Benagil cave: one of world’s “best natural wonders”

Benagil’s stunning sea cave has been featured by the UK’s Guardian online newspaper as one of the world’s “best natural wonders”.

“There’s an otherworldly feel to this unusual rock formation in the Algarve, which sweeps overhead to create a series of natural stone arches,” enthuses travel writer Will Coldwell.

The cave is one of several “cut into the cliffs near the fishing village of Benagil”, in the Lagoa council.

Coldwell explains that although it is 150 metres from the village’s main beach, the cave can only be reached by water.

“If the sea is calm, it is possible to swim there. Another option is a paddleboard adventure … a great way to navigate the tranquil environment at a slower pace,” he adds.

This latest praise follows Benagil listed last year as one of the world’s “Top 10 Coolest Caves” by American online paper The Huffington Post – as well as one of the “50 Most Breathtaking Places to Visit Before You Die” by Singaporean website The Smart Local.