Our most recommended things to do in Porches, Portugal

Armação de Pêra: Guided Boat Tour of Benagil's 15 Best Caves

1. Armação de Pêra: Guided Boat Tour of Benagil's 15 Best Caves

Explore Benagil from the deck of a boat on a cruise with a guide. See the Rock Lady Chapel and the Paria Nova Tunnel, and learn where the Echo Cave got its name. Board at the typical fisherman's beach of Armação de Pêra and begin your cave exploration. Sail with your captains and guides to the 15 top caves between Armação de Pêra and Alfanzina lighthouse. Sail by the beaches of Lagoa and looming rock formations. Visit the Rock Lady Chapel and marvel at the Praia Nova Tunnel. Next, head to the Praia da Cova Redonda and Praia da Marinha. Stop to admire the Marinha Arches, the Yellow Submarine, and the Albandeira Arch. Continue to the iconic Captain's Cave, the famous Benagil Cave, the sonorous Echo Cave, and the calming Paradise Cave.

Porches: Algarve Vineyard Tour and Wine Tasting Experience

2. Porches: Algarve Vineyard Tour and Wine Tasting Experience

Enjoy a privileged visit to our family-run vineyard in the Algarve and taste some of our best wines. We invite you to get to know the origin of Quinta dos Capinhas and create great moments in the heart of this picturesque vineyard. Your guide and wine expert will welcome you to our property hidden between the ocean and the mountains, where you'll feel at home at once - just like we do. In this wine tasting experience, you'll learn all about Algarve winemaking traditions, the story our vineyard, and how our unique terroir affects our wines. You'll taste three wines produced by Quinta dos Capinhas (rosé, white, and red) paired with delicious local tapas. An opportunity to open your senses and let the wine speak to you. Afterwards, follow the guide on a short walking tour along the most scenic areas of the vineyard with chances for amazing photos - always holding a glass of wine, of course!

From Lisbon: Guided Day Trip to Algarve

3. From Lisbon: Guided Day Trip to Algarve

Let's escape together from the chaos of the city of Lisbon on this excursion that will give you the opportunity to visit the south coast of Portugal, the Algarve. We will leave from our meeting point and driving south along the highway, we will reach the city of Lagos after about 2h30min of travel aboard our minivan. Reached our first destination, Lagos, we will go to the Lighthouse area at “Ponta da Piedade” This is one of the most beautiful areas of Lagos. We can take a boat ride to see the cliffs and caves (optional if available - own expense - around 20-25€/pax) or just walk to the top of the cliffs and enjoy the wonderful landscape. After about 45 min we will reach the “Praia do Camilo” Once considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the world thanks to its spectacular limestone cliffs and clear blue waters, this is one of the most spectacular places to take amazing photos. The next stop is the famous "Praia da Rocha" beach in Portimao, where we will also have the opportunity in the summer to stop for 2 hours to take advantage of the beautiful fine sand beaches. Next stop is Benagil Cave, We will hike to the top of the world famous Benagil Cave and take great photos of the landscape. There is also the option of taking a boat ride to the cave itself and some surrounding beaches if sea conditions permit. We can also have lunch at one of the local restaurants, which serve fresh fish and seafood along with other dishes. Next stop before arriving in Albufeira, the city where the first "Moors" landed during the Arab domination of 700AD on the Portuguese coasts, we will stop to see the wonderful "Ermida de Nossa Senhora da Rocha" in the small village of Porches. To conclude we will enter Albufeira and go to “Praia da Marinha”, considered the most beautiful beach in Portugal, this will be one of the most scenic landscapes you will see during this day. Incredible limestone cliffs with natural arches, a spectacular cliff leading to a stunning beach. During the summer, you can even bring your swimsuit and enjoy some time to swim. We will return to Lisbon after about 12h of excursion.

