Exploring The Carvoeiro Caves

The Carvoeiro caves were one of the first things which caught my eye when we stopped to visit Carvoeiro, the little Portuguese town situated along the Algarve.
 

 
When I first walked around Carvoeiro, I couldn’t shake the feeling that it was just another “sea-side town” with inflatables and flip-flops lining almost every shop front. But the longer I spent in the town, the more people I spoke to, and with every conversation I had, I realised that my previous assumptions about Carvoeiro were wrong. Because it wasn’t just your typical seaside town. It was a town loved by locals and expats 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.
 
But back to Carvoeiro’s caves!
 
I was strolling through the town one evening with S when we realised we should probably see more of what Carvoeiro has to offer. You know, instead of laying by the pool and only leaving the villa for gelato as we had been… When along the edge of the beach we noticed a stall advertising boat trips to the Carvoeiro caves, which were located just a short distance away along the coastline.
 
The next day, after stocking up on breakfast surrounded by family, we bid them all farewell and strolled leisurely to the shore. We didn’t need to book in advance as the boat trips run every hour, so if you’re planning to do a trip to Carvoeiro’s caves you’ll be absolutely fine to rock up on the day—unless there’s a large group of you.
 
There are a variety of different boat tours available for you to choose from depending on what you fancy. There’s the option of a ‘stop-and-swim’ style tour which lasts either a full or half day, or there are options designed for those who don’t fancy getting out of the boat.
 
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 staying dry worked perfectly for what we wanted.
 

 
There were three options available for those who wanted to take a trip where they stayed on the boat:
 
1 hour: €15
1 hour and 20-minutes: €20
1 hour and 40 minutes: €25.
 
The caves you see on your trip will depend upon the length of the trip that you take. The shortest trip dips in and out of the coves close by, whereas the longest trips visit Carvoeiro’s caves, such as Benagil Cave and Praia De Marinha. We wanted to book onto the longest trip and see everything, but unfortunately, the tide was out, which meant that seeing Praia De Marinha wasn’t an option. But the 1 hour and 20-minute trip visited the Benagil cave and was still running, so we were pretty darn happy!
 

 
We pulled on our life jackets and climbed onto the boat, watching as the shoreline got further away as we pulled away from Carvoeiro beach.
 
 
 
We cruised along Carvoeiro’s coastline
 
     
 
Past Vale De Covo
 

 
Carvalho and Centeanes beach
 
     
 
Popping into Algar Seco and Benagil cave along the way.
 
           
 
Which is hands down the coolest rock formation I have ever seen.
 
 
 
My pictures really don’t do Benagil Cave justice because the lens I was using wasn’t wide enough to fit the entire thing in, but it is honestly beyond beautiful. A dome-shaped cave with a beach hidden inside where light streams through the hole in the top. Even though each of the Carvoeiro caves were interesting to look at, I’d say that seeing Benagil was worth the boat trip alone. I doubt nature, and the evolution of this world will ever cease to amaze me.
 
Once we reached Benagil it was time to turn back, passing each of Carvoeiro’s caves as we went. By the time we returned the midday sun was out in full force, which could only mean one thing… A trip to our favourite gelato shop in Carvoeiro!

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Have you ever seen the Carvoeiro caves?
Let me know in the comments!