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From Portimão: Benagil Boat Tour with Local Guide

1. 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: Private Benagil Cave Boating Tour

2. 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.

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Portimão: Benagil Cave and Ria de Alvor Nature Reserve Tour

3. 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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From Portimão: Benagil Cave Tour

4. From Portimão: Benagil Cave Tour

Discover Algarve’s hidden secrets with this extensive tour. Board in Portimão (Clube Naval) and enjoy a longer route along the Algarve coast, with more places to visit: wonderful sea caves, fantastic beaches, rock drawings created by the force of nature and fossils with thousands of years of history behind them. Enjoy a quiet tour on board of your fully equipped and licensed vessels, supplied with all the mandatory safety equipment. Do not miss the Benagil sea cave, a watery pantheon with sunlight streaming in through a hole in its domed ceiling which visitors can only reach from the sea.

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From Portimão: 2-Hour Benagil Caves & Navy Beach Boat Tour

5. From Portimão: 2-Hour Benagil Caves & Navy Beach Boat Tour

Begin your excursion to the Benagil Caves in Portimão with a safety briefing. Aboard your boat, sized to cross narrow channels and have easier access to coastal rocks. Sail along the Arade River, pass through the village of Ferragudo and the Fort of São João do Arade to head into the open sea.  Enjoy the incredible views of the Algarve Coast. See impressive cliffs that end at the sea, hidden caves, deserted beaches, and beautiful rock formations. From Portimão to the Benagil Caves, there are about 30 marine caves on the coast you and your guide will explore. Arrive at the Benagil Caves, which is only accessible by sea, and be stunned by their natural beauty.  After spending time in the cave, relax on your boat ride back to Portimão.

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Portimão: Private Benagil Caves Catamaran and Kayak Tour

6. Portimão: Private Benagil Caves Catamaran and Kayak Tour

Visit some of the Algarve’s best-kept secrets throughout an epic coastal adventure. Discover hidden caves and coves that are inaccessible by boat, and soak up the magic of these natural landscapes. The tour departs from the Portimão Marina on a catamaran, sailing along the stunning coastline towards Farol Alfanzina. Upon arrival, begin your 1.5-hour kayak experience to the stunning Benagil Caves. From your unique vantage point, soak up breathtaking views of the Algarve’s golden shoreline and local landmarks. Highlights of the tour include Albandeira Beach, Captain’s Cave, Barraquinho Beach, Baraço Cave, and Marinha Beach. There’s also time for a refreshing swim to cool off from the heat. If you get tired, hop back onboard the catamaran at any time for a rest. The catamaran is equipped with all the necessities for your exploration, including a toilet and comfortable seating. At the end of your unforgettable adventure, marvel at the last of the coastal views before arriving back to the marina.

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What people are saying about Portimão

We will repeat without a doubt. Activity with children of 11 and 13 years old, delighted! Friendliness, safe travel, and beautiful views. The boat, at speed around the corner, hilarious. A 10 for the pilot and the guide.

Very nice guides and a very personal tour, no mass tourism clearance. A lot was said about the caves and there were many free bathing beach recommendations. A refreshing excursion, especially on hot days.

We had a fantastic day on the water with Joanna and Guillerme, they had our experience at the top of their priority and made the day the peak of our holiday.. Would highly recommend this to anyone.

Everything spectacular from the guide explaining everything very well, the captain super skillful and confident, the breathtaking landscapes, all the caves have a natural beauty

A very fun and pleasant tour that takes us to know the various caves on our coast. Not only Benagil but all the others are in fact a beauty of nature.