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Armação de Pêra: Benagil Caves Guided Boat Tour

1. Armação de Pêra: Benagil Caves Guided Boat Tour

Explore Benagil from the deck of a boat on a cruise with a guide. See the Rock Lady Chapel and the Paria Nova Tunnel, and learn where the Echo Cave got its name. Board at the typical fisherman's beach of Armação de Pêra and begin your cave exploration. Sail with your captains and guides to the 15 top caves between Armação de Pêra and Alfanzina lighthouse. Sail by the beaches of Lagoa and looming rock formations. Visit the Rock Lady Chapel and marvel at the Praia Nova Tunnel. Next, head to the Praia da Cova Redonda and Praia da Marinha. Stop to admire the Marinha Arches, the Yellow Submarine, and the Albandeira Arch. Continue to the iconic Captain's Cave, the famous Benagil Cave, the sonorous Echo Cave, and the calming Paradise Cave.

Discover the Grottos and Caves in a SUP Guided Tour

2. Discover the Grottos and Caves in a SUP Guided Tour

This tour lasts about 2 and a half hours and begins at Barranco Beach, a wild and hard to reach beach. Here you can marvel at the scenery, cliffs, grottos, and caves at this beautiful spot. Your guide will take photos of you along the way so you can take the memories back with you after the tour. From the beach, you will head out to sea to begin your journey through the different caves while learning about this sport. Admire the different caves, the light-colored limestone cliffs, and the ruins of a 17th Century fortress across the blue waters. If you are feeling brave, you can also jump from the rocks.

From Albufeira: Seven Hanging Valleys Private Tour

3. From Albufeira: Seven Hanging Valleys Private Tour

Discover a unique natural marvel in Portugal on a guided tour. For thousands of years, the wind and the waves nibbled away at the sheer rock faces. Besides, the shoreline was also sliced by seven seasonal streams which, over time, originated the appropriately named Hanging Valleys. Depart from Albufeira towards Porches to visit Senhora da Rocha, a little church on the top of the cliffs with beautiful panoramic views over the coastline. From there, discover Albandeira beach where you can enjoy a stunning arch from the top of the bay. Next, explore Marinha Beach, widely considered one of the most beautiful beaches in Europe. Take a walk to explore a rich array of outstanding landforms such as grottoes, stone arches, and natural bridges. Then, continue towards the famous Algar de Benagil where you will see the cave from the top. From there, visit the village of Carvoeiro to enjoy its views before returning to Albufeira

Algarve: Landscapes, Pottery, and Winery Tour

4. 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.

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

5. 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.

Inland Safari & Sea Kayaking, two different worlds together

6. Inland Safari & Sea Kayaking, two different worlds together

Immerse yourself in the history and culture of Algarve on this Land Rover safari and kayaking tour from Albufeira. Uncover old villages full of Moorish architecture and stop to swim in crystal clear springs. Learn about local cork production.  Be picked up from the comfort of your accommodation in Albufeira. Sit back and relax on your Land Rover adventure. Head inland where your guide will help reveal age-old traditions as you take in breathtaking scenery. Savor local liquors and honey during a guided tasting. Feel the thrill of taking the road less traveled as you chart your own course off-road through mountainous terrain. Reach the top of a mountain where you can learn about cork production from cork trees. Pass through villages where time seems to have stopped. After your Land Rover tour, take a break where you can do an purchase lunch. Begin your kayaking trip along the coast. Paddle by caves, beaches and dynamic coastline. Have time to take a dip in the turquoise waters before returning to shore and transferring back to your accommodation in Porches.

From Armação de Pêra: Private Benagil Beaches Boat Tour

7. From Armação de Pêra: Private Benagil Beaches Boat Tour

Discover the most beautiful wild beaches in the municipality of Lagoa. Incredible rock formations, curious places such as the the “Rock Lady” Chapel and the Praia Nova Tunnel. Discover iconic beaches such as Cova Redonda, Marinha and Carvalho beach. On this guided tour, we pause to admire the Marinha Arches, the “Yellow Submarine” and the Albandeira Arch. We enter 15 caves, including the fantastic Capitain´s Cave, the famous Benagil Cave, the sonorous Echo Cave and the shy Paradise Cave. This tour is calm, private and more complete allowing you to enjoy a variety of scenarios with all the explanations included and with a greater involvement.

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What people are saying about Porches

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 7 reviews

Unique and magical experience, fabulous places thanks to the super guide george who was able to fully satisfy my needs with simple and easy to understand explanations even for someone like me who knows little about the language and I also add that he is also a super professional photographer who knows do and seize the right moments to make a good shooting grz George for this unforgettable experience and make me love your land even more

great boat trip, the guide on the boat speaks French which helps to understand the name and history of the caves. We were only 10 on the boat, not giving a mass effect on the boat, which allowed us to greatly appreciate the ride. the boat is small enough to fit in all the caves. I highly recommend this excursion.

Great tour, discovered some secluded beaches and caves that were absolutely stunning. Definitely recommend for those who want to avoid crowds at Benagil and want to go off the beaten path. Francisco and Pedro were both welcoming and friendly. I want to do it again!

Awesome! Cozy! Educational! Fantastic! Awesome!

It was really super fun and cozy. And what a nice sweet friendly people. Really great! We have also really seen places that we would certainly not have found otherwise. So next time we will definitely book another tour with Happy Van☀️

We have loved the experience. The caves are fabulous, and the guides are great. Thank you very much!!!