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How to Visit the Benagil Caves | Portugal

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Good Morning Loves. How are you all on this Sunday afternoon? I got soo many messages and comments about my recent Instagram post of our visit to Bengali Caves. It was also reposted on some of the Portugal Tourism boards which promote areas of Portugal and particularly the Algarve area. I was pretty shocked to wake up to a combined total of over 6000 likes on the photo and stream of messages. I have had a lot of people asking me how we managed to visit the cave on our own and without lots of tourists. So, I thought it would only be fair to share some tips on how to get there, what you can do, and how to enjoy this beautiful Sea cave in its true beauty. Benagil is a small fishing village on the south coast of the Algarve. It is mainly famous for the Algar de Benagil Caves, the surrounding beaches and coastal walks along the Atlantic ocean. There is so much to explore by climbing the caves from up above or to simply relax at one of the stunning beaches during your visit. Benagil cave is located next to Praia de Benagil (Benagil Beach), between Portimao, Albufeira, and Lagoa. 

Options of getting to the Cave

Swimming to the Caves | Price – Free
The best time to swim in the caves is between 7am10am before the boat tours start arriving. ( You cannot swim to the caves after this time due to safety reasons). Please check with the locals before doing so and view the red & green traffic system on the beach for safety). I would only recommend this if you are a strong sea swimmer as the currents are extremely strong, although the swim is only 100 meters long.

Stand up Paddle Board (SUP)| Price – 30 Euro Per Person
We rented these from the main beach at Praia de Benagil. You can rent the boards and paddle for 30 Euros at a duration of 1 hour. Josh and I shared a double paddle board for half the price ( 30 Euros for 2 persons). We also took a dry bag to store our DSLR and to be able to get the photography shots

Boat Trips | Prices – Various Per Location
You can board boats directly from Praia de Benagil. The trips are very popular during the summer months and you may find yourself waiting for a very long time or at worst boats being sold out. ( Please arrive early or book online to avoid disappointment). As a second option, you are able to board boats using a variety of different boat companies from at the following locations. Armação de Pêra, Lago and Carvoeiro. This would make it easier and to avoid disappointment.

Viewing the cave from above | Price – Free

If you are someone who is tight on a budget and unable to swim directly to the cave, the next best option is to view the caves from up above. You can explore the area on foot by climbing the rocks above Bengali caves and view directly down into the hole. This gives you more of an advantage as you can explore the coastal paths and view other small caves on Route. As well as this you can discover hidden beaches and have views of the Atlantic ocean.

Tip – It’s also a great place to watch the sunset.

If any of you have any further question please don’t hesitate to write them in the comments below and I’ll try to help.

Speak Soon Love, K xxx

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