Testimonial: Beach and Caves in Benagil (Portugal, Algarve) – An unforgettable tour of the Algarve’s caves. Incredibly beautiful beaches.
Hello friends and guests of my page. Today I want to tell you about an extraordinary place on the southern coast of Portugal in the Algarve Benagil. I read a lot about this place, saw a lot of pictures and dreamed to be there.
We left the finca we were shooting in the Algarve early, around eight in the morning, and it was no accident. First of all, having read a lot of information about these places, I knew that in the summer season there are a lot of tourists and parking will be very problematic. And secondly, before we took the sea walk through the caves, we also wanted to take the route that leads through the cliffs.
It’s only 33km and a half hour drive from Finca to Benagil.
The roads in Portugal are not the best, but it depends on what you compare it to. I compare it to Spain.
In this picture to the left is the national road N 125 in Portugal, and to the right is the Spanish national road (the roads are free).
The toll roads are a little better. Above is the Portuguese A22, and below is the Spanish one.
Once there, we easily parked the car and walked down to the beach. At this time there was nobody on the beach except the fishermen. After talking to the fishermen we learned that the ticket office for the boat excursions opens at 10:00.
We had an hour and a half to spare and went on the itinerary. The route goes from the top, over the cliffs, with a great view of the ocean and coastline.
The main goal of our route was to see the famous Algar de Benagil Cave from above.
And here we finally reached it. The sight, of course, is amazing. Inside it there is a small beach, and at the top there is a huge hole that lets the sun’s rays through.
Then we went further along the route. What a beautiful scenery opens up, it is impossible to take your eyes away!
We walked about one and a half or two kilometers, and came to the beach Marinha, only from above.
The views here are of course chic.
On the way back, we again came to the cave. At this time, the sun had already penetrated inside and illuminated the beach with golden sand.
I was standing on top, on the edge of this huge “hole”, while below, on the beautiful wild beach, stood some guys and shouted something to me, waved their hands…
By ten o’clock we were back at Benagil beach. If just an hour and a half ago there was no one here except the fishermen, at 10 o’clock there were already quite a lot of people.
At the booking office we were offered two options. The first is more economical, renting a single or double kayak, and the second – an excursion by motorboat through the caves, which are about twenty. Of course, there is also a third option, generally free. You can swim to the cave with a hole, which is located near the beach. But this I do not advise you to do, because the ocean is unpredictable, and besides a lot of motor boats, which are floating back and forth at speed, creating waves that can easily roll back and hit the cliff. And it’s impossible to see all the caves by swimming.
We bought tickets for a motorboat. They leave every half hour. Since when we got to the beach, there were already a lot of tickets sold before us, we had to wait our turn for a whole hour.
Prices range from 17 to 25 euros, depending on whether you want to visit only the caves, or also stay at nearby beaches.
One tip. Before you buy your ticket, find out if the boat makes a stop at the cave “with a hole”, the fact is that some boats pass it by.
So, we finally waited our turn, got our life jackets on, and we, on a motorboat, sailed along the coast with a breeze. Oh my God, it’s so beautiful here! (I apologize for the fuzzy photos, but it’s not very easy to take pictures on a motorboat flying through the waves).
We paddled into caves, they are all so different, not like each other.
This cave got a little creepy for me. It’s dark inside, and on top is a skull with glowing eyes, a nose. I can’t believe what nature is doing!
And this cave has a heart-shaped hole at the top…
And so we finally arrived at the famous Algar de Benagil cave.
The boat came ashore, they dropped us off and gave us 15-20 minutes to walk around.
Only two hours ago I was standing up there, and now I’m already down there, and the guys above are waving to us.
The cave is extraordinary beautiful. The sun’s rays are coming through the hole and they’re lighting up the golden sand.
Yes, by the way, I forgot to tell you, it is best to take a tour before noon, otherwise the sun goes, and the cave is dark and not so beautiful.
And here is the same beach Marinha, but from the sea side.
Well, what can I say, we liked the tour of the caves very much.
After swimming to the shore, we got in the car and drove to the neighboring beach Marinha.
The view from above is amazing. A few hours earlier, my husband and I had been climbing up those rocks over there.
