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Portimão: Pirate Ship Cave Cruise

1. Portimão: Pirate Ship Cave Cruise

Feel like a pirate sailing the Atlantic on this unique cruise from Portimão that combines adventure and relaxation. Visit famous sites like the lighthouse of Alfanzina and the Benagil Cave. Swim in crystalline water, and walk the plank like a real pirate.  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.

From Portimão: Algar de Benagil and Sea Caves Boat Tour

2. From Portimão: Algar de Benagil and Sea Caves Boat Tour

Sail along the Algarve coast on a boat trip from Portimão. Admire highlights, including the Benagil Cave and the Fort of São João do Arade. Swim in the crystal waters and learn about the area from your guide. Boarding at the Marina of Portimão, you will see the Castel of S.João do Arade and the fort of Stª Catarina from the Arade River, a unique perspective from the river to the city of Portimão.  See beautiful beaches and caves, from Portimão through to Carvoeiro, passing Benagil all the way to the famous beach of Praia da Marinha. During the boat tour, your guide will talk and explain all about the caves and the coastline, fauna, flora, and the geology of the region with the stunning caves formations. On the way back to the marina your skipper will navigate the boat away from the cliffs giving you a broader perspective of the coastline.

From Portimão: Catamaran Cruise to Benagil Caves with BBQ

3. From Portimão: Catamaran Cruise to Benagil Caves with BBQ

Discover the beautiful Benagil Sea Cave on a catamaran cruise from Portimão. Admire views of Ferragudo fishing village before landing on Benagil beach. Head into the cave on a small boat and enjoy a delicious barbecue lunch prepared for you on the beach. Depart from Portimão and pass by the pretty fishing village of Ferragudo and the historic castle that overlooks the beach. Cruise at ease towards the east and don’t forget your camera to capture the beautiful coastal scenery along the way. Head towards the grottoes at Benagil, where on small boats the tour will take you into different grottoes. Marvel at the natural rock formations and be transported to the beach, where you can soak in the sun. In the meantime, the crew prepares a delicious BBQ for you on the beach with bread, salad, mixed grill, complete with an open bar with red or white wine, water, orangeade.  Travel back while passing by some of the beautiful, secluded cove beaches around Carvoeiro. Enjoy the beautiful views and create a holiday memory that you won’t forget.

Portimão: Kayak Tour of Benagil Caves

4. Portimão: Kayak Tour of Benagil Caves

Enjoy a cruise along the Algarve coast to the Benagil Caves where you'll have the opportunity to explore the caves by kayak. Your catamaran will depart from the Marina of Portimão. Aboard, the crew will brief you on the kayak equipment and kayaking skills. You'll cruise along the coast to Albandeira Beach. From the beach, you'll paddle to the Benagil Caves. Along the way, you'll have the chance to visit other caves and enjoy the golden coast. Your experienced guide will point out local landmarks and direct you to the most interesting spots including the impressive Captain’s Cave, Barraquinho Beach, Baraço Cave, and the world famous Marinha Beach. There's even time for a quick swim. If you get tired, you can always get back on board the catamaran for a rest, before heading back to the marina. Your catamaran has toilets, comfortable seats, and a professional crew. If you don't feel like kayaking and just want to enjoy the views from the catamaran, you're welcome on this tour, too.

Algarve: Seville Full-Day Shopping and Sightseeing Tour

5. Algarve: Seville Full-Day Shopping and Sightseeing Tour

Make the most of your European vacation with a day trip from the Algarve to Seville, the capital of Spain's Andalusia region, and see two countries in one day. Spend up to four hours exploring Maria Luisa Park, the alcazar, and Seville Cathedral. After getting picked up from your hotel in the Algarve, hop on the bus for the 3-hour drive to Seville. Your arrival to the city will be marked with a drive over the iconic Triana Bridge. Once in the city, enjoy up to four hours of free time to explore the city at your own pace. You could visit the historic landmarks, including Seville Cathedral — the largest Gothic cathedral in the world, the Royal Alcazar, and the magnificent Maria Luisa Park. Alternatively, enjoy some retail therapy in the legendary Jewish district before returning to Algarve in the evening.

Eastern Portugal: Day Trip to Faro, Olhão, Tavira, & more

6. Eastern Portugal: Day Trip to Faro, Olhão, Tavira, & more

Take a full-day trip around the best of the east of Portugal. Benefit from pickup from your hotel, transportation around the historic sights, and take time to immerse yourself in the unique atmosphere. Begin your day with convenient pickup before heading to Faro. Admire the capital of the Algarve as you tour the historic 13th-century city center. Next, move on to the Moorish fishing town of Olhão. Stroll around its bustling streets or shop for local products in its traditional markets. Continue your tour to Tavirna. Explore a town of cobbled streets, picturesque churches, and visit its Roman Bridge. Climb up to its castle and photograph the views from its observation point. Take advantage of some free time for lunch in one of its many restaurants (own expense). Conclude your tour with stops at Villa Real de Sto- Antonio and Cacel Velha. Discover a village where the Ria Formosa meets the Atlantic Ocean. Finally, head back on the bus for the return journey and drop-off at your accommodation.