Sunset Boat Tour to Benagil Cave - From Armação de Pêra

4. Sunset Boat Tour to Benagil Cave - From Armação de Pêra

Your 1 hour guided tour during the most fascinating time of the day – Sunrise or Sunset. The tour will start in Armação de Pêra and we will pass by 10 caves and about 15 of the most beautiful beaches of the Algarve, among them the famous Praia da Marinha, Praia da Cova Redonda, Gruta do Capitão and Praia da Albandeira.

Algarve: Landscapes, Pottery, and Winery Tour

5. Algarve: Landscapes, Pottery, and Winery Tour

Much of the Algarve’s charm resides in its ability to provide top class tourist facilities and yet retain its own identity, easily visible in the traditional villages and activities of the area. Porches is renowned for its beautiful and original pottery. The Porches Pottery workshop is one of the best representatives of this art and many of the traditional methods of production are still used here today. You can see the pottery being made and painted by hand by the artisans. The fishing village of Benagil is perched above the Atlantic and a tiny but picturesque beach, the sound of the Atlantic the uninterrupted sound track to the village’s activities. Heading towards the resort of Carvoeiro we visit Algar Seco where you can see the amazing caves and grottoes carved from the coastline over the centuries. Enjoy a stroll through the village of Ferragudo, along the cobbled streets and down to the small harbor. Our last stop is in a winery where you can enjoy a guided tour and taste some of the wines produced in this region.

Armação de Pêra: Private Benagil Cave Tour

6. Armação de Pêra: Private Benagil Cave Tour

Our exclusive boat can accommodate up to 10 people, including you, ensuring a personalized and private experience. During the one-hour tour, we will visit approximately 10 caves and 15 hidden and wild beaches, including famous spots like Praia da Marinha, Praia da Cova Redonda, Gruta do Capitão, and Arch da Albandeira. Capture unforgettable memories with your camera as this private tour provides exclusive access to the caves, perfect for memorable photos. Whether you're traveling with family or a group of friends, this is the perfect activity for you. Don't miss out on this unique experience! Highlights Visit to 10 caves and about 15 of the most beautiful beaches in the Algarve, including the famous Benagil Caves, Praia da Marinha, Praia da Cova Redonda, Gruta do Capitão, and Arch da Albandeira.

Albufeira: 8-hour E-bike Rental with Hotel Delivery

7. Albufeira: 8-hour E-bike Rental with Hotel Delivery

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to get to know this fantastic area of Portugal in a simple, economical and sustainable way by renting an E-Bike. Our standard e-bike "greenland" has a range up to 50 Kms, with aluminium frame, suntour nex E-25 suspension, sunrace, 8 speeds, 160mm hydraulic disc brakes, 36v/250w front hub engine, 480wh battery and lcd display. Our rental is for a full day (8 hours), if you wish to book for longer please just let us know. *Delivery of the e-bikes at the main hotels if located in Albufeira - Galé - Salgados and Armação de Pêra. If your hotel is not on our list please contact us in order to arrange a drop off location.

Discover the Grottos and Caves in a SUP Guided Tour

8. Discover the Grottos and Caves in a SUP Guided Tour

This tour lasts about 2 and a half hours and begins at Barranco Beach, a wild and hard to reach beach. Here you can marvel at the scenery, cliffs, grottos, and caves at this beautiful spot. From the beach, you will head out to sea to begin your journey through the different caves while learning about this sport. Admire the different caves, the light-colored limestone cliffs, and the ruins of a 17th Century fortress across the blue waters. If you are feeling brave, you can also jump from the rocks.

From Armação de Pêra: Private Benagil Beaches Boat Tour

9. From Armação de Pêra: Private Benagil Beaches Boat Tour

Discover the most beautiful wild beaches in the municipality of Lagoa. Incredible rock formations, curious places such as the the “Rock Lady” Chapel and the Praia Nova Tunnel. Discover iconic beaches such as Cova Redonda, Marinha and Carvalho beach. On this guided tour, we pause to admire the Marinha Arches, the “Yellow Submarine” and the Albandeira Arch. We enter 15 caves, including the fantastic Capitain´s Cave, the famous Benagil Cave, the sonorous Echo Cave and the shy Paradise Cave. This tour is calm, private and more complete allowing you to enjoy a variety of scenarios with all the explanations included and with a greater involvement.

