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Portimão: Half-Day Catamaran Cruise to Benagil & Carvoeiro

1. Portimão: Half-Day Catamaran Cruise to Benagil & Carvoeiro

Depart from the marina in Portimão and sail towards the beautiful caves of Algar de Benagil. Enjoy the fantastic views of Praia da Rocha, Farol de Alfazina, Praia de Carvoeiro, Praia de Benagil, and Praia da Marinha throughout this 3.5-hour catamaran cruise. Admire the stunning rock formations dotted along the coast, which date back to the Jurrasic period. Drop anchor at the bay of João de Arens bay where you can top up your tan, swim, or do some paddle boarding or snorkeling. Be sure to keep a lookout for the friendly dolphins who inhabit the waters of the region.

From Portimão: Benagil Boat Tour with Local Guide

2. 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.

Lagos: Scenic Cruise to the Benagil and Carvoeiro Caves

3. Lagos: Scenic Cruise to the Benagil and Carvoeiro Caves

Explore the Algarve shoreline on this cruise from Lagos to the Benagil and Carvoeiro caves. Travel at high speeds in a new 18-seater rigid inflatable boat with comfortable padded benches. Capture pictures of the stunning Algar de Benagil cave. Board the ship in Lagos and let the wind whip through your hair on a thrilling ride past the picturesque beachside towns Alvor, Portimão and Carvoeiro. Ride by remote and pristine Algarve beaches.  Stop at the caves of Carvoeiro where you can admire how the fantastical rock formations contrast with the deep blue waves. Marvel at these dramatic cliffside landscapes. Head to Algar de Benagil where you can take a photo with one of the most famous caves in the world. Let the way the light floods in through the skylight of the cave take your breath away. Return to your meeting point in Lagos at the end of your tour. 

Portimão: 1.25-Hour Segway Tour

4. Portimão: 1.25-Hour Segway Tour

Immerse yourself in the vibrant and colorful atmosphere of Portimão, one of the most breathtaking cities of the Algarve, on a scenic Segway ride along the coastline. After picking up your segway, glide along the marina, admiring privileged views of the River Arade as you go. Witness sites such as the beach promenade in Praia da Rocha, where you can enjoy stunning views of the Algarve sea. Later, ride past the lighthouse, the pier, and the imposing Santa Catarina Fortress. Along the route, learn more about the area's best attractions and scenery from your passionate guide.

Algarve: Countryside and Vineyard Tour with Wine Tasting

5. Algarve: Countryside and Vineyard Tour with Wine Tasting

Taste the finest wines while exploring the countryside and culture of the Algarve region on this guided day trip that includes hotel transfers. Stop in Silves, the former capital of the Algarve, and admire its Arabic architecture. Go all the way up to Fóia, the highest mountain in the area. After a hotel pickup, head to Silves, which was once the capital of the Moorish Kingdom of the Algarve. Get free time to visit Silves Castle and Silves Cathedral, both built with the red sandstone characteristic of the area. Next, make your way through the Monchique mountains to Fóia, the highest point in the Algarve. Take pictures and enjoy an opportunity to taste one of the liqueurs typical of the region. Then, descend to a viewing point and stop for lunch (not included). Continue to the family-run wine estate of Quinta dos Vales, set amid rolling vines, stylish villas, tennis courts, and outdoor pools. Take a guided tour of the vineyards and cellars. Taste the locally produced wines and enjoy the flavors of homemade bread along with olive oil.

From Albufeira: Portimao and Lagos Ponta da Piedade Tour

6. From Albufeira: Portimao and Lagos Ponta da Piedade Tour

Explore the natural wonders and local life around the Algarve on this multi-stop trip from Albufeira. Visit Ponta da Piedade, Lagos, Praia da Rocha, and more, taking in unbeatable views along the way. Enjoy an optional boat trip in Ponta da Piedade. The trip starts with pickup from your hotel or any other location in the Albufeira area, then head directly to Ponta da Piedade (an approximately 45-minute ride). Enjoy the cliffs of the Ponta da Piedade headland, one of the finest natural features of the Algarve. This limestone coastline is formed of sea pillars, fragile rock arches, and hidden grottos where the exposed cliffs reveal their golden color and the turquoise sea waters lap precariously balanced rock formations. Join an optional boat trip before continuing to the tour. Next, visit Lagos where you can witness a history of navigators and pirates. In Lagos, you can choose to have lunch at a local restaurant and stroll through the historic city center, where you can see various street artists doing shows and telling their stories. Later, set off towards Praia da Rocha in Portimao. Round off your trip enjoying the wonderful view of Forte de Santa Catarina over Portimao marina and Arade River.

