Best boat parties in Lisbon

The best boat parties in Lisbon

Lisbon is one of the best city destinations in Europe!. It attracts thousands of curious travellers from all over the world with its multicultural and cosmopolitan flair. Of course, there are also some great parties and festivals in Lisbon, so party people will have loads of options to dance the nights away. This is also one of the reasons why Lisbon is a popular destination for hen and stag parties!

But did you know that you can also go on a boat party in Lisbon? Cruising along the Tagus River with Lisbon’s skyline in the background while dancing to the freshest summer tune is a lot of fun! And after getting back on land you can keep on partying in the city. 

Since we are specialists for boat tours, it’s just natural that we have the best boat parties in Lisbon for you. We made a little list so that you can easily choose the best boat party in Lisbon for your group!

Check out our best boat parties in Lisbon:

Welcome aboard of this vintage yacht

Welcome aboard of this vintage yacht

Private boat party in Lisbon for up to 12 people – from €300 for 2 hours

This private boat party in Lisbon takes place on a real vintage boat and is the perfect option if you’re looking for a tour exclusively for your group. This tour starts from the Marina de Belém, and will take you on the sightseeing route along the city. We will see some of the famous attractions like the Belem Tower and the Terreiro do Paço.

During this tour, some drinks are included (for safety reasons limited to 1 bottle of wine per 3 people and water and sodas) and you can buy more on board. The tour is usually 2 hours long, but if you want you can also book it for longer.

This private boat party in Lisbon is perfect because you can customise it depending on your groups’ wishes. For example, you can even add a BBQ on board for 25€ per person extra. The perfect option for your group of up to 12 people to enjoy some fun quality time together!

This motor catamaran has space for up to 14 pax

This motor catamaran has space for up to 14 pax

Private boat party in Lisbon for up to 14 people – from €250 for 1,5 hours

The second one of the best boat parties in Lisbon is perfect if you have a group of up to 14 people! This private boat party in Lisbon takes place on a modern motor catamaran and is booked on a private basis. You can book it for 1h30 or even more, depending on what you are looking for!

One drink per person and some snacks are included, and you can buy more drinks on board. This boat party starts from the Doca de Belém and will also go along the skyline of Lisbon, while you can listen to music on the deck and enjoy the time with your friends!

Enjoy the music of a local DJ

Enjoy the music of a local DJ

Boat party in Lisbon during sunset on a sailing ship – from € 29 for 4 hours

If you prefer going on a bigger boat party in Lisbon and meet some new people while watching the sun set, this sunset boat party in Lisbon is the perfect option for you! No matter how many people you will join this party with, you will be sure to meet a lot of people and leave with new friends as this boat holds up to 200 party people!

This 4-hour boat party in Lisbon runs every Thursday at 19h00 during summer. It starts from Cais da Rocha Conde D’Óbidos. On board of the spacious sailing ship, there will be a live DJ that will make everybody start dancing on deck. 2 drinks are included and more can be bought on board.

This sunset boat party in Lisbon is a big one, as there is space for up to 200 people on the sailing ship. Live DJ, delicious drinks and a whole lot of like-minded party people – what more can you ask for if you’re looking for the best boat party in Lisbon!?

Time for a swim is a must on this boat party

Time for a swim is a must on this boat party

Boat party in Lisbon on a motor yacht for up to 35 people –  from € 40 for 3,5 hours

This shared boat party in Lisbon is perfect if you’re looking for a fun party during the day with the option to take a dive in the water as well. On board of our modern and fancy yacht, there is space for up to 35 people.

This boat party starts from the Docas de Santo Amaro, where you will come on board of our modern yacht. This tour runs every Saturday in Summer from 14h30-18h00. 2 drinks per person and some snacks are included. More drinks can be bought on board.

This boat party in Lisbon is special because we will cruise until we reach a little beach. Here you can swim and have some fun in the sea! There is a live DJ on board that will play some nice tunes for you to dance! It’s the best boat party if you’re looking for a fun and refreshing party during the day.

This boat party takes place on this modern yacht

This boat party takes place on this modern yacht

Sunset yacht party in Lisbon for up to 35 people –  from € 40 for 3,5 hours

This 2,5-hour sunset yacht party in Lisbon is the best boat party for all people looking for a more exclusive boat party on a stylish yacht. This party starts at Docas de Santo Amaro and runs every Saturday during Summer at 19h00. 2 drinks per person and some snacks are included. More drinks can be bought on board.

On board, we have a Resident DJ who will play the best summer tunes while we cruise along the Tagus river in front of Lisbon’s skyline. It’s the perfect way to warm up for a wild night or celebrate special occasions on board of a fancy and modern yacht.

Sunset boat party in Lisbon

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As you can see, there are some awesome boat parties in Lisbon to choose from. All shared tours can of course be booked privately as well. Just send us an email with your request! We’re happy to help you find the best boat party in Lisbon for your group!

sunset cruise in Lagos 4

Our favourite private sunset cruise in Lagos

Lianne, responsible for the Spanish market and content/translations at SeaBookings, went to Lagos and tried out this unique sunset cruise in Lagos and shares her experience:

Captain Sérgio!

Captain Sérgio!

