Photogenic Benagil cave was high on my to do list whilst in the Algarve, and so the whole family bundled into the hire cars and off we went on a sea cave adventure.
Benagil beach itself it quite small, with curiously gigantic shells littering the shore and crashing against your shins as you wade out into the water. The cave was deceptively close to the beach, swimming distance in fact. But since the currents can be quite strong around Portugal, I wouldn’t recommend swimming unless you are a strong and confident swimmer. Just a thought to keep in mind when they are selling the boat trip at 25 euro a pop, the cave is VERY close! Knowing that the cave was close to the beach, we had planned to hire kayaks at Benagil beach and paddle into the cave.
Irritatingly, we weren’t allowed to hire kayaks as the “waves were too big” – looking out and seeing no waves, this perturbed us quite a lot seeing as now the only option was to fork out for the boat trip.
However this turned out to be a blessing in disguise, as the boat weaved up and down the coast, showing us into caves and grottos we would never have visited on a kayak. We even got a chance to see the beautiful Praia de Marinha from the sea. It turned into a really enjoyable day, and the boat dropped us off in the Benagil Cave for a swim and relax before picking us up a while later.
We finished off our lovely sun-kissed morning with lunch in the restaurant above Praia de Benagil ordering our obligatory bottle of rosé, piri piri chicken, fresh caught fish and spaghetti with clams. Nothing better than a day on the sea, eating fresh seafood and soaking up the salty air.