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Benagil Caves, Algarve

Benagil is a small fishing village on the southern coast of the Algarve, and is particularly well known for its incredible sea cave – a large, dome-shaped cave with a high ceiling, with sunlight pouring through openings in the rock.

The Benagil cave can only be reached from the sea, and there are many boat trips available to take visitors to the cave from Benagil beach or from other local beaches, including Armacao de Pera and Carvoeira. Only smaller boats can actually enter the cave, so if you’re looking for something completely different, hire a Stand-up Paddle Board (SUP).

The Banagil Cave has become a very popular tourist attraction and does get extremely busy in high season but it is open all year round, sea conditions permitting. Although close to the beach, swimming to the cave is not advised as the tides and currents can change quickly and it can sometimes be a little dangerous.