For Sergio’s birthday, I organised a champagne sunset cruise in Lagos and honestly, I couldn’t wish for a better experience than with Chris and Luis on board of their luxury boat in Lagos. At the marina of Lagos, Chris was already waiting for us. After having a drink at the marina, he gave us a warm welcome and brought us to the boat where he introduced Luis, his partner in crime! Together they are already partners for over almost 3 years and giving away unforgettable experiences to customers who are willing to enjoy their fantastic boat.

A warm welcome by Chris and Luís

A warm welcome by Chris and Luís

Together with friends and family, we went on board. We could sit comfortably in the sun or the shade, while Chris guided us safely outside the marina to show us the fantastic coast of Lagos. In the meanwhile, Luis came and sat with us to tell us more about the history of Lagos. Luis speaks many different languages and this worked out well. Because the grandmother of Sergio only speaks Portuguese, and as I am not familiar with this language yet, it was good to have Luis with us for some explanations in both languages! If you wonder how many languages Luis speaks, he is a real polyglot with Portuguese, English, Spanish, Italian, French and German! Impressive, right?!

Welcome to the Marina of Lagos

Welcome to the Marina of Lagos

First, we sailed along the coast of Lagos and got to know a lot more about the amazing rock formations, sea caves and golden beaches of the Algarve coast. The waters of the Atlantic were quite rough because of the start of the so-called “sueste” which creates lots of waves. First, the plan was to stop at the bay of Lagos, but because the sea was too rough, Chris and Luis decided it was better to set sail to Alvor. With a thrilling speed ride, we headed to the coast of Alvor. On our way, we got the opportunity to sail ourselves and this was a very nice experience!

The boat is very comfortable!

The boat is very comfortable!

In Alvor, the ocean was calmer and we could enjoy some champagne, rosé and snacks on board. It was nice to have this special moment together. Chris and Luis made sure we all had a drink and something to eat. What is better than taking sips of your champagne and see that your friends and family are enjoying themselves? We could relax and listen to some nice music at the background. Even Sergio’s grandmother was very happy to sit in the sun and enjoy her champagne!

Feel the luxury!

Feel the luxury!

After having some quality time on board together with our beloved ones it was time to take a dive into the ocean! With the nice colours of the beginning of a sunset (and a little tipsy of the champagne), it was very nice to just jump in the ocean and floating around the boat enjoying the nice boat tour in Lagos we had so far! After our dip in the ocean, it was time to get back on board. Chris and Luis provided us with some towels and after a quick change of clothes, it was time to go back to Lagos. It was very nice to see the local and regional area around Lagos and to watch the sunset while we headed back to the marina.

I also had the chance to feel like a captain!

I also had the chance to feel like a captain!

Sergio also wanted to share how he experienced this special birthday gift:

This was a unique and effortless experience with Chris and Luis, they truly do complement each other as a team and made us feel ‘at home’ from the get-go. Chris with his calm friendly approach taking full control of his pride and joy and charismatic Luis providing endless stories and curious facts about the region. Even being a local myself, I was fascinated with his knowledge of Lagos and its surroundings. They provided us with everything we needed (booze :p) and knew when to step back and let us just enjoy the moment. I want to thank them again for the experience and highly recommend this tour to everyone.

Grandma had the day of her life!

Grandma had the day of her life!

Did you know that the champagne sunset cruise in Lagos is perfect for wedding proposals? Chris and Luis did this many times and they are always keen to make the process memorable! Or do you prefer to visit Ponta da Piedade or Benagil? Almost everything is possible when you book this private luxury boat! I am pretty sure we will go again the next time we are in Portugal. You can chat with your friends and family and share experiences while at the same time get to know the Algarve coast a little bit better.

SUP tour in Madeira

We went on a SUP tour in Madeira

To-do on Madeira: SUP tour

By Bo, co-founder of SeaBookings, working from Lisbon:

We had the chance to visit the beautiful island of Madeira for 3 days this Spring. We went on a SeaBookings trip to discover the best things to do on Madeira and then to share them with you, of course! This SUP tour in Madeira is one of them.

One of the best things to do on Madeira island is of course watersports. Being surrounded by the Atlantic and with its water temperatures around 20ºC all year round, doing some watersports in Madeira is a must. We wanted to go surfing in Madeira or to do a SUP tour, depending on the conditions. As the sea was very calm, we choose for the SUP tour in Madeira.

This SUP tour in Madeira started from the stunning Nature Park of Garajau. We parked our rental car next to the “Cristo Rei” cable car and then took the cable car down. This was a great suggestion by our tour guide, Roberto, as the parking lot down at the beach was a bit chaotic. Before heading down, we walked down to trail from the car park to Cristo Rei to check out the amazing view over the Atlantic you have from here. It’s really worth it!

A big plus about paddle boarding? It's easy to learn!

A big plus about paddle boarding? It’s easy to learn!

The cable car from the parking lot to the beach of Garajau costs about 2€ per person and takes around 3min, I think. It’s really worth it as the views during the ride are simply incredible! Once we got off the cable car, it felt like we landed in paradise. Praia do Garajau is a very cosy beach with a cute beach bar.

We immediately encountered Roberto, whose surf and SUP school is located on top of the beach bar. Our board were already waiting for us and after a brief technical introduction about how to SUP, we were ready to get into the sea with stand up paddle boards. Actually, Roberto is a very good SUPper himself and managed to really help me improve my paddle technique. I had done stand-up paddle a few times before but never really worried about my technique. Well, now I know how to paddle properly! 

