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Tours overview

  • One of Portugal's most famous sights

  • The perfect day trip during any trip to the Algarve

  • Just 2.5 hours from Lisbon if you're travelling by car

  • The best location if you're looking for memorable photos

  • You can make your way to Benagil Cave by SUP or kayak

  • There are a number of boat tours available that can take you there

Booking tickets to visit Benagil Cave in advance is always a good idea. This way, you won't be disappointed that you missed your chance to see one of the highlights of the Algarve.

Getting to Benagil Cave requires some planning as it's an isolated sea cave, so think about your trip ahead of time and book yourself onto a Benagil Cave tour.

Ways you can get into Benagil Cave:


Rent a kayak from Benagil beach and paddle your way to the cave.

It's only around 200 meters away, so your arms won't be exhausted by the time you get there.

Paddleboard / SUP

Standup paddleboarding has had a meteoric rise in popularity recently, and for good reason! If you're looking for a fun way to get to Benagil Cave, then take up a standup paddle tour.

Boat tour

Want to appreciate the Algarve's coastline, or get a hit of adrenaline before you see Benagil Cave? Then check out the various boat tours that leave from towns close to Benagil.

A knowledgeable local captain will be able to tell you more about the cave while taking you to other beautiful photo locations before you see the main event – Benagil Cave – and look up through its eye-like opening.

Please note, swimming to Benagil Cave is not advised unless you have a great deal of experience with ocean swimming.

  • The best time to visit is during the summer months (June-August) – you'll be in the Atlantic Ocean after all, so don't expect the water to be as warm as the Mediterranean

  • Boat tours usually have a final departure time of around 18:00

  • It's better to start an active tour, like kayaking or paddleboarding, early in the morning to avoid the strength of Portugal's midday sun

  • Swimming to the cave is not advised – there are strong currents, so you're better off not taking the risk

Benagil Cave tours FAQs

There are so many Benagil Cave Tours, it can be hard to make the right choice. Not to worry – there's a Caves de Benagil adventure to suit everyone.

If you're looking to simply marvel at the natural beauty of the Benagil sea cave and the surrounding area, a tour taking in the entire cave circuit on the Benagil coast is for you. Relax in the boat and soak up the rays as your skipper takes you from cave to cave from Portimão.

If you want all the relaxation with the option of a refreshing swim, try the Benagil Cave tour with a stop at Praia da Marinha.

Looking for something a little more active? Kayaking and standup paddleboarding are hugely popular ways to get to Benagil Cave and have a look around.

Benagil Cave is located in the Algarve, around two and a half hours from Lisbon. You'll find this incredible natural wonder in Lagoa, around 200 meters from Benagil Beach. With its open ceiling drawing in cascades of light, Benagil Cave tours are one of the most popular things to do in the Algarve.

If you're not staying in the Algarve but still want to make a trip to Benagil Cave, it's possible. The best option is to drive, a journey that takes around 2.5 hours from the capital. Traveling by public transport is an option, but you'd be advised to stay a night or two due to the long travel time.

Paddleboarding (supping) and kayaking at Benagil Cave are incredibly popular, giving visitors free time to explore the cave and surrounding cliffs.

The standup paddleboard tour of the caves is a must while in the Algarve.

You'll be taken out on the water with an experienced guide, and not only will you get to splash around on a high-grade SUP board, but your host will also teach you about the area's aquatic life and local geology as you paddle.

Benagil Cave reviews

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Alicja,  United Kingdom United Kingdom
15 Feb 2024
Fantastic experience, very caring crew. Professional all the way from bookings to after experience. Highly recommend!!!
Full Caves Circuit to Benagil & Coastline
Veronica,  Australia Australia
26 Sep 2023
Great tour! Excellent way to see the cliffs and caves. Highly recommend. Great team of people working at the company providing professional service. We felt we were well looked after
Portimão to Benagil: Adrenaline Wave 90 minutes Cave Tour
Kathryn,  United States United States
27 Oct 2023
Excellent adventure and well worth the time and money. Our English speaking guide, Paolo, was knowledgeable, funny and engaging.
Full Caves Circuit to Benagil & Coastline

About: Benagil Cave

The Benagil Cave is a famous seaside cave in the Algarve, Lagoa, Portugal. It's been made particularly famous because of its striking hole in the roof, and you can only access it by sea.

The best way to visit this magical coastal spot is with one of the many Benagil Cave tours. Whether you want to relax and explore from the boat, kayak, or stand-up paddle your way around, there are plenty of tour options.

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