Benagil Cave is one of the most photographed places in the Algarve. From Instagram to Holiday brochures, this stunning location is one of the most snapped areas of the region.
After searching the internet for information on how to get there and if it was safe to do so I couldn’t find anything that was filling me with confidence. A lot of the guides on getting to the caves are misleading.
Bearing this in mind I decided to put together my own short guide on getting to the caves and what to expect from them.
Getting to the cave (Lagoa):
The caves are situated near the village of Benagil in the Lagoa region. (about a 50-minute drive from Faro and around 35 minutes from Albufeira).
If you don’t have a car or moped there are plenty of trips available to book online leaving from major towns. I’d highly recommend making your own way there if you want to get the best experience.
The caves are only accessible by sea (the closest beach is Benagil).
Parking and getting the to beach:
When you arrive in Benagil there is a large car park which is very well signposted (you can’t miss it) the car park is FREE, (there is no parking further down near the beach).
Once you arrive to use the map below to help you with everything you need to know in order to get to the caves:
I RECOMMEND THAT YOU ARRIVE EARLY AS THIS PLACE GETS SUPER BUSY WITH LOCALS AND TOURISTS ALIKE, ESPECIALLY IN HIGH SEASON AND AT WEEKENDS!
From the car park, there’s a small walk down the hill to the beach.
Once you get to the beach you’re all set!
Swimming to the cave
The cheapest and easiest option. Benagil cave is a 5/10 minute swim around the corner from the beach (roughly 200m).
If you have a Lilo or another inflatable hop on it and get kicking!
Check the conditions, if the current is too strong or you are a weak swimmer then consider the next option…
Kayak/ SUP Board
At the entrance to the beach and on your way down the hill you will find stands offering kayak and Paddleboard hire. We hired a paddleboard from the one further up the hill as they offered free life jackets and waterproof bags for our cameras and equipment! Grab your GoPro and get on your way!
The cost is €30 for 1 hour and 15 minutes which is reasonable. (The Paddleboards are super easy to use and you quickly get used to them).
Make sure you book your hire early or you’ll miss out! (The first rental of the day is 9 am).
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If you want to see the cave from above:
As you are walking down the hill to the beach you will pass a small restaurant on the left-hand side. (Refer to point ‘2’ on the map). Just before the restaurant, you will notice a small steep path. Head up the path and you’ll be able to walk along the edge of the cliffs.
If you follow the path around the top of the cliffs you will arrive at Benagil cave viewing point after about 5 minutes.
Worth the visit if you ask me!!
Hopefully, this guide gives you all the information you need. If you have any questions or think I missed anything please let me know!
Enjoy the cave!