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Carvalho Beach

Carvalho Beach: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Carvoeiro: Benagil Caves and Praia da Marinha Boat Trip

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

Explore the stunning Benagil Caves on this boat tour from Carvoeiro. Cruise into the Algar de Benagil cave and breeze by the Arches of Praia da Marinha. Go for a dip in the sea at a scenic location, when conditions are safe.  Check-in at the activity provider's ticket booth on Carvoeiro beach. Put on a life jacket and follow your guide to the boat. Hop aboard the small but comfortable boat and set off along the coast. Pass by towering cliffs, hidden coves, and long stretches of beach with golden sand. Take in views of the Algar Seco cave and the white sand beaches of Vale Covo and Praia do Carvalho. Capture pictures as you glide by the 63-meter tall Farol de Alfanzina lighthouse. See a cave which got its name from a sunken steamboat.  Enter the famed Algar de Benagil cave and have time to snap some more pictures before skirting by breathtaking caves and rock formations on your way towards the unique landscape of the Arches of Praia da Marinha which is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in Europe. Cool off on a swim stop, when sea and weather conditions are right at a safe location outside caves in turquoise waters. Return to your meeting point at the end of your tour. 

From Benagil: Coast Boat Tour with Benagil Cave

2. From Benagil: Coast Boat Tour with Benagil Cave

Embark on a boat trip along the coast of Benagil and admire the spectacular scenery. Enjoy the views of caves, cliffs, beaches, and coves as you cruise. Depart from Benagil Beach and set off along the coastline. Discover over 15 different caves along the coast, as well as a swallow hole and various secluded beaches such as Carvalho Beach and Marinha Beach. S Admire the sight of the imposing Alfanzina Lighthouse that overlooks the coastline, before heading back to Benagil.

From Portimao: Benagil Cave and Marinha Beach Boat Tour

3. From Portimao: Benagil Cave and Marinha Beach Boat Tour

Discover the beautiful coastline of the Algarve on a boat cruise from Portimao. Admire the views of rock formations as well as the beaches of Marinha, La Rocha, and Carvalho, with a stop for swimming during the tour. Start the tour from Clube Naval de Portimao located by the Arade River. Pass by the quaint fishing village of Ferragudo, St John´s Fortress situated by the river, the Marina of Portimao, and La Rocha Beach. Next, sail by the various rock formations, hidden beaches, and mysterious caves that dot the coastline between the city of Portimao and beautiful Praia da Marinha. Admire the sights of Carvalho Beach, Canairos Beach, Paradise Beach, and Carvoeiro village. Spot the rock formations of Algar Seco such as the Cathedral Cave, Cave of the Smugglers, Monster Cave, Cave of the Heart, Turtle Cave, and many more. Arrive at the famous Benagil Cave which you can snap photos from different perspectives from the boat. Afterwards head to Praia da Marinha (Navy Beach) and make a stop for swimming in the bay. Afterwards, speed along the coastline back to Portimao.

From Portimão: Private Benagil Caves Boat Tour with Drinks

4. From Portimão: Private Benagil Caves Boat Tour with Drinks

Discover the Algarve from the water on a private speedboat tour out of Portimão. Feel the salty breeze on your skin as you zip along the turquoise waters, stopping to see famous spots, including Benagil Cave, Alfanzina Lighthouse, Marinha Beach, and more. Cool down by drinking the available water, juices, sodas, and beer onboard. Depart from the beach at Portimão and head out to the water for a day of sun-filled fun. Make your way to a number of iconic local sights, like Benagil Cave, Carvoiero Village, the "Doll" in Algar Seco, and the Alfanzina Lighthouse. Then, carry on to natural sighs, including Vale Centeanes Beach, Carvalho Beach, Benagil Beach, and the world-famous Marinha Beach. Stop for a short, cooling swim along the way, sip on cold drinks, and soak up the rays from the sun deck before returning back to Portimão.

Cliff-top trail Seven Hanging Valleys

5. Cliff-top trail Seven Hanging Valleys

Exuberant walk with a landscape of cliffs and sinkholes in the Lagoa region. The "Seven Hanging Valley Trail" is a popular coastal hiking route located in the Algarve region of southern Portugal. The trail stretches along the stunning cliffs between the beaches of Praia da Marinha and Praia Vale Centeanes. It offers hikers an opportunity to experience some of the most breathtaking and dramatic coastal landscapes in Portugal. Route: Marinha Beach – Mesquita Beach – Mesquita Beach (West) – Dog Raivoso Beach – Corredoura Beach – Benagil Beach – Carvalho Beach – Vale Espinhaço Beach – Vale de Centeanes Beach Here's a description of the trail: Starting Point: The trail begins at Praia da Marinha viewpoint, one of the most iconic and picturesque beaches in Portugal. The beach is easily accessible by car and offers ample parking. From here, you'll find the trailhead that leads you to the first of the seven hanging valleys. Cliff-top Path: The trail follows a well-marked and well-maintained cliff-top path that winds its way along the coastline. The views from the path are simply stunning, with rugged limestone cliffs dropping steeply into the turquoise waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Seven Hanging Valleys: As the name suggests, the trail takes you through seven hanging valleys, which are deep and narrow ravines that descend from the cliffs down to secluded sandy beaches below. Each valley offers its own unique charm and distinct views of the coastal scenery. Breathtaking Scenery: Throughout the hike, you'll be treated to breathtaking views of the dramatic cliffs, hidden coves, ssinkholes, and rock formations that have been shaped by the relentless power of the ocean over millions of years. The contrasting colors of the golden cliffs, green vegetation, and blue sea create a mesmerizing and colorful tapestry of nature. Photography Opportunities: The Seven Hanging Valleys trail is a paradise for photographers. There are numerous spots along the way to capture postcard-worthy images of the coastline, cliffs, and crystal-clear waters. Difficulty Level: While the trail is relatively well-maintained and accessible, it does involve some hiking on uneven terrain and can be moderately challenging in certain sections. It's essential to wear suitable footwear and take caution while walking along the cliff edges. Duration: The full hike can take around 3h45 min, depending on your pace and the time spent at various viewpoints and beaches. This is a linear route and includes transportation to the starting point. As with any outdoor activity, it's important to consider safety precautions, carry enough water, wear sunscreen, suitable footwear for hiking, and be aware of weather conditions. Also, remember to respect the natural environment and follow any posted signs or guidelines to help preserve this beautiful area for future visitors. Distance: 6km (1 way) Estimated departure: 08:30 am Estimated arrival: 12:15 am Average duration: 3h 45 min Degree of Difficulty: Medium Departure: Marinha beach viewpoint Transportation: your own vehicle, rented, taxi or UBER How to get there: Go to Praia da Marinha and the meeting point is at the glass viewpoint.

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What people are saying about Carvalho Beach

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 26 reviews

Nice guides and overall service. Beautiful sites. Trip just the right length. Bengali while inspiring is so crowded that it detracts from experience. Other caves more enjoyable. Highly recommend!

This is an amazing boat tour. We went inside caves that we could never have imagined. Incredible navigation. Loved the local knowledge and guidance. Highly recommended. Thanks for the memories.

Unforgettable, favorite activity in Portugal, our guide Francisco was amazing! He was friendly, knowledgeable, kind and helpful. I highly recommend using this company.

We had a wonderful tour of this area. Our guide was funny and informative which made the whole experience even better. Would highly recommend this tour!

The tour was so much fun and Francisco was a great guide and so enjoyable to talk to! Thank you, Francisco!!!!