Portimão
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Portimão: Pirate Ship Cave Cruise

1. 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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Algarve: Benagil Caves 2-Hour Private Tour

2. 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: Benagil Boat Tour with Local Guide

3. 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.

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From Portimão: Private 2-Hour Boat Tour to Benagil Cave

4. From Portimão: Private 2-Hour Boat Tour to Benagil Cave

Join this guided journey along the Algarve coastline to Benagil Cave. This fun and fantastic adventure will fully immerse you in the natural beauty of Portugal. From the pier of Clube Naval de Portimão, begin your boat ride along the coastline, admiring its churches, castles, and beautiful caves. As you glide over the water, your guide will tell you sometimes spooky ancient stories and teach you about the history of the Arade River. All boats are equipped with VHF Radios synchronized with dolphin-watching vessels. If these breathtaking animals are spotted within a 3-mile radius, the boat will go to their location.   Take in the unbelievable beauty of Benagil Cave, with its naturally formed hole at the top that lets the sunlight filter down to the sandy beach below. Listen to the echoes of the wind and let yourself be calmed by your surroundings.

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Convertible Car & Scooter Tours from Portimão & Alvor

5. Convertible Car & Scooter Tours from Portimão & Alvor

Enjoy driving a convertible car or riding a scooter while your guide leads you to a green paradise and the hidden beaches of the Algarve. These guided tours go through various strategic points such as Lagos, Ponta da Piedade, the West Coast, Monchique, Praia da Rocha, Carvoeiro and Alvor. Visit Algarve natural parks, river springs and mountains where you can enjoy a wonderful view over virtually the entire coast land. See Monchique garden, largely covered in eucalyptus trees, cork oaks and pine trees. Its highest peak Foia (920 mt) offers a stunning panoramic view over the coastline and the ocean. Full-day tours also include lunch in a typical restaurant. There is also opportunity for other activities like taking a dip in the sea, snorkellng or a picnic in a quiet bay. Your guide, while leading the tour on his own vehicle, will provide information and colorful stories about life and nature in the Algarve and recommend photo stops along the way. These tours can be a perfect introduction to first time visitors or they can offer a deeper insight for tourists re-visiting the region.

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Marinha Beach and Benagil Sea Cave by Car or Scooter

6. Marinha Beach and Benagil Sea Cave by Car or Scooter

Collect your scooter or convertible car in Praia da Rocha, and then take a scenic coastal route towards the legendary caves of Benagil to swim into one of the most impressive sea caves in Europe. Marvel at the stunning cliffs along the coast as you make your way to Praia da Marinha, named by the Michelin Guide as one of the most beautiful beaches in Portugal. Continue to Praia de Benagil, where you can leave your personal items safely as you swim into the stunning caves.  Benefit from the services of a guide who will lead in their own vehicle and stop at panoramic spots along the way. They will also accompany you into the caves and give you advice on how to swim in safety.

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Algarve: Private Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

7. Algarve: Private Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

Experience the natural beauty and history of Algarve with this private tour. View caves, rock formations, and quaint villages as you drive along. Start at Cape Sao Vicente, popularly known as as the end of the world. Experience the isolation that gives this spot its name. Continue to view the fortifications at the fortress of Sagres. Stop to enjoy the rock formations at Ponta da Piedade in Lagos. Choose if you would like to purchase boat trip through the rock formations inside. Go to the charming old town of Lagos were you can buy lunch at a traditional restaurant. Drive to Praia da Rocha and admire the view at Portimao Marina. Pass the picturesque village of Carvoeiro, and the cave of Benagil. Last stop at the famous Marinha Beach.

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From Portimão: Private Boat Tour of Caves and Alar Benagil

8. From Portimão: Private Boat Tour of Caves and Alar Benagil

Be dazzled by several paradise beaches along the Algarve coast and if you are lucky you can see schools of dolphins along the way. This area of the coast is referred to as the Barlavento region, where placid warm waters and golden sand are framed by natural sculptures carved out of the cliff. Caves and subterranean caves, caused by erosion, sometimes unite these beaches and provide excellent sites for explorations. One of these sites are the caves of Benagil, which are among the ten natural wonders of the world. At Marinha beach, you can see caves, subterranean canals, and natural arches. The cliffs are limestone with fractured and fissured tones, which exhibit a remarkable diversity of curious rocky patterns including arches, grottos, leixões, and algares. There are a diversity of marine habitats that house colorful hedgehogs, anemones, octopuses, cuttlefish, and seahorses. This beach is considered one of the hundred most beautiful in the world. 

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From Portimão: 2-Hour Benagil Caves & Navy Beach Boat Tour

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

Begin your excursion to the Benagil Caves in Portimão with a safety briefing. Aboard your boat, sized to cross narrow channels and have easier access to coastal rocks. Sail along the Arade River, pass through the village of Ferragudo and the Fort of São João do Arade to head into the open sea.  Enjoy the incredible views of the Algarve Coast. See impressive cliffs that end at the sea, hidden caves, deserted beaches, and beautiful rock formations. From Portimão to the Benagil Caves, there are about 30 marine caves on the coast you and your guide will explore. Arrive at the Benagil Caves, which is only accessible by sea, and be stunned by their natural beauty.  After spending time in the cave, relax on your boat ride back to Portimão.

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Lagos & Ponta da Piedade 3-Hour Car or Scooter Tour

10. Lagos & Ponta da Piedade 3-Hour Car or Scooter Tour

Start your tour from the meeting point in Praia da Rocha or Alvor and spend approximately 3 hours exploring Algarve scenic routes and towns. Visit Lagos, which has always had a seafaring connection. Originally visited by Phoenicians and Carthaginians, during the 15th century, it was the base for the Voyages of the Discoveries when trade between Africa and Portugal brought a great deal of wealth into the town. Continue your trip to the Costa d'Ouro (Golden Coast), named after the yellow and red cliffs that line it, and visit Dona Ana and Camilo beaches, littered with sea stacks and grottoes. Then, head to Ponta da Piedade and contemplate all the magnificent and curious shapes of the huge rock formations hollowed out by the sea. Your guide, while leading the tour in his own vehicle, will provide information and colorful stories about life and nature in the Algarve and recommend photo stops along the way.

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What people are saying about Portimão

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 74 reviews

Best decision to explore the caves with the pirate ship. The ship looks a lot and after we are along the coast with some information from the brilliant captain, we were able to explore the caves with the dinghies. Thank you for the great trip!

We had our tour with Mauro and Andre. The tour was fabulous. We got to see dolphins which was an extra bonus. This tour was the highlight of our trip and definitely recommend

It was a fantastic experience, very good indeed. Service, guide, everything. I just think that Benagil should have the opportunity to get off the boat.

Great experience for adults and children alike! Great boat and the boat allows you to enter several small caves! I really recommend this activity

Highly recommended! Great pirate ‍☠️ ship! Nice crew! Great caves seen