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Benagil Cave Boat Trip and Lagos Beaches

January 16, 2018

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Best Algarve Beaches - Benagil Cave Boat Trip

Best Algarve Beaches - Benagil Cave Boat Trip

Best Algarve Beaches - Benagil Cave Boat TripBest Algarve Beaches - Benagil Cave Boat Trip

Benagil Cave Boat Tour

I knew as soon as I booked our trip to the Algarve, that we had to take a boat trip to Benagil Cave. I mean, it is one of the most famous caves in the Algarve with such interesting rock formations and a little beach hidden away inside. You can swim to the cave, but it’s recommended only in summer and for strong swimmers (and after seeing how far it was from the beach, I wouldn’t do it). You can also book onto kayak tours which sounds like so much fun, but we just didn’t have the time (or weather in the end) for that.

We spent ages deliberating on which one to go on, as there’s so many options – catamaran, small boats, inflatable speed boats, and so many different companies offering different things. We booked it the evening before the trip, so our choice was a little limited, but we settled for this one in the end via GetYourGuide.

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Benagil Cave, Algarve Beaches

Benagil Cave, Algarve Beaches

It was so much fun! I love those little inflatable speed boats (we went on one on our Dubai trip)! We started the tour by meeting at the port in Portimao, then taking a slow boat trip along the coast, popping in and out of caves, through rock formations and staring at stunning beaches. It’s crazy to think how busy those beaches get in the summer months – our guide said that he wouldn’t come in the summer as everyone is packed on the beaches like sardines, with no personal space and pick-pocketing is rife.

I was actually pretty disappointed with my photos from the boat trip! It was just *so* sunny, the colour of the rocks against the sea and the bright sunshine and the rocking boat made it so hard to get decent photos, and most of these are actually from my phone, as they came out better! I feel like I took SO many photos of the trip, but barely ended up with any. It was such a good experience though, and I definitely recommend a Benagil Cave boat trip if you’re visiting the Algarve – and you see way more than just Benagil Cave!

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Ponta da Piedade, Algarve

Ponta da Piedade, Algarve

Ponta da Piedade Beach

As the Algarve is known for it’s stunning beaches and amazing rock formations, we spent the afternoon exploring some of the beaches around Lagos. This is why I love visiting in the off season – it was dead! We barely saw anyone around the whole day and the weather was actually amazing. I mean, fair enough, you couldn’t exactly go swimming as it was only 15c, but it was sunny, and it felt a lot warmer than the snow back in England!

Ponta da Piedade is one of the most famous places in the Algarve to see the amazing rock formations that are up to 20 meters high! You can even take a boat trip around the area which takes you into some of the grottos, though we were all boat tripped out for the day. There’s a car park right at the top of the cliffs, and in the summer, a restaurant too, so it’s really easy to get to. It’s just a short walk down about 100 stairs and you’re at the bottom of the cliffs.

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Camilo Beach

We walked back up the cliffs after taking a few photos, then took a short walk along the top of the cliffs. It looks like you used to be able to walk all the way along the cliffs edge to an arch formation, but the path that was there had crumbled and it looked a bit precarious that we decided to skip that section, though some guys had braved it! I was terrified just looking at them!

After our little wander, we hopped in the car and drove 5 minutes down the road to the next beach – Camilo Beach. It had a whole load more steps to trek down much to my excitement (I almost died going back up), but it was SO stunning and definitely worth the near death experience (I’m so unfit ok). There’s not much down there at all, but there is a secret little tunnel through the rocks to the left hand side that takes you to another beach! Yay for beaches! Seriously, there’s SO many!

There’s SO many beaches that we never got to tick off my list, but there’s always next time!

Have you been to the Algarve before? Aren’t the beaches just stunning?!


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  • Reply
    Gemma Evans
    January 17, 2018 at 10:41 pm

    I think your photos came out really well. It’s tricky because you want to enjoy the trip but you also want a record of where you’ve been — I probably spend too much time taking photos on holiday. Those caves look like a good place to hang out on a hot day with a picnic 🙂

  • Reply
    Emma Hart
    February 5, 2018 at 9:59 pm

    This is in winter? Oh my goodness, it looks stunning. I didn’t even know you could get flights out to the Algarve at that time of year. I’ll definitely be looking for flights later on in the year!

    • Reply
      February 6, 2018 at 7:01 am

      Yeah! Me either, but I was looking for somewhere to go for a last little bit of sunshine before Christmas and Faro kept popping up with super cheap flights and it was on my bucket list for this year! It was absolutely stunning, and I definitely recommend going out of season as the beaches were deserted, but it was still around 15c while we were there (in comparison to the snow back in the UK hah) and there was plenty to do!
      xo April

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    March 5, 2018 at 5:20 pm

    Wow, this looks so incredible. Lagos was already on my travel bucket list but now more than ever!! Such a good idea going out of season so it’s not crowded you seem to have gotten a really good sense of how it is naturally.

    • Reply
      March 5, 2018 at 9:21 pm

      Yes! Portugal is definitely one of my favourite countries in Europe, and it’s so great for short breaks too! I honestly don’t think I’d like to visit the Algarve during the summer months as I’ve heard the beaches get so so crowded! I hope you get to tick it off your bucket list soon!
      xo April

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