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Portimão: Half-Day Catamaran Cruise to Benagil & Carvoeiro

1. Portimão: Half-Day Catamaran Cruise to Benagil & Carvoeiro

Depart from the marina in Portimão and sail towards the beautiful caves of Algar de Benagil. Enjoy the fantastic views of Praia da Rocha, Farol de Alfazina, Praia de Carvoeiro, Praia de Benagil, and Praia da Marinha throughout this 3.5-hour catamaran cruise. Admire the stunning rock formations dotted along the coast, which date back to the Jurrasic period. Drop anchor at the bay of João de Arens bay where you can top up your tan, swim, or do some paddle boarding or snorkeling. Be sure to keep a lookout for the friendly dolphins who inhabit the waters of the region.

From Albufeira: Portimao and Lagos Ponta da Piedade Tour

2. From Albufeira: Portimao and 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.

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.

Marinha Beach and Benagil Sea Cave by Car or Scooter

4. 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.

Lagos: Ponta Da Piedade and Lagos Tour with Wine Tasting

5. Lagos: Ponta Da Piedade and Lagos Tour with Wine Tasting

Come discover the Algarve and enjoy the boat ride, (optional, additional cost) wonderful rock formations at Ponta da Piedade in Lagos. Then we visit the center of Lagos, with a super relaxed atmosphere and unlike any other city in the Algarve, full of shops and traditional restaurants, where we will have the opportunity to have lunch. (not included in costs of tour) have the opportunity to visit Rocha Beach and Maina of Porimao Enjoying the wonderful view over the Santa Catarina Fort We also passed through the old part of the city, towards the winery. Afterwards, head to the 44-hectare property of vineyards of different varieties which is now considered one of the best wineries in the Algarve, with several awards of international recognition. Explore the natural beauty of the place, And even enjoy a wine tasting before returning to your hotel.

Albufeira: Algarve Cliffs and The Chapel of Bones Tour

6. Albufeira: Algarve Cliffs and The Chapel of Bones Tour

Start the journey with hotel pickup and visit the marina of Albufeira. Explore the most secretive beaches of the area and drive through the stunning Algarvian cliffs. Appreciate the coastal drive and walk the wooden walkways. Make a stop at the Chapel of Bones, with its 5,000 human skeletons. Find your way along each wooden path that leads to a beautiful and hidden beach. Take in the sights of Sai Rafael, Castelo, Gale and Salgados, Sra da Rocha, and Marinha Beach, which is one of the most beautiful and emblematic beaches in Portugal. Witness the towering and protective cliffs surrounding the ocean and enjoy being off the beaten track. Enter the Chapel of Bones, a temple designed almost entirely from human bones. Learn about the history and receive the profound message sent by the temple's structure. Appreciate this homage to the inevitability of death, and pause in reflection of all those who have passed before.

Albufeira: Silves Castle, Lagos, and Ponta Da Piedade Tour

7. Albufeira: Silves Castle, Lagos, and Ponta Da Piedade Tour

Enjoying the medieval Silves Castle. As well as the castle itself, take in the statue of King D. Sancho I at the castle's entrance. This statue dates back to the time of the Christian Reconquest of the Iberian Peninsula, the Portuguese monarch D. Sancho. 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. Our last stop will be in Benagil, our customers will be able to visit the famous cave of Bengil, on a boat ride Finally, we stop at Praia da Marina, a paradise scene, one of the most beautiful beaches in Portugal,

Half-Day from Portimão: Convertible Car/Scooter & Boat Tour

8. Half-Day from Portimão: Convertible Car/Scooter & Boat Tour

Combining convertible or scooter tours with a boat tour is a great way to venture across the memorable Algarve, as you will get the opportunity to see the coastline from two different perspectives. Enjoy driving a convertible car or riding a scooter while your guide leads you to a green paradise and the hidden beaches. Follow your guide’s vehicle and explore top attractions like Carvoeiro, Algar Seco, Alvor and Marinha Beach. During your drive, you will pass fishing towns, hidden bays, historical landmarks and natural tide pools. Then, enhance your adventure by embarking on a boat and discovering theatrical sea caves such as Algar de Benagil, Zorreira cave and Arcos da Marinha. Your tour can include other activities like bathing in the sea, snorkeling or a picnic in a quiet bay as well.

Lagos & Ponta da Piedade Car or Scooter Tour

9. Lagos & Ponta da Piedade 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.

Private Tours by Convertible from Portimão & Alvor

10. Private Tours by Convertible from Portimão & Alvor

Enjoy the Convertible car while your guide leads you to a green paradise and the hidden beaches of the Algarve. These guided tours go through various strategic points such as Lagos, Ponta da Piedade, the West Coast, Monchique, Praia da Rocha, Carvoeiro and Alvor. Visit Algarve natural parks, river springs and mountains where you can enjoy a wonderful view over virtually the entire coast land. See Monchique garden, largely covered in eucalyptus trees, cork oaks and pine trees. Its highest peak Foia (920 mt) offers a stunning panoramic view over the coastline and the ocean. Full-day tours also include lunch in a typical restaurant. There is also opportunity for other activities like taking a dip in the sea, snorkelling or a picnic in a quiet bay. Your guide, while leading the tour, will provide information and colourful stories about life and nature in the Algarve and recommend photo stops along the way. These tours can be a perfect introduction to first time visitors or they can offer a deeper insight for tourists re-visiting the region.

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What people are saying about Praia da Rocha

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 28 reviews

This is such a great tour. The tour guide was informative and fun which made the boat trip that much more pleasant. The caves are incredible and with the small boat we were able to enter many of them. Also, the stop in the small fishing village is a great bonus to get fresh fish and see a small area that you may not plan to visit otherwise. Highly highly recommend.

It was a very relaxed trip. The staff was super friendly and the boat was in great condition. The prices for the drinks were moderate. We had a great morning and would book it again.

Luis was an excellent guide. He was knowledgeable and it was a pleasure to spend the day seeing the sights with his guidance. I would highly recommend choosing Luis as your guide.

Staff very friendly . An explanation was given at the beginning as to what to expect . Boat wasn’t overcrowded. Snacks sold on board. Will definitely recommend.

Très bon guide ,belle excursion ,très bon driver ,un peu froid mais moins qu’au Canada