Algar Benagil
The famous ‘eye’ of Benagil cave

In the Algarve, between Carvoeiro and Armação de Pêra, there are some of the most beautiful rocks and caves in the world. The most well-known of the rock formations is the Cave of Benagil (Gruta de Benagil), where the Algar de Benagil is also located. This gigantic cave is sometimes referred to as the Benagil Cathedral because of the various arches it forms, which, viewed from the outside of the cave, give it the appearance of a cathedral. The imposing aspect of the Cathedral, with its various shades of yellow, remind us of the devastating power of nature. For years, wind and water dug one of the planet’s most fantastic caves, which attracts thousands of tourists to windward Algarve every year.

Outside Cathedral of Benagil
Outside Cathedral of Benagil

But the real wonder lies in the inside of the cave. To begin with, its huge size makes us feel like we are in a royal palace. The second thing we notice when we enter the cave is the shape of its spiral walls, which rise up to the algar (the hole in the ceiling). The colour of the walls oscillates between orange, yellow and white, in an explosion of colours so dazzling that it is hard to believe they were not painted by human hands. Another of the phenomena that is cause for admiration is the beach in the interior of the Cathedral of Benagil and its sea water. The sea water acquires a turquoise colour inside the cave, which transports us to a paradisiacal island in the middle of the Pacific.

Benagil Cave entrance
The sea water acquires a turquoise colour inside the cave

For all these reasons, the Michelin Guide considered Benagil Cave to be the 15th most beautiful cave in the world. Windows also found a way to honour this beautiful cave, using a photo to create a screensaver for Windows 10.

inside Benagil cave, people with stand up paddle boards and small boat entering
The beach inside Benagil Cave

If you have the opportunity, I strongly advise you to visit the Cave of Benagil. It is definitely worth it. While it is possible to reach it by swimming cave from Benagil Beach (Praia de Benagil), we do not advise as the number of visiting boats can make this dangerous.  Of course there are plenty of boats offering great trips there, and alternatively, you can always rent a canoe, a kayak or even a Stand Up Paddle board at Benagil’s Beach, and then paddle to the cave.

Another beach from which you can also reach the Cathedral of Benagil by your own means is Marinha’s Beach (Praia da Marinha), but this one is further away and requires the use of a canoe or kayak to travel the distance. However, the most popular way is to embark on a boat trip along the coast. These trips will show you the most beautiful caves and rocks in the region and, of course, include a visit to the Cave of Benagil. This type of boat trips are sold in almost all the marinas of the Algarve including Albufeira, Vilamoura, Lagos and Portimão. In fact the further the marina is from Benagil Cave, the more beautiful caves and rocks you will have the opportunity to see, so don’t worry about the distance!

arriving to Benagil cave boats people swimming and stand up paddle boards
A touristic boat trip visiting Benagil Cave

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