Algar Seco

Algar Seco: Our most recommended tours and activities

Portimão: Pirate Ship Cave Cruise

1. Portimão: Pirate Ship Cave Cruise

Feel like a pirate sailing the Atlantic on this unique cruise from Portimão that combines adventure and relaxation. Visit famous sites like the lighthouse of Alfanzina and the Benagil Cave. Swim in crystalline water, and walk the plank like a real pirate.  After boarding, begin by receiving a full briefing on your safety and comfort for your cruise. From there, hit the open water and navigate the coast off of Rio Arade, the village of Ferragudo, medieval castles, and the Atlantic Ocean. Cruising east, pass Carvoeiro, which contains the famous rock formation of Algar Seco. Arriving to the lighthouse of Alfanzina, transfer to a small boat to visit the inside of the local caves which run from the lighthouse to Marinha Beach. These caves include the famous cathedral cave of Benagil. Returning to the boat, take a dip to swim in the enticing crystal clear water which surrounds you. On your return journey, be on the lookout for dolphins, which are regularly spotted in this area.

From Carvoeiro: Benagil Caves and Praia da Marinha Boat Trip

2. From Carvoeiro: Benagil Caves and Praia da Marinha Boat Trip

Explore the stunning Benagil Caves on this boat tour from Carvoeiro. Cruise into the Algar de Benagil cave and breeze by the Arches of Praia da Marinha. Go for a dip in the sea at a scenic location, when conditions are safe.  Check-in at the activity provider's ticket booth on Carvoeiro beach. Put on a life jacket and follow your guide to the boat. Hop aboard the small but comfortable boat and set off along the coast. Pass by towering cliffs, hidden coves, and long stretches of beach with golden sand. Take in views of the Algar Seco cave and the white sand beaches of Vale Covo and Praia do Carvalho. Capture pictures as you glide by the 63-meter tall Farol de Alfanzina lighthouse. See a cave which got its name from a sunken steamboat.  Enter the famed Algar de Benagil cave and have time to snap some more pictures before skirting by breathtaking caves and rock formations on your way towards the unique landscape of the Arches of Praia da Marinha which is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in Europe. Cool off on a swim stop, when sea and weather conditions are right at a safe location outside caves in turquoise waters. Return to your meeting point at the end of your tour. 

From Olhão: Seven Hanging Valleys Guided Walking Trip

3. From Olhão: Seven Hanging Valleys Guided Walking Trip

Dive deep into the breathtaking Seven Hanging Valleys hiking trail. Make the most of your time in the Algarve region with this convenient guided tour with a transfer from Olhao. Come across stunning cliffs and caves, admire panoramic ocean views, and taste local products. Get picked up from a meeting point in Olhao and drive over to the caves of Algar Seco. Gaze at the striking series of rocks and steep caves, then begin your walking adventure. Allow your guide to point out the highlights of the trail, including majestic cliffs, caves, and beaches. Admire the renowned Benagil Cave along the way, and stay on the lookout for seabirds and dolphins. Finish your journey at the vibrant Praia da Marinha. Unwind as you taste delicious Portuguese specialties, then enjoy a ride back to Olhao.

Benagil & Coastline on Eco-Friendly Catamaran

4. Benagil & Coastline on Eco-Friendly Catamaran

Enjoy nature, with zero emissions, in a quiet and relaxing environment, without polluting the ocean. This luxurious and comfortable catamaran is the best choice if you want to visit the Benagil Caves with all the comfort and unique amenities such as an on-board Bar, WC, Lounge Seatings and Deck, swim stop, and music aboard that will defintely make your experience even more fun and special. All this, with the big extra of being a sustainable tourist, leaving no pollution on the ocean waters and atmosphere. Depart from Portimão Marina and sail for 3 hours along the costline, until Praia da Marinha. Pass by Carvoeiro and Benagil and enter the famous and surprising Benagil and Smugglers Caves along the way, with an unforgettable and relaxing scenery. On the way, you will see an unique perspective of Algarve’s Coastline, wonderful picturesque beaches, amazing rock formations, breathtaking caves and, of course, the world famous Benagil Cave. If the weather is hot, stop to cool off with a dip. Don't forget your towel and bathing suit. If it’s cold or any passenger wants to stop, take the chance to sail further and experience more amazing views. Gain access to all information about points of interest with the provider's Sun Boat app. Don’t forget your camera to take beautiful pictures at the coastal scenery along the way.

Portimão: Guided Coastal Caves Tour by Boat

5. Portimão: Guided Coastal Caves Tour by Boat

See the coast of Portugal from the water as you glide along the ocean with your crew onboard your tour boat. Discover how the water leads into crevices along the coast that have been carved into caves over centuries of weather and water erosion. Take a swim at one of the 15 beautiful cave stops along the tour. Before you dive in, learn about the history of the shoreline, the caves, and Portugal from your guide on board the tour boat. Take in the sun and the sea and move with the water as you learn more about Portugal’s Algarve coastline. The tour will go to beaches along the coast – from Portimão, Ferragudo, to Estombar, Carvoeiro, and finally to Benagil Beach.