SUP is a very peaceful way to explore the coast of Madeira

SUP is a very peaceful way to explore the coast of Madeira

To get to the water it’s a bit tricky as there are some loose round stones on the beach, but it’s only a very short distance. And yes, the water was warm! Gotta love Madeira island! Once we were all comfortably standing on our boards, we paddled in Eastern direction. These cliffs of the Garajau Natural Park are impressive and the different shades of blue of the sea were beautiful! 

While paddling close to shore, Roberto was explaining some of the local flora and fauna to us. Doing a SUP tour in Madeira is super relaxing. For us, it was the perfect experience to do before catching our flight back to Lisbon. But hey, when we turned around to paddle back in the direction of the beach, we had the wind, that suddenly picked up, against us. To cross the “Ponta do Garajau”, some real strength was needed. So, tighten your core, bend your knees a bit and row 1, row 2, row 3! Yes, we all made it to the less windy side, near the beach and still felt like paddling a bit further.

For Francisco and Fábio it was only the 2nd time SUPping

For Francisco and Fábio it was only the 2nd time SUPping

After the SUP tour in Garajau, we still grabbed a refreshing drink at the beach bar before driving to the airport (after a quick sweet water shower on the beach). SUP is a great way to access the local beauty and lush landscape of the coastline, it’s environmentally friendly and a full-body workout. All you need to bring is a swimming suit, a cap and sunscreen. Roberto will take care of the rest! We really recommend this SUP tour to experience Madeira from a sea view perspective. We’ll be back soon!

How to get from Faro to Benagil cave

How to get from Faro to Benagil cave

Let us help you to get from Faro to Benagil cave

Benagil, Benagil, Benagil – everybody wants to visit Benagil! Benagil is one of the most famous sea caves in Portugal. It is a very impressive rock formation, and a visit there is a Must-Do during your holidays in the Algarve.

The rock formations of Algar de Benagil can be found close to Lagoa. It is located close to the small fisherman village with the same name. So if you are on holidays anywhere else in the Algarve, you might not know how to get to Benagil cave. That’s why we want to help you find out how to get from Faro to Benagil cave.

We also have a post about how to get from Lisbon to Benagil and one about how to get around in the Algarve in general. So if you need some other information, feel free to have a look at those as well! However, remember that boat tours from Benagil have many departure points (from Lagos to Vilamoura), which might be easier to reach than the Benagil Beach itself.

Benagil boat tour in Algarve

The Benagil Cathedral is just one of the many impressive caves of the area

Faro is located further East in the Algarve. Since Faro has the only airport in the Algarve, it is quite likely that most of you land in Faro. And if you stay around that region for your stay, this doesn’t mean that you have to miss out on visiting Benagil cave.

Let’s see how to get from Faro to Benagil cave, shall we?

Personally, we really like to discover the Algarve by train

Personally, we really like to discover the Algarve by train

  1. Bus or Train from Faro to Lagoa

To get from Faro to Benagil cave by public transport, you can go by bus or train to Lagoa. To go by bus, the easiest option is to get the Eva bus. The bus ride takes about 1h30 and costs around 6€ one way. The bus from Faro leaves from the Terminal Rodoviário, which is close to the Museum, so very central.

To go from Faro to Benagil cave by train, you take the train from Faro to the station Estombar-Lagoa. Again, this takes about 1h30 and costs around 6€ one way. You see, it is not very different from the bus. Faro Train Station is just next to the bus station, so just as central.

Once you get to the station of Lagoa, you can get a taxi from Lagoa to Benagil. This costs about 10€. Alternatively, you also have the option to get on the Bus Line 38 from Lagoa to Benagil. However, this bus doesn’t run very often so if you like to be flexible, it might be easier to just get a taxi to Benagil.

The boat tours from Benagil have many departure points, which might be easier to reach than the Benagil Beach itself.

The boat tours from Benagil have many departure points, which might be easier to reach than the Benagil Beach itself.

  1. Rent a car from Faro Airport

The easiest way to get from Faro to Benagil sea cave is by just renting a car. In Faro, you have many different options thanks to the airport. There are a lot of car rentals at the airport, so you can choose the best one for you.

Prices can vary from 15€ in low season to around 50€ in high season per day, just depends on what you’re looking for. Just be aware that most car rentals require a security deposit of around 1500€ and you need a Credit Card to rent a car in Faro.

To get from Faro to Benagil cave by car, you can either go on the National Route N125 or the Freeway A22. On the N125 you just stay until you reach Porches and from there you have all the signs already. This takes about 1 hour. The drive on the A22 is faster, however here you pay some fees (around 5€ each way). Also, you don’t actually save much time. So we suggest you take the “scenic route” along the N125 and save the toll fees for some ice cream.

From Carvoeiro, for example, we have hourly departures to Benagil, all year round!

From Carvoeiro, for example, we have hourly departures to Benagil, all year round!

  1. Boat tour to Benagil from Vilamoura

The easiest way of how to get from Faro to Benagil cave for us is definitely to join a boat tour from Vilamoura. Vilamoura is just around the corner from Faro. From Faro, you can get on a bus to Vilamoura Marina which takes about 45 minutes. Once you’re in Vilamoura, you can join one of the boat tours to Benagil.

