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!

Benagil cave tour from Portimão

We went on a Benagil cave tour from Portimão

By Cláuda and Zé, friends of SeaBookings, who were very curious about our new Benagil cave tour from Portimão:

Benagil tour from Portimão

The whole family will have fun on this Benagil tour from Portimão

The Algarve is a must-visit destination in Portugal for its beautiful beaches and sunny days. While it is an amazing place for sunbathing, it is also full of stunning views and secret beaches along the coastline. You’ll only discover these places on a boat trip.  

During my summer holidays, I was staying in Lagoa with my boyfriend and we wanted to enjoy the beautiful coast of this region, so we chose SeaBookings to help us find the perfect experience.

Explore the unique rock formations

Explore the unique rock formations

We went on a Benagil cave tour from Portimão, which is quite close to Lagoa and it was also a good excuse to visit that city. We had to check-in at Clube Naval de Portimão 10 minutes before the departure time. After parking the car for free, near the check-in point, we were welcomed by the friendly staff. They provided us with bottles of fresh water for the trip.

Benagil tour from Portimão 2

The boats take 18 people

The tour departs from Portimão in direction of Ferragudo, where we have a very cool view of Marina of Portimão and all the beaches nearby. As we leave Portimão, we start discovering the magic coastline and its amazing sea caves. The boat enters in some of these grottoes and we can appreciate the thrilling rock formations that look like something out of a pirate movie. The “Algares”, the openings to the sky are unique, being the “Algar of Benagil” the most famous in this region.

Discover the "Algares" from a unique perspective!

Discover the “Algares” from a unique perspective!

The trip continues all the way to Praia da Marinha, and until there we can also appreciate some must go beaches of this region, such as Praia do Carvoeiro, Praia de Vale Centeanes, Praia do Carvalho and Benagil.

Get your camera ready!

Get your camera ready!

Once we arrive at Praia de Marinha, the staff dared us to dive into the amazing and refreshing blue sea. This was definitely the cherry on top of this already wonderful experience. Being able to take a refreshing dive during this Benagil cave tour from Portimão is a big plus compared to other similar toursAs the tour finishes, we had a very exciting way back journey at a thrilling but safe higher speed!

Great boarding facilities and free parking in Portimão

Great boarding facilities and free parking in Portimão

We would definitely recommend this experience to anyone: our group had families with both children and disabled people (wheelchair) and we all had an amazing time!