Impromptu, on Oct 5, 2023, we took a Bolt car from Lagos to Carvoeiro Beach to go to the Benagil Caves.
Arriving at 11am, we did not make any pre-booking and were not sure if we could see the Cave given the recent boat accident with no fatalities.
At Carvoeiro Beach, we saw two booths selling tickets. We spoke to one of them and he told us the only available slot was 4:30pm “take it or leave it”. Because of his obnoxiousness, we went over to Carvoeiro Caves (next to it) to enquire. We were thankful that 2 elderly ladies before us decided not to take the remaining 2:30pm slot. And just like that, we secure the chance to visit the Benagil Caves. We got more than that… the coastal line with all the caves is spectacular.
Of course the most spectacular of all is this Benagil Cave. Just when I thought I have exhausted all my bucket list! You marvel at how Mother Nature, through erosion carved this beautiful cave with an “eye” over millions of years.
I am so thankful for the good weather and the chance to view this piece of artwork that no human being could create.
I even got more than what I bargained for. The coastline of the Algarve was spectacular. The 1.5 hour tour covered more caves and grottos than I could ever imagined. Our guides are skilful (the sea was rather choppy that day) and funny.
I highly recommend Carvoeiro Caves. Here’s some preparation you can make ahead of time : Wear slippers or waterproof shoes because u need to board the board from the beach.
Otherwise, you’d need to leave your shoes behind… which we did, and it was thankfully not stolen.