To visit Benagil from Vilamoura by boat is also the best way because you actually get to see many other caves and grottos along the way. Benagil isn’t the only sea cave in the Algarve. The entire Algarve coastline is full of it. And on a boat trip from Vilamoura to Benagil, you can see all of them between Vilamoura and Benagil, like Praia da Marinha.

The whole coastline is unique and impressive, so a boat tour is worth it!

The whole coastline is unique and impressive, so a boat tour is worth it!

Therefore, in order to get the most of your experience and to get to know the region, the best way to get from Faro to Benagil cave is on a boat. And on top of exploring the coastline, you can also just relax on board and even get a nice tan.

If you join a boat tour to Benagil, you can even use a paddle board. This allows you to really enter the caves of Benagil and the region around it.

We hope we could help you to find out how to get from Faro to Benagil cave. If you have any other questions, just send us an email!

Coasteering Madeira

A coasteering adventure in Madeira

By Fábio, CTO at SeaBookings, who fell in love with coasteering in the Algarve, and repeated the coasteering adventure in Madeira.

At SeaBookings, we like to visit the places where we operate so we can better understand what are the best things we can offer to our sea lovers. This adventure was in Madeira, a Portuguese gem in the Atlantic coast north of Africa.

Untouched Nature in Madeira

From the sky, right before landing, we could see that Madeira landscapes live to their fame. You have the feeling that everything is still very raw, very natural. The vegetation and vertiginous cliffs are spectacular, and one of the reasons almost all of its territory was considered a total preservation area and by UNESCO as World Natural Heritage. We could start to feel the excitement.

Even from the sky, you can already sense Madeira's wilderness

Even from the sky, you can already sense Madeira’s wilderness

From the Airport to the coasteering adventure

From the airport, you have multiple options to get to Funchal, the capital city of the island. By shuttle, by bus, by taxi or by car rental. If you truly want to discover Madeira and its nature, you will have to move around so we recommend you to rent a car, since you will be driving a little bit.

Having landed in Aeroporto Cristiano Ronaldo, we immediately started our adventure. We already had scheduled coasteering online so we had to get going. Luckily, the guides just picked us up at the Airport to help us make it on time.

All you need to bring is your sun screen, swimsuit and a towel, the rest is all sorted!

All you need to bring is your sunscreen, swimsuit and a towel, the rest is all sorted!

The preparation for the experience

After 20 minutes, we arrived at the eastern part of the island, close to Ponta de S. Lourenço. This trip was a pleasant collection of stunning landscapes and vivid colours. And it gave us time to get to know a bit about this tour operator and the guides who were going to take us coasteering. Once we arrived at the spot, we were provided with the proper equipment for coasteering: wetsuit, boots and a helmet. After a clear safety briefing by our guide Fabrício, we were ready for some epic coasteering in Madeira!

It's great to feel so close to nature!

It’s great to feel so close to nature!

The coasteering adventure

Moving down the path of a trail, we were approaching the sea and its blue turquoise colors. It’s hard to describe the sights with words. The panoramic wild environment is breathtaking. As soon as you get to the edge of the cliff adrenaline starts pumping and you feel it’s about to start!

You are in a natural reserve and everything around you so beautiful, natural and untouched. You can finally feel in complete symbiosis with mother nature.

And then…. You jump!

Just don't think to much!

Just don’t think too much!

You feel the mild water and you feel in total connection with the stunning surroundings of wild Madeira. Madeira is a volcanic Island and you will be able to see that on the cliff’s walls and in the several caves you will visit in this tour.

For the next 2 hours, you will swim, you will jump, you will climb and you will hit the repeat button many times. You simply can’t get tired of this. It’s you, your mates and the wild nature. You’ll have the chance to visit hidden beaches and caves that are only accessible via the sea. And since this is a natural reserve, you won’t find any motor boats.

There are jumps of many different heights and you can pick the ones that you can feel comfortable with. Everything jump is optional, so if you don’t think you can make it, you can skip it. The grand finale is a 15m high jump… if you have the courage!

For the photo addicts, the guides will have a camera and take pictures so that you don’t have to worry about carrying extra stuff and can fully enjoy this experience. If you really want a take a personal view of the adventure, we recommend you to take a GoPro or equivalent with you.

The colors are just incredible!

The colors are just incredible!

The last surprise

There is a surprise lurking for you at the end. When walking the last hill back to the carpark, please look around for a few minutes. There is a landscape with magical colours you won’t forget.

This is the time to breathe in and think about everything you have just experienced. You will feel fulfilled, wanting to come back. This was the beginning of our adventure in Madeira, and just by experiencing this, it was already worth it!

A GoPro is a fun idea for some unique sea-selfies!

A GoPro is a fun idea for some unique sea-selfies!

We’re sure that coasteering in Madeira is one of the best outdoor activities in Madeira Island. It’s the best way to explore the untouched uncrowded side of the famous Ponta de São Lourenço. If you want to know more about this experience or about the best things to do on Madeira, feel free to contact us any time!

Benagil boat tour in Algarve

How to choose a Benagil boat tour in Algarve

How to choose the Benagil boat tour in Algarve that suits you most? If you’re in the Algarve, a visit to the incredible Benagil cave is a true must. I think we know this by now 🙂 However, there are so many boat tours to Benagil. On SeaBookings, we have more than 30 experiences that involve visiting the cave of Benagil. 

