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From Portimão: Algar de Benagil and Sea Caves Boat Tour

1. From Portimão: Algar de Benagil and Sea Caves Boat Tour

Sail along the Algarve coast on a boat trip from Portimão. Admire highlights, including the Benagil Cave and the Fort of São João do Arade. Swim in the crystal waters and learn about the area from your guide. Boarding at the Marina of Portimão, you will see the Castel of S.João do Arade and the fort of Stª Catarina from the Arade River, a unique perspective from the river to the city of Portimão.  See beautiful beaches and caves, from Portimão through to Carvoeiro, passing Benagil all the way to the famous beach of Praia da Marinha. During the boat tour, your guide will talk and explain all about the caves and the coastline, fauna, flora, and the geology of the region with the stunning caves formations. On the way back to the marina your skipper will navigate the boat away from the cliffs giving you a broader perspective of the coastline.

Portimão: Kayak Tour of Benagil Caves

2. Portimão: Kayak Tour of Benagil Caves

Enjoy a cruise along the Algarve coast to the Benagil Caves where you'll have the opportunity to explore the caves by kayak. Your catamaran will depart from the Marina of Portimão. Aboard, the crew will brief you on the kayak equipment and kayaking skills. You'll cruise along the coast to Albandeira Beach. From the beach, you'll paddle to the Benagil Caves. Along the way, you'll have the chance to visit other caves and enjoy the golden coast. Your experienced guide will point out local landmarks and direct you to the most interesting spots including the impressive Captain’s Cave, Barraquinho Beach, Baraço Cave, and the world famous Marinha Beach. There's even time for a quick swim. If you get tired, you can always get back on board the catamaran for a rest, before heading back to the marina. Your catamaran has toilets, comfortable seats, and a professional crew. If you don't feel like kayaking and just want to enjoy the views from the catamaran, you're welcome on this tour, too.

Portimão: 1.5-Hour Dolphin Watching Excursion

3. Portimão: 1.5-Hour Dolphin Watching Excursion

Experience a must-do activity for anyone visiting the Algarve with this 1.5-hour dolphin-watching safari. Join an expert crew with over 30 years of experience searching for dolphins in their natural habitat. Enjoy an unforgettable day trip along the stunning coastline of Southern Portugal. Choose from a range of boat rides to suit every wish, including the famous Tornado Rib, which brings you fully into the action. Your fully-certified skipper will have an excellent knowledge of dolphin activity in the area, with sightings guaranteed in over 95% of trips. First, depart from Portimão and feel the thrill of the wind in your face as you glide across the glistening Atlantic Ocean in search of beautiful bottlenose and common dolphins or other wildlife species. Learn about these creatures from the onboard marine biologist. Then, gently settle amongst the pods to watch them dance and play in their natural habitat. After a 90-minute cruise, return back to Portimão where your tour concludes.

Portimão: Half-Day Catamaran Cruise to Benagil & Carvoeiro

4. 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: Catamaran Cruise to Benagil Caves with BBQ

5. From Portimão: Catamaran Cruise to Benagil Caves with BBQ

Depart from Portimão and pass by the pretty fishing village of Ferragudo and the historic castle that overlooks the beach. Cruise at ease towards the east and don’t forget your camera to capture the beautiful coastal scenery along the way. Head towards the grottoes at Benagil, where on small boats the tour will take you into different grottoes. Marvel at the natural rock formations and be transported to the beach, where you can soak in the sun. In the meantime, the crew prepares a delicious BBQ for you on the beach with bread, salad, mixed grill, complete with an open bar with red or white wine, water, orangeade.  Travel back while passing by some of the beautiful, secluded cove beaches around Carvoeiro. Enjoy the beautiful views and create a holiday memory that you won’t forget.