Portimão: Half-Day Catamaran Cruise to Benagil & Carvoeiro

7. Portimão: Half-Day Catamaran Cruise to Benagil & Carvoeiro

Discover the wonders along the coast of Portimão on a half-day catamaran cruise. You will explore the beaches of Praia de Benagil, and Praia da Rocha, rock formations along the coast, and more. Dive into the water for swimming or snorkeling before returning to the shore. Depart from the marina in Portimão and sail towards the beautiful caves of Algar de Benagil. Take in the dramatic views of various beaches like Praia da Rocha, Farol de Alfazina, Praia de Carvoeiro, Praia de Benagil, and Praia da Marinha. You will also admire the rock formations dotted along the coast before arriving at the bay of João de Arens. Drop the anchor to relax and keep an eye out for the friendly dolphins who inhabit the region. Soak up the sunshine on deck or take a refreshing swim in the turquoise water. You can also try some water activities, such as paddle boarding to get a glimpse of the world beneath the waves as you snorkel. Finally, marvel at the scenic panoramic views of the area while heading back to the shore. 

Portimão: Algarve Wine Tour in a VW T2 Van

8. Portimão: Algarve Wine Tour in a VW T2 Van

See the Algarve from a unique perspective as you travel around the wine-growing region in a Volkswagen T2 van. Your trip will be punctuated with a lot of history and local knowledge while you explore the beauty of the region.   After getting picked up from your accommodation, board the charismatic Volkswagen T2 for a 2-hour wine tour. On a private tour with just your group or as part of a public tour open to others, visit a local winery (Quinta do Francês Winery). Upon arrival, be welcomed with a guided visit of the winery and the cellar, while you learn about its unique wines and how they are produced in the Demarcated Region of the Algarve. Later, enjoy a tasting of 4 delicious red, white, and rosé wines, and you are welcome to purchase some extra bottles as souvenirs. Get dropped off back at your hotel at the end of your tasting.

From Portimão: Benagil Boat Tour with Local Guide

9. From Portimão: Benagil Boat Tour with Local Guide

Departing from Marina de Portimão, your guide will take you on this 2-hour 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 on the way there.

Algarve: Guided Half-day Trip to Lagos and Cabo Sao Vicente

10. Algarve: Guided Half-day Trip to Lagos and Cabo Sao Vicente

Travel back in time to the era of the Portuguese Discoveries on this day trip from the Algarve. Visit the golden Church of St. Anthony in Lagos, the fishing port of Sagres, and the most southwestern point in Europe, Cabo Sao Vicente. After getting picked up from your hotel in any of the main Algarve cities, travel to your first destination, Lagos. Here, marvel at the golden architecture of the church of St. Anthony and visit one of the 16th century's main slave markets. Continue towards the well-preserved fishing port of Sagres, where you can admire a 15th-century fortress. Finally, visit Cabo Sao Vicente. This is the most southwesterly point in Continental Europe and was once considered the end of the world. Admire Europe's most powerful lighthouse before returning to your hotel at the end of the day.

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What people are saying about Ferragudo

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4.8 / 5

based on 1,963 reviews

This day adventure was completely worth the money! It’s basically a bus ride to Seville and back. The tour guide, Ceila, provided a lot of interesting information about the country, the landscape, the agriculture along the way. Her English was great and easy to understand. The bus ride was comfortable and the ride wasn’t as long as I anticipated. There is an optional boat tour for 16 euros at the end of the day. In hindsight, I would have rather taken the time to tour the Moor Castle or just sit in a square and eat more tapas and wine. The boat tour wasn’t interesting. We had 5 hours of free time. I was able to go through the cathedral, go up the bell tower, walk up and down the shopping area, sit for a long lunch of tapas and wine, tour the bull fighting arena and do the boat tour. All this was done in low season however (January). I doubt I could have gotten so much in at high season. I highly recommend this trip!!

It was a very informative and interesting tour. The guide was fluently switching between languages. If you are in the driving distance from Seville it is a must-see! You will thank me later. Don't miss Square of Spain by no means.

A very nice tour to the caves and change to a small boat to enter the caves. A very friendly, personable and helpful crew of the ship. I would do it again in a heartbeat.

I found the staff absolutely lovely, kind, and friendly. was really good with my toddeler was only two and run out of patience on the way back.

This is great experience, I will definitely recommend to everyone to see beautiful city in one day. Very comfortable bus