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Praia da Rocha: Our most recommended tours and activities

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: 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.

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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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Portimão: Benagil Cave and Ria de Alvor Nature Reserve Tour

4. Portimão: Benagil Cave and Ria de Alvor Nature Reserve Tour

From the pier of São Francisco in Portimão, you will board a boat. After a warm welcome, the safety procedures will be explained. Then, the journey towards the famous Benagil Cave will start. Along the way, admire other beautiful caves along the coast and hear old stories about them from your guide. If you're lucky, you will be able to see dolphins. All the boats are equipped with radios that will be tuned in to the same channel as the dolphin watching boats. If dolphins are spotted, which is very frequent on the Algarvian coast, and they are within 2 nautical miles, you will have the opportunity to see them. After stopping at the Benagil Cave to take pictures, the boat will continue to the breathtaking Ria de Alvor Nature Reserve. The marshland of the Alvor estuary is one of the finest places on the Algarve for birdwatching, so it's likely you'll spot pink flamingos and many other bird species. On the way back to Portimão, admire the impressive Praia do Alvor, one of the largest sandy beaches of the Algarve.

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Algarve: Tour of Portimao and Lagos Ponta da Piedade

5. Algarve: Tour of Portimao and Lagos Ponta da Piedade

Arrive in Ponta da Piedade in Lagos and witness the unique and mysterious rock formations. Take an optional boat trip to see them from the inside. Enjoy beautiful views in Praia da Rocha and Portimao marina.

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Convertible Car & Scooter Tours from Portimão & Alvor

6. 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

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

8. 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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Portimão: 1.25-Hour Segway Tour

9. Portimão: 1.25-Hour Segway Tour

Immerse yourself in the vibrant and colorful atmosphere of Portimão, one of the most breathtaking cities of the Algarve, on a scenic Segway ride along the coastline. After picking up your segway, glide along the marina, admiring privileged views of the River Arade as you go. Witness sites such as the beach promenade in Praia da Rocha, where you can enjoy stunning views of the Algarve sea. Later, ride past the lighthouse, the pier, and the imposing Santa Catarina Fortress. Along the route, learn more about the area's best attractions and scenery from your passionate guide.

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Foot Reflexology and Foot Massage at your Accommodation

10. Foot Reflexology and Foot Massage at your Accommodation

Enjoy a one-hour foot reflexology and foot massage session during your holiday in the Algarve. Choose from three different hotel accommodation locations. Experience pressure on points on your feet that correspond to areas of the body that need to be treated, stimulating the flow of energy to those areas. The reflexologist is trained to read the unique signs of the feet and to understand how these signs relate to physical and emotional well-being. The session involves a constant interaction between you and the practitioner. Enjoy a thorough foot massage as you relax and get into an even calmer state of mind.

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What people are saying about Praia da Rocha

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 2,000 reviews

Amazing experience! The staff is lovely, friendly, funny and very helpful. Capitan Miguel was really nice also the blond guy from the boat. Free pick up from the hotel and free drink on the boat. Very safe boat, has toilet as well. If you want to swim in the water make sure you have your swimming suit with you because in the end of the tour they will allow you to jump into the water. Also they offer you life vest if is needed.

It was really beautiful, a must in the Algarve to do this activity. Comfortable boat that goes at its own pace and so much the better because it is pleasant and we had an elderly person with us. Perfect weather and super pleasant guide full of humor. Thank you for this activity.

wszystko super. nie było problemu z przełożeniem na późniejsza godzine z powodu opóźnienia z dojazdem. udało się zobaczyć delfinki, pan kapitan zabawny. gorąco polecam

Great boat trip with beautiful views, the cave of Benagil itself is a bit disappointing. Definitely worth the money

Excellent organisation, beautiful tour, great team!