Down the stairs we found ourselves on the beach. God, it’s beautiful here!
Orange rocks, golden sand, azure ocean and blue sky! It was a dream!
This beach is one of the ten best beaches in Europe and one hundred best beaches in the world.
We were in September. The ocean water was not cold, but it was not warm either. Especially to swim and enjoy it did not work, but refresh the very thing.
In conclusion, I want to say that I recommend these places 100%! Unusual beauty!
Cave Benagil in the Algarve
Nature has created many beautiful places on our planet. One of the most impressive is the Benagil Cave, carved by waves and wind for centuries. Every day, hundreds of tourists come to see this attraction firsthand.
Why visit Benagil Cave
Portugal is famous not only for great beach vacations, but also for its rich nature. If you travel to the south of the country, you will be delighted by the incredible views and amazing places. The Benagil Sea Cave of the Algarve region is rightly considered a most interesting tourist attraction. The grotto, carved in the golden rocks that frame the coast, hides under its vaults a “secret beach” – a picturesque bay with fine sand and clear water. It’s hard to imagine that no man had anything to do with the creation of this masterpiece, it’s a creation of nature.
Most eloquent are the words of travelers who saw it with their own eyes:
“Magnificent place! Of heavenly beauty!”
“One of the most beautiful places in the south of Portugal. Its surroundings can be viewed for hours.”
“It’s a symbol of the Algarve! I took my breath away as I took a boat ride admiring such a natural masterpiece! Fantastic!”
“An amazing place. Pictures don’t convey its grandeur.”
Where is it located and how to get there
This natural wonder is located about 300 meters from the beach of the same name. Despite its apparent accessibility, it is forbidden to swim there because of the strong currents and underwater rocks. Sometimes the police are on duty here, suppressing attempts of daredevils to break this rule. The best solution – a boat trip to the cave on a boat or a boat. This is a very popular excursion in the Algarve and southern Portugal in general.
You can buy such a tour at the Albufeira marina in the Algarve, or online at a travel agent’s website. Boats leave every half hour, but because there are so many people who want to go, there is often a line. Along the way, you will admire the beauty of the golden cliffs on the ocean side and the picturesque scenery of the coast. The beaches in the cliff grottoes are only accessible from the water; they cannot be reached by land. The boat sails close enough for tourists to admire these incredible creations of nature.
The main point of the tour is the cave Benagil with a spherical vault, which is called the Cathedral. As a rule, tourists do not visit the grotto itself.
To stop at the secret beach under the vaults of rocks, book a private tour, rent a boat or kayak. You can spend here as much time as you want. The secret beach is small, but if you are lucky – there will not be many tourists, and you will enjoy a great vacation and swimming in the clearest sea water. Thanks to the large hole in the vault of the rock, it is very sunny, you can sunbathe, and the vaults create shade, saving you from the scorching rays of the sun.
Whichever way you choose to experience this natural wonder, this trip will be a highlight of your holiday in Portugal.
How much does it cost?
The duration of a group tour from the beach to the Benagil Cave is 2-2.5 hours. The cost will be 25-35 euros per person. Such tours include:
- a cruise to the cave;
- A tour of the grottoes nearby;
- boat trip with an opportunity to see dolphins in their natural environment;
- Accompanied by a professional guide, who tells interesting facts.
You can buy tours online here:
In and Around Benagil
If it is forbidden to reach the grottoes and the secret beach by swimming, it is quite real to see from above. You can walk up to the opening of the Benagil Cave vault. The views are spectacular: you can see the secret beach below you from a height of about 50 meters – the water will seem azure, the sand is especially golden, and around you will open a magnificent panorama of the coast.
It is worth a walk in the surrounding area, admiring the scenery. Not far from here is Marinha beach, one of the top ten beaches in Europe, surrounded by cliffs, and the village of Benagil. Fishermen are found along the coast. The scenery of the area is mesmerizing.
“How many times I visit this cave, it always feels different. I am sure it is alive, it picks up the fine strings of my soul and mood.” – This succinct statement of a tourist leaves no doubt: the Benagil Cave is worth a visit.