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Lagoa | Portugal

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Benagil Cave, located near the small fishing village of Benagil on the southern coast of Portugal, is one of the Algarve's most breathtaking natural attractions. This spectacular sea cave, renowned for its unique formation and stunning natural light, is accessible only by water, making it a thrilling destination for visitors. Here are the top highlights:
1. The cave is renowned for its impressive dome-like structure, carved by the sea into the limestone cliffs. The natural skylight at the top of the cave allows sunlight to pour in, creating a magical atmosphere inside.
2. Inside Benagil Cave lies a small, secluded beach, accessible only by boat or kayak. This hidden beach offers a unique experience of tranquility and awe, surrounded by the natural beauty of the cave’s walls.
3. The cave can be reached by boat, kayak, or paddleboard, adding an element of adventure to the experience. Guided tours are available, offering not only safe passage but also insights into the cave's formation and the surrounding area's history.
4. The waters around the cave are teeming with marine life, making the journey to the cave a chance to spot various sea creatures, including fish, seabirds, and occasionally dolphins.
5. The area around Benagil Cave is known for its beautiful beaches and picturesque coastal trails. Visitors can combine their cave visit with a hike or a relaxing day at one of the nearby beaches.
For a truly unforgettable experience, visit the cave during sunrise or sunset. The changing colors of the sky and the reflections on the water create a surreal and romantic ambiance.
Visiting Benagil Cave is a must-do for anyone traveling to the Algarve region. The best time to visit is during the shoulder seasons of spring and autumn when the weather is pleasant, and the tourist crowds are smaller.
Photo by Joke Langens