Below the earth, there exists an exciting world, immersed in obscurity and mystery, often difficult to enter, but in many cases, full of natural wonders, fantastic formations, unexpected colours, strange animals and signs of ancient cultures, all buried in time.
Caving is an activity somewhere between a science and a sport which lets you discover all these secrets and the Algarve is one of the finest areas in Portugal to practise it.
With hundreds of caves scattered throughout the region, the major concