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Benagil Cave – The unlikely cathedral of the Algarve

anoramic view of the beach and entrance to Benagil Cave, accessible by sea.

Have you ever wondered where the cave-like structures you see on your desktop screen are from? Well, now you have your answer. The Benagil cave at Algarve, Portugal has steadily risen to fame due to its picturesque location and attributes.

It attracts tourists and travelers who want to explore the statuesque rock formations as well as casual visitors who want to have a relaxing beach day.

What are the Benagil Caves?

Located between Armação de Pêra and Carvoeiro, we find the perennially beautiful structure of Benagil caves (locally known as ‘Gruta de Benagil’). It is a series of rock formations, which, over time, have assumed the façade of a ginormous cave.

The majestic entrance of Benagil Cave, as seen from the sea, with clear blue waters
Discover the breathtaking entrance of Benagil Cave on your visit, where the sea meets natural beauty.

This occurred due to the different arches in the Algarve caves that give onlookers the impression of a majestic cathedral. Yellowish range of hues adds to this aesthetic effect. The Benagil cave stands testimony to nature’s power, which dug a cave over thousands of years, to capture the awe and admiration of tourists.

he rugged coastline near Benagil Cave, showcasing the beauty of the Algarve.
Explore the rugged and scenic coastline around Benagil Cave on your visit to this picturesque region.

How do you get to Benagil Cave?

There are multiple ways in which you can reach Benagil caves. If you opt to drive there, you will be able to have a bird’s eye view of the beach.

You can also hike to the famous hole in the cave ceiling but this might prove to be tricky if you are not experienced.

Tourists also rent paddleboards and kayaks to reach the Algarve caves. Benagil cave boat tours are also another popular as well as a safe option.

How far is Benagil Cave from Albufeira?

It takes about half an hour to traverse a distance of about 28 kilometers and reach Bengali caves from Albufeira.

Your best bet would be going for a boat tour from Albufeira, the nearby town. You can book a bus ride or go for a bus rental as well.

Sunlight streaming through the open roof of Benagil Cave, creating a magical atmosphere
Experience the enchanting play of light inside Benagil Cave during your visit to this natural wonder.

Can you swim in Benagil Cave?

A passing glance might trick you into thinking that the cave is in close proximity to the Benagil beach. However, do not be misguided – it is quite dangerous to swim to Benagil caves.

The sea currents are strong and the tidal flow is not dependable. Therefore, it is always recommended to opt for a Benagil cave tour instead of swimming, even if you are an experienced swimmer.

What is the best time to visit Benagil Cave, Algarve?

The best time to visit the Benagil caves will be during the months of July and August. If you want to book the best hotels and flights, you might need to plan a little ahead to be cost-effective.

Alternatively, you can also visit during the months of June and September. The crowds are not overwhelming and you will be actually able to explore the cave without a rush.

Avoid visiting the caves during the offseason that is between November and March, as transportation is not readily available due to the rough weather conditions.

anoramic view of the beach and entrance to Benagil Cave, accessible by sea.
Experience the panoramic beauty of the beach leading to Benagil Cave, a natural gem accessible by sea.

Benagil caves are not just a travel destination – it allows you keenly to explore the forces of nature at play and learn something about the way the world functions. When will you be visiting it next?

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