The Benagil sea cave is part of a system of caves that lines Portugal’s southern coast in the Algarve region. This most iconic cave is located just around the corner from a beach in the tiny town of Benagil. The cave has layers of sediment in the limestone that has built up over millions of years. The Benagil sea cave tour should be on top of your list of things to do in Algarve!
Benagil is a small fishing village, located on the south coast of Algarve, Portugal. The closest city is called Lagoa. The coastline of Algarve is known worldwide for its stunning marine caves and rock formations. The coast of Algarve is Portugal’s most popular holiday destination, drawing many Europeans looking to embrace the country’s summer sun.
How to get to Benagil Sea Cave in Algarve, Portugal?
To visit the caves on the Algarve coast, join a tour in one of the many larger towns including Carvoeiro, Albufeira, Lagos, Portimao and Faro. The tours usually last 30 minutes to one hour and cost about €17.50 per person. Another option is to rent a kayak, commonly the same companies that have the boat tours also rent this equipment. The average price is €20 for a 2 person kayak for 60 minutes.
Another alternative would be to swim your way to the cave. However, it is not the best option nor is it recommended for individuals who have less experience in swimming in the ocean. The water is cold here, so the best way to get used to it is by forcing yourself to completely submerge under the water.
These caves are best visited during low tide – some are even just a swim away from the beach (150 meters).