Algarve
Beach Trips

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Our most recommended Algarve Beach Trips

From Lagos: Kayak Cave Explorer Tour

1. From Lagos: Kayak Cave Explorer Tour

Hop aboard and explore the sea caves and beaches of Ponta da Piedade on a tour by kayak and boat from Lagos. Admire the beautiful golden sand beaches created over millions of years, and listen to your guide as they explain the rules of navigation and how to use your kayak gear for your safety. Once at Ponta da Piedade, board your kayak and follow the guide through the beautiful caves and small beaches the area is famous for. After your kayak adventure, get the chance to go for a swim in the crystal clear waters. Then, jump back on board and relax on the way back to the city.

Benagil: Benagil Caves Kayaking Experience

2. Benagil: Benagil Caves Kayaking Experience

Be at one with nature with this environmentally-friendly kayaking experience, and explore along the coast and inside several caves of Benagil.   Begin at Benagil beach, from where you will be run through an introduction on kayaking, and the safe management of your kayak once inside the caves. Afterward, kayak to the Golden Beach of Marinha. On the way, you will enter several small and big caves. On the return journey, take a 20-minute stop at the beach inside the Benagil Cave for some unforgettable pictures. Go inside several big and small caves near the Benagil Cave and learn from your guide about the formation, surrounding nature and natural life.

Algarve: Benagil Sea Cave Sunrise or Sunset Kayak Experience

3. Algarve: Benagil Sea Cave Sunrise or Sunset Kayak Experience

Your tour will begin with an introduction to the basics of kayaking from your expert guide. Then you’re adventure begins: you’ll take to the water by kayak and make your way towards the Benagil Caves. The best way to enter the caves is by kayak just after sunrise, since during the day the area becomes overcrowded with tourists and boats. This special early bird tour is therefore the perfect way to experience the natural beauty of this unique location. At this early hour you’ll have ample time and opportunity to capture stunning pictures and relax on the beach. You’ll explore the Benagil Cave for 30 minutes, enjoying a refreshing dip and walk. If possible you will also discover two more breathtaking smaller caves.

From Lagos: 75-Minute Boat Cruise to Ponta da Piedade

4. From Lagos: 75-Minute Boat Cruise to Ponta da Piedade

Cruise along the coast of Lagos and Ponta da Piedade in the Barlavento region of the Algarve and see the rock formations and hidden grottos from the inside. Get an amazing perspective of famous beaches such as D. Ana Beach and Camilo Beach from the sea. Relax in comfort on cushioned seats and listen to explanations from your skipper as you depart Marina de Lagos and sail towards the Ponta da Bandeira Fort. Pass the beaches of Batata and Pinhão, as well as a nudist beach as you continue to the rock formations of Ponta da Piedade. Marvel at the yellow-golden cliff-like rocks, given names such as the "Kitchen" and "Living Room" for their unusual shapes. Make your way towards the small semi-circular beach of Barranco Martinho, between Canavial Beach and the Ponta da Piedade Lighthouse, characterized by a tall rock near the waterline. Continue back to Marina de Lagos, where you will disembark at the end of the tour.

Portimão: Benagil Caves and Praia de Marinha Boat Tour

5. Portimão: Benagil Caves and Praia de Marinha Boat Tour

Hop onboard the boat and immerse yourself in the picturesque landscapes of the Algarve coastline. On this boat trip, you’ll discover more than 20 caves and a number of deserted beaches along the way. Start the adventure 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.

Albufeira: Single, Double or Triple Parasail

6. Albufeira: Single, Double or Triple Parasail

Get your thrills in the skies above Albufeira on a unique parasailing activity, and glide through the air for approximately 10 minutes. Experience the unique sensation of freedom that parasailing allows. Start by ascending from the platform on the stern of a boat, and rise safe and dry up into the sky in an individual, double or triple parasail. Fly up to a maximum height of 80 meters (262 feet) above sea level and get privileged views of the surroundings.  Soar over the city and soak up the silence as you experience an extraordinary sensation of peace and tranquility. Then, slowly start your descent and get the opportunity to touch the water prior to landing back on the platform, if you wish. 

Algarve: Benagil Beach 2-Hour Double Kayak Rental

7. Algarve: Benagil Beach 2-Hour Double Kayak Rental

Visit the spectacular caves and desert beaches of the Benagil area with a double kayak rental. Spend up to 2 hours exploring the Algarve's main attractions. See breathtaking rock formations, including the famous Benagil Caves. Enter the caves from the comfort of your kayak. During your kayak ride, spot some of the Algarve's local fish and sea birds before returning to Benagil Beach.

From Faro: Ria Formosa Faro Islands Catamaran Tour

8. From Faro: Ria Formosa Faro Islands Catamaran Tour

Sail to the beautiful Ria Formosa Natural Park by catamaran, with regular departures scheduled from Faro. The journey follows the Ria Formosa channels and includes stops at the magical islands of Farol and Deserta. Don't forget your swimsuits and towels - there will be plenty of breaks for swimming! The guide on board will provide information in Portuguese, English, French, and Spanish. The modern catamaran has a capacity of up to 11 passengers and provides a pleasant and comfortable way of exploring the islands.

Portimão: Pirate Ship Cave Cruise

9. 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.

Algarve: Benagil Caves 2-Hour Guided Kayaking Tour

10. Algarve: Benagil Caves 2-Hour Guided Kayaking Tour

Visit the spectacular caves and secret beaches near Benagil on a guided kayaking tour. Over the course of this tour, you'll get to explore several caves, watch local fish and birdlife, and see rock formations and corals in the area. Learn how to correctly use the kayak with your guide who will explain the proper techniques and safety precautions that you need to take when you're inside the caves.   The tour starts from Benagil Beach before heading to some of the so-called cathedrals of the sea. You'll also be able to get out of your kayak to do some exploring on foot.  Be sure to take lots of excellent photos during the course of this once-in-a-lifetime experience that will end at Benagil, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

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What people are saying about Algarve

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 5,611 reviews

Me & my family had a great tour at the amazing places of where the boat tour took us, however it was a bit chili still in the open air boat. It could be more fun on a summer time.

Luis was an excellent guide. We had our toddler with us and the guide and captain were extremely helpful and attentive. The tour was great and we really enjoyed it.

An amazing experience! Very friendly guide who took pictures, showed amazing spots and was very kind during the Cave time. Really recommend.

Boat trip to Benagil took about 40minutes, then kayaking for about 1.5 hours though the caves. Great tour and experience :)

At the top, in total autonomy for the time to follow these beautiful landscapes