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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.

Portimão: Half-Day Catamaran Cruise to Benagil & Carvoeiro

2. 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.

Benagil & Coastline on Eco-Friendly Catamaran

3. Benagil & Coastline on Eco-Friendly Catamaran

Enjoy nature, with zero emissions onboard a solar-powered catamaran in a tranquil environment. Sail east into the ocean, passing Carvoeiro and Algar Seco with unforgettable scenery. See wonderful picturesque beaches and rock formations along the way. As the catamaran is quiet and does not pollute the ocean, you will be able to feel a deep connection with nature. Approach Benagil Cave and stop to refresh yourself with a swim, sunbathe or enjoy some drinks at the bar. During the boat trip, enter between 2 and 4 caves, depending on the tides and weather. Get access to all information about points of interest with a Sun Boat app. Don’t forget your camera to take beautiful pictures of the coastal scenery along the way.

From Portimão: Benagil Boat Tour with Local Guide

4. 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.

Albufeira: Benagil Caves & Senhora da Rocha Tour by Tuk Tuk

5. Albufeira: Benagil Caves & Senhora da Rocha Tour by Tuk Tuk

Take a relaxing tour by Tuk Tuk from Albufeira to see the Benagil Caves. On the way, you'll visit the Beach of Nossa Senhora da Rocha (Our Lady of the Rock). Here you'll get to visit the historic and very small Chapel of Lady of the Rock on a magnificent promontory. Then continue on your tour stopping to admire some amazing views along the way. You'll see Carvoeiro's glorious coastline formed by towering cliffs, turquoise waters and picturesque beaches. The region’s coastline is dominated by limestone cliffs dotted with caves. You'll have time to marvel at the famous Benagil Caves and also enjoy the small Boneca Cave in Algar Seco, before heading back to Albufeira.

From Portimão & Lagoa: Algarve Coast Tour in a VW T2 Van

6. From Portimão & Lagoa: Algarve Coast Tour in a VW T2 Van

Enjoy a pickup from your accommodation and board a charismatic Volkswagen T2, complete with a road trip playlist, for a guided nature tour. Explore the Algarve in a unique way with 4 sightseeing stops. Choose the private option to book a tour guide for just you and your family. Begin by stopping at Marinha Beach. Here, you can walk through the cliffs and vegetation, see an “algar” and the famous natural arches in the sea. Then, proceed to Praia do Carvalho, which was once only accessible by sea, with its only entrance by land through a staircase carved among the rocks. After, visit Algar Seco, complete with its curious rock formations which are easy to navigate. Finally, enjoy the scenery that is presented to you at the Ponta do Altar cliffs. Your trip will be punctuated with history and local knowledge, and no rush, there will be plenty of time to explore the beauty of the trip and the places you will visit.

Algarve: Landscapes, Pottery, and Winery Tour

7. Algarve: Landscapes, Pottery, and Winery Tour

Much of the charm of Algarve, Portugal, resides in its ability to provide top-class tourist facilities while retaining its own identity that’s easily visible in the traditional villages and activities of the area. Explore the region’s villages with a guide and stop at a pottery shop and winery. Visit Porches Pottery, home of original ceramic art. Learn how many of the traditional methods of pottery production are still used here today. See artisans making and painting pottery by hand. Then, visit the fishing village of Benagil that’s perched above the Atlantic. See the village’s tiny but picturesque beach and hear uninterrupted sounds of the Atlantic. Heading towards the resort of Carvoeiro, stop at Algar Seco where you can see mesmerizing caves and grottoes carved from the coastline over the centuries. Later, take a stroll through the village of Ferragudo along the cobbled streets and down to the small harbor. Before finishing the tour, stop at a winery and enjoy a tour and tasting of the wines produced in this region.

Portimão: Private Benagil Cave Boating Tour

8. Portimão: Private Benagil Cave Boating Tour

Departing from the beach at Portimão, head out to the water where the fun begins. Once away from the beach, use a paddle board to gain access to the famous Benagil Cave, or to just paddle around for fun. Enter caves including the natural wonder of Benagil Cave, and see places such as Carvoeiro Village, the “Doll" in Algar Seco, and the Alfanzina Lighthouse. Encounter famous local beaches, including Vale Centeanes Beach, Carvalho Beach, Benagil Beach, and the world-famous Marinha Beach. Throughout your tour you will stop for approximately 30 minutes to do some snorkeling, paddle, access a private beach, or top up your tan on the padded sundeck.

Algarve: Benagil Cave Boat Tour and Algarseco Coastal Walk

9. Algarve: Benagil Cave Boat Tour and Algarseco Coastal Walk

The adventure begins with pickup from your accommodation in Lagos, Praia da Luz, or Meia Praia and heads to Carvoeiro Beach. Hop onboard a traditional style boat and set sail along the coastline towards Benagil Cave. Soak up the wonders of this fascinating location and snap photos for your holiday album. Next, visit the picturesque Marinha Beach as well as other scenic cliffs and caves. Back on dry land, enjoy a leisurely stroll along the Algarseco boardwalk, which boasts stunning views across the coastline. Along the way, admire the natural pools that form in the holes of the cliffs and fill with water during high tide. At the end of the boardwalk, visit a grotto famous for its two arches which act as a window to the sea.

Portimão: Benagil Cave and Snorkeling Boat Trip

10. Portimão: Benagil Cave and Snorkeling Boat Trip

Take a boat trip from Portimão along the stunning Algarve coastline. Admire the breathtaking views and explore world-famous caves. Sail inside the Benagil Sea Cave, inaccessible to larger boats. Your guide will show you hidden caves and explain about these natural formations. Make a stop by a calm bay to go snorkeling and discover the beauty of the underwater world.

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What people are saying about Algar Seco

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 133 reviews

Really enjoyed this big boat plenty of room to move very safe for the little ones and the small wooden boat that brings you into the caves is brilliantly well worth it highly recommended

Lovely trip and obviously very skilled boatmen sailing in a strong wind keeping us landlubbers happy with a smooth trip. It’s a great afternoon out - make sure to bring your sunscreen!

Everything had been thought of, good explanation and if necessary a lot of help. A very nice experience! Recommended!

The staff was on top, a walk near the rocks, the caves are magnificent and the catamaran is silent!

Very nice time spent with a caring team To do absolutely