A walk from the centre of Carvoeiro to Benagil beach. The walk goes along quiet roads and is an alternative to the more famous, but also more challenging cliff walk which is part of the Seven Hanging Valleys Trail. There are a few hills, including the very steep descent down to Benagil (and back up again on your return) but on the whole it is moderately easy. The walk is approximately 5 km and takes 1 hour 10 minutes each way.
From the centre of Carvoeiro (with the Carvoeiro Sol Hotel on your right and Smiler’s Bar on your left) walk up the Estrada do Farol. At the top of the hill continue straight on. Walk past the Tivoli Hotel on the right and then the Pestana Palm Gardens and Baia Cristal Hotel on the right.
Walk past the entrance to Centianes beach on the right, which has a signpost to the O Stop restaurant.
Walk past the turning to Vale Centianes on the right.
Walk past the turning to the Vale de Milho golf course on the left.
Walk past Julio’s restaurant on the left. Walk past Rafaiol’s restaurant on the right.
After Rafaiol’s restaurant take the next turning on the left, following the sign to Benagil (at the Rocha Mar restaurant).
Walk past Clube Golfemar, with the sea on your right in the distance. You will see the Alfanzina lighthouse on the right from here.
At the fork in the road take the road on the right.
At the junction turn right, following the sign to Benagil.
Walk on with the sea in front of you in the distance.
On the way you will walk past the Sul Mar restaurant on the left. You will also walk past a lot of impressive villas.
At the mini-roundabout just after the sign telling you that you have arrived in Benagil turn left, following signs to Albandeira and Marinha.
Walk down the very steep hill to the beach.
The bigger beach is to the left of where the boats are moored via a wooden walkway. From here you can take boat trips into the caves. The highlight is a trip to the Algar de Benagil, which you can read more about in our blog Carvoeiro boat trip to the caves.
There is a café and a couple of restaurants near the beach.
If you prefer not to walk back to Carvoeiro there are two buses a day between Lagoa and Benagil (departing from Benagil at 09:40 and 15:20, Monday to Friday only). A taxi is a better option, but be prepared to pay 10 euros one way.