Carvoeiro’s Caves

Walking through the town of Carvoeiro, I was undecided on how I felt about the place.
It was cute and quaint and beautiful, but it also had an undeniable “sea-side town” vibe with inflatables and flip flops lining every shop front. But the longer I spent there, the more I realised that my previous assumptions about the place were wrong, because it wasn’t your typical sea-side town, it was a town loved by locals and tourists alike, and in between the inflatable convenience stores were independent bars, restaurants, incredible gelato shops and a cowboy themed karaoke bar you HAVE to go to if you ever visit Carvoeiro.

Strolling through the town one evening with S, we realised we should probably see some of what Carvoeiro has to offer, yano, instead of laying by the pool only leaving the villa for gelato like we had been…
Along the beach we noticed a stall advertising boat trips to nearby caves along the coastline, so we decided that the next day would be the day that we took a little look around.

The next day came and after stocking up on a breakfast surrounded by family, we bid them farewell and strolled leisurely down to the shore. Boat trips run every hour so you don’t really need to book unless there’s a big group of you, and there’s a variety of different boat tours that run. You can choose from full day trips, half day trips, stop-and-swim trips or a standard trip where you cruise along the coast without needing to get out. We chose the latter because we didn’t want to spend all day away from the family (they are the best bunch of people), and I really wanted to take my DSLR out to play, so this particular trip worked perfectly for us.

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There were three trips available for the-don’t-get-out-of-the-boat trips.
1 hour: €15, 1 hour and 20 minutes: €20, or a 1 hour and 40 minute option: €25.
The caves you see will differ depending on what length of trip you take, with the shortest trip dipping in and out of close by coves, whereas the two longer trips visit sites such as Benagil Cave and Praia De Marinha. We wanted to book onto the longer trip and see everything, but unfortunately the morning we went the tide was out so that trip wasn’t running until later, which meant seeing Praia De Marinha was out of the question. Luckily the 1 hour and 20 minute trip which visited the Benagil cave was still running so we were pretty darn happy.

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It pulled away from Carvoeiro beach

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And cruised along the coastline

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Past Vale De Covo

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Carvalho and Centeanes beach

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Popping into caves, such as Algar Seco and Benagil, along the way.

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Which is hands down the coolest rock formation I have ever seen.

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My pictures really don’t do Benagil Cave justice because the lens I currently have isn’t wide enough to fit the entire thing in, but you should Google it because it is honestly beyond beautiful. So much so that I’d say Benagil was worth the boat trip alone.

I doubt nature, and the evolution of this world, will ever cease to amaze me.