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Benagil

Amazing Algarve scenery, beautiful beaches, and a charming cave await you in this Portuguese fishing village.

Our most recommended things to do in Benagil

Portimão: Benagil Caves Speed Boat Tour with Sunset Option

1. Portimão: Benagil Caves Speed Boat Tour with Sunset Option

Meet your guide at the pier in Portimao and listen to a short safety briefing. Then, board the RIB speed boat to start the journey out to sea. On your way, the guide will tell you stories about the Arade River and the Algarve region. Admire views of the Fort of Santa Catarina, the Ferragudo castle, as well as a quaint fishing village along the coast. See many dramatic caves and cliffs as you travel along the coast. Keep a lookout, as dolphins can often be seen navigating the waters here. If they are spotted and are less than 3 miles away, the boat will head in their direction so you can get a closer look at these playful mammals. Then, head inside the famous Benagil Caves, which are only reachable by boat. Marvel at the naturally-formed holes at the top, which let the sunlight filter down to the sandy beach below in a beautiful display. Listen to the echoes and the sound of the wind and let yourself be moved by these impressive natural surroundings. On the way back to the marina, the boat will make a brief swimming stop with views of the beautiful beach at Corredoura. If you choose the sunset option, watch a spectacular sunset on the return journey. Finish off the day by admiring the vibrant colors on the horizon as the sun goes down.

Albufeira: Benagil Caves & Dolphin Watching Speed Boat Tour

2. Albufeira: Benagil Caves & Dolphin Watching Speed Boat Tour

Enjoy a guided boat trip between Albufeira and Benagil Caves on a tour that combines nature and adventure. Discover the Algarve coastline's most iconic landscapes and keep your eyes open for playful dolphins on the way. Start your journey at the meeting point, where you will be welcomed by the crew. Skip the line at the check-in kiosk and benefit from a special welcome package. Have a coffee or some water at the coffee lounge while you wait to board the boat. After priority boarding, start your tour by cruising along the beautiful, 18km-long Algarve coastline. Listen to your knowledgeable guide and learn all about the sights you pass by. Feel the relaxing sea breeze and be amazed by the coastal view. Head inside the famous Benagil caves to admire this rock formation. Take amazing pictures of the caves and capture the light entering them. Spot São Rafael and Marinha beaches, among the most emblematic beaches in Portugal, famous for their cliffs and fine golden sand. Make a short swimming stop and immerse yourself in the crystal clear waters of the Algarve coast. During the tour, look for the dolphins on the way. If they are spotted, see them playing in their natural environment and take photos of them jumping in and out of the water.

Benagil: Guided Kayaking Tour to Caves and Secret Spots

3. Benagil: Guided Kayaking Tour to Caves and Secret Spots

Get off the beaten track with a guided kayaking tour to the Benagil caves with an instructor. Navigate along towering cliffs and around stunning rock formations on a turquoise sea. Stop for a refreshing swim at a breathtaking location. Meet your guide at an easy-to-locate restaurant and get set up with your high-quality paddle, kayak, dry bag, and life vest. Get some instructions on how to use your kayak most effectively from your guide before embarking on your coastal adventure. Make your way along stretches of golden coastline and over crystal-clear waters that are teeming with shimmering fish. Capture pictures of the Benagil caves as light streams through from above, illuminating the cave and azure water. Learn about how these geological formations were crafted by the wind and waves over time. Cool off with a dive into the water and admire this other-worldly landscape as you swim along the beach. Return to the meeting point at the end of your tour. The day, time and duration of the tour may change depending on sea and weather conditions.

Portimão: Benagil Caves Cruise with Dolphin Watching

4. Portimão: Benagil Caves Cruise with Dolphin Watching

Join a marine biologist on a guided cruise of the Benagil Caves. Cruise in search of dolphins, visit the stunning coves of the Algarve coast, and cruise into the iconic Algar de Benagil cave. Set sail from Portimão and head to the Marinha beach. As you sail, hear live commentary about the area's geology and marine life from a marine biologist. Stop at the famous cave Algar de Benagil to take an Instagram-perfect picture. Cruise down the Algarve coast and stop to visit hidden caves and secluded coves. At one of the beaches, dive off the boat and swim in the clear water. Next, leave the coast behind and sail off into the Atlantic in search of dolphins. Get videos of these playful creatures jumping and swimming around the boat before returning to the mainland.

