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Algarve: Benagil Caves 2-Hour Private Tour

1. Algarve: Benagil Caves 2-Hour Private Tour

Your private tour leaves from Portimão in the morning, when the sea is calm. The boat follows the Rio Arade to the Atlantic Ocean. Head southeast, past the lighthouse of Ferragudo, the beach of Caneiros, the Roman Tower and Smugglers’ Cave. Marvel at the rock formations of Algar Seco and Praia Vale de Centianes and travel along the beaches of Benagil. Go inside one of the most famous caves in Europe by boat. In all there are over 30 caves and there are deserted beaches to discover as well. The 2-hour trip is priced for a group of up to 10 persons.

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From Portimão: 2-Hour Benagil Caves Boat Tour

2. From Portimão: 2-Hour Benagil Caves Boat Tour

Depart from Portimão and take in breathtaking views of the coast on your way to these world-famous caves. With the small boat it will be possible sail inside some of them, the most popular one being Algar de Benagil. Your knowledgeable guide will show you caves so hidden, that you wouldn't spot them one your own. They will also explain all there is to know about these natural formations and reveal some of their secrets. Travel in comfort on this boat tour that can be adapted to your needs, in case you want to stay longer in a specific cave.

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Portimão: Private Benagil Cave Boating Tour

3. 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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From Portimão: Private 2-Hour Boat Tour to Benagil Cave

4. From Portimão: Private 2-Hour Boat Tour to Benagil Cave

Join this guided journey along the Algarve coastline to Benagil Cave. This fun and fantastic adventure will fully immerse you in the natural beauty of Portugal. From the pier of Clube Naval de Portimão, begin your boat ride along the coastline, admiring its churches, castles, and beautiful caves. As you glide over the water, your guide will tell you sometimes spooky ancient stories and teach you about the history of the Arade River. All boats are equipped with VHF Radios synchronized with dolphin-watching vessels. If these breathtaking animals are spotted within a 3-mile radius, the boat will go to their location.   Take in the unbelievable beauty of Benagil Cave, with its naturally formed hole at the top that lets the sunlight filter down to the sandy beach below. Listen to the echoes of the wind and let yourself be calmed by your surroundings.

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Algarve: Tour of Portimao and Lagos Ponta da Piedade

5. Algarve: Tour of Portimao and Lagos Ponta da Piedade

Arrive in Ponta da Piedade in Lagos and witness the unique and mysterious rock formations. Take an optional boat trip to see them from the inside. Enjoy beautiful views in Praia da Rocha and Portimao marina.

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Marinha Beach and Benagil Sea Cave by Car or Scooter

6. Marinha Beach and Benagil Sea Cave by Car or Scooter

Collect your scooter or convertible car in Praia da Rocha, and then take a scenic coastal route towards the legendary caves of Benagil to swim into one of the most impressive sea caves in Europe. Marvel at the stunning cliffs along the coast as you make your way to Praia da Marinha, named by the Michelin Guide as one of the most beautiful beaches in Portugal. Continue to Praia de Benagil, where you can leave your personal items safely as you swim into the stunning caves.  Benefit from the services of a guide who will lead in their own vehicle and stop at panoramic spots along the way. They will also accompany you into the caves and give you advice on how to swim in safety.

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Algarve: Private Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

7. Algarve: Private Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

Experience the natural beauty and history of Algarve with this private tour. View caves, rock formations, and quaint villages as you drive along. Start at Cape Sao Vicente, popularly known as as the end of the world. Experience the isolation that gives this spot its name. Continue to view the fortifications at the fortress of Sagres. Stop to enjoy the rock formations at Ponta da Piedade in Lagos. Choose if you would like to purchase boat trip through the rock formations inside. Go to the charming old town of Lagos were you can buy lunch at a traditional restaurant. Drive to Praia da Rocha and admire the view at Portimao Marina. Pass the picturesque village of Carvoeiro, and the cave of Benagil. Last stop at the famous Marinha Beach.

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From Portimão: Private Boat Tour of Caves and Alar Benagil

8. From Portimão: Private Boat Tour of Caves and Alar Benagil

Be dazzled by several paradise beaches along the Algarve coast and if you are lucky you can see schools of dolphins along the way. This area of the coast is referred to as the Barlavento region, where placid warm waters and golden sand are framed by natural sculptures carved out of the cliff. Caves and subterranean caves, caused by erosion, sometimes unite these beaches and provide excellent sites for explorations. One of these sites are the caves of Benagil, which are among the ten natural wonders of the world. At Marinha beach, you can see caves, subterranean canals, and natural arches. The cliffs are limestone with fractured and fissured tones, which exhibit a remarkable diversity of curious rocky patterns including arches, grottos, leixões, and algares. There are a diversity of marine habitats that house colorful hedgehogs, anemones, octopuses, cuttlefish, and seahorses. This beach is considered one of the hundred most beautiful in the world. 

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Lagos & Ponta da Piedade 3-Hour Car or Scooter Tour

9. Lagos & Ponta da Piedade 3-Hour Car or Scooter Tour

Start your tour from the meeting point in Praia da Rocha or Alvor and spend approximately 3 hours exploring Algarve scenic routes and towns. Visit Lagos, which has always had a seafaring connection. Originally visited by Phoenicians and Carthaginians, during the 15th century, it was the base for the Voyages of the Discoveries when trade between Africa and Portugal brought a great deal of wealth into the town. Continue your trip to the Costa d'Ouro (Golden Coast), named after the yellow and red cliffs that line it, and visit Dona Ana and Camilo beaches, littered with sea stacks and grottoes. Then, head to Ponta da Piedade and contemplate all the magnificent and curious shapes of the huge rock formations hollowed out by the sea. Your guide, while leading the tour in his own vehicle, will provide information and colorful stories about life and nature in the Algarve and recommend photo stops along the way.

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Portimão: Benagil Cave and Snorkeling Boat Trip

10. 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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What people are saying about Portimão

The boat tour to the islands was nice, you also saw beautiful lesser-known caves and received explanations about them. The guides were great. But the highlight was, after we dropped off the other passengers of the cave tour, we went out to snorkel again alone with the guides. We were given a short explanation and the necessary equipment (luckily a wetsuit, otherwise it would have been quite cold) and then we were allowed to explore ourselves. That was really great and because of the proximity of the boat you feel totally safe. Anytime again and much better than just the normal cave tour.

The guides were very nice, and the caves visited very pretty. We were 2 groups, one french speaking and the other so spanish speaking, and the guides were switching between english, spanish and french, making sure that we could properly understand, and taking time to answer questions. The snorkeling after visiting the cave was very nice as well, the water was cool, the place beautiful while secluded, and we stayed there quite some time. I highly recommend this experience and this travel guide.

We had our tour with Mauro and Andre. The tour was fabulous. We got to see dolphins which was an extra bonus. This tour was the highlight of our trip and definitely recommend

Great experience, super relaxing, perfect add on to our vacation :)

This was very enjoyable I fell asleep thro treatment