Praia de Benagil – General information
Praia de Benagil is a beach in the Algarve near Lagoa. It is located in the small village of Benagil, which is situated between Carvoeiro and Armação de Pêra. The local economy of Benagil was centered around fishing up until the second half of the 20th century, after which it focused more on tourism. The nearest beaches are Praia da Marinha on the east and Praia do Carvalho on the west. The beach is highly rated on TripAdvisor, who rates this beach as the #2 thing to do in Lagoa.
Praia de Benagil is a small beach, between impressive gold-coloured cliffs. The cliffs also protect the beach from winds. The sun can however be quite strong on this beach, so make sure to bring your own parasol. The beach is still used by fishermen. Usually you can see several fishing boats on the beach. If you are lucky, you will see fishermen bringing the catch of the day ashore.
Many fishermen also offer boat trips to tourists. Praia de Benagil is an excellent location to explore the sea caves near Lagoa by boat. Near Praia de Benagil is an impressive cave, known as Algar de Benagil. From inside this cave you will see the blue sky through an opening in the ceiling, also known as the eye. This cave is also popular among photographers and you will likely come across photos of this cave on postcards. Visiting this cave by boat is highly recommended. If you feel adventurous, you can even swim to this cave. However, only do this if you are a good swimmer. Otherwise, there might be no one to help you if you get in trouble.
The sand on the beach is quite soft and feels nice. The sea water can be quite cold in the beginning, but the sea water is of excellent quality. There are no stones in the sea, in contrast to some other beaches in the Algarve. Beware that the sea on this beach goes from shallow to deep quite quickly.
You can hike on top of the cliffs on this beach. This will give you a great view of the beach and its surroundings. Make sure you do not go too close to the edge. On the right of the beach here is a hill, with a small plateau from where you can jump in the water. There are varying heights to jump from. This is sure to give you a rush of adrenaline.
How to get there
You can enter the following address in your GPS to get to the beach: CM1154, 8400 Lagoa, Portugal. Access to the beach is via a steep road. Be careful that there is limited parking space, which usually is taken quickly in the summer. If you want to increase your chance of parking, make sure you come early in the morning or in the late afternoon.
Praia de Benagil – Facilities
Facilities in Praia de Benagil:
• Restaurant: yes
• Bar/club: no
• Toilet: yes
• Shower: yes
• Water sports: no
• Sunbeds: no
• Parking: yes, but very limited
• Lifeguards: yes
• Blue flag beach: no