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Things to do in Algarve

This picturesque Portuguese coastal town offers up watersports, stunning caves, and a buzzing marina.

Our most recommended things to do in Algarve

Portimão: Benagil Sea Caves Speedboat Adventure Tour

1. Portimão: Benagil Sea Caves Speedboat Adventure Tour

Travel along the Algarve coastline and explore its beautiful caves on this speedboat adventure. Discover the beauty of the coast on a high-speed boat tour. Meet next to the ruins of the San Francisco Convent. Feel confident and prepared after a quick safety briefing with the crew members and grab your life jacket. Step onboard the brand new speedboat and get ready to explore the Algarve coastline. Admire breathtaking cliffs and discover the secret sandy beaches only accessible by boat as you zip across the water. Admire the natural beauty of the Benagil Sea Caves. This essential Algarve site was formed by natural erosion creating a huge sunlit cavern.

Portimão: Pirate Ship Cave Cruise

2. 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.

Albufeira: 2.5-Hour Caves & Dolphin Watching Boat Tour

3. Albufeira: 2.5-Hour Caves & Dolphin Watching Boat Tour

Look for dolphins and hidden caves on a half-day dolphin watching cruise of the Algarve from Albufeira. Bring your swimsuit and towel, as the activity includes a stop for a swim. Marvel at the rock formations, and access areas that other vessels can’t reach. A marine biologist will be on board to provide all necessary information about these wonderful creatures. Be aware that as dolphins are wild animals, sightings can not be guaranteed.

Portimão: Benagil Caves Speed Boat Tour with Sunset Option

4. Portimão: Benagil Caves Speed Boat Tour with Sunset Option

Meet your guide at the pier in Portimao and listen to a short safety briefing. Then, board the RIB speed boat to start the journey out to sea. On your way, the guide will tell you stories about the Arade River and the Algarve region. Admire views of the Fort of Santa Catarina, the Ferragudo castle, as well as a quaint fishing village along the coast. See many dramatic caves and cliffs as you travel along the coast. Keep a lookout, as dolphins can often be seen navigating the waters here. If they are spotted and are less than 3 miles away, the boat will head in their direction so you can get a closer look at these playful mammals. Then, head inside the famous Benagil Caves, which are only reachable by boat. Marvel at the naturally-formed holes at the top, which let the sunlight filter down to the sandy beach below in a beautiful display. Listen to the echoes and the sound of the wind and let yourself be moved by these impressive natural surroundings. On the way back to the marina, the boat will make a brief swimming stop with views of the beautiful beach at Corredoura. If you choose the sunset option, watch a spectacular sunset on the return journey. Finish off the day by admiring the vibrant colors on the horizon as the sun goes down.

Benagil: Benagil Caves Kayaking Experience

5. Benagil: Benagil Caves Kayaking Experience

Be at one with nature with this environmentally-friendly kayaking experience, and explore along the coast and inside several caves of Benagil.   Begin at Benagil beach, from where you will be run through an introduction on kayaking, and the safe management of your kayak once inside the caves. Afterward, kayak to the Golden Beach of Marinha. On the way, you will enter several small and big caves. On the return journey, take a 20-minute stop at the beach inside the Benagil Cave for some unforgettable pictures. Go inside several big and small caves near the Benagil Cave and learn from your guide about the formation, surrounding nature and natural life.

Albufeira: Benagil Caves & Dolphin Watching Speed Boat Tour

6. Albufeira: Benagil Caves & Dolphin Watching Speed Boat Tour

Enjoy a guided boat trip between Albufeira and Benagil Caves on a tour that combines nature and adventure. Discover the Algarve coastline's most iconic landscapes and keep your eyes open for playful dolphins on the way. Start your journey at the meeting point, where you will be welcomed by the crew. Skip the line at the check-in kiosk and benefit from a special welcome package. Have a coffee or some water at the coffee lounge while you wait to board the boat. After priority boarding, start your tour by cruising along the beautiful, 18km-long Algarve coastline. Listen to your knowledgeable guide and learn all about the sights you pass by. Feel the relaxing sea breeze and be amazed by the coastal view. Head inside the famous Benagil caves to admire this rock formation. Take amazing pictures of the caves and capture the light entering them. Spot São Rafael and Marinha beaches, among the most emblematic beaches in Portugal, famous for their cliffs and fine golden sand. Make a short swimming stop and immerse yourself in the crystal clear waters of the Algarve coast. During the tour, look for the dolphins on the way. If they are spotted, see them playing in their natural environment and take photos of them jumping in and out of the water.