There are so many rock formations and caves to see!

There are so many rock formations and caves to see!

We recommend choosing your Benagil tour based on the following criteria:

First of all, we should consider the departure point of your Benagil tour in Algarve.

On almost all cave tours, the departure point is the same as the endpoint. So, you can base your choice on where you’ll be staying. There are tours to the Benagil cave from Lagos, Portimão, Ferragudo, Carvoeiro, Albufeira and Vilamoura. The most Eastern location where the cave tours depart from is Vilamoura (closest) to the airport of Faro. The most Western departure point for the Benagil grotto tours is Lagos (closest to Sagres).

 
From Lagos, you'll go on a rigid inflatable boat.

From Lagos, you’ll go on a rigid inflatable boat.

Then, once you’ve chosen where you’d like to depart from, you should consider the duration of your boat tour.

Of course the duration of the Benagil boat tour in Algarve is directly related to price. The shortest Benagil grotto tours are one-hour trips and start at 25€ per person. The longest Benagil boat tour in Algarve are full-day tours of 6-7 hours. Most of the full-day tours to Benagil include a BBQ lunch on a secluded beach. The prices for these day-trips range from 45 to 60€.

BBQ cruise in Vilamoura to Benagil

From Vilamoura, we have catamarans for up to 42 pax

When choosing your Benagil cave trip, it’s also important to be aware that there are different types of vessels that do these trips.

The most commonly used boats are the typical “cave-boats”. These boats take 9 to 11 passengers and one boat driver. There are also a bit larger versions of these boats, up to 18 passengers, departing from Portimão. These Benagil boat tours are ideal because they are small enough to enter the smallest caves and manoeuvre through the most narrow rock formations. Taking into account this perspective, of course, the smaller the boat, the better.

Then, we have rigid inflatable passenger boats. These boats are smart if you depart from a Marina that’s a bit further from the Benagil cave, like Lagos, for example.

In fact, the RIBs are very fast, being able to cover a larger distance in less time. Another alternative is a more traditional boat. From Portimão, we have a very charming Portuguese traditional boat that does go to the famous cave.

sunset cruise in Lagos Private Boat Tour to Benagil from Lagos

Feel the luxury on a yacht!

For a more comfortable and luxurious experience, we recommend the luxury yachts that we have in Portimão and Lagos. These motor yachts have a closed cabin, as well as a nice sundeck. In Lagos, this boat even carries along a SUP board, so you can get closer to the caves by SUP.

If you like sailing, you can join a full-day sailing tour from Portimão or Albufeira to visit the Benagil cave. The sailing yacht will carry along a dinghy to be able to access the Benagil and other caves.

On the full-day BBQ tours, from Portimão, Albufeira and Vilamoura, you’ll also visit Benagil. As the boats used for these tours are very big, most of the tours have the possibility to step over to a smaller boat to get into the caves.

Another thing you should consider is if you’d like to go on a private Benagil boat tour, only for your group.

Chartering a boat is very nice if you’re looking for a more intimate experience. You’ll have the boat just for yourself and your friends, family or partner. Private charters are ideal for special occasions like wedding proposals, birthdays and bachelor parties.

Being able to stop for a drive when and where you want (subject to the sea conditions, of course), is a big plus of a private charter. And on most boats, if you rent it privately, you can play your own music and bring your own drinks and snacks. Private charters to the Benagil cave start at 200€ for a motorboat up to 5 people (and a skipper).

Benagil Grottenfahrt

The famous rock formations of Marinha are very near Benagil

Once again, we’d like to remind you that swimming to the Benagil cave can be dangerous. Believe us, it can really be dangerous. Accidents are, unfortunately quite frequent.

There are a lot of boats going in and out the Benagil cave and swimmers may be overseen. In addition, there may be unforeseen currents that even the better swimmers can’t deal with.

Another reminder is that local regulations don’t allow passengers to disembark off the boats in the Benagil cave. This means that, by boat, you won’t be able to get off the boat and stand on the sand in the Benagil Cave.

However, all boats will enter the cave as much as possible (subject to the sea conditions) and stay there a few minutes so you can calmly admire the impressive cave and take some amazing pictures.

SUP is a great choice if you want to get into the cave

SUP is a great choice if you want to get into the cave

If you really want to get off in the cave of Benagil, we suggest a kayak or SUP tour, to safely do so.

We hope we managed to help you choose the Benagil boat tours in Algarve that suits you most. Feel free to book online or let us know if we can help any further. Specially in high season, we recommend booking a few days ahead to guarantee your seats. Enjoy Benagil!

We went on a morning boat trip in Lisbon

We went on a morning boat trip in Lisbon

We went on a morning boat trip in Lisbon

By Bo, co-founder of SeaBookings, working from Lisbon:

I love it when my colleague and friend, Lianne from the Netherlands, is around!

I love it when my colleague and friend, Lianne from the Netherlands, is around!

When my colleague Lianne was visiting us for a few days in Lisbon, of course, we wanted to go on a sailing trip in Lisbon. We contacted one of our newest tour operators in Lisbon, to grab this opportunity to meet them and their boats in person. We scheduled a morning boat trip in Lisbon, departing from Belém.

