet and comfortable seating. At the end of your unforgettable adventure, marvel at the last of the coastal views before arriving back to the marina.

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What people are saying about Benagil

Superb morning with our guide. Just magnificent landscapes, breathtaking spots. A guide passionate about photography. You receive them by email the same day. They are superb. A tuk tuk tour that changes buses or taxis and much more pleasant to enjoy the good weather. I recommend this activity 100%. Is it worth it. You just need to be in good physical condition, a lot of stairs, small paths between the rocks. Alone, we would never have managed to find these wonders. Thank you again to our guide for making us discover Albufeira this way. In addition, he was doing very well in French, LUCK!

A really great tour, and a great way to see Albufeira. The driver is very friendly and we got an extra hour as he was so enthusiastic to show us the sights. He also took a lot of pictures on his camera and sent them to us, as we had only brought camera phones. One of the best tours we’ve been on!

I highly recommend, super guide Jorge, very attentive, made us discover unusual places of beauty, including caves from beaches overlooking the sea! We thank Jorge again for his kindness, taking pictures of us in unique places and sending them to us graciously

In time pick up, with clear and good instructions about the bodyboard usage. I found it's way less time - 40 mins to spend in the cave. Generally, good value for money

Great tour and beautiful sites! Jorge our guide was very knowledgeable and gave us time to explore all the sites. Highly recommend this tour!