Benagil Cave
The Most Famous Cave on the Algarve

Benagil Cave is one of the most iconic attractions on the Algarve coastline and can only be entered from the ocean. Benagil Cave is on most yacht charter itineraries of 5 hours or more.

The Unforgettable Experience: Yachting from Vilamoura to the Benagil Cave

For anyone in pursuit of scenic beauty and a touch of adventure, a yacht charter from Vilamoura to the Benagil Cave presents an unmatched experience. Here, one can bear witness to nature's ingenuity and the tranquil beauty of Portugal’s famed Algarve region, from the luxury of their private yacht. 

Vilamoura: The Starting Point

Vilamoura, located in the heart of the Algarve region, is renowned for its vibrant marina, buzzing with activity and an array of sophisticated yachts. It is a perfect launch pad for exploring the idyllic coastal alcoves and sea caves of the region, including the famous Benagil Cave.

The town’s rich tapestry includes not just its famed beaches and marina, but also top-notch golf courses, casino, numerous restaurants and bars, creating a haven for leisure and pleasure. Whether you are a seasoned sailor or a novice explorer, Vilamoura has something for everyone and provides an excellent start to your sea voyage.

Yacht Charter Experience

Chartering a yacht from Vilamoura is a luxurious, intimate, and exciting way to explore the coast. The journey towards the Benagil Cave is particularly stunning, as the yacht glides past a series of awe-inspiring rock formations, hidden beaches and azure blue waters.

The yacht charter services in Vilamoura offer a variety of options to cater to all tastes and budgets. Hiring a luxury yacht with crew is by far the best option. Many charters even offer tailored upgrades including gourmet meals, water sport equipment, photographer, or even saxophonist that can enrich your journey.

The Benagil Cave: A Natural Wonder

As your yacht approaches the Benagil Cave, you will be greeted by an intriguing natural spectacle: a massive dome-shaped cavern carved out by relentless waves over thousands of years. This sea cave, located in the small fishing village of Benagil, is one of the most famous natural landmarks in Portugal.

The cave’s unique feature is its open ceiling, known as the "Eye", through which sunlight streams, illuminating the sandy beach inside and the beautiful turquoise water. To experience the full beauty of the cave, it's recommended to visit on a sunny day, when the sunlight penetrates the eye, creating a mesmerizing effect of light and shadow.

Due to conservation efforts, it is not possible to land on the beach in the cave. However, your yacht can put the nose of the boat into the cave for you to take some pictures. Inside, the sheer magnitude of the hollowed-out space, coupled with the echoing sounds of the waves, creates an ethereal and unforgettable experience.

Returning to Vilamoura

As the day draws to a close, and your yacht turns back towards Vilamoura, the trip offers one last spectacle: a stunning sunset. As the setting sun bathes the Algarve coastline in warm hues, you get a chance to reflect on the day’s adventures and marvel at the unparalleled beauty of this region. A perfect ending to a perfect day.

A yacht charter from Vilamoura to the Benagil Cave is more than just a journey; it's an experience. The combination of luxury, natural beauty, and a sense of adventure creates an unforgettable trip that leaves you with memories to cherish for a lifetime. So why wait? Set sail and discover the hidden treasures of the Algarve Coast.

The Benagil cave, also known as Algar de Benagil or the Benagil Cathedral, is the most famous cave along Portugal's stunning Algarve coastline.

How can I access Benagil Cave?

The only way to get to the Benagil Cave is by sea, and the best way to do that would be on a comfortable and fancy private yacht charter.

What exactly is the Benagil cave in Portugal?

Benagil Cave is near the fishing village of Benagil, which is also where it gets its name, near Carvoeiro.

The reason it's so popular is its particular rock formation, which lets the light flood in through an opening in the ceiling.
This natural light creates a magical atmosphere, and to add to the mystery, the Benagil cave has a beautiful sandy beach.
However, Benagil Cave is only accessible by sea.

Can i jump and swim to Benagil Cave?

In peak season, swimming to the Benagil cave is not advised because the cave entrance will be packed with tour boats, and for your own safety, we will not let it happen.

When is the ideal time to go to the Benagil caves?

Typically, the light through the cave's aperture is brightest at 10 a.m. Considering sea conditions, the morning will always be the best option, and the sooner we go, the better!  

Are we able to access the cave every day?

On certain days, Benagil Cave is inaccessible due to the waves and wind, but we will always do our best to find alternatives for you in these cases.