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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.

Portimão: Half-Day Catamaran Cruise to Benagil & Carvoeiro

2. 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 Carvoeiro: Benagil Caves and Praia da Marinha Boat Trip

3. From Carvoeiro: Benagil Caves and Praia da Marinha Boat Trip

You can show your digital ticket at the ticket Shop located on Carvoeiro beach to check-in. You'll be helped to put an life jacket on which is mandatory maintaining during the tour. You will have to cross the sand towards the shore of the beach and before you know it, you have already climbed into one of our small boats through two easy access steps. From here we sail along the coast, passing through intricate natural cliffs of coves and beaches. You will view charming places like "A Boneca" or "Algar Seco" from the sea, as well as wonderful white sand beaches like Vale Covo and Praia do Carvalho. In the middle of the increadible landscape you will find the 63m high beautiful "Farol de Alfanzina". However, the ex-libris of this trip allows us to reach the steam boiler grotto, where the remains of a sunken steamboat, which gives it its name, are found. Hereafter you'll enter the famous Algar de Benagil which you may admire and photographe from the boat. You then visit further breathtaking caves and rock formations towards the unique landscape of the Arches of Praia da Marinha, classified as one of the 100 most beautiful beaches in the world and within the 10 most beautiful ones in Europe! Depending on the sea conditions, our skippers might have the opportunity to allow a quick swim in a safe location outside caves in usually translucent and gleaming waters.

From Portimão: Benagil Boat Tour with Local Guide

4. 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.

Algarve: Benagil Cave Boat Tour and Algarseco Coastal Walk

5. Algarve: Benagil Cave Boat Tour and Algarseco Coastal Walk

The adventure begins with pickup from your accommodation in Lagos, Praia da Luz, or Meia Praia and heads to Carvoeiro Beach. Hop onboard a traditional style boat and set sail along the coastline towards Benagil Cave. Soak up the wonders of this fascinating location and snap photos for your holiday album. Next, visit the picturesque Marinha Beach as well as other scenic cliffs and caves. Back on dry land, enjoy a leisurely stroll along the Algarseco boardwalk, which boasts stunning views across the coastline. Along the way, admire the natural pools that form in the holes of the cliffs and fill with water during high tide. At the end of the boardwalk, visit a grotto famous for its two arches which act as a window to the sea.

Benagil & Coastline on Eco-Friendly Catamaran

6. Benagil & Coastline on Eco-Friendly Catamaran

Enjoy nature, with zero emissions, in a quiet and relaxing environment, without polluting the ocean. This luxurious and comfortable catamaran is the best choice if you want to visit the Benagil Caves with all the comfort and unique amenities such as an on-board Bar, WC, Lounge Seatings and Deck, swim stop, and music aboard that will defintely make your experience even more fun and special. All this, with the big extra of being a sustainable tourist, leaving no pollution on the ocean waters and atmosphere. Depart from Portimão Marina and sail for 3 hours along the costline, until Praia da Marinha. Pass by Carvoeiro and Benagil and enter the famous and surprising Benagil and Smugglers Caves along the way, with an unforgettable and relaxing scenery. On the way, you will see an unique perspective of Algarve’s Coastline, wonderful picturesque beaches, amazing rock formations, breathtaking caves and, of course, the world famous Benagil Cave. If the weather is hot, stop to cool off with a dip. Don't forget your towel and bathing suit. If it’s cold or any passenger wants to stop, take the chance to sail further and experience more amazing views. Gain access to all information about points of interest with the provider's Sun Boat app. Don’t forget your camera to take beautiful pictures at the coastal scenery along the way.

Portimão: Private Benagil Cave Boating Tour

7. 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.

Olhão : The 7 Hanging Valleys / Tour guide with Transfer

8. Olhão : The 7 Hanging Valleys / Tour guide with Transfer

A must-see hiking trail when visiting the Algarve, the route of The 7 Hanging Valleys follows the coastline on the edge of a cliff and offers breathtaking views at every turn. The begin our walk with the caves of Algar Seco, a true wonder of nature that consists of a series of rocks and steep caves giving the appearance of windows and balconies. Along the path that makes it possible to discover majestic cliffs eaten for centuries by erosion, dizzying abysses such as the Benagil Cave, beaches of golden sand, the blue sea that stretches in the background, of seabirds and why not, with a bit of luck, see dolphins pass offshore. Don’t miss out on these fascinating and grandiose panoramas… you will find it difficult to resist the temptation to photograph all this natural beauty. Arriving at Praia da Marinha considered one of the 100 most beautiful beaches in the world, it's time to take the time to taste some Portuguese specialties. => About 9 km (one way) => Duration About 5h30 => Elévation + : + 300m Pick up : Olhão - Fuseta - Tavira // Personal requests, contact us

From Portimão: Benagil Caves and Beaches By Boat

9. From Portimão: Benagil Caves and Beaches By Boat

Explore the caves and beaches that dot Portugal's southern coast on a boat trip from Portimão to Algar Benagil. Take in some of Europe's most beautiful beaches and fishing villages from the water and even cool off with a quick swim from the boat. Descend the Arade River on the way to the sea, passing the picturesque village of Ferragudo on the way. Snap a picture of what is considered one of the most picturesque towns in Portugal and catch a glimpse of the 19th-century Fort of São João do Arade, also known as Ferragudo Castle. See Carvoeiro – considered to be one of the most beautiful fishing villages in Europe – and admire its natural walkway that leads into the cavernous Algar of Benagil. Discover the beauty of Arcos da Praia da Marinha beach, and see why it's considered to be one of the best in the world. After a stop for a quick swim, return by boat to Portimão.

Portimão: Guided Coastal Caves Tour by Boat

10. Portimão: Guided Coastal Caves Tour by Boat

See the coast of Portugal from the water as you glide along the ocean with your crew onboard your tour boat. Discover how the water leads into crevices along the coast that have been carved into caves over centuries of weather and water erosion. Take a swim at one of the 15 beautiful cave stops along the tour. Before you dive in, learn about the history of the shoreline, the caves, and Portugal from your guide on board the tour boat. Take in the sun and the sea and move with the water as you learn more about Portugal’s Algarve coastline. The tour will go to beaches along the coast – from Portimão, Ferragudo, to Estombar, Carvoeiro, and finally to Benagil Beach.

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What people are saying about Algar Seco

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 226 reviews

A very nice experience. Taking a boat ride along the coast and then entering the caves in smaller boats. Although according to what the guide told me, it did not include bathing before getting back on the boat. And that comes in the explanation of the activity that I hired that was in the morning.

Top cruise from start to finish: the pirate ship, the panorama of the coast, the children raising the sail, going to the helm to steer the boat, the detour to see the dolphins, the transfer to the small motor boat , the visit of other caves next to that of Benagil and all the crew members

The crew were amazing and made this trip extra special. It was my husbands 60th and we came as a group of 10 family members. They let him steer the boat, we got to jump off the boat into the sea and explore the caves in the smaller boats. Fantastic 3 hours and highlight of our holiday.

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!

I did not see any Dolpins and I did not get to walk the plank. However i had a lovely time and would highly recommend it. My family and I made gorgeous memories celebrating my fathers 75th Birthday.