Most boat tours on the Tagus River in Lisbon depart from Belém. From the city center, you can reach Belém by several means. There are a train, a bus and a tram. Or you can go by Uber or even be more adventurous and go by bike or one of the many electric kick scooters you can find around town. I and Lianne went on an even more original way to Belém. Lianne went on my bike and I went running. Like that, I’d have my daily exercise done, with about 7K 🙂

About our morning boat trip in Lisbon

Some adventure on a electric kick scooter is always fun!

Some adventure on an electric kick scooter is always fun!

At the gate in Belém, we were welcomed by our skippers and guides, Zé and Luís. They guided us to the boat. Lucky us! It was one of the biggest and fanciest sailing yachts in the dock! The boat was a Bavaria 36 Cruiser of 11,50m. After a small briefing of which route we’d be taking, we were ready to go out to the Tagus River. In a small group, you have a more intimate experience and can ask the captains everything you like.

Actually, this was my first morning boat trip in Lisbon as the ones before were all sunset tours. A sunset cruise is great as the colors of the sky can become really impressive. But I really appreciated seeing my beautiful city with this different morning light. We first cruised in Western direction to observe the Monument of Discoveries and the Belém Tower. Luís, one of the guides, is an enthusiastic local who proudly explained who were the main figures represented on the Monument of Discoveries as well as the history behind the Belém Tower. In fact, I never had such a detailed explanation of these two landmarks of Lisbon. I’m not going to tell all to you here, but if you’re interested, just book this sightseeing tour to discover Lisbon 😉

The emblematic Belém Tower

The emblematic Belém Tower

After the turn in direction of Lisbon’s downtown, we had the wind in our back and managed to feel the art of sailing for a while. While passing by some other boats, Luís showed me how the AIS (Automatic Identification System) worked. Quite cool how you can see a lot of information about each boat, like its ID, brand, owner and even next destination in some cases.

These tours are also cool to get to know a little bit more about the sailing itself

These tours are also cool to get to know a little bit more about the sailing itself

On the way to Praça do Comércio, we passed by “Cordoaria Nacional”. Luís explained that the Cordoaria, is a former naval rope-making factory. It now functions as an exhibition centre. Then, we sailed by the Electricity Museum, which was a charcoal power plant back in the days. Next to it, you’ll find the famous MAAT museum with its characteristic architecture. Praça do Comércio, or Terreiro do Paço, was one of the highlights of this morning boat trip in Lisbon. You get a great perspective over this majestic square. From a sailing boat, you get unique views of Lisbon.

Unique views from the Tagus River

Unique views from the Tagus River

On our way back to the dock, along the South bench of the River, it started raining a bit. The rain was quite unexpected in June, but fortunately, the skippers had already prepared the boat with a cover in the back. Like this, we could still sit outside and enjoy the views of the city despite the rain. We could see the famous Cristo Rei and the 25th of April Bridge too.

We strongly recommend this Dourada after the trip!

We strongly recommend this Dourada after the trip!

Once we arrived at the dock, we were rather hungry and asked the skippers to recommend a restaurant. Well, that was a great recommendation. We had a delicious Golden Bream with white wine and a view over the Tagus River at “O Pedrouços”.

On our way back home, I was a bit too full to run, so along with the bike, we rented a kick scooter and had a lot of fun! A perfect morning I would say! I actually even learned a lot about my city! This program is also a nice day trip if you’re staying in Cascais.

Benagil caves tour from Portimão

We went on a Benagil caves tour from Portimão

We went on a Benagil caves tour from Portimão

The SeaBookings team went on a Benagil caves tour. There are many tours that can take you to this impressive cave. Here’s our personal testimonial about this unique Benagil caves tour from Portimão or Ferragudo.

You can start the tour in Portimão or Ferragudo

You can start the tour in Portimão or Ferragudo

Lianne’s experience:

Wow! I didn’t know that it was possible to visit so many beautiful caves along the Algarve coastline between Portimão and Marinha. Departing from Clube Naval de Portimão, we were all provided with a life jacket before starting our boat ride to pick up a few more people in Ferragudo. Ferragudo is literally in front of Portimão. By boat, it took us approximately 5/10 minutes to reach this cute and authentic fishermen’s village.

There are so many rock formations and caves to see!

There are so many rock formations and caves to see!

Once everyone found their place to sit, we sailed along the most impressive rock formations of the Algarve where we passed by the most impressive caves I have ever seen. Really, if I think about it, we saw between 15 – 20 caves along the way, including the famous Benagil cave.

Many may wonder how you would get to the Benagil caves? With a Benagil caves tour of course! Now I know for sure, the safest and most fun way to explore the Benagil sea cave is by boat! But not only Benagil with its golden sands is worth a visit. The skipper knows exactly which caves are worth taking you besides Benagil. Believe me, you will see many more impressive caves and maybe Benagil is not even the most beautiful one! I was super impressed by the bright purple colors we saw when entering the caves. Most caves have two names, one Portuguese name and one touristic name. The skipper knows them all and is more than happy to show you to which they owe their name.