Algarve: Benagil Beach 2-Hour Double Kayak Rental

5. Algarve: Benagil Beach 2-Hour Double Kayak Rental

Visit the spectacular caves and desert beaches of the Benagil area with a double kayak rental. Spend up to 2 hours exploring the Algarve's main attractions. See breathtaking rock formations, including the famous Benagil Caves. Enter the caves from the comfort of your kayak. During your kayak ride, spot some of the Algarve's local fish and sea birds before returning to Benagil Beach.

Algarve: Benagil Caves Guided Kayaking Tour

6. Algarve: Benagil Caves Guided Kayaking Tour

Visit the spectacular caves and secret beaches near Benagil on a guided kayaking tour. Over the course of this tour, you'll get to explore several caves, watch local fish and birdlife, and see rock formations and corals in the area. Learn how to correctly use the kayak with your guide who will explain the proper techniques and safety precautions that you need to take when you're inside the caves.   The tour starts from Benagil Beach before heading to some of the so-called cathedrals of the sea. You'll also be able to get out of your kayak to do some exploring on foot.  Be sure to take lots of excellent photos during the course of this once-in-a-lifetime experience that will end at Benagil, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

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

7. 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.

From Benagil: Benagil Beach Kayak Rental

8. From Benagil: Benagil Beach Kayak Rental

Explore the beautiful Algarve coastline on your own self-guided adventure by renting a kayak. Paddle along the coast and discover the rock formations, with the Benagil Cave a short distance away. Meet on Benagil Beach and receive all your equipment to begin your own adventure. Head into the water and paddle at your own pace. Admire the fantastic views of the coastline as you create your own route. Head to the famous Benagil Cave, which is located a short distance from the beach. Spend more time at the cave than you would on a guided tour, and explore more of the coastline and the place that are of most interest to you.

Benagil: Benagil Caves Kayaking Experience

9. Benagil: Benagil Caves Kayaking Experience

Be at one with nature with this environmentally-friendly kayaking experience, and explore along the coast and inside several caves of Benagil.   Begin at Benagil beach, from where you will be run through an introduction on kayaking, and the safe management of your kayak once inside the caves. Afterward, kayak to the Golden Beach of Marinha. On the way, you will enter several small and big caves. On the return journey, take a 20-minute stop at the beach inside the Benagil Cave for some unforgettable pictures. Go inside several big and small caves near the Benagil Cave and learn from your guide about the formation, surrounding nature and natural life.

Vilamoura: Benagil Cave Boat Tour with Entry

10. Vilamoura: Benagil Cave Boat Tour with Entry

Departing from the Vilamoura Marina, your skipper will welcome you on board one of the 4 custom-built boats. Your skipper will travel along the stretch of the coast leading towards the Benagil Cave, where you will have opportunity to view all the other stunning rock formations and secluded beaches along the way. Once at the Benagil Cave the boat will enter into the caves safely and securely, so you can sit back, enjoy, and take in the beautiful views. This location is simply breathtaking, and will make for many perfect photo opportunities. This cave tour will visit many other beautiful locations en route, and your guide will aim to locate wild dolphins whenever possible.

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What people are saying about Benagil

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 19,077 reviews

The tour was at sunset hour and it was breathtaking We were the only boat in benagil cave, so we could really enjoy the experience And the surprise with the bat stop was really nice! The guides were really good, prepared and quite funny ;)

It was an amazing experience with wonderful guides explaining everything all along the trip. We had the opportunity to see the dolphin twice wich was amazing. Definitely recommend

Ralf and the captain were exception tour guides and I had a blast on this tour even when the weather went bad. 10/10

Expérience incroyable ! Nuno, Sandra, le paysage… tout était super ! Je recommande les yeux fermés.

We had a wonderful time, the guys on the Catamaran were fantastic