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Benagil is a small and typical fishermen town in the Algarve. It has become worldwide known for its famous grottos, which can only be accessed by sea. The Benagil cave is the most popular one of all maritime caves in Portugal. A boat tour to Benagil is a unique and exciting way to discover these breathtaking caves and more.

And just near Benagil Beach, you can visit yet another paradisiacal beach called Praia da Marinha.  The boat tours to visit the caves are an absolute Must-Do during holidays in the Algarve. It’s an unforgettable experience that leaves you stunned and amazed by the beauty of nature. The Algarve is also home to dolphins, so if you prefer, you can even go on a two-in-one boat trip which takes you to the dolphins and the caves, including the most famous cave.

We offer you a wide range of Benagil tours and some useful tips.

Getting to Benagil cave

The best way to get around in the Algarve is definitely with a rental car. With a car, you can discover all the attractions, and drive through the typical villages along the coast. Not to forget, to visit all the beautiful beaches, no better way than with a car. However, if you have no rental car, there’s a train line all the way from Lagos to Vila Real de Santo António and bus lines are becoming better. The nearest train from Benagil is the train station located in Lagoa city. From Lagoa-Estômbar to the Benagil beach or village, we recommend a taxi or transfer. If you want to get to the cave, the best option is on a kayak, SUP or boat tour.
We've written some articles to help you get there in a smart way from Faro and from Lisbon, some of Portugal's main airports.

Discover the village, beach and cave

Benagil attracts millions of tourists every year, it’s the most famous attraction in the Algarve. Benagil is a small village, with a beautiful beach and an impressive cave. Praia do Benagil is located near Lagoa, and was mainly used for fishing purposes. In fact, the fishing purpose still exists, but as its amazing coastline got very famous, watersports and boat tours play a more predominant role. This beach is one of the busiest in Lagoa.

At the beach, you will find a restaurant, showers, toilets, and lifeguards during the summer. Parking is free, on the side of the road (but very busy) or in the small village. The famous cave is located just next to the typical Algarvian beach with white sand and a golden coastline. The contrast of the colors, including the blue and turquoise waters, makes this one of the most beautiful beaches a must to visit.

Did you know the caves has many names? Benagli, Benagel, Benegal, Bengali, Benagal, Algarv de Benagil, the Bena caves. It’s also known as “the most famous cave in the Algarve”, “the cave with the hole”, “the cave of the heart”, “the 2 eyed cave” and even “temple cave” or the “cathedral”. Due to the hole in the ceiling of the cave. We have heard it all, but the correct name of the most famous caves is “Algar de Benagil”. 

Visitors can enjoy excellent walks along the coastline, golf courses, watersports, boat trips and many historical and cultural attractions nearby. There is a stunning 6 km walking route, between Vale Centeanes and Marinha beach. This route is known for the amazing views over the sea, beaches and cliffs. The route is well marked and support benches and snack bars can be found to recover some energy.

Do you want to get into the Benagil cave? We have written a very cool article about the best ways to get into the cave. You can go by boat, kayak or SUP tours. Swimming to the cave is not recommended due to the many boats that get in and out of the caves. The cave is located next to the touristic Carvoeiro village. In Carvoeiro, beside a stunning beach, you can find many pubs, bars, restaurants and small shops.

The best Benagil cave tours

We recommend booking the cave tours in advance, as you will find huge waiting lines and fully booked tours on the day, especially in high season. 
The cave tours depart from:

The cave tours show you many caves including the famous sea cave. The most comfortable way to go to the caves is definitely by boat. There are over 30 Benagil cave tours, some take the full day and include a BBQ on a secluded beach, and some are half day tours or even the “Benagil Express” tours, which take only 1 hour.

If you prefer a relaxing boat tour with plenty of space to move on the boat and shade while still inside the caves, you should opt for the Benagil cave tour from Albufeira or Vilamoura. The BBQ cruises are excellent for a full day of fun with family and friends. The catamarans will bring you to a small beach, where grilled fish and meat is served.

The typical cave tours take about 1 hour and are provided in small fishermen boats to enter in and out all of the caves. For a more traditional tour, depart from Carvoeiro or Armação de Pêra.

The Benagil SUP and the kayak tour is an amazing way to be close to the sea, get some exercise, and enjoy all the beautiful beaches and caves of the area. The SUP and Kayak tours are recommended for those who would like to get inside the cave. The boat tours will not be able to let you get off the boat and walk in the beach cave. 

Remember: book your cave tour online and skip the queues!

What & where to eat

From the Atlantic ocean, great fish is caught, including snapper, red snapper, corvine, sea bass, and bream. There is no better way than to eat some fresh fish in a typical Portuguese restaurant with a view of the ocean. In the village you can find 5 restaurants, all serving fresh locally-caught fish and seafood. The typical dishes are the fish stew, “batatas à murro”, “arroz de marisco”, fried moray and much more.

Enjoy the gorgeous beaches around Benagil

In the Benagil area, known for its amazing colorful coastline and caves, you can find some impressive beaches. On the boat tours, you'll pass by some beaches like Praia do Carvalho, Praia da Corredoura and the famous Praia da Marinha. In the area of Carvoeiro, we recommend Praia Vale dos Centeanes and the famous Praia do Carvoeiro. Praia da Nossa Senhora da Rocha is really worth a visit. It's a small fishing community and beach, being one of the most rustic and authentic ones along the coast of the Algarve.