Eastern Portugal: Day Trip to Faro, Olhão, Tavira, & more

6. Eastern Portugal: Day Trip to Faro, Olhão, Tavira, & more

Take a full-day trip around the best of the east of Portugal. Benefit from pickup from your hotel, transportation around the historic sights, and take time to immerse yourself in the unique atmosphere. Begin your day with convenient pickup before heading to Faro. Admire the capital of the Algarve as you tour the historic 13th-century city center. Next, move on to the Moorish fishing town of Olhão. Stroll around its bustling streets or shop for local products in its traditional markets. Continue your tour to Tavirna. Explore a town of cobbled streets, picturesque churches, and visit its Roman Bridge. Climb up to its castle and photograph the views from its observation point. Take advantage of some free time for lunch in one of its many restaurants (own expense). Conclude your tour with stops at Villa Real de Sto- Antonio and Cacel Velha. Discover a village where the Ria Formosa meets the Atlantic Ocean. Finally, head back on the bus for the return journey and drop-off at your accommodation.

From Portimão: Benagil Boat Tour with Local Guide

7. 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: Seville Full-Day Shopping and Sightseeing Tour

8. Algarve: Seville Full-Day Shopping and Sightseeing Tour

Visit to the historic city of Seville, capital of the Andalusian Region, dazzled by the greatness of its monuments. The arrival is an unforgettable moment overlooking the oldest Triana bridge in Seville. There will be free time to visit the largest Gothic cathedral in the world, the Royal Alcazar Palace, and the magnificent Maria Luisa Park, next to which another must-see, the great Plaza de España. You can also shop in the city or in the legendary district of Judiaria de Santa Cruz. When leaving Seville you will also have the chance to drive by and admire the pavilions of the 1st Ibero-American exhibition of 1929.

From Portimao: Benagil Cave and Marinha Beach Boat Tour

9. 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.

Portimão: Algarve Wine Tour in a VW T2 Van

10. Portimão: Algarve Wine Tour in a VW T2 Van

See the Algarve from a unique perspective as you travel around the wine-growing region in a Volkswagen T2 van. Your trip will be punctuated with a lot of history and local knowledge while you explore the beauty of the region.   After getting picked up from your accommodation, board the charismatic Volkswagen T2 for a 2-hour wine tour. On a private tour with just your group or as part of a public tour open to others, visit a local winery (Quinta do Francês Winery, Monte do Além or Dos Santos). Upon arrival, be welcomed with a guided visit of the winery and the cellar, while you learn about its unique wines and how they are produced in the Demarcated Region of the Algarve. Later, enjoy a tasting of 4 delicious red, white, and rosé wines and feel free to purchase some extra bottles as souvenirs. Get dropped off back at your hotel at the end of your tasting.

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What people are saying about Ferragudo

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 1,203 reviews

A beautiful city - we were overwhelmed. There are so many sights that the short time of 4 hours to visit was simply not enough. In addition, if you plan to visit the Cathedral and Alcazar on the same day, it's just too much. Unfortunately, you spend more time overall on the bus ride. Our tour guide was in English and German - a big plus. To get a first impression of this city, this short excursion may suffice. You should plan three days to get to know the city better with its small streets, great bars and so many unique buildings. We will do that for sure!

Just genius! Anyone who likes to be on the water and has never been able to ride a cat should definitely book this tour. The team was extremely friendly and, if requested, even let individual participants stand behind the wheel and drive a bit themselves. A very special excursion - gliding silently over the sea and simply enjoying the sun and the view of the coast. There was time to swim or try the stand up paddle. A big thank you!

It was a super way to see all of the Algarve The buses were Superb very comfortable and air-conditioned The guide spoke four different languages so she was amazing! It was a long day we started in Lagos at 7:15 am and did not get home until 815 pm

Book this cruise!!! The kindest staff, the most beautiful views, and the most fun along the way. This was an unexpected highlight of our vacation. Glad we chose this over the cave tours, it definitely had the relaxing vibes we were looking for.

Had a lovely day out visiting some amazing places with shopping cafes etc would highly recommend