Benagil
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Our most recommended Benagil Theme Tours

Portimão: Pirate Ship Cave Cruise

1. Portimão: Pirate Ship Cave Cruise

After boarding, begin by receiving a full briefing on your safety and comfort for your cruise. From there, hit the open water and navigate the coast off of Rio Arade, the village of Ferragudo, medieval castles, and the Atlantic Ocean. Cruising east, pass Carvoeiro, which contains the famous rock formation of Algar Seco. Arriving to the lighthouse of Alfanzina, transfer to a small boat to visit the inside of the local caves which run from the lighthouse to Marinha Beach. These caves include the famous cathedral cave of Benagil. Returning to the boat, take a dip to swim in the enticing crystal clear water which surrounds you. On your return journey, be on the lookout for dolphins, which are regularly spotted in this area.

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Algarve Coast: Dolphin Watching & Cave Tour

2. Algarve Coast: Dolphin Watching & Cave Tour

The Algarve coast brings to mind pirate adventures, and pristine beaches. Today you will explore the coast between Albufeira Marina and Capvoeiro beach on a luxury boat that offers you the chance to swim, relax, and maybe even see a dolphin or two! Begin with a relaxing ride through the caves and rock formations that make this landscape so unique. Then head out to sea in your search for the dolphins who call these waters home. Your boat is the perfect vessel for dolphin exploration, and these playful and fun animals are truly a sight to behold! Your expert guide will share with you interesting facts and history on this memorable trip.

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From Albufeira: 2.5-Hour Dolphin and Sea Caves Boat Tour

3. From Albufeira: 2.5-Hour Dolphin and Sea Caves Boat Tour

Climb aboard a small boat in Albufeira marina and journey along the coastline of the Algarve for 18 kilometers in a small group. Sail to the Alfanzina Lighthouse and be amazed by the beaches and rock formations along the way. Marvel at the stunning sea caves, including the famous rock formations of Benagil Cave. Cool down with a swim in the sea, if conditions permit, and then look for the lovable dolphins as they frolic in the water. Feel the sea breeze on your face as you take in the scenic views and benefit from the local knowledge of an on-board marine biologist who will explain the characteristics of the animals. Journey with a captain with expert knowledge of this part of the coastline and enjoy more personalized attention than larger dolphin watching cruises.

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Algarve: Benagil Sea Cave Sunrise or Sunset Kayak Experience

4. Algarve: Benagil Sea Cave Sunrise or Sunset Kayak Experience

Your tour will begin with an introduction to the basics of kayaking from your expert guide. Then you’re adventure begins: you’ll take to the water by kayak and make your way towards the Benagil Caves. The best way to enter the caves is by kayak just after sunrise, since during the day the area becomes overcrowded with tourists and boats. This special early bird tour is therefore the perfect way to experience the natural beauty of this unique location. At this early hour you’ll have ample time and opportunity to capture stunning pictures and relax on the beach. You’ll explore the Benagil Cave for 30 minutes, enjoying a refreshing dip and walk. If possible you will also discover two more breathtaking smaller caves.

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From Albufeira: Tuk-Tuk Tour to Benagil Caves

5. From Albufeira: Tuk-Tuk Tour to Benagil Caves

Delight in a tuk-tuk tour of some of the most beautiful places on the Algarve coast. Find all the best viewpoints with your guide, and stop anywhere you like during your tour. Set off from your accommodation in Albufeira toward Benagil, and pass through the village of Armação de Pera on your way to Our Lady of the Rock. Admire the spectacular views of the surrounding area from the chapel on the beach's promontory. After your visit to Our Lady of the Rock, make your way to the famous Praia da Marinha (Marinha Beach) and discover its Seven Hanging Valleys. Explore the 4 miles (6.4 kilometers) of the Seven Hanging Valleys trail, and take a traditional photo with the heart in the background. Next, head to 3 more picturesque sites, the Cathedral and Benagil Caves, and Praia do Carvalho. Marvel at the scenic views, and have plenty of time for photo opportunities in these beautiful places. Finally, drive back toward Albufeira. On the way, stop in the village of Alcantarilha to pay a visit to the unusual Chapel of Bones there. The tour concludes with drop-off back at your accommodation in Albufeira.

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From Lagos: 2-Hour Boat Trip to the Benagil Caves

6. From Lagos: 2-Hour Boat Trip to the Benagil Caves

Climb aboard a boat in the marina at Lagos, and then cruise along the coastline of the Algarve to marvel at the sea caves. Benefit from comfortable seats and the best safety facilities for a truly relaxed experience out on the water.  Listen to the live on-board commentary and get a better appreciation of the rock formations and the history of the area. Discover hideouts for pirates and sea stacks of incredible beauty. Every adventure is different, depending upon the tide and sea conditions, which will determine which caves and areas you can visit.

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From Albufeira: Catamaran BBQ Trip to Benagil Caves & Beach

7. From Albufeira: Catamaran BBQ Trip to Benagil Caves & Beach

Come join this BBQ cruise on the catamaran MARA for a perfect full-day trip!   Departing from the Albufeira Marina, you’ll start by cruising westward along the coastline of the south of Portugal. The skipper and crew will give you information about the places and sights that you pass by – in particular, you’ll get a great view of the rock formations and caves of the areas of Benagil, Galé and Carvoeiro.   As you sail, your BBQ will be prepared by the crew on board with the freshest food. Served on a beach, savor your choice of fresh fish, meat, sausages, Algarvian salad, chips, bread, and seasonal fruit. Spend some time on the beach for a swim and other beach activities before getting back on the boat to head back. Before you return to the marina, you’ll be served a delicious glass of champagne to toast the end of a full, relaxing day on the water!

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From Albufeira: 3.5-Hour Cruise with Cave Exploration

8. From Albufeira: 3.5-Hour Cruise with Cave Exploration

Climb aboard the Leãozinho for a 3.5-hour day cruise leaving from the Albufeira Marina in the morning. Set your sails westward and head into the Atlantic towards the sandy shores of San Rafael, Castelo and Praia da Gale. Stare out towards the majestic cliffs and see the rock chapel Senhora da Rocha perched over the sea. Shortly after passing the fishermen at Armacao de Pera, arrive at the stunning beach and sapphire blue waters of Praia de Benagil. Here, have the option to explore the enormous sea cave, indulge in a warm swim in the crystal clear Atlantic, or have a go at fishing. Satiate your thirst at the onboard Pirate Bar, where you can sip on a cool and refreshing beverage of beer, soft drinks and water, and relish the sparkling blue sea. As you motor back to Albufeira, stay alert for dolphins whose fins are often seen racing along the ship.

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Portimão: Benagil Cave and Ria de Alvor Nature Reserve Tour

9. 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

10. 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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What people are saying about Benagil

Best decision to explore the caves with the pirate ship. The ship looks a lot and after we are along the coast with some information from the brilliant captain, we were able to explore the caves with the dinghies. Thank you for the great trip!

The hosts were very friendly, funny and hospitable. We we’re lucky to see some dolphins do jump through the air. The variety of caves were my favourite part of the journey. Would highly recommend this to anyone both children and Adults.

Very pleasant semi-rigid boat that allows you to enter the caves easily and see the dolphins very close. We saw a lot of dolphins. Great

Beautiful ride. Friendly and very attentive guides. Company committed to time and security. Easy location of the meeting point.

Nice excursion along the coast to the caves and bays. Great crew. I can only recommend it!