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Benagil beach and cave  Lagoa (Algarve), Faro

Benagil beach and cave

The small village of Benagil has a natural treasure: a magnificent cave, accessible only by sea.

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Bengali Beach and its cave

In the heart of the Algarve, in the south of Portugal, lies the small village of Benagil. Perched on a cliff, this former fishing village has become famous for an impressive cave that can only be reached by sea.

Benagil beach

The Algarve is famous for its beautiful golden beaches, often nestled in small coves between rocky cliffs. 

Benagil beach is easily accessible from the village of the same name. Located halfway between Portimão and Albufeira, it's easy to get there to enjoy a day out. If you want to stay for several days, there are hotels and holiday rentals in and around the village.

You will probably arrive at Benagil by car, in this case you will easily find a large car park, 300 metres from the beach. Avoid driving into the centre of the village as there is very little parking space.

The beach is not very large and is quickly overcrowded in summer. It is therefore advisable to arrive early, or to go out of season.

Leisure and restaurants

The village has a few restaurants open all year round, where you can easily find something to eat.

In terms of activities, you can rent a kayak or paddle boat right on the beach. Most visitors who choose this option go on to the Benagil cave by this means.

The Benagil cave, a natural treasure

The rocky cliffs of the Algarve hold many secrets, including caves. The Benagil cave has become famous for being particularly impressive.

You must have seen photos of this enormous cavity, carved out of the rock by nature. Its pierced ceiling lets in the sun's rays, making this place even more magical. Inside there is a large beach, a small secret paradise.

How do you get to the cave?

On foot

If you arrive from the Benagil car park, a path will take you directly to the cliffs above the cave. You can admire the cave through the hole in the ceiling, but you can't go down into it, as it is only accessible by sea.

The most interesting thing is of course to visit the cave from the inside, as this is the best way to appreciate all its beauty. There are several ways to get there, depending on your wishes and your budget.

By Boat

Excursions are available from the towns of Albufeira and Portimão or directly from Benagil, to take you by boat to the cave. Prices vary from €20 to €35 per person, depending on the length of the trip and any options you choose. The advantage of this type of excursion is that you can admire the coastline on the way. However, the price is still quite high and it is advisable to book in advance in high season. It is also worth noting that large boats cannot enter the cave, so do not hesitate to ask about the proposed route.

By kayak

Another option, just as nice, is to rent kayaks or paddles to get inside the cave. Several rental companies offer their services near Benagil beach. You can choose to go out on your own or take an organised trip to explore the cave and the surrounding area.

Kayaking is accessible to all, as Benagil cave is only 200 metres from the beach. You will have to go around the cliff to get inside. The advantage of this type of service is that you can stay longer in the cave. However, the prices are not necessarily better: if you choose to go on an excursion for several hours with a guide, you will have to pay about €30 per person, but only half that if you rent the equipment alone.


The last possibility to get to the cave is to swim. Be careful, this is not recommended due to the possible sea currents and the presence of many boats and kayaks at the entrance of the cave. It is therefore only recommended for experienced swimmers. If you do choose this option, stay far enough away from the rocks, go at low tide and be aware of the possible dangers.

This is of course the cheapest option, but you will find it difficult to take your belongings with you and enjoy the cave to the full (camera, beach towel, etc.).

Practical information

When to visit Benagil?

If you are looking for a unique and tranquil experience, you should not visit Benagil cave in the high season (July/August). The cave and the beach are crowded with tourists and quickly become a highway. 

The best time to visit is in late spring (May/June) or summer (September). This will allow you to take advantage of the Algarve's sunny weather, while being more relaxed. 

However, if your holiday is planned for the high season, don't miss out on this place, which is well worth a visit. Just try to get there early in the morning.

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