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Portimão: Benagil Caves Cruise with Dolphin Watching

1. Portimão: Benagil Caves Cruise with Dolphin Watching

Join a marine biologist on a guided cruise of the Benagil Caves. Cruise in search of dolphins, visit the stunning coves of the Algarve coast, and cruise into the iconic Algar de Benagil cave. Set sail from Portimão and head to the Marinha beach. As you sail, hear live commentary about the area's geology and marine life from a marine biologist. Stop at the famous cave Algar de Benagil to take an Instagram-perfect picture. Cruise down the Algarve coast and stop to visit hidden caves and secluded coves. At one of the beaches, dive off the boat and swim in the clear water. Next, leave the coast behind and sail off into the Atlantic in search of dolphins. Get videos of these playful creatures jumping and swimming around the boat before returning to the mainland.

Portimão: Benagil Caves and Praia de Marinha Boat Tour

2. 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 Vasco 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.

Portimão: Tandem Skydive from 10,000 or 15,000 Feet

3. Portimão: Tandem Skydive from 10,000 or 15,000 Feet

Get an exciting introduction to the world of skydiving and free fall from 10,000 or 15,000 feet for the ultimate adrenaline rush! Ideal for first timers and those with little prior experience, the dive will be completed in safety with professional instructors who have thousands of dives worth of experience. Jump with an instructor and large parachute specifically designed for the activity. Experience the thrill and excitement of a free fall for up to 70 seconds and get breathtaking views of the coastline of the Algarve. Start with a short flight aboard a fabulous aircraft before you take your exhilarating leap. Your instructor will open the tandem parachute after 20 or 70 seconds of free fall. You will be offered an optional video and photo package taken by your tandem instructor during the experience for a unique souvenir to show to all your friends and family.

From Portimão: Catamaran Cruise to Benagil Caves with BBQ

4. 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

5. 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.

Portimão: Arade River and Silves History Tour

6. Portimão: Arade River and Silves History Tour

Come and explore the beautiful Arade River and experience a journey between between Portimão and Silves which is full of history. You will have about 1.5 hours to visit this wonderful medieval city, which contains numerous monuments, a castle, a museum, and excellent gastronomy. Throughout your tour, you will enjoy an unforgettable and unique experience aboard a solar-powered boat. You will travel on a boat so silent that all you will be able to hear yourself glide though the water, as well as hear the sounds of the waves hitting the shore. Combining comfort and fun, this tour is great for couples, families, and groups. Capacity has been reduced by 30% to ensure all guests' safety during the trip. The Arade River has forever been of great importance in connecting Silves (the Islamic capital of the Algarve between the 8th and 13th centuries) to the sea. For centuries, the Arade was the scenery of important merchant trades, and was sailed by many cultures including the Phoenicians, Romans, Vikings, and Moors, among others. Ships came to carry minerals, oranges, cork, wood, figs, almonds, carobs, fish, salt, among other various riches of this region.

Portimão: Dolphin Watching, Benagil Caves Cruise & Sunset

7. Portimão: Dolphin Watching, Benagil Caves Cruise & Sunset

Discover the Algarve coast on a combination sunset cruise, cave visit, and dolphin-watching tour. Learn about the area's geology and animals from a marine biologist, sail past the Castelo de S.João do Arade, and marvel at the colors of the sunset over the ocean. Set sail from the marina of Portimão and cruise past the Castelo de S.João do Arade and the Forte de Santa Catarina in Rio Arade. Head into the ocean to search for dolphins. Snap a picture as they playfully swim around your boat. Continue back to the coastline and sail by secluded beaches framed by golden cliffs. Head into the iconic Algar de Benagil Cave and marvel at the fascinating rock formations inside. After leaving the cave, relax and feel the sea breeze as you watch the sunset over the water while you return to the marina.

Krazy World Interactive Zoo & Park Entrance

8. Krazy World Interactive Zoo & Park Entrance

Visit an interactive zoo with activities for the entire family. Interact with and feed dwarf goats, llamas, and deer at the petting farm. Explore the new dinosaur exhibit at the Terra Exotika See the biggest snake in Europe in the Reptile Pavillion. View and interact with several species of exotic animals such as the birds in the aviary, wallabies, and lemurs. After the visit to the animals enjoy lunch at our restaurant, viewing one of our many presentations with animals. Take a refreshing swim in the swimming pool or jump down the water slide. Enjoy various activities such as tree climbing, pedal karts, inflatables, pony rides, or the 18-hole mini-golf circuit. For colder or rainy days there is a large indoor area with a restaurant, inflatable bouncy castle, and stage for animal presentations.

Portimão: Half-Day Catamaran Cruise to Benagil & Carvoeiro

9. 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. 

From Albufeira: Portimao & Lagos Ponta da Piedade Tour

10. From Albufeira: Portimao & Lagos Ponta da Piedade Tour

Explore the natural wonders and local life around the Algarve on this multi-stop trip from Albufeira. Visit Ponta da Piedade, Lagos, Praia da Rocha, and more, taking in unbeatable views along the way. Enjoy an optional boat trip in Ponta da Piedade. The trip starts with pickup from your hotel or any other location in the Albufeira area, then head directly to Ponta da Piedade (an approximately 45-minute ride). Enjoy the cliffs of the Ponta da Piedade headland, one of the finest natural features of the Algarve. This limestone coastline is formed of sea pillars, fragile rock arches, and hidden grottos where the exposed cliffs reveal their golden color and the turquoise sea waters lap precariously balanced rock formations. Join an optional boat trip before continuing to the tour. Next, visit Lagos where you can witness a history of navigators and pirates. In Lagos, you can choose to have lunch at a local restaurant and stroll through the historic city center, where you can see various street artists doing shows and telling their stories. Later, set off towards Praia da Rocha in Portimao. Round off your trip enjoying the wonderful view of Forte de Santa Catarina over Portimao marina and Arade River.

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4.7 / 5

based on 1,428 reviews

Our driver Tom was amazing and was very knowledgeable around his history. Although it was cold Tom made sure we was all good. He took us around two villages and we saw cork trees and smelt some amazing herbs. It’s a shame that the river were dried up. The waterfall was lovely but as it was too cold my girls never wanted to swim in there. But it was a lovely and would definitely do it again.

We went through Alsafari tours. Ugo picked us on time in front of the hotel and showed us around providing lots of information (as being a localite) and also gave us enough time to enjoy the nature, places and have coffee comfortably. Highly recommend the trip. The girls enjoyed the most with open jeep. Half day trips is ideal for young families.

It was absolutely amazing Hugo was our driver he explained everything to us and we love how passionate he was about his country and all the knowledge he shared with us. Fantastic company and laughter. Highly recommended we was a family of 5 (children 9, 16 & 16)

Marco was amazing, great sense of humour and a wealth of knowledge and he had his own spin on tourism and information, his knowledge of plants would make him a great botanist...request Marco

It was a pleasant trip showing the native culture and history of Algarve. The guide was knowledgeable about the local life and vegetation. Would recommend.