Whatever you decide to do during your holiday in Benagil, we promise you will love the watersports and boat tours! Sunshine and a lot of fun are guaranteed! For any further tips or requests, feel free to contact us anytime.

Our boat tours and watersports in Benagil

Catamaran BBQ Cruise
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BBQ cruise from Albufeira

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Benagil cave tour from Albufeira
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Benagil cave tour from Albufeira

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Dolfijnen en grotten boottocht in Albufeira

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Full day private sailing in Albufeira

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Full-day sailing from Albufeira

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Caves & dolphin watching from Albufeira - RIB

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BBQ boat trip from Albufeira to Benagil

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Private Boat trip to Benagil from Armação de Pêra

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Benagil SUP tour

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Boat tour to Benagil from Lagos

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Half-day private cruise in Lagos

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Benagil and dolphin watching in Portimão

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Benagil excursion from Portimão

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Benagil tour from Portimão

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Benagil tour from Portimão Marina

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Boat from Portimão to Benagil and Marinha

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BBQ cruise to Benagil

BBQ cruise to Benagil

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Vilamoura Benagil Trip

Benagil cave tour from Vilamoura

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Private boat tour to Benagil and Ponta da Piedade

Private boat tour to Benagil and Ponta da Piedade

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Benagil boat tour from Albufeira with Kayak or SUP

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Benagil boat tour in Albufeira

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Benagil cave tour from Lagos

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Benagil cave tour
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Benagil cave tour

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Benagil tour on a traditional boat from Portimão

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Benagil cave tour in Portimão

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Early bird private cave trip from Portimão

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Private motor boat in Portimão - full-day

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Boat cruise to Benagil from Ferragudo

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Boat trip to Benagil from Ferragudo

Boat trip to Benagil from Ferragudo

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Private boat to Benagil from Ferragudo

Private boat tour to Benagil from Ferragudo

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Benagil tour from Armação de Pêra

Benagil tour from Armação de Pêra

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Boat ride to Benagil from Portimão with swimming

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Explore the region around Vilamoura

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Catamaran and Kayak Tour to Benagil from Portimão

Catamaran and kayak to Benagil from Portimão

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Benagil SUP tour

Benagil cave SUP tour

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Weekend on a private yacht in Lagos

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Team building event in Lagos on a yacht

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wildwatch kayaking
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Boat tour + kayak tour to Benagil

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Benagil grotto trip from Portimão

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Benagil tour in Vilamoura
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Benagil tour from Vilamoura

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Sunrise SUP tour to Benagil cave

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Benagil tour from Armação de Pêra

Cave tour from Armação de Pêra

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Private Benagil tours in Armação de Pêra

Private Benagil tour from Armação de Pêra

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Private Cave Tour from Armação de Pêra

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Dolphin watching and Benagil boat trip from Portimão

Dolphin watching and Benagil boat trip from Portimão

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Portimão Benagil tour

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Benagil cave stand-up paddle tour

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Benagil kayak tour

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Early bird kayak tour to Benagil

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Dolphin and Benagil tour from Albufeira

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Cave tour from Lagos to Benagil
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Cave tour from Lagos to Benagil

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Private Benagil tour from Vilamoura

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Visit Benagil and observe dolphins in Portimão

Visit Benagil and observe dolphins in Portimão

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Family boat tour from Portimão to Benagil

Family boat tour from Portimão to Benagil

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Benagil cave swimming tour

Benagil cave swimming tour

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Benagil cave tour from Portimão

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Benagil cave cruise in Albufeira

Benagil cave cruise in Albufeira

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Explore the unique coastline around Benagil
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Coast and cave tour in Portimão

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Benagil Catamaran cruise along the coast

Benagil catamaran cruise from Portimão

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RIB in the Algarve

Benagil Grotto Cruise from Portimão

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Explore the Algarve coast by foot and boat

Explore the Algarve coast by foot and boat

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Full day private cruise in Portimão

Full-day private cruise in Portimão

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Benagil and dolphins tour from Portimão

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Benagil Speedboat tour from Lagos

Benagil Speedboat tour from Lagos

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Family boat tour to Benagil

Family boat tour to Benagil

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Explore the region around Portimão

Boat tour to Benagil and Alvor Estuary

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Benagil cave private boat tour from Portimão

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Morning Albufeira yacht charter

Morning Albufeira yacht charter

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Private yacht in Albufeira - afternoon

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Enjoy your stay in Albufeira

Private sunset yacht cruise in Albufeira

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Full-day yacht charter in Albufeira

Full-day yacht charter in Albufeira

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Catamaran charter in Vilamoura

Catamaran charter in Vilamoura

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Sailing tour from Portimão to Benagil

Sailing tour from Portimão to Benagil

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Cruise to Benagil and Ponta da Piedade

Cruise to Benagil and Ponta da Piedade

7h
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Benagil sea cave tour from Portimão

Benagil sea cave tour from Portimão

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Private cruise from Vilamoura to Benagil cave

Private cruise from Vilamoura to Benagil cave

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Benagil cave sunrise SUP

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Tour Benagil & Marinha Beach - 2H

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Dolphins and Benagil cave

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Private Portimão Benagil cave tour for 3

Private Portimão Benagil cave tour for 3

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