Praia de Benagil is a highly recommended beach in the Algarve that needs to be visited. Here, you will discover Algarve’s best-kept secret.


Praia de Benagil

Praia de Benagil  – #1 Top Tips

Praia de Benagil is a small beach in the municipality of Lagoa.

Benagil is a small fishing beach. Fisherman still leave their fishing boats on the beach.

It is without a doubt one of the Best Beaches in Algarve

The beautiful Praia de Benagil with its crystal clear waters and stunning cliffs as a backdrop, is a must-visit destination for anyone traveling to the Algarve.  

During the summer months, Praia de Benagil attracts a significant number of visitors.

Due to its size, the beach can become crowded quickly.

However, rest assured that you will always find a spot to lay your towel and soak up the sun.

Remember to bring your own parasol, as sunbed rentals are not available on this beach.



Fishing boats on praia de benagil

What is the Best Way to Get to Praia de Benagil

The easiest way to get to Benagil Beach is by car.

The beach is located just a short drive from the town of Carvoeiro.

For those without a car, there are also several tour companies that offer day trips to Praia de Benagil from all over the Algarve.

when you get to Benagil you will see a large free car park at the top of the hill and you should leave your car there.

Car park at Benagil Beach Algarve
Free Car Park


Getting down to the beach can be a bit of a steep downhill walk (300 meters from the car park),  You can not park next to the beach.


down hill Road leading to Praia de Benagil
Steep hill to access the beach


What to do at Benagil Beach?

The beach is surrounded by towering cliffs, which creates a peaceful and secluded atmosphere that’s perfect for unwinding.

If you are looking just to relax, the beach is the perfect spot to get a great tan and take a dive into the ocean. 

Unlike some other beaches in the Algarve, Praia de Benagil has a seabed free from stones, ensuring a comfortable and enjoyable experience.

However, be mindful that the sea gradually deepens, so keep this in mind while swimming.

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Praia de Benagil


If you prefer to explore the beach and surrounding area, then we strongly recommend hiring a Kayak, stand-up Paddle or taking a boat tour to visit the caves nearby with their breathtaking views. 

Snorkling is also very popular acitivity. These water is bursting with marine life.


Kayaking in the ocean at Benagil


Algarve’s best kept Secret – Algar de Benagil

The majority of visitors that come to Benagil have one thing on their mind.

Visit and explore Algar de Benagil Cave. This iconic cave is known for its stunning rock formations.

One of the main highlights of Praia de Benagil is the extraordinary Algar de Benagil cave.

Just a stone’s throw away from the beach, this cave will leave you in awe of its enchanting beauty.

As you venture inside, you’ll discover a small, magical beach, bathed in the ethereal glow of natural light streaming through a hole in the cave’s ceiling, fondly referred to as “the eye.”

One of the best & easiest ways to visit the famous Benagil cave is by booking a boat tour.

Boat tours provide a unique experience that allows visitors to see the cave’s stunning rock formations up close. 

There are several boat tour options available.  You can book a large group tour or a small boat tour. These small boat tours can be booked at the beach. 

Some tours allow you the opportunity to swim inside the cave (this will depend on the tide levels), making for an even more memorable experience.

It’s recommended to book a tour in advance to secure a spot, especially during peak tourist seasons.

An important note: Not all boat tours enter inside the cave. Make sure when booking your boat tour you know if that specific tour enters the cave. 

Another option is to hire a Kayak or stand-up paddle board. Both these options allow you to explore the cave at your own pace or join a group tour.  

The best time to visit the cave is during low tide as a beautiful beach is formed inside the cave. You will always know the Daily Tide Times at Praia de Benagil.


You do not want to miss out on visiting Algarve’s Best Kept Secret!


Benagil Cave



The Algar de Benagil is a stunning sinkhole that’s located just a short walk from the car park. it is not signposted but you will find the trail at the end of the car park to the west. 

Follow the dirt track and it will lead you to the Algar de Benagil. Watch your step as the track is uneven.

Once you arrive you will see a wooden fence protecting the breathtaking view inside the hole looking onto the beach.


Algar Benagil beach
Algar Benagil Beach

The sinkhole is surrounded by lush vegetation and offers breathtaking views of the surrounding area.

The cliffs surrounding Praia de Benagil are also a sight to behold. 

Visitors can take a leisurely hike along the cliffs to take in the stunning views of the beach and surrounding coastline.


Overall, Praia de Benagil is a  region. With its stunning natural beauty and abundance of activities, there’s something for everyone at this picturesque beach.

Take a look at the video below and take in the beautiful views Praia de Benagil has to offer. 


FAQ about Praia de Benagil

What is the average water temperature of Benagil Beach during the Summer? : 19.5 ºC – 20.5 ºC

Is the Praia de Benagil ideal for Families with Children? : Yes

Is there a lifeguard on duty at Benagil Beach? : Yes, between June to September

Can you hire sunbeds? : No

Are there toilets & Showers? : Yes

Is the beach a wheelchair Accessible Beach? Yes

Can I buy food and snacks? Yes. You have a couple of restaurants and a snack bar at Praia de Benagil. There is also a restaurant next to the free car park.

Are animals allowed on the beach? No, animals are not permitted on the beach 

GPS coordinates : 37° 5’14.55″N 8°25’35.24″W

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