- Benagil Cave Yacht Charter
- Praia de Olhos de Água
- Praia dos Arrifes
- São Rafael
- Xorino Caves
- Praia da Coelha
Algarve Yacht Charters and Boat Trips.
The Algarve has long been a popular destination for tourists from across the globe and continues to grow in popularity year on year.
The Algarve region is relatively small and easy to explore given the A22 and the EN125, two main roads that travel east to west across the region running parallel to the coast. Inland Algarve offers some quaint and traditional villages in the hills, its great for the more rustic experience and the "real Portugal" feel. The greatest allure of the Algarve however is by far the coastline, the beaches, the weather, the diversity from east to west. This is what sets the region apart from other resorts in Europe and is the magnets for those in search of a magical holiday experience.
The coastline is best explored by boat and there are many options available from the luxurious private yacht charter options to the more basic activity boats, there is something for everybody for sure and all budgets and tastes are well catered for.
Benagil Cave Yacht Charter
Benagil Cave is one of the most famous attractions in the Algarve and if you visit it is a Top Algarve Activity for sure!
Along the Algarve coast located in the areas between Carvoeiro and Armacão de Pera we can find some of the most stunning of the Algarve rock formations and sea caves. The entire area is beautiful and at various tides and weather conditions you will discover different wonders. The most famous by far is Benagil Cave (Gruta de Benagil) - Algar de Benagil is a huge cave often referred to as the Cathederal due to its physical arches, sheer size and spleandour
Benagil Cave is a testament to the awesome power of nature and the sculpting power of the wind and water which have burrowed and sculpted one of the wonders of the Algarve
From the outside the cave entrance is dramatic but one must see it from inside, to see the graduation of colours as your eyes roam up the walls to the Eye at the top where the blue sky will be the backdrop. The sunlight beams through the eye at the top of the cave to ensure that every moment of everyday what ever the weather provides a new show of wonder.
The reflection of the caves colours and the sunlight and shadow also transform the waters into something like tropical pools you would imagine on some distant Pacific island
Reaching Benagil Cave
The only way to appreciate Benagil and enter the cave is from the sea. With a Yacht Charter option we can enter the front of the cave with the main boat or on a calm day we maybe able to use the inflatable RIB to get you into the cave. Swimming and SUP Paddle-boards are also an option but not recommended as the sea can be deceptively strong.
Boats themselves can not land on Benagil Cave Beach, it is forbidden but it can be possible at certain times to enter on a RIB and swim to the beach. All depends on the sea conditions always of course.
Benagil Cave is a wonderful spot and the photos will be the envy of your friend list by far!
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Olhos de Água is a delightful fishing town situated at the very heart of the Algarve region in the South of Portugal.
The beach and village are named after the fresh water springs that flow onto the beach and are known as “Olhos de Água” or “olheiros”, meaning “eyes of water”.
You can see the springs at low tide at far eastern end of the beach.
The cliffs are another hallmark of Olhos de Água, since this is the first rocky beach in transition from the sandy eastern Algarve to the rocky western Algarve.
There are a range of great hotels and restaurants in the area with dramatic cliffs and views.
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Praia dos Arrifes is a unique little bay sheltered by low, deeply-eroded cliffs, arches and caves. Its a wonderful spot and highly recommended.
Three large isolated rock formations dominate the line of the horizon giving the illusion of an impressive rock pool. It creates a great area for exploring, snorkelling and for the kids to enjoy.
The area surrounding the beach is cloaked in green of the pine trees, Europes only native palm tree.
Praia dos Arrifes is a favourite stopping point for our yacht charters. On cruises of 6 hours or more we often choose to anchor here and we can get you to the beach in a small tender (sea conditions allowing). the beach is the location of Restaurant A Sardinha which offers authentic Portuguese food direct from the ocean to the plate. Its been a favourite with our guests for many years.
With its typical Portuguese cuisine famed for the fresh seafood and fish and a choice of indoor and outdoor siting it is the perfect venue.
The atmosphere and hospitality are top notch, it is informal and friendly but with 5***** food and menu options.
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São Rafael is one of the best beaches in the central Algarve area and is typified by crystal clear shallow waters that are perfect for snorkelling and swimming. The beach itself and its golden sands are far enough away from Albufeira to avoid the huge crowds int he summer months.
The beach is in a small natural bay flanked by the multicoloured cliffs that make the Algarve coastline so appealing. São Rafael is a great choice as it features many rock formation and is close to the sea caves. São Rafael Beach is the perfect base to explore by Kayak or SUP the caves and hidden beaches. Two famous local features int he rock formations are:
- "Ninho das Andorinhas" (the Swallow’s Nest) and
- "Ponte Pequena" (the Small Bridge).
The Algarve is not rennound for Snorkelling but relatively speaking this is one of the best locations.
At lower tides there is a second little cove you can walk to from São Rafael which offers a little more seclusion than the main beach.
São Rafael is a Blue Flag beach and as such there are plenty of amenities including toilets and public showers. Lifeguard services are on the beach during the summer months. The beach has good disabled access with boardwalks and paved slopes down to the beach from the main car park above the beach.
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Located just west of the Fishermans beach in Albufeira, you’ll find the Xorino Cave. The cave is famed to be where the Moors took refuge in the 13th century following the Christian re-conquest of the town of Albufeira.
Not just historically rich, this sheltered cave is pretty spectacular and doesn’t take too much effort to get to. It’s one of the closest caves to Vilamoura.
Xorino caves is a beautiful place to visit on the summer and with low tide the boats will be able to go inside and if you are lucky you will be able to see a glimpse of the nesting birds.
Going through the caves and see all the various rock formations will give it a sense of an adventure and its something that we can do on a yacht charter if the sea conditions and tides permit.
The Xorino Cave gets its name from a nice tale that states when it rains it looks as if the cave is actually crying.
It certainly gives an air of mystery as you explore the area and a huge sense of adventure to discover the caves and rock formations. Xorino cave is one place not to be missed, sailing from Vilamoura to visit the caves is easy and a great option.
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The footpath to Praia da Coelha takes you alongside farmland, where you can see olive and carob trees that look like they must be a hundred years old. As you approach the sea, you begin to see exuberant coastal scrub consisting of juniper, Kermes oak, mastic trees and dwarf fan palms (Europe’s only native palm tree), which surround a stopping point about 100 metres from the beach.
Praia da coelha is a small bay, sheltered by high rock walls, with Alto da Coelha off to the east. A variety of marine fossils can be seen in the warmly-coloured cliffs, as well as caves and galleries that have been carved out of the limestone rock by the erosive effect of fresh and salt water.
The area around the beach retains its abundant, original vegetation and the rock formations, sculpted by the elements and the passage of time, are fascinating. You can use the wooden staircase leading up from the beach’s support facilities to get to the cliffs at the western end of the sands, but you are advised to exercise caution and keep a safe distance from the edge of the cliffs.
For the more adventurous Praia da Coelha is a great spot for snorkelling with calm, super clear water and plenty of sea life in and around the rocks.
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