From Portimão: Benagil Boat Tour with Local Guide

6. From Portimão: Benagil Boat Tour with Local Guide

Departing from Marina de Portimão, your guide will take you on this 2-hour cruise to the world-famous Jurassic caves and rock formations of the Algar de Benagil and Carvoeiro. On the way, take in views of the amazing beach of Praia da Rocha, followed by the Ponta do Altar Lighthouse, Carvoeiro village, Algar Seco, and the Alfazina Lighthouse. Cruise along before arriving at the journey's highlight, the Algar de Benagil. Stop here for some time to take photos and admire the hidden beach of this magical and ancient cave. Head then towards Praia da Marinha, one of the most beautiful beaches in Europe. Relax while sailing along the coast on the way back to the marina in Portimão. Prepare to be amazed as you pass magnificent scenery and all your favorite spots on the way there.

Algarve: Landscapes, Pottery, and Winery Tour

7. Algarve: Landscapes, Pottery, and Winery Tour

Much of the charm of Algarve, Portugal, resides in its ability to provide top-class tourist facilities while retaining its own identity that’s easily visible in the traditional villages and activities of the area. Explore the region’s villages with a guide and stop at a pottery shop and winery. Visit Porches Pottery, home of original ceramic art. Learn how many of the traditional methods of pottery production are still used here today. See artisans making and painting pottery by hand. Then, visit the fishing village of Benagil that’s perched above the Atlantic. See the village’s tiny but picturesque beach and hear uninterrupted sounds of the Atlantic. Heading towards the resort of Carvoeiro, stop at Algar Seco where you can see mesmerizing caves and grottoes carved from the coastline over the centuries. Later, take a stroll through the village of Ferragudo along the cobbled streets and down to the small harbor. Before finishing the tour, stop at a winery and enjoy a tour and tasting of the wines produced in this region.

From Portimao: Benagil Cave and Marinha Beach Boat Tour

8. From Portimao: Benagil Cave and Marinha Beach Boat Tour

Discover the beautiful coastline of the Algarve on a boat cruise from Portimao. Admire the views of rock formations as well as the beaches of Marinha, La Rocha, and Carvalho, with a stop for swimming during the tour. Start the tour from Clube Naval de Portimao located by the Arade River. Pass by the quaint fishing village of Ferragudo, St John´s Fortress situated by the river, the Marina of Portimao, and La Rocha Beach. Next, sail by the various rock formations, hidden beaches, and mysterious caves that dot the coastline between the city of Portimao and beautiful Praia da Marinha. Admire the sights of Carvalho Beach, Canairos Beach, Paradise Beach, and Carvoeiro village. Spot the rock formations of Algar Seco such as the Cathedral Cave, Cave of the Smugglers, Monster Cave, Cave of the Heart, Turtle Cave, and many more. Arrive at the famous Benagil Cave which you can snap photos from different perspectives from the boat. Afterwards head to Praia da Marinha (Navy Beach) and make a stop for swimming in the bay. Afterwards, speed along the coastline back to Portimao.

Algarve: Benagil Cave Boat Tour and Algarseco Coastal Walk

9. Algarve: Benagil Cave Boat Tour and Algarseco Coastal Walk

The adventure begins with pickup from your accommodation in Lagos, Praia da Luz, or Meia Praia and heads to Carvoeiro Beach. Hop onboard a traditional style boat and set sail along the coastline towards Benagil Cave. Soak up the wonders of this fascinating location and snap photos for your holiday album. Next, visit the picturesque Marinha Beach as well as other scenic cliffs and caves. Back on dry land, enjoy a leisurely stroll along the Algarseco boardwalk, which boasts stunning views across the coastline. Along the way, admire the natural pools that form in the holes of the cliffs and fill with water during high tide. At the end of the boardwalk, visit a grotto famous for its two arches which act as a window to the sea.

Algarve: Carvoerio and Benagil Walking Tour and Cruise

10. Algarve: Carvoerio and Benagil Walking Tour and Cruise

Discover the Algarve off the beaten path on this day hike and cruise. Follow your licensed guide along one of the best hiking trails in Europe — voted so by European Best Destinations. Sit back and relax on a cruise of the coast and grottoes. Enjoy the Algarve´s natural landscapes as you explore the Carvoeiro area on foot, learning about your surroundings rp, your experienced guide. Hike along at a moderate pace, and then hop on a cruise to visit the grottoes of the Algarve. Depart from Ferragudo and head east past secluded beaches and coastal greenery. As you make your way towards Algar Seco and Benagil, visit different grottoes and marvel at the unique rock formations. Refuel along the way with a tasty snack.

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What people are saying about Algar Seco

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based on 827 reviews

We had the most amazing day ever. It was a dream come through for us. The crew onboard were amazing and so nice and friendly. I genuinely cannot recommend this once in a lifetime experience enough. Thank you to everyone one of the crew and especially the wonderful captain for giving us an absolutely amazing lifelong memory.

Our tour with Tony was amazing! He was extremely accomodating with our pick-up and drop-off and showed us some amazing sights on the Benagil caves tour. Would absolutely recommend his tours!

Thoroughly enjoyed the walk. Knowledge and enthusiasm of guide was excellent and made this an enjoyable trip. Would certainly recommend to others.

The catamaran was very comfortable, it was a beautiful day and the tour guide was informative.

Great experience. Excellent music. Nice selection of drinks from the bar.