Cliff-top trail Nossa Senhora da Rocha – Marinha beach

10. Cliff-top trail Nossa Senhora da Rocha – Marinha beach

The cliff-top trail from Nossa Senhora da Rocha to Praia da Marinha is a picturesque coastal route that showcases the natural beauty of the Algarve region in southern Portugal. This scenic hike allows you to experience stunning cliffs, hidden beaches, and breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean. Here's a description of the trail: Starting Point: The trail begins at the iconic Nossa Senhora da Rocha chapel, perched atop a cliff with panoramic views of the coastline and the vast ocean. The chapel itself is a charming white structure that adds a touch of cultural significance to the area's natural beauty. Cliff-top Path: The trail follows a well-marked cliff-top path from the chapel that meanders along the coastline. As you walk, you'll be treated to mesmerizing views of the azure waters below, with the waves crashing against the rugged cliffs. Be cautious and stay on the designated paths, as the cliffs can be steep and unstable in some areas. The way follows the wild path and passes through several sinkholes along the route, and the accessible beaches called Barranco, Fontaínhas and Albandeira. The trail is defined as a circular route, starting and finishing at the Chapel. Rock Formations: As you continue on the trail, you'll pass by fascinating rock formations that have been sculpted by the erosive power of the sea over thousands of years. Keep an eye out for unique shapes like natural arches, sea stacks, and sea caves, sinkholes which add an extra layer of wonder to the coastal scenery. Up to this point, the yellow submarine and the famous arch of Albandeira have already been seen, leaving the sinkholes to be visited from the top and the breathtaking views. Middle Point: From Praia da Marinha's viewpoint, you can spend some time admiring the beauty of the surroundings, taking a refreshing glimpse of the Seven Hanging Valleys, or refreshing yourself in the local vendors. Praia da Marinha, is one of the most celebrated beaches in Portugal and even the world. Praia da Marinha is famous for its striking cliffs, crystal-clear waters, and rock formations, making it a paradise for photographers and nature lovers alike. The beach is nestled in a sheltered cove, providing a sense of tranquillity and seclusion. A Door to the Seven Hanging Valleys: The trail from Nossa Senhora da Rocha is a part of the renowned Seven Hanging Valleys, and you'll encounter some of these beautiful valleys along the way. Each valley is a deep ravine, leading down to secluded beaches with golden sands and inviting waters. Overall, the hike from Nossa Senhora da Rocha to Praia da Marinha is a remarkable journey through some of Portugal's most stunning coastal landscapes, offering a true feast for the senses and leaving you with lasting memories of the Algarve's natural wonders. Departure/arrival: The chapel of Nossa Senhora da Rocha Distance: 8 Km (round trip) Estimated departure: 08:30 am Estimated arrival: 12:30 am Average duration: 4h Degree of difficulty: Medium Transport: Transportation is not included. Organize your transport, or place your order by Email. How to get there: Go to Nossa Senhora da Rocha beach and the meeting point is at the Chapel of the Lady of the Rock. Route : Nossa Senhora da Rocha – Barranco beach – Fontaínhas beach – Albandeira beach – Marinha beach - Nossa Senhora da Rocha Recommendations: You should bring drinking water, snacks, a hat, sunscreen and suitable footwear for hiking.

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based on 13 reviews

great boat trip, the guide on the boat speaks French which helps to understand the name and history of the caves. We were only 10 on the boat, not giving a mass effect on the boat, which allowed us to greatly appreciate the ride. the boat is small enough to fit in all the caves. I highly recommend this excursion.

We have loved the experience. The caves are fabulous, and the guides are great. Thank you very much!!!

Super nice. Good group size and the boat can go anywhere the larger boats can't.