Benagil Cave

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Have you ever been to Benagil Cave?

If you are planning to travel to the Algarve coast, you must visit the Benagil cave!

This natural wonder is breathtaking for anyone, and it will make you wonder how the Benagil cave managed to remain a secret for Algarvian fishermen for so many years.

The Benagil cave, also known by the locals as the Cathedral, is a small demonstration of the strength of the waves that regularly hit the rocky coast of southern Portugal. 

It is only accessible by water and has a lovely beach inside. In there there is also a smaller part of the cave, that locals call the Chapel.

Exploring the caves of Benagil
One of the best activities to do in the region is to explore the rock formations of the Algarve coast. Besides the Benagil cave, there are other amazing sea caves nearby. Our favorites are the Captain cave, the Love cave and the Thief cave.

To discover all of these secrets, the best choice is to join a local guide who can take you to them safely. It is very important to know the region, the weather and the waves before jumping on such adventures. 

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5 Things You Gotta Know About The Benagil Cave

1 - A giant cave sculpted by the sea

The Benagil cave, like many other grottos in the Algarve coast, was naturally sculpted by the waves across the years. The golden rocky cliffs of southern Portugal hold many hidden grottos and beaches.

2 - It is located near the Benagil village

In the middle of the Algarve, a 30-minute distance from Portimão in the west and Albufeira to the east, lies a charming village called Benagil. For years the local fishermen ignored the great cave.

3 - You can only get in there from the ocean

Besides being stunning, the Benagil cave is only accessible from the water. To get there you must take a boat, a kayak or a SUP board, preferentially with a guide. Swimming is not recommended.

4 - The Benagil cave has an open top, it is an Algar

The portuguese word for a sea cave with a hole on the top is Algar. Along the Algarve coast you can find lots of other Algars, but the Benagil Algar is the biggest and most impressive one.

5 - You can walk on top of the cave from land

Hiking enthusiasts will be happy to know there is a way to walk amongst nature to see the hole on the top of the cave. You can walk on the cliff next to the Benagil beach until you reach the hole. Be careful!

Frequently Asked Questions

Access by sea and to get there you can use a kayak, Stand-Up-Paddle or boat. Attention: it is not allowed to stop with the boat inside the cave, if you want to enter the cave, you must do it with kayak or SUP or similar. For your safety, it is not recommended to try to swim to the cave.

Yes, the Benagil cave is located in the southern region of Portugal, Algarve, about 2h40min drive from Lisbon. It is possible to go from Lisbon to the Algarve, visit the Benagil cave and return the same day, but it is a long journey.

The Benagil cave is one of several sea caves on the Algarve coast, located 30 minutes by car from Albufeira, next to a small village called Benagil. It was naturally excavated over the years due to the force of the waves against the rock formations of the coast.

The best time to visit the Benagil cave is in the early morning, until 9 am, to avoid the big crowds. After that the cave starts to fill up with travelers and is not as enjoyable. At the end of the day it is also empty but the sea starts to get dangerous, so consult a local guide for your safety.

Public transportation can be a challenge for travelers, and during the summer buses are rare and trains are your best options. To get to the Benagil cave by train, you must go to the train station of Estômbar. From there, the best choice is to call an Uber or Taxi to take you to the Benagil beach. This really is the cheapest option to get there.

The best way to visit the Benagil cave with children is on a boat tour. It’s safe, fun and informative, and does not require a lot of effort.

No, it is not permitted to anchor or stop any boat inside the Benagil cave. Boat tours can take you for sightseeing, but you cannot get off the boat of anchor it to have some fun inside the Benagil cave.

What People Are Saying

★★★★★
"Bruno and Carlos were very good skippers. We saw a lot of caves and made many pictures of them. "
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"This boat tour was one of the highlights in my entire life! The coastline of the Algarve is so beautiful. I didnt expect to see dolphins but we saw them directly in front of our boat. It was very peaceful which was the most important thing for me. I think the dolphins flirted with us and did tricks;) I cried with joy afterwards and save this memory as a very special one :) This tour is a must when you travel to the Algarve "
★★★★★
"The boat and kayak tour was such an amazing experience. The crew was excellent, explained to everyone how to ride a kayak, and were always concerned with the participants. In addition to taking us to see countless caves, they also told stories about them. I I highly recommend this tour and I will definitely go back for more."
★★★★★
"Foi uma experiência ótima, tudo foi muito bem explicado pelo guia Egas a quem muito agradecemos. Na certa que quando a oportunidade surgir iremos repetir ;) "
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"The kayaking experience at Benagil was professional and fun from start to finish. Mike and Edgar gave us all the information we needed for a safe and enjoyable experience. The equipment was top notch. The guys were very knowledgeable about the local flora and fauna and showed some interesting local landmarks. Entering Benagil cave was a magical experience I will never forget. This was a first class trip and I highly recommend it. Philip Gaches"
★★★★★
"It was our first time experience. The team made us feel very safe and it was the best experience of our vacation. Also they have a very good sense of humor."

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