Portimão
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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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From Albufeira: Half-Day Algarve Jeep Safari

2. From Albufeira: Half-Day Algarve Jeep Safari

Capture the essence of the Algarve aboard a 4WD jeep on a half-day off-the-beaten-path adventure through the Portuguese countryside. Depart Albufeira and travel through beautiful landscapes to see regional architecture, dense forests of cork trees that supply the wine industry, and groves of fragrant orange trees. Sample the gastronomical delights of the region at a local farm, and taste their honey and homemade liquors. Go to an old distillery to try some of the legendary Medronho (Aguardente de Medronhos). Drive along hidden tracks and encounter historic villages, swim in a local river, and marvel at spectacular waterfalls. Learn about the customs and traditions of the rustic villages from a guide full of knowledge about the local history, nature, lifestyle, and landscape.

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Portimão: Kayak Tour of Benagil Caves

3. 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.

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Portimão: Private Benagil Cave Boating Tour

4. 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: Algarve Coast Kayaking & Stand Up Paddleboarding

5. Portimão: Algarve Coast Kayaking & Stand Up Paddleboarding

Most caves on the Algarve Coast are not accessible by boat. On this tour, you'll be able to access these hidden places with kayaks and stand up paddleboards. With a boat specially prepared for kayak and stand up paddleboard trips, you can reach places easily. Departing from Marina de Portimão, sail for 20 minutes aboard a catamaran to Alvor where you will enjoy breathtaking scenery. Your crew will instruct you on the best techniques for kayaking, stand up paddleboarding, and snorkeling. During the tour, there will be two experienced guides, one in a kayak/SUP, and another in a small boat. They'll ensure your safety and give you instructions during the tour as you explore the fantastic caves and coast in the area. If you get tired at any point, the catamaran will be close by and you can simply get back on board. After this fun adventure, enjoy a dip in the sea, or simply have a cold drink and relax on the boat before returning to Marina de Portimão.

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Portimão: 1.25-Hour Segway Tour

6. 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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Portimão: 2.5-Hour Boat Tour of Caves, Benagil and Coast

7. Portimão: 2.5-Hour Boat Tour of Caves, Benagil and Coast

Sail from Marina de Portimão and enjoy the natural beauty of the Algarve coast! This tour starts from Marina de Portimão and it sails to Marinha Beach, visiting about 20 caves along the coast, including the famous Grotto of Benagil, one of the ten natural wonders of the world. The trip lasts approximately two hours between the beaches and paradisiacal caves. It includes a stop for the guests to refresh themselves, a snorkeling with the appropriate equipment, followed by a toast on board with champagne or soda.

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Portimão: Benagil Cave and Snorkeling Boat Trip

8. Portimão: Benagil Cave and Snorkeling Boat Trip

Take a boat trip from Portimão along the stunning Algarve coastline. Admire the breathtaking views and explore world-famous caves. Sail inside the Benagil Sea Cave, inaccessible to larger boats. Your guide will show you hidden caves and explain about these natural formations. Make a stop by a calm bay to go snorkeling and discover the beauty of the underwater world.

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Foot Reflexology and Foot Massage at your Accommodation

9. 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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Algarve: Finest Caves and Beaches Tour from Portimão

10. Algarve: Finest Caves and Beaches Tour from Portimão

After a short introduction and safety briefing, find a comfortable spot on the boat and get ready to cruise down the historic river. Pass the idyllic fishing village of Ferragudo, the castle and the old fortress as you head into the open sea. Cruise from Portimão to Leixão do submarino, past towering cliffs and pristine beaches. Stop at the caves with plenty of time for photos. Afterwards, swim and relax in a secluded bay and work on your tan. If you’re feeling adventurous, swim to a quiet beach. Hold on tight for the high-speed return trip and take in views of the coastline. With a bit of luck you’ll spot some dolphins on the way.

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What people are saying about Portimão

Amazing experience and really helpful and friendly crew. They also provided wind jackets and waterproof mobile covers for few members. They took videos and shared it with the travellers later via instagram for free. Definitely worth the experience. Being a first timer, I would not rate the activity tough or extensive.

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

We had an amazing experience everything about it how accommodating and pleasant the driver was the other people that had the experience with us the sites

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