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Things to do in Porches, Portugal

Our most recommended things to do in Porches, Portugal

Armação de Pêra: Benagil Caves Guided Boat Tour

1. Armação de Pêra: Benagil Caves Guided Boat Tour

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!

Algarve: Landscapes, Pottery, and Winery Tour

3. 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

4. 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.

From Albufeira: Benagil & Carvoeiro Tour

5. From Albufeira: Benagil & Carvoeiro Tour

Discover some of the most popuplar spots from world-famous coastal route of Seven Hanging Valleys in the company of a local guide. Take an excursion with a small group, departing from Albufeira to explore incredible viewpoints, cultural landmarks, and striking rocky beaches. Marvel at panoramic views of the ocean and magical natural formations. After departing from a meeting point in Albufeira you will be taken by car to various places that you will explore. Stop in the town of Porches to visit Senhora da Rocha, a little church on top of the cliffs, with panoramic views over the coastline. Stroll through Praia da Marinha to admire a rich array of outstanding landforms, such as grottoes, stone arches, and natural bridges. Continue toward Algar de Benagil to see its famous cave from the top. Finally, visit the charming village of Carvoeiro and explore Algar Seco before returning to Albufeira.

Discover the Grottos and Caves in a SUP Guided Tour

6. 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 Lisbon: Guided Day Trip to Algarve

7. 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.

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

8. 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.

Algarve : Rocky coast and hinterland in a Volvo 4X4

9. Algarve : Rocky coast and hinterland in a Volvo 4X4

We will pick you up at your place of stay according to the pick-up area (Quarteira, Vilamoura, Albufeira and Armação De Pêra) and head to the beautiful town of Silves. On the way we will discover the small chapel of Senhora Da Rocha, which is located on a cliff overlooking a beautiful sandy beach surrounded by yellow cliffs. Another natural site nearby that is well worth a visit is the majestic Albandeira Arch and its surroundings, which are a delight to the eyes of travellers, offering a grandiose spectacle at any time of the year. In the middle of the morning, we arrive in the ancient capital of AL-Gharb (Silves). During a walk, we will stroll through the narrow streets of the old town with its tumultuous past, dominated by a cathedral and the walls of the castle which is the symbol of the Arab occupation of the Algarve for several centuries. Depending on the season, the sky of Silves is the scene of a majestic sweep of storks, which you can easily observe on the roofs and chimneys of the houses. We will continue on a beautiful track lined with eucalyptus trees along the lake of Funcho, where wild landscapes and a feeling of escape are mixed, several stops will allow you to admire this landscape of unique beauty. We will reach the small authentic town of Sao Bartolomeu de Messines where you will have lunch (lunch not included) in a "churrasquiera", a real institution where you can enjoy a quality local cuisine with an excellent quality-price ratio. However, you have the possibility to bring your own lunch box if you wish. After a walking tour in the "old Messines" which is not lacking in interest we will go to Alte which is one of the most typical white villages in the south of Portugal. The atmosphere it exudes will be an immersion in the daily life of the hinterland. Its walking tour will be one of the highlights of the day. Depending on the season, you will enjoy the bathing pool with its transparent spring water or you will discover a bucolic waterfall with a postcard look, located below a stream. At the end of the day, we will take a track in the heart of the Algarvian Barrocal that climbs through centuries-old olive trees, orange and carob trees before climbing with the 4X4 on a hill that reveals magnificent panoramas of the countryside as well as an abandoned hamlet where time seems to have stopped. We will share a moment of conviviality around an aperitif in the heart of this unusual place, a testimony of a bygone era, before bringing you back to your place of stay with unforgettable memories.

Algarve : Rocky coast and fishing villages on a private tour

10. Algarve : Rocky coast and fishing villages on a private tour

Your local guides, will pick you up from your hotel and we will head west, our first stop being the pristine white chapel of Nossa Senhora Da Rocha which appears to be suspended over the ocean. This iconic site of the region is located near Praia Nova, which dazzles with its golden sand and crystal clear waters. Another popular spot for travellers is the Albandeira Arch and its surrounding cliffs, which are natural monuments that offer a postcard image. You can discover unique views by walking along the paths surrounding the site. We continue with the discovery of the fishing village of Carvoeiro with its colourful houses on the edge of a small beach where boats rest on the sand. Then we will immerse ourselves in the unusual places of Algar Seco with its cavities where the waves come and go and the cave of Boneca with its "natural window" on the ocean which is cut into the rock. Our last stop will be a visit to Ferragudo, a small fishing port in the Algarve that will not leave you indifferent as it is so charming. Walking through its typical streets or along its quay is a treat for travellers in search of authenticity. We will take you back to your place of stay or to your hotel.

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based on 13 reviews

Unique and magical experience, fabulous places thanks to the super guide george who was able to fully satisfy my needs with simple and easy to understand explanations even for someone like me who knows little about the language and I also add that he is also a super professional photographer who knows do and seize the right moments to make a good shooting grz George for this unforgettable experience and make me love your land even more

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.

Lovely tour! Knowledgeable guide & photographer, interesting&beautiful destinations. Short walk at every stop. Best viewpoints shown. Highly recommend!

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.