3 of the Best Albufeira Benagil Caves Tours

by Nicola Leigh Stewart  |  Published April 5, 2022

Famous around the world for their natural beauty, the Benagil Caves make a fantastic half or full day trip from Albufeira. Here are three excellent tours to help you discover them.

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Located between the towns of Carvoeiro and Armação de Pêra, the Benagil Caves are one of the most popular sites in Portugal’s southern Algarve region. The best way to see them is on a boat tour from Albufeira, which will take you on a picturesque journey along the coastline to explore the unique grottos and rock formations. Once inside the caves you’ll also have a chance to wander along the secret beaches and swim in the crystal clear waters for an unforgettable experience.

Albufeira: Benagil Caves & Dolphin Watching Speed Boat Tour

The Benagil Caves alone are worth a trip out on the water, but this tour from Albufeira to the famed rock formations will also give you the chance to spot dolphins in their natural habitat. After meeting at the check-in point, where you’ll benefit from priority boarding, you’ll set out on a cruise along the stunning Algarve coastline where your expert guide will point out famous sights and tell you more about the area. Once you reach the Benagil Caves you’ll be able to head inside, explore, and take photos. There will also be time to enjoy a relaxing swim before heading back to land, hopefully after spotting some playful jumping dolphins along the way. From €33.99 per person.

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From Albufeira: Benagil Hidden Caves Tour by Kayak or SUP

If you’re feeling active, then you can also explore the Benagil Caves in a kayak or on a SUP. This four-hour tour will start with a 40-minute boat ride from Albufeira Marina which will give you the chance to relax and take in the views before you get onto the water using a kayak or SUP. Your guide will lead you into the magnificent caves and caverns where you’ll have time to take photos before enjoying a relaxing swim. The tour is suitable for all levels, even beginners, and both single and double kayaks are available. From €42 per person.

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Benagil Full Day Cruise from Vilamoura by Catamaran

If you want to spend a full day out on the water, then book this seven-hour Catamaran cruise complete with lunch and drinks. Your tour will start with a relaxing trip along the coastline taking in sights such as old fishing villages and Praia da Coelha beach. Once you reach the Benagil Caves you’ll have two hours to explore the rock formations before continuing along the coast past Praia da Oura, Albufeira and Armação de Pêra where you’ll be able to spot the town’s church and fort. Your guide will also make sure there is time for a BBQ with a drink or two on a beautiful secluded beach. From €56 per person.

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