Day Trips from Portimão to Benagil

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From Portimão: Benagil Caves Cruise

1. From Portimão: Benagil Caves Cruise

Depart Portimão and cruise along the coast of the Algarve in a comfortable catamaran. Admire stunning views of the coastline from the water as you make your way towards the striking Benagil caves.  Upon arrival at the rock formations, enter the caves by boat to explore an amazing natural attraction that can only be accessed from the water. Benefit from the capabilities of a larger and heavier vessel that can directly enter the cave system, and get up close to the rocks for stunning photo opportunities. Document your amazing experience as a keepsake souvenir, and avail of the boat's facilities as you cruise. Make use of the on-board bar serving refreshments as you sail. Look for dolphins swimming in their natural habitat on the return journey, and stop for a swim at a beautiful location selected by your captain, before enjoying a relaxing sail back to your departure point.

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Portimão: Benagil Caves 2-Hour Speed Boat Tour

2. Portimão: Benagil Caves 2-Hour Speed Boat Tour

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 stop so you can go swimming.

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Portimão: 90-Minute Benagil Sea Caves Speedboat Adventure

3. Portimão: 90-Minute Benagil Sea Caves Speedboat Adventure

Speed along the Algarve coastline and explore its beautiful caves on this speedboat adventure. Meet next to the ruins of the San Francisco Convent. Feel confident and prepared after a quick safety briefing with the crew members and grab your life jacket. Step on board the brand new speedboat and get ready to explore the Algarve coastline. Admire breathtaking cliffs and discover the secret sandy beaches only accessible by boat as you zip across the water. Admire the natural beauty of the Benagil Sea Caves. This essential Algarve site was formed by natural erosion creating a huge sunlit cavern.

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From Albufeira: Half-Day Algarve Jeep Safari

4. From Albufeira: Half-Day Algarve Jeep Safari

Capture the essence of the Algarve aboard a 4WD jeep on a half-day off-the-beaten-path adventure through the Portuguese countryside. Depart Albufeira and travel through beautiful landscapes to see regional architecture, dense forests of cork trees that supply the wine industry, and groves of fragrant orange trees. Sample the gastronomical delights of the region at a local farm, and taste their honey and homemade liquors. Go to an old distillery to try some of the legendary Medronho (Aguardente de Medronhos). Drive along hidden tracks and encounter historic villages, swim in a local river, and marvel at spectacular waterfalls. Learn about the customs and traditions of the rustic villages from a guide full of knowledge about the local history, nature, lifestyle, and landscape.

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Portimão: Pirate Ship Cave Cruise

5. Portimão: Pirate Ship Cave Cruise

After boarding, begin by receiving a full briefing on your safety and comfort for your cruise. From there, hit the open water and navigate the coast off of Rio Arade, the village of Ferragudo, medieval castles, and the Atlantic Ocean. Cruising east, pass Carvoeiro, which contains the famous rock formation of Algar Seco. Arriving to the lighthouse of Alfanzina, transfer to a small boat to visit the inside of the local caves which run from the lighthouse to Marinha Beach. These caves include the famous cathedral cave of Benagil. Returning to the boat, take a dip to swim in the enticing crystal clear water which surrounds you. On your return journey, be on the lookout for dolphins, which are regularly spotted in this area.

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Portimão: Benagil Caves and Marinha 2-Hour Boat Tour

6. Portimão: Benagil Caves and Marinha 2-Hour Boat Tour

Hop on board the boat and immerse yourself in the picturesque landscapes of the Algarve coastline. On this two hour boat trip you’ll discover more than 20 caves and a number of deserted beaches along the way. The 2-hour trip of fun and discovery starts at Cais Vacco da Gama in Portimão. Along the way you’ll see the Fort of Santa Catarina, the Ferragudo Castle, and the small fishing village of Ferragudo. From the sea, you’ll be able to admire the beaches of Pintadinho, Paradise, and Carvoeiro. Visit one of the world's most exotic beaches, Praia da Marinha, where you can go swimming. Finally, on your perfectly-sized boat, visit the interior of the visually striking Benagil Sea Cave.

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From Portimão: Catamaran Cruise to Benagil Caves with BBQ

7. 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.

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Algarve: Benagil Caves 2-Hour Private Tour

8. Algarve: Benagil Caves 2-Hour Private Tour

Your private tour leaves from Portimão in the morning, when the sea is calm. The boat follows the Rio Arade to the Atlantic Ocean. Head southeast, past the lighthouse of Ferragudo, the beach of Caneiros, the Roman Tower and Smugglers’ Cave. Marvel at the rock formations of Algar Seco and Praia Vale de Centianes and travel along the beaches of Benagil. Go inside one of the most famous caves in Europe by boat. In all there are over 30 caves and there are deserted beaches to discover as well. The 2-hour trip is priced for a group of up to 10 persons.

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From Portimão: 2-Hour Benagil Caves Boat Tour

9. From Portimão: 2-Hour Benagil Caves Boat Tour

Depart from Portimão and take in breathtaking views of the coast on your way to these world-famous caves. With the small boat it will be possible sail inside some of them, the most popular one being Algar de Benagil. Your knowledgeable guide will show you caves so hidden, that you wouldn't spot them one your own. They will also explain all there is to know about these natural formations and reveal some of their secrets. Travel in comfort on this boat tour that can be adapted to your needs, in case you want to stay longer in a specific cave.

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Portimão: Kayak Tour of Benagil Caves

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Portimão

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 1,341 reviews

I loved this tour. It was the coolest thing I did in Portugal. Rita, my guide and Ricardo, the captain were kind enough to follow through with my scheduled tour even though I was the only one who booked. Rita was very knowledgeable about the different beaches, names of the caves and surrounding towns. She took pictures for me since I was traveling alone. Very happy with this experience and would highly recommend to others.

it was just amazing. I didn't expect there were so many beautiful caves on the way to Benagil cave. The guide was cool. We went to a restaurant the guide recommended after the tour. We ate best squids there ever.

We had a lot of fun! With Rita, Miguele and Ricardo, the experience was still very funny! Very great people! Thank you!

Great experience with Atlantis Tour and Getyourguide. Amazing driver bringing us into caves. Really worth to do !

Fantastic!!! clear and fun guides ! a memorable trip!