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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Resort
“Benagil Beach, once dominated by the seafarers, is now a summer destination due to its crystal and calm waters. The wooden boats continue to colour the water landscape and to welcome the visitors. This is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful beaches amongst the 40 existing in the council. Like Algar da Praia de Benagil, the algar at Benagil Beach is a natural ex-libris and one of the most famous of Lagoa. Between the Farol de Alfanzina (Lighthouse of Alfanzina) and Nova Beach, there are dozens of tour-boats to these amazing water caves. It is part of the Seven Hanging Valleys walk, which is a walking trail extending for 5.7 Km along the cliff that joins Vale de Centeanes Beach to the Marinha Beach, being Benagil the lowest point of the trail, reaching 7.50 m above the sea level. Nearby there are some prehistorical archaeological traces on Vale d’El Rei, a little to the Norwest of the beach.”
  • 42 locals recommend
  • 2 Experiences
Beach
“Once elected The best beach of Europe. Great for snorkel and stand up paddle.”
  • 55 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“This wonder of nature is one of the best things to see in the Algarve. The beach is most famous for its sensational cave called "Algar de Benagil". This cave has a round hole in the ceiling that frames the beautiful blue sky inside. In low tide there is a beach inside. You can go there swimming or by kayak.”
  • 36 locals recommend
  • 4 Experiences
Natural Feature
“A truly spectacular small cove beach in Lagoa. Unforgettable coastal walks that go on forever. Marvelous rock formation with crystal clear water. The sand is warm and soft during the summer months. The earlier you can come to the beach the better. To reach the caves boat, kayak, or paddle board is required. Swimming to the cave is not safe.”
  • 16 locals recommend
  • 3 Experiences
Beach
“very beautiful views in a long wooden boardwalk, very calm and relaxing at sunset.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Beach
“There is a reason why Marinha Beach has been awarded with a Golden Flag and classified as one of the 100 most beautiful beaches in the world. Here, nature has left its beautiful traces in these cliffs and awarded this beach an amazing greenish-blue sea. But don’t think this beach only has colourful and shaped cliffs to offer. The sound of the birds searching for fish will take you to the underwater realm. You only need a diving mask and some fins to get into the wonders this beach has to offer you. This patrimony, which belongs to Lagoa, but mostly to the world, has had the attention of some entities, like the University of the Algarve or the CCR Algarve, as well as its own Municipality, to set underwater trails that lead you to an adventure full of emotions. You can also go to the big algar, where the information board will explain you how these caves are formed in lime coastal areas.”
  • 9 locals recommend
  • 1 Experience
Administrative Area Level 3
“Carvoeiro has a sheltered sandy beach and cafes, bars and restaurants galore. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“We adore this small restaurant in Benagil. Food is stunning and respects Algarvian traditions such as the carob tart (Tarte de Alfarroba) and the fresh seafood cataplanas. To die for! ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Expensive but in an extraordinary setting. Lovely spot to have a drink after taking a look at the Boneca Cave or after a walk on the boardwalk along the cliffs. Stunning views. (Algar Seco, Carvoeiro)”
  • 9 locals recommend
Arts & Crafts Store
“Porches pottery is simply beautiful. Live handicraft. Bacchus Bar and Restaurant.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Nature
“A true ex-libris of Lagoa, Algar Seco is a natural amphitheatre stage of an almost wild scenery and one of the most pleasant of all the coast of Algarve. The sea erosion shapes the lime stones into graceful shapes. If you walk down the steps, you can enjoy of close some of the caves and sea corners that nature has created. The rocks form “porches”, real windows to the sea, like A Boneca (The Doll) , where you can feel the gentle sea breeze. It is a recommended place not only for the photography lovers but for everybody that visits Carvoeiro. The wooden path with almost 570 m length and resting areas leads to the Forte e Capela de N. Sra. da Encarnação (Fortress and Chapel of Our Lady of the Incarnation). If you haven’t walked it, we invite you to do so. And while you are there contemplate the native species of plants and other vagaries that mother nature has to reveal.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Tour Provider
“Discover fantastic sea caves and natural beaches in an amazing boat trip. You can also take the boat at Senhora da Rocha beach nearby with Captain Paulo Jorge Boat Trips.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Food & Drink Shop
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“a suprise for your mouth prices a bit higher but quality reservation required from June till October”
  • 6 locals recommend
Beach
“Just a spectacular beach sheltered by huge cliffs, great beach restaurant. My wife s favourite beach.”
  • 5 locals recommend
German Restaurant
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“Have a spectacular time at this Authentic Bavarian Beer Garden. Genuine food including delicious Bavarian breakfast on weekends, Obatzda, Flammkuchen cold meats & sausage boards, pork Wienerschnitzel etc. German Beer & Vila Vita’s own house wine, home-made apple strudel & even the famous giant pretzels! Oktoberfest: 29 Sept. - 5 Oct. 2016, don’t miss it! Safe children’s play ground on site. Perfect for groups. Open Tues. -Fri.1-10pm, Sat. & Sun. 11:30am-10pm. All home-made sausages & meat by master butcher Thomas Weber, for sale at the in-house gourmet butcher’s shop! Tues. 2-6pm, Wed, Thurs. & Fri. 10am-1pm & 2-6pm, Sat. 10am-1pm. Tel. 282 381 177. GPS: N37.12746o W8.40150o. EN125, by small roundabout, near Porches. Look for small sign, in front of pottery.”
  • 7 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Seafood Restaurant
“We adore this small restaurant in Benagil. Food is stunning and respects Algarvian traditions such as the carob tart (Tarte de Alfarroba) and the fresh seafood cataplanas. To die for! ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Expensive but in an extraordinary setting. Lovely spot to have a drink after taking a look at the Boneca Cave or after a walk on the boardwalk along the cliffs. Stunning views. (Algar Seco, Carvoeiro)”
  • 9 locals recommend
Restaurant
“a suprise for your mouth prices a bit higher but quality reservation required from June till October”
  • 6 locals recommend
German Restaurant
“Have a spectacular time at this Authentic Bavarian Beer Garden. Genuine food including delicious Bavarian breakfast on weekends, Obatzda, Flammkuchen cold meats & sausage boards, pork Wienerschnitzel etc. German Beer & Vila Vita’s own house wine, home-made apple strudel & even the famous giant pretzels! Oktoberfest: 29 Sept. - 5 Oct. 2016, don’t miss it! Safe children’s play ground on site. Perfect for groups. Open Tues. -Fri.1-10pm, Sat. & Sun. 11:30am-10pm. All home-made sausages & meat by master butcher Thomas Weber, for sale at the in-house gourmet butcher’s shop! Tues. 2-6pm, Wed, Thurs. & Fri. 10am-1pm & 2-6pm, Sat. 10am-1pm. Tel. 282 381 177. GPS: N37.12746o W8.40150o. EN125, by small roundabout, near Porches. Look for small sign, in front of pottery.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Italian restaurant where everything is prepared when ordered. You can request your own recipe (from what they have).”
  • 2 locals recommend
Bar
“Very good steaks and a very comfortable dining area for a lovely leisurely experience. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Quiet restaurant where you find fresh fish and some evenings they have live portuguese music.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Portuguese Restaurant
“One of several good restaurants on the East hill (Estrada do Farol) - 1.8km, not far up from the taxi rank ”
  • 5 locals recommend

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