Top 3 places for kayaking in the Algarve

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Ocean kayaking is a fun and active way to get to know the best and hidden parts of the coast.

If you are or plan to visit the south of Portugal and love kayaking, check our list of top places to discover while kayaking in the Algarve.  If you are a beginner and would like to try paddling, we have some guided tours suggestions for you. As the ocean can get tricky it is best to start your kayaking adventure with an experienced local guide that will teach you all about the paddling and waves and show you all the secret spots of the magnificent Algarve coast.

Continue reading to see what are the TOP 3 best places for kayaking in Algarve with high cliffs, hidden caves and amazing views.

Benagil Cave

Top places for ocean kayaking in Algarve Benagil cave discovery guided kayak tour south Portugal

Benagil cave is the most recognizable and the must see natural attraction in Algarve. It is located next to the Benagil beach not far away from Carvoeiro in Lagoa municipality. The cave is only accessible from the ocean and the best way to visit it is by kayak. Inside there is a small, sandy beach where you can rest and relax. You can also see Benagil cave from the boat but not all the boats are allowed to enter inside the cave thus not all will offer you the stop at the beach.

The guided kayak tours besides the Benagil cave  explore the magnificent arcs and surroundings of Praia da Marinha. There are few companies that do those kind of tours.  The cost of the trip is 35 euros/person. You can check available dates and make reservations below.

You can also explore and book online other boat, kayak and SUP tours directly on Getyourguide portal.

If you feel confident with your kayaking skills you can rent kayak at the beach and do the tour by yourself. The rental is normally for 1,5 h and the prices start from 15 euros/person.

Check kayak rental availability and prices here >>. 

Ponta da Piedade

Top places for ocean kayaking in south Portugal Algarve Ponta da Piedade guided kayak tour passing by Camilo beach

Ponta da Piedade is the best natural wonder located within walking distance from Lagos. It is a set of rock formations that can be seen both from the level of the ocean and from the top of surrounding cliffs.

You can make a guided kayak tour starting at Praia da Batata right next to the city center of Lagos finishing in Ponta da Piedade itselfs. The tour goes next to magnificent beaches. You will paddle through arcs, caves and around big rocks getting to know the beautiful coast. 

We recommend booking the tour with Ezride. The cost is 35 euros per person. You can check the availability and make the reservation below.

Praia da Ingrina caves

Ocean kayaking on the turquse water in area of Sagres in Vila do Bispo southern Portgal

Praia da Ingrina is a small, secret beach located in Vila do Bispo municipality. Compared to Benagil cave and Ponta da Piedade it is not as well known, guaranteeing peaceful and quiet visit. 

There are beautiful caves and rock formations located on the way to Praia do Barranco beach. We organize guided kayak tours exploring the coast and having fun entering and going out of grottos explaining to you all about the region and the sea life. It is definitely a great tour for those who would like to experience the best of the ocean at a slow pace without boats and crowds on our way.

The price of the tour is 40 euros per person. The groups are small so you can enjoy the full guide’s attention. You can book the tour below or see more details and photos here >>.

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  1. Steven Harrison

    Where do people stay when visiting these least crowded kayak spots? What town ? We are experienced kayakers maybe coming in November…is it still warm then?

    1. South Kayaks

      Hey Steven, Algarve is not a big region so you can easily travel to different parts from any town. Lagos is very popular among turists. November is still quite warm and sunny and less crowded so you will enjoy. Let us know if you would like to make a tour with us at Ingrina beach. It is good route for experienced kayakers.

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