Abílio, our fun and knowledgable skipper

Abílio, our fun and knowledgable skipper

Bo’s experience:

Yes! We finally did a Benagil caves tour with our team! This time, we decided to join a tour to Benagil and Marinha. The boat tour had two starting points. You could board either in Portimão, at the Clube Naval, or in Ferragudo. This is great because you can choose what suits you best. We decided to start the tour in Portimão. Near the Clube Naval, there are many free parking spots, so this was ideal as we arrived to Portimão by car.

The arches of Marinha are worth a visit

The arches of Marinha are worth a visit

At the Clube Naval, the meeting point for this cave tour to Marinha is at the gate in front of the Museum. It’s very easy to find. Just look for Abílio, the skipper and he’ll take you to the boat. Abílio is a super friendly local who has spent almost all his life “in” the sea. He once was a fisherman and a few years ago started to take travellers to enjoy the stunning coastline and caves in between Portimão and Benagil.

You'll cruise by Carvoeiro

You’ll cruise by Carvoeiro

It’s a true family business. Marisa, Abílio’s wife, does the sales. You can find her friendly smile on their ticket stand in Ferragudo. And, if you’re lucky, you’ll meet Mariana, their daughter. Mariana and Abílio are great guides as they know the rock formations and other curiosities about the region like no other. They’re proud locals who are happy to share some interesting facts with you. Both guides speak French, along with Portuguese and English.

The "Devil's Eyes"

The “Devil’s Eyes”

We can highly recommend this Benagil caves tour. We were all impressed by Abílio’s skills to manoeuvre his 12-seats boat in the smallest caves and rock-formed alleys. Abílio has a great sense of humor and most likely, you’ll so now and then we surprised with some sudden accelerations! Another reason why we recommend this trip is that, because you depart from Portimão, you also get to see the caves in between Portimão and Benagil. Other boat trips to Benagil are more focussed on the caves around Benagil and Marinha. But this tour will take you to uncover many caves and rock formations that are less crowded and almost as impressive as the famous Benagil Cathedral. Don’t forget to wear a hat, sunscreen and just enjoy! It’s recommended to book ahead to assure your seats.

The Benagil Cathedral is just one of the many impressive caves of the area

The Benagil Cathedral is just one of the many impressive caves of the area

Do you also want to visit the Benagil caves? Please check all our Benagil tours here. Whether you prefer to go on a luxury yacht or a small boat, all our sea caves tours will show you the best of the Algarve coast with its beautiful beaches. From many different locations, you can visit Benagil beach and the Benagil cave. Did you know that if the sea conditions are good enough, you probably can enter Benagil during your Benagil cave boat tour? And for all nature-lovers out there, besides visiting the caves, don’t forget to join a dolphin watching tour from Portimão!

Algarve Caves

How to get into Benagil Cave

Do you want to know how to get into Benagil cave? You can walk, swim, or join a boat, kayak or SUP Tour.

The Benagil cave is probably the most famous sea cave in Portugal. So if you are on holidays in the Algarve, make sure you visit it! The region around Benagil is also worth a visit, so why not combine it with a tour along the Algarve coastline or a day trip to the nearby village Carvoeiro?

What is the Benagil cave?

The Benagil cave is a fascinating rock formation with a big eye in the middle. It’s the most famous sea cave in the Algarve.

The hole in the ceiling of the cave allows the sun to shine at the little beach inside the cave. Its beauty is hard to describe and the best way to understand it is to go there and see for yourselves! The colours of the cave are, just like the entire coastline around it, unique and typical for the Algarve. And to see the clear blue sky through the eye of the cave is simply beautiful!

get into Benagil Cave

The arches of Marinha are very impressive too

Where is the cave?

The Benagil cave is located in Lagoa, in the Algarve in Portugal. The grotto can be found just between Praia do Benagil and Praia da Marinha.

Close to cave, there are also some other towns that are worth a visit. Carvoeiro is one of the most popular destinations in the Algarve for tourists from all over the world. Here you can stroll around the streets, enjoy an ice cream or a nice lunch or dinner after visiting the cave!

How to get to the Benagil cave?

To get to the Benagil cave, you can go by train, bus or car to any of the departure points of the Benagil tours. The Benagil cave tours depart from Albufeira, Portimão, Lagos, Vilamoura, Armação de Pêra, Ferragudo, or Alvor.

To go to the beach, next to the small fishing village, the easiest way is to drive there by car. If you want to go to the beach by public transport, you need to go by train or bus to Lagoa. From there you can get a taxi, which costs about 10€ to Benagil.

You can walk to the top of the Benagil cave which is impressive too

You can walk to the top of the Benagil cave which is impressive too

Can you walk to the cave?

Yes, you can walk to Benagil cave. However, this way you can only see the beach and cave from above. It’s also very beautiful. But seeing the famous cave from the cliffs is not nearly as impressive as seeing it from the sea. So even though you can walk there, it’s not the “real”  experience. And of course, you won’t get to take those amazing pictures.

Can you swim to the cave?

Yes, you can swim to the Benagil cave, but it’s very dangerous. Benagil is one of the most popular caves in the Algarve. There are many boats going in and out of the cave at the same time, especially at high season. Unfortunately, swimmers can be overseen

The sea conditions can make it very risky to swim to the cave. So while some bloggers suggest the best way to get to the cave is by swimming, let us tell you that this is very dangerous. Especially people who are not familiar with the sea and not very good swimmers should definitely not swim.

On a boat ride along the coast, you get to see many caves

On a boat ride along the coast, you get to see many caves

What is the best way to see Benagil cave?

