Benagil Cave

Private & Custom Experiences

Want to visit the Benagil cave? Discover the best things to do on your trip to the Algarve. Top tours, travel tips and verified reviews!

Showing 1-8 from 21 tours

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. 

Explore the Benagil cave with us! Check out all the experiences offered in the region and choose your favorite!

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

★★★★★
"Highly recommend! Our skippers were very entertaining and informative. Definitely worth spending extra for the private boat. They took us in and around all the caves and beautiful beaches and let us stop to take pictures and swim. If you're after a boat tour, this is the company to book with!"
★★★★★
"Amazing tour to visit beautiful caves with fun and that I really recommend."
★★★★★
"Magnifique super en balade privée même où faire une baignade à refaire vraiment très sympathique équipage"
★★★★★
"Uma hora e meia que mostra mais uma das belezas do nosso país! O passeio de barco vale muito apena e os guias são muito prestáveis e simpáticos. Tivemos a oportunidade de dar um mergulho perto das grutas."
★★★★★
"We hadden een ochtend- privé toer geboekt .(250€ voor 6 personen .. De corona maatregelen werden goed opgevolgd. We zijn om half 9 vertrokken zodat het niet te warm zou zijn. Onze gidsen Mauro & Andrea hebben ons een super tijd bezorgd. Het is zeker een aanrader om dit te doen. Bang om zeeziek te zijn? Wij zijn daar ook geen helden in, daarom de toer genomen van 1u15 min. en dat was perfect. De grotten moet je sowieso zien als je hier bent, we hebben leuke stand-locaties ontdekt dankzij deze gidsen die we zeker nog verder gaan ontdekken in de volgende weken. Doen zou ik zeggen!"
★★★★★
"We took a private boat tour and had a wonderful morning. Luis was our guide and was informative, friendly and funny. Mamno was our captain and did a masterful job maneuvering in the caves. It was just the four of us on a nice boat exploring the Benagil Caves literally by ourselves. We could not have had a better time. We did go on the 0900 tour because the winds can increase in the afternoon. Discovery Algarve was accommodating, accessible and no difficulties communicating. Highly recommend this company and this tour"

Didn't find what you are looking for?

We are here to help you with anything related to your tours!