A Benagil caves tour is among the top experiences in Algarve, regardless of whether you’re in the region for a weekend break or a longer holiday.
The beautiful fishing village of Benagil, where the world-famous Benagil sea caves ( Algar de Benagil) are located, lies between Praia do Carvoeiro and Armação de Pêra.
These caves regularly feature in “Top Ten” lists of the most beautiful and exotic sea caves and of the top attractions in Portugal.
The Benagil Caves are located 150 meters east to the Benagil beach, Praia de Benagil. These are accessed by boat.
You can also paddle to the caves on a Stand-Up Paddle boat (SUP) or a kayak.
The caves attract visitors all through the year. You can visit them in summer and winter. Bookings are easier during winter.
Benagil Caves Tour from Portimao
A really cool facet of the Benagil caves is that you can walk up to the ceiling and peek in through the gaping hole, but to enter the caves, you need to come via the sea…and swimming up to the cave is not really an option. The currents beneath the calm surface are strong.
Algarve Discovery runs the best organized and popular Benagil Caves tour from Portimao.
The Benagil sea caves are not the only one here. There are many such beautiful caves along Cabo Carvoeiro. You can also enjoy a trip to the caves from Lagos, Albufeira, Vilamoura, and Carvoeiro.
Each route exposes different seascapes and landscapes, and some tour operators also offer dolphin-watching and swimming on a Benagil boat tour.
For example, from Portimao, a boat ride to the cave is an opportunity to gaze at and photograph the beautiful coastline between Portimão and Armação de Pêra. It’s a mesmerizing view when you’re at sea.
In fact, the scenery from the boat is the highlight for many who take the trip…and the cave itself is the icing on the cake.
On this tour, you get to see more than 30 caves, and beautiful hidden alcoves and beaches. You will also see the Fort of Santa Catarina, the Ferragudo Castle, and the beautiful village of Ferragudo, from where fishing boats head out to the sea.