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Algar de Benagil

We want to see the caves but not sure where to stay. We will be driving from Algeciras, Spain 4/4/22. We need to be back in Seville by around 4pm on 4/7/22 where we'll be staying for 3 more days. From previous posts, it doesn't sound like Albufeira is a good spot to pick as a base camp. Any suggestions on how to incorporate a visit to see Algar de Benagil which is a must see for this trip. We're (4 adults) all interested in good food, wines, a cooking class would be great. Suggestions for timing and where to stay will be greatly appreciated! We don't mind the driving, and would prefer to find a spot to stay for our few days in Portugal before heading back to Seville. Thanks!!

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If you're driving, almost everywhere in the Algarve is within relatively easy reach.
Albufeira is known as a party place for Brits in the summer, not so much the rest of the year.
Armacao de Pera is beachfront and close to Benagil.
Portimao is also close by and it's both riverfront and beach front ( the famous Praia da Rocha).
Tourist boats to see the Benagil cave depart from Portimao.
If beachfront is not important you can stay in Faro ( Algarve capital city). Opposite the Faro marina is Rua Dom Francisco Gomes a pedestrian only street, good for easy strolling, outdoor cafe's/ restaurants.
I recommend the restaurant O Tintol in the Faro area, it's off road N125. Ask for the Rodizio de Peixe, they bring different grilled fish to your table.

Happy travels

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Algeciras is probably a 5-6 hour drive to this part of the Algarve even without any stops. This isn’t my favourite stretch of the Algarve, particularly Albufeira or the high rise resort of Praia da Rocha.

I would suggest Ferragudo as a base, as it’s not too over developed or Alvor. The nearby town of Silves has a charm and you can explore its castle if you don’t want to be immediately on the coast but stay somewhere slightly more authentic.

You only have two days here, so not much time for a cookery class.

When I was in the Algarve in early April, not many of the boats to the caves were running from Lagos.