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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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

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"Very nice kayak experience, ,beautiful caves and a friendly and knowledgeable guide"
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"They are friendly and they take their time. Loved it!"
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"The staff were kind and very funny. very nice"
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"Went on the kayak tour at the weekend, it was very enjoyable however weather conditions werent ideal, the sea was very choppy which caused some level of motion / sea sickness but overall good experience. The guides are very friendly and are with you at all times during the tour, one in a kayak, one in a small boat, this is very settling for anyone who may be a little nervous. We didnt get to enter the Benagil cave in the kayaks due to the conditions of the water which was disappointing but that was soon forgotten about when we were brought to dolphin watch at the end of the tour, huge bonus points for this. The tour was four hours long, two of these hours are spent in the kayaks, and if the conditions are the same as they were for us, then I would recommend some level of fitness, I have none and found it challenging, but overall a good experience that I'd recommend. "
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"The team were brilliant from booking allowing you select either a kayak or sup to the time on the boat. Crew gave a safety briefing and a demo prior to getting in the water. Safety boat and guide in the water during the session. Really impressed with the way they ran the trip and their knowledge of the area was superb. A great company to go with if you’re a first time kayaker. Highly recommended. We had a fantastic time and free photos sent after the trip."
★★★★★
"verry good trip friendly staff. Nice and fun trip. Highlight visit of the most beautiful cave. definitely worth the money."

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