Portimão: Benagil Cave and Ria de Alvor Nature Reserve Tour

7. 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.

Marinha Beach and Benagil Sea Cave by Car or Scooter

8. Marinha Beach and Benagil Sea Cave by Car or Scooter

Collect your scooter or convertible car in Praia da Rocha, and then take a scenic coastal route towards the legendary caves of Benagil to swim into one of the most impressive sea caves in Europe. Marvel at the stunning cliffs along the coast as you make your way to Praia da Marinha, named by the Michelin Guide as one of the most beautiful beaches in Portugal. Continue to Praia de Benagil, where you can leave your personal items safely as you swim into the stunning caves.  Benefit from the services of a guide who will lead in their own vehicle and stop at panoramic spots along the way. They will also accompany you into the caves and give you advice on how to swim in safety.

Half-Day from Portimão: Convertible Car/Scooter & Boat Tour

9. Half-Day from Portimão: Convertible Car/Scooter & Boat Tour

Combining convertible or scooter tours with a boat tour is a great way to venture across the memorable Algarve, as you will get the opportunity to see the coastline from two different perspectives. Enjoy driving a convertible car or riding a scooter while your guide leads you to a green paradise and the hidden beaches. Follow your guide’s vehicle and explore top attractions like Carvoeiro, Algar Seco, Alvor and Marinha Beach. During your drive, you will pass fishing towns, hidden bays, historical landmarks and natural tide pools. Then, enhance your adventure by embarking on a boat and discovering theatrical sea caves such as Algar de Benagil, Zorreira cave and Arcos da Marinha. Your tour can include other activities like bathing in the sea, snorkeling or a picnic in a quiet bay as well.

Frm Portimão & Alvor: Private Tour by Convertible Car

10. Frm Portimão & Alvor: Private Tour by Convertible Car

Ride in a concertible car while your guide leads you to a green paradise and the hidden beaches of the Algarve. These guided tours go through various strategic points such as Lagos, Ponta da Piedade, the West Coast, Monchique, Praia da Rocha, Carvoeiro and Alvor. Visit Algarve natural parks, river springs and mountains where you can enjoy a wonderful view over virtually the entire coastline. See Monchique garden, largely covered in eucalyptus trees, cork oaks, and pine trees. Its highest peak Foia (920 mt) offers a stunning panoramic view over the coastline and the ocean. Full-day tours also include lunch in a typical restaurant. There is also an opportunity for other activities like taking a dip in the sea, snorkeling or a picnic in a quiet bay. Your guide, while leading the tour, will provide information and colorful stories about life and nature in the Algarve and recommend photo stops along the way.

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What people are saying about Praia da Rocha

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 2,621 reviews

Excellent experience! Positive vibes all the way through! One thing you need to know is that you won't be stopping inside any caves, but you will be passing very close by and the views are incredible ! We massively enjoyed the stop for a swim. Big thanks to the whole crew for making it so memorable!

Very nice welcome! With a loan of jackets to fight the wind. Ivo and Guy gently comment on the caves alternating French and English. We were mesmerized and enchanted! Saying hello to Connie on the way is a habit to keep

Fabulous trip. Well organised and easy to find the meeting point. The trip allowed us to explore the caves (from a difference) and allowed us time to paddle board and swim in the sea! Highly recommend!

Lois was a perfect guide. Punctual, funny and adapted on the fly to what we wanted out of our experience. His humor and knowledge was infectious. I highly recommend his service.

Great experience, there are a lot of people there, but the experience of nature is unbeatable