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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: 1.25-Hour Segway Tour

2. Portimão: 1.25-Hour Segway Tour

Immerse yourself in the vibrant and colorful atmosphere of Portimão, one of the most breathtaking cities of the Algarve, on a scenic Segway ride along the coastline. After picking up your segway, glide along the marina, admiring privileged views of the River Arade as you go. Witness sites such as the beach promenade in Praia da Rocha, where you can enjoy stunning views of the Algarve sea. Later, ride past the lighthouse, the pier, and the imposing Santa Catarina Fortress. Along the route, learn more about the area's best attractions and scenery from your passionate guide.

From Portimão: Benagil Caves Sunset Boat Tour

3. From Portimão: Benagil Caves Sunset Boat Tour

Take a sunset boat trip to the caves of Benagil and marvel at views of the rocky cliffs and hidden beaches of the Algarve coast. Sail past landmarks like the Castle of São João do Arade and the Fort of Santa Catarina, see the famous Marinha Beach, and enter the Benagil Sea Cave. Set sail from the Portimão marina and admire views of the historic coastline, including the Castle of São João do Arade and the Fort of Santa Catarina. Continue towards Carvoeiro, passing beautiful beaches and rock formations, and hear about the nature and history of the region from your guide. Finally, sail past the stunning Marinha Beach to reach the Benagil Sea Cave. Enter the cave, admire the amazing rock faces, and learn more about their geological formation. Take in the serene skyline of the sun setting over the ocean on your way back to the marina.

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What people are saying about Fort of Santa Catarina

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4.8 / 5

based on 439 reviews

Our group of 6 adults really enjoyed the trip along the coast. The guide had a lot of useful and fun information for us. The scenery was lovely and the caves we visited were interesting. We have s much more detailed view of the area than we did before the boat trip.

I was really impressed with the boat captain. I’ve been around boats my whole life and don’t know many that could back it into a cave with waves like that. I felt very safe the whole time and our guide was funny and informative. I would definitely recommend!

Fantastic! Everything ran so smoothly, the caves were phenomenal, wonderful guide snd driver. A must!!

Very organized at the Marina. Tour guide in the boat was very good. Enjoyed the ride!

Our guides were very informative.. spoke spanish and english.. very accommodating