Close your eyes. Take in a deep breath. Let it out. Transport yourself to the most exquisite beach you can imagine. It’s sunny, warm, and there’s even a remote cave. Now imagine there’s a geocache there, too. This is no dream. This is “The Cave” in Faro, Portugal, our Geocache of the Week.
Portugal is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. This corner of Europe is known for their fabulous beaches, traditional fishing villages, exquisite port wine, rich culture, and their passionate geocaching community.
“The Cave” is also known as Algar de Benagil, located along the Algarve, the southernmost region of Portugal in the municipality of Faro. This T5 Traditional can be accessed by boat, canoe, or kayak and takes about 15 minutes from nearby Praia de Benagil (Benagil Beach). Swimming to the cave is not advised since ocean currents can be strong. You may pass several local fishing boats as you make this trek.
From late morning to mid-afternoon the cave comes alive and is perfect for those posts to make all your friends back home jealous. The sunlight permeates directly from the top opening which creates an interesting contrast between light and shadow. Algar de Benagil is Instagram-famous so to increase your chances of a remote getaway, make the journey at off times and rent your own kayak (and life vest) rather than booking with one of the tour boats.
While you’re there, consider hiking to the dome on top of the cave. It is possible to make the trek in flip-flops, but if you have a dry bag to add a pair of sneakers, it’s a good idea. It’s advised to stay behind the fence and take in the view from there.
Since satellite reception is non-existent inside the cave, the cache is not at the given coordinates. The coordinates will get you to the west entrance, but the cache is hidden in the highest rock at the darkest part of The Cave. You’ll just have to go there and find out for yourself.
Traditional GC1EFM0 by global trekkers
N 37° 05.219 W 008° 25.466
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