The most unique caves in Portugal

The Benagil Caves in the Algarve are one of Portugal’s most popular tourist destinations.

The Benagil Caves, sculpted by the relentless waves of the Atlantic over thousands of years, are one of the Algarve’s best-kept secrets. Located less than 20 km from Portimão, these caves attract visitors from around the world with their surreal beauty and magical atmosphere.

What makes the Benagil Caves so special?

Formation: The main entrance of the cave is a huge natural arch carved into the rock, about 30 meters high and 20 meters wide. The interior of the cave is spacious and luminous, with a beach of golden sand and crystal-clear waters. An opening at the top of the cave allows sunlight to enter, creating a magical effect.

History and Geology: The Benagil Caves were formed by the erosion of water and wind on the limestone rocks of the region. Over thousands of years, the waves sculpted the caves, creating a labyrinth of unique rock formations, including stalactites, stalagmites, and columns.

Biodiversity: The Benagil Caves are a refuge for various marine species, including fish, crustaceans, and algae. Visitors can observe marine life through the crystal-clear water or, in some cases, even swim inside the cave.

Navigating the waters of the Algarve, enjoying the cliffs, beaches, and rock formations until entering one of the caves carved by the sea. The Benagil cave, with its open “roof,” reveals the blue sky during the day and the golden hues of sunset in the late afternoon. This experience is possible through boat tours that take you to explore the caves and appreciate the beauty of the Algarve coastline in a new light.

The tour is perfect for the whole family, from children to adults, and for all tastes: couples, groups of friends, bachelor parties, birthdays, etc.

How to get to the Benagil Caves?

  • By boat: The most popular way to reach the Benagil Caves is by boat. There are various boat tours available, from public tours (ticket sales) to private tours. Public tours are usually cheaper. Due to their popularity, especially in high season, it is advisable to book tickets in advance. Private tours offer more flexibility and exclusivity but are also more expensive.
  • By kayak or stand-up paddle: For the more daring and adventurous, it is possible to reach the Benagil Caves by kayak or stand-up paddle. This is also a great way to explore the Algarve coast and caves.

Boat Tour Options

Public Tour

Ideal for those looking for a more economical experience and to meet other people. Here are a few options:

Sunset Benagil Caves Tour 1H

Benagil Cave 2H

Caves & Coast | 2h30

Coastline & Sunset | 2h30

Private Tour

Perfect for groups who want a more intimate and exclusive atmosphere. You can include champagne and snacks. We suggest the following options:

Benagil Cave Tour 1H | Private groups

Benagil Caves at Sunset 2H | Public or private groups

Private Tour 2H | Private groups

Private Sunset Tour 2H | Private groups

Important Information

  • Entry into the caves is subject to sea conditions.
  • In case of adverse conditions, the tour may be canceled and rescheduled, or a full refund will be granted.
  • What’s included: tour guide, experienced captain, life jackets, insurance, bottled water, free parking, and champagne.
  • What to bring: sunscreen, hat, comfortable clothing, towel, swimsuit (summer), electronic equipment protected against water.
  • Don’t forget to check in 15 minutes before departure time.

The Benagil Caves are a very characteristic destination in the Algarve area.

Reserve your spot and get ready for a magical experience!

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