The best way to see Benagil cave is by boat, kayak or SUP. This way you can get into the Benagil cave ad actually stand on the sand in the cave.

If you want to visit Benagil without too much effort, the best way is on a boat tour. People who are not comfortable in the sea can feel safe in a boat. All boat tours include life jackets.  More active people might prefer a Kayak or SUP tour to Benagil. The advantage is that with kayak or SUP, you can get really inside the Benagil cave beach.

But why only visit Benagil sea cave?

Did you know that the entire region around it is full of similar caves, and all of them a lot less frequented by tourists? Sure, the cave is very impressive and a famous tourist attraction of the Algarve, but actually the caves in the entire Algarve coast around it are equally beautiful! There are also many beautiful beaches. 

If you get on a boat trip from Lagos, Portimão or Ferragudo for example, you will see about 15-20 caves before actually arriving to Benagil. Depending on the tides, your skipper will take you through tunnels and into completely dark caves. By the time you get to the sea cave, you might not even be so impressed anymore since you already saw how beautiful the region around it is!

So to make sure you don’t miss out on some other impressive caves of the Algarve, a guided boat, kayak or SUP Tour is the best way to see the cave!

High season is between June and September, so make sure to book in advance to guarantee your seats on a tour to visit the Benagil cave.

Cliff Diving in the Azores

Your ultimate guide to the Red Bull Cliff Diving in the Azores

Did you already hear about the Red Bull Cliff Diving Series? This super exciting event takes place all around the world, at 7 different locations, to find the best female and male cliff-diver! The jumps they do are spectacular, and watching the divers jump from up to 27m with such elegance and doing amazing acrobacy at the same time, is definitely breathtaking!

The cliffs of São Miguel are incredible!

The cliffs of São Miguel are incredible!

One of the stops of the World Series is at the beautiful islet Vila Franca do Campo in the Azores! The “Princess Ring”, a volcanic islet in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean is a really magical place and it is here that the world’s best cliff divers will compete for the trophy! And if you’re in the Azores around June 22nd, it is an event that you shouldn’t miss! And what better place to watch it than from the sea, where you can see how the divers dive in precisely right in front of you? Surely that’s the best option to watch the Red Bull Cliff Diving in the Azores

The Red Bull Cliff Diving in the Azores is the 4th stop on the World Series. Before, the divers will already have jumped off cliffs in the Philippines, Dublin and Italy. But for us, the stop in the Azores is definitely the best one, since we love the Portuguese archipelago not only for their steep cliffs but for the many other sea-related activities you can do there!

These colors? Coul only be the Azores!

These colors? Coul only be the Azores!

For you to get the most out of your trip, we came up with this ultimate guide to the Red Bull Cliff Diving in the Azores. After all, the event will only be one day, but the Azores have a lot more to offer as well! So make sure to plan some extra days to get the most of this island!

The Red Bull Cliff Diving in the Azores will take part in the little islet of Vila Franca do Campo. It’s a natural reserve since 1983, and besides the steep and impressive cliffs the divers are going to jump from to perform impressive figures and do multiple spins, this little islet has a lot more to offer! So why not take a walk after the event, to be impressed by the unique landscape?

During the competition of the Red Bull Cliff Diving in the Azores, the men and women will show off their skills. It sometimes even seems unreal, with what kind of precision and control they perform the figures while jumping from such heights! It will surely leave you in awe, and maybe you will even get inspired to start some easy cliff jumping yourselves – if you’re brave enough because one thing is for sure: You gotta have some serious balls for this!

Would you jump from this high?

Would you jump from this high?

The islet Vila Franca do Campo lies about 1km away from the shore of the Azores’ most popular island São Miguel. You can easily get there by boat of course. But why stop there? There is so much more to explore around São Miguel, so if you have the time, you should definitely join a boat tour to explore not only the islet but also the rest of the impressive coastline! This boat tour, for example, will take you on a full day tour to explore the region completely and get a feeling for the real authentic way of life of the Azores!

Whale watching is a must when visiting the Azores!

Whale watching is a must when visiting the Azores!

Did you also know that you can observe whales and dolphins, and even go swimming with dolphins in the Azores? You can do so from São Miguel but also from Faial! So if watching the Red Bull Cliff Diving in the Azores isn’t enough excitement for you already, you should go on another adventure and find some of the wild cetaceans living in or passing by the Azores!

True athletes!

True athletes!

Finally, your ultimate guide to the Red Bull Cliff Diving in the Azores wouldn’t be complete without some delicious recommendation for food! The most famous exports from the Azores when it comes to food are probably beef and cheese. But if you’re on the island, you should also try some of the super fresh seafood of course. The famous Lapas for example, a kind of sea-snail, is a real delicatessen in the Azores and if you’re brave enough to watch the Red Bull Cliff Diving in the Azores, you should also be brave enough to try Lapas! 😉 And not to forget – the Azores have some unique and delicious wine, that goes perfectly together with any kind of meal!

Eating lapas? Please do so!

Eating lapas? Please do so!

As you can see, there are lots to do and explore in the Azores around the event of the Red Bull Cliff Diving in the Azores! So book your tickets now, visit the Azores around June 22nd and be impressed by the amazing skills of the world’s best cliff divers!