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Praia da Marinha: Our most recommended tours and activities

Benagil: Benagil Caves Kayaking Experience

1. Benagil: Benagil Caves Kayaking Experience

Be at one with nature with this environmentally-friendly kayaking experience, and explore along the coast and inside several caves of Benagil.   Begin at Benagil beach, from where you will be run through an introduction on kayaking, and the safe management of your kayak once inside the caves. Afterward, kayak to the Golden Beach of Marinha. On the way, you will enter several small and big caves. On the return journey, take a 20-minute stop at the beach inside the Benagil Cave for some unforgettable pictures. Go inside several big and small caves near the Benagil Cave and learn from your guide about the formation, surrounding nature and natural life.

Portimão: Pirate Ship Cave Cruise

2. 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 Faro: Benagil Cave and Marinha Beach Guided Day Trip

3. From Faro: Benagil Cave and Marinha Beach Guided Day Trip

After gathering at the tour meeting point, your van will depart from Faro for the approximately hour-long journey after which you will arrive to Benagil Beach. It will be from this location, together with your instructor, that you will enter the cave. It will take between 5 and 10 minutes to enter the cave, after which you will have 40 minutes inside to enjoy its unique environment. You can choose to spend your time taking photos, swimming, and just generally relaxing. It will soon be time to head to Marinha Beach, which is considered the most beautiful beach in Portugal. At this location you will have an hour to discover the amazing cliffs and views, following which you will head back to Faro.

Portimão: Benagil Caves and Praia de Marinha Boat Tour

4. 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.

From Armação de Pêra: Benagil Caves and Beaches Boat Tour

5. From Armação de Pêra: Benagil Caves and Beaches Boat Tour

Discover the breathtaking scenery of the Algarve region on this boat tour departing from Armação de Pêra. Travel in the company of an expert team and experienced captain for a safe and comfortable journey. Along the way, visit 10 caves and 15 deserted beaches which are only accessible from the sea. Admire Praia da Marinha, the Albandeira Arch, and much more. Don't miss this opportunity to explore the rugged coastline between Armação de Pêra and Benagil. Make sure to bring your camera to capture the unique landscape of this region before arriving at the highlight of the trip, the world-famous Benagil Cave. On the way back, simply sit back, relax and enjoy the boat trip.

From Portimão: Algar de Benagil and Sea Caves Boat Tour

6. 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.

Albufeira: Coastline and Benagil Caves Tour by Catamaran

7. Albufeira: Coastline and Benagil Caves Tour by Catamaran

Soak up the views of the Algarve coastline on a guided catamaran cruise from Albufeira. Enter the Benagil Sea Cave and take in secluded beaches, rugged rock formations, and hidden swim stops. Start your tour from Albufeira Marina, where you'll set off on the spacious and comfortable catamaran. From here you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy the views of the beautiful rock formations and deserted beaches. The team will tell you more about our fantastic coastline and all its hidden secrets. Relax to some nice music and enjoy a cool drink. Visit the beautiful caves and rock formations as far as Benagil (Cathedral Cave). Head back east towards the marina before stopping off for a swim in the sea.

From Albufeira: Benagil Hidden Caves Tour by Kayak or SUP

8. From Albufeira: Benagil Hidden Caves Tour by Kayak or SUP

Uncover the treasures of Benagil's coast on a stand-up paddle and kayak tour from Albufeira. Follow your guide to hidden caves and secluded beaches, and enjoy a drink on your boat ride back to the marina. Start your Benagil tour and depart from Albufeira Marina on a specially-built boat. Enjoy the stunning views of the coastline as you sail in the boat for 40 minutes, before stopping and transferring to the Kayak or SUPs. Paddle into the caves and caverns and stop to take pictures of the rock formations. You can choose to paddleboard and embrace the freedom to move around. You can reposition yourself to wherever you feel comfortable, standing up or on your knees. Have a safe and rewarding experience regardless of age or skill level. Alternatively, you can ride in a single kayak or double kayak. Gain confidence even as a beginner with a water safety briefing from your guide before starting the tour. Take a dive in the ocean before returning to the marina by boat, where you can enjoy a cool drink on board.

Algarve: Benagil Cave Boat Tour and Algarseco Coastal Walk

9. Algarve: Benagil Cave Boat Tour and Algarseco Coastal Walk

The adventure begins with pickup from your accommodation in Lagos, Praia da Luz, or Meia Praia and heads to Carvoeiro Beach. Hop onboard a traditional style boat and set sail along the coastline towards Benagil Cave. Soak up the wonders of this fascinating location and snap photos for your holiday album. Next, visit the picturesque Marinha Beach as well as other scenic cliffs and caves. Back on dry land, enjoy a leisurely stroll along the Algarseco boardwalk, which boasts stunning views across the coastline. Along the way, admire the natural pools that form in the holes of the cliffs and fill with water during high tide. At the end of the boardwalk, visit a grotto famous for its two arches which act as a window to the sea.

From Carvoeiro: Benagil Caves and Praia da Marinha Boat Trip

10. From Carvoeiro: Benagil Caves and Praia da Marinha Boat Trip

Explore the stunning Benagil Caves on this boat tour from Carvoeiro. Cruise into the Algar de Benagil cave and breeze by the Arches of Praia da Marinha. Go for a dip in the sea at a scenic location, when conditions are safe.  Check-in at the activity provider's ticket booth on Carvoeiro beach. Put on a life jacket and follow your guide to the boat. Hop aboard the small but comfortable boat and set off along the coast. Pass by towering cliffs, hidden coves, and long stretches of beach with golden sand. Take in views of the Algar Seco cave and the white sand beaches of Vale Covo and Praia do Carvalho. Capture pictures as you glide by the 63-meter tall Farol de Alfanzina lighthouse. See a cave which got its name from a sunken steamboat.  Enter the famed Algar de Benagil cave and have time to snap some more pictures before skirting by breathtaking caves and rock formations on your way towards the unique landscape of the Arches of Praia da Marinha which is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in Europe. Cool off on a swim stop, when sea and weather conditions are right at a safe location outside caves in turquoise waters. Return to your meeting point at the end of your tour. 

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What people are saying about Praia da Marinha

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4.7 / 5

based on 6,671 reviews

Wow! This was our favorite experience on our entire two week trip in Portugal. Our guide was very friendly and went above and beyond to make sure our group had a wonderful kayaking experience. We even got to see a few extra caves not normally visited as our group was small and it was off season for most tourists. He was highly focused on our safety while also ensuring we didn’t miss out on prime photo opportunities. Can’t recommend Secrete Algarve more!

Amazing experience! Loved it so much and was the best thing we did visiting Albufeira. The views were outstanding, the experience was really fun and the caves were incredible. Definitely worth the money and would do this again.

Everything was well organised, one hour trip was just perfect, tour guide was very professional and funny, we went with one young child and a teenager, everyone happy, highly recommend. Thank you! *****

An amazing experience if you go to the Algarve you need to do this tour! Friendly staff and great facilities

Our guides were very professional. The trip went smoothly without incident.