Albufeira: 2.5-Hour Dolphin Watching and Benagil Cave

7. Albufeira: 2.5-Hour Dolphin Watching and Benagil Cave

Look for dolphins and other marine life off the coast of the Algarve on a 2.5-hour cruise by boat. Explore sea caves, including the Benagil Sea Cave, enjoy close ocean animal encounters, and swim next to beautiful beaches. Depart from the Marina de Albufeira and head towards Carvoeiro Beach enjoying the breathtaking landscapes, pleasant weather, and crystal-clear waters of Portugal's southern shore along the way. Marvel at the contrast of colors between the rocky cliffs and caves, the blue of the sea and the indigenous flora and fauna. Get a safety briefing to ensure you are comfortable once on board the boat, and enjoy the services of an experienced captain throughout the journey. Benefit from life jackets and raincoats to keep you safe and dry on the trip. Explore a selection of sea caves along the coast of the Algarve, looking for dolphins and other animals on your adventure. Enter the caves for up-close encounters, and swim next to beautiful beaches to make this an experience to remember for a lifetime.

From Lagos: 2-Hour Boat Trip to Benagil Caves

8. From Lagos: 2-Hour Boat Trip to Benagil Caves

Climb aboard a boat in the marina at Lagos, and then cruise along the beautiful coastline of the Algarve. You will visit the famous Benagil Caves while hearing a live commentary about the iconic rock formations.  Benefit from comfortable seats and the best safety facilities for a truly relaxed experience out on the water. Listen to the live onboard commentary from your local guide and get a better appreciation of the rock formations and the history of the area. Discover hideouts for pirates and sea stacks of incredible beauty. Every adventure is different, depending upon the tide and sea conditions, which will determine which caves and areas you can visit.

From Lagos: Boat Cruise to Ponta da Piedade

9. From Lagos: Boat Cruise to Ponta da Piedade

Witness the dramatic beauty of the Algarve on a cruise from Lagos. Hear coastal secrets from your guide, admire the towering rocks of Ponta da Piedade, and see idyllic beaches, including Camilo Beach. Choose between a small-group experience or a private experience. Set sail in comfort with cushioned seats as you depart Marina de Lagos. Make your way along the coast, passing pristine beaches, such as D. Ana Beach and Camilo Beach. Listen to insightful explanations about the sights from your guide. Take in the breathtaking views of the Barlavento region as you sail across the turquoise waters. Pass the beaches of Batata, Pinhão, and a nudist beach as you draw closer to the rock formations of Ponta da Piedade. Marvel at the towering arches and golden cliffs of Ponta da Piedade and discover the interesting meanings behind their given names, such as the "Kitchen" and "Living Room" from your guide. Then, head towards the small semi-circular beach of Barranco Martinho, between Canavial Beach and the Ponta da Piedade Lighthouse, characterized by a tall rock near the waterline. Finally, enjoy the scenic ride back to Marina de Lagos, where you will disembark at the end of the tour.

Lagos: Benagil Sea Cave Tour with a Local Guide

10. Lagos: Benagil Sea Cave Tour with a Local Guide

Take an unforgettable boat tour to the amazing giant sea caves at Benagil. Embark on a 1.5-hour guided cruise on board an inflatable RIB. Travel along the unique Algarve coastline discovering incredible scenery and breathtakingly beautiful natural rock formations. Admire the views of the amazing cliffs of the Algarvian coastline surrounded by stunning beaches.   When you arrive at the giant sea caves at Benagil, gaze in awe at their splendor. See for yourself why Algar de Benagil was recently considered one of the most beautiful caves in the world. At the end of your tour, you will return to Lagos.

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What people are saying about Algarve

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 45,442 reviews

The communication was perfect. The night before I was contacted by WA and all details were sent through it. Meeting point, photo with it, everything necessary to have a stress free preparation. When we arrived, a bit late, the skipper was waiting for us. His name is William, a great character with a lot of experience sailing the region. Every minute it was safe and although we booked 4 hours we were in total 5 hours on the journey. 3 islands, great info/food! I recommend these guys! Really local and good value!

My family including my teenage son had a fantastic time in the speed boat trip led by Mr.Petro and his crew. We were extremely lucky to see the beautiful Dolphins in the sea. The coastal lines and caves were also breathtaking. Definitely recommended.

Everything was well organised, one hour trip was just perfect, tour guide was very professional and funny, we went with one young child and a teenager, everyone happy, highly recommend. Thank you! *****

It was a pleasant trip showing the native culture and history of Algarve. The guide was knowledgeable about the local life and vegetation. Would recommend.

Our guides were very professional. The trip went smoothly without incident.