Described by many as the most fascinating place in the Algarve the Cave of Benagil (Algar de Benagil) is a natural site that came into being thousands of years ago thanks to the force of water that has carved through the sandstone cliff for millennia creating a striking cave.
The peculiarities, however, do not end there because at the top of the Cave there is a circular opening that makes the atmosphere inside truly magical.
Benagil Cave is located about 150 meters from the beach in Benagil, a small and quiet fishing village. For years, Ocean water has eroded this sandstone cliff to create a beautiful cave that holds a small beach inside. The sandy shore stretching inside the Cave is about 100 meters long and is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
A detail that makes this site even more unique is the circular opening on the top of the Cave that looks like a dome from which the sun’s rays enter, making beautiful plays of light with the water inside. Once in there, one cannot help but be amazed since one is between the blue of the sky and the blue of the ocean.
Benagil Cave can be reached by boat, by swimming from Benagil Beach or through other means. As a first step, it is important to know that to reach the Cave by swimming, one must be a trained and experienced swimmer because of the high tide and the strength of the currents.
Those who want to reach the Cave by boat, on the other hand, can use tours that take place in small boats that leave from the town of Benagil but also from Armação de Pêra, Marina de Lagoa, Albufeira and Portimão. An alternative to the boat may be to rent a kayak or to reach the cave by SUP.
The best-selling tours to Benagil depart from the cities of Portimao or Albuferia: choose the one most convenient for you. Book online before you leave considering that it is one of the most visited attractions in all of Portugal.
Alternatively, choose a tour or guided tour from the following: by speedboat, catamaran or even kayaka, surely there is one for you!
Benagil Cave is located 150 meters from the beach in Benagil, a fishing village in the municipality of Lagoa located between the coastal towns of Carvoeiro and Armação de Pêra. This location is about 60 km from the town of Faro and 270 km from Lisbon.