Praia de Benagil

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Praia de Benagil
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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an_tealach
Glasgow, UK52 contributions
Couples
Decided the night before to use the last day of our holiday to kayak to Benagil cave from Benagil beach. Searched online for providers but could not find anyone offering a slot for the next morning until I came to experitours. They said they had availability at the 1030 slot I wanted but I saw they used other providers so I made the booking but was a bit doubtful if they would come through. Had the confirmation within minutes. Good communication- 2 emails back and text from provider Andre Matos next morning. Arrived at carpark a bit earlier than the 10 they said. Met rep in carpark wearing AM tee shirt and he gave us paddles vests and waterproof bag and sent us down to beach to meet the other rep. Rep there saw us coming amid the crowd, met us and took us to kayak. Straight on and away before 10 - missed some of the 1030 slot crowds. There were lots of kayakers SUPers and tour boats about. Kayak very stable even when the tour boats created (deliberately?) waves. I have kayaked before - wife had not. No issues. Paddled straight to Benagil cave and landed inside. Then went on as far as Marinha beach and stopped there for a bit. Came back visiting the other caves and beaches with stops and a great paddle through a small tunnel cave in one end and out the other. 2 hours more than enough time to do all this. Brilliant experience, equipment all good and staff very helpful and friendly. No hesitation in recommending. If we had done it earlier we would have done it again.
Written July 23, 2022
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TimandAnnNYC
New York City, NY36 contributions
The beach itself is not as impressive as other beaches in the area. It's crowded and has a hectic feeling to it. A taxi driver told me that during the busy season there are bad traffic jams to get to this beach.
My review is really to share my experience swimming to the cave. My daughter (age 10) and I did it around mid-May. She's a far better swimmer than me; having been on a swim team for 4 years. The water was definitely cold. Probably around 68 degrees. The adrenaline kept us from feeling the cold after we started the swim. The distance itself isn't so long, as other have mentioned. The biggest concern I had was whether waves would slam us against the cliff wall if we got too close. Fortunately, the water was relatively calm that day and the only waves were from occasional tour boats heading toward the cave. We kept a distance of maybe 10-15 feet from the wall the entire time. One thing I'd mention is, after turning the corner of the wall, as we approached the entrance of the cave, it felt like my breaststroke was not moving me forward as quickly as before. I think it may be due to the water converging into a smaller point which causes the water to push back out from the cave entrance. I switched to a freestyle stroke with head above water to make more forward progress. Also be prepared to feel the water get even colder once you're in the shadow of the cave. The cold made my muscles tire faster. When we reached the sand in the cave, we rested for maybe 3 minutes. Prior to starting the swim, I figured I could rest up and hang around the cave before swimming back. It didn't occur to me that being totally soaked my body was getting cold and my muscles stiffening. So after about 3 minutes, we decided to swim back. Not ideal but it seemed the lesser of two evils. The swim back felt easier. We did mostly freestyle it. One peace of mind I had was that if we needed help, we could always call out to the numerous kayaks and boats coming and going from the cave. Super happy to have this memory with my daughter. She loved the experience; probably wasn't worried at all like I was.
Written May 31, 2022
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travelwithyoume
Brisbane, Australia125 contributions
Couples
The Benagil beach itself is small but still nice. Most people come here for the water activities: boat ride into various caves in the area, kayaking and stand up paddle boarding. There are plenty of places near by that you can hire from. Quite a popular spot - if you like quiet beaches, especially during these covid times - this beach may not be for you.

The main cave is just to the left of the beach (you have to go around one small headland). There were people swimming to the cave - though definitely don’t recommend unless you can swim confidently and be mindful of all the boats and kayaks etc at the same time.

The shops around the beach were open and there are two free car parks: you’ll come across the smaller one as you approach the beach, and a big one about 50m further down towards the beach. Easy walk to the beach from both.
We arrived just after 10am and still seemed to have lots of car parks but as we were leaving around 1pm it was full.

Overall, a great place to experience water activities!
Written September 26, 2020
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jonfromcincinnati
Imperial Beach CA70 contributions
Couples
This beach is an absolute mob scene. Steep, active, yet manageable roadway going down to the wide, cliff-backed beach, where there are WCs, café, a single shower for the masses, and loads of young people (teens and 20s) booking water sports rentals. Not possible to see the iconic caves from the beach itself.
Written July 11, 2022
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grumpyoldfart
Gloucester, UK78 contributions
Spent a day here with family, the younger did the kayaking and really enjoyed the experience. Bengali caves are well known and have been a pull for visitors for many years. The beach is very small compared to many others, there are a few shops that have refreshments etc. We advise that in the summer you get here early as parking is a nightmare.
Written March 6, 2020
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Julia Shimizu
Munich, Germany40 contributions
Couples
Nothing special. Avoid spending time at the beach, as there are some skinky locals looking for trouble. Simply do your boat or kayak tour to the caves and spend time in other beaches, like Praia da Marinha.
Written July 24, 2020
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Jill
New Jersey624 contributions
This is a small but beautiful beach alongside the Benagil Cave. The water is a bit rough, but my husband was able to swim out to the cave and back. Unfortunately, they were not renting kayaks that day due to the current. Total bummer!
Written November 28, 2021
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Anna
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Family
Not worth to spend more then 15 min on the beach.
Cave tour is totally worth the time and money. In the summer time we even did cave swimming.
In the winter, of course you have less people, but it's not the swimming suits trip. Both times worth what you pay for. Carefully choose the company you go with, call ahead to make the reservation, so you don't need to wait in the line.
Written August 10, 2020
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anthony_cox
Northwich, UK12 contributions
Such a nice little beach! Worth doing the sea cave tour which was €17.50 per person and you can book from the beach stand near the snack bar.
The tour didn't spend to long inside the cave and we really wanted to spend more time in the famous benagil sea cave. Water was too cold to swim round it was numbingly cold.

We asked the stand where you got the tour's from about kayak hire as this isn't advertised! They do offer kayak hire for €20 for 1 hour! Well worth doing if you want to actually get off the kayak in the cave and take some amazing photos!
Written July 15, 2014
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chikistrikisalan
Detroit, MI294 contributions
Friends
The beach is beautiful, clean, perfect for snorkeling. You can do some cliff diving if you are crazy enough. The beach depth drops very quickly. A few steps and you will find yourself treading water. The parking is an absolute nightmare, do not try finding park super close to the beach. Just park above the hill - there is a public parking lot. The beach is family/couples friendly. There is a snack bar place, a kayak rental, and a boat tour booth. The best way to see the different caves is taking the boat tour (price is around 25 euros)-make sure to check the departure times. The tour will take you to at least 10+ caves around the bay -BUT- The boat tour may or may not allow you off the boat to take pictures of the Benagil cave. To visit the Benagil cave, you can rent a kayak (20+ euros per hour) - I highly recommend swimming (if you are a strong/confident swimmer) or bring some floaties. The swim to the caves is probably 150 meters. In my opinion, the Benagil cave is OK, is not as spectacular as people describe it. However, I highly recommend visiting them.
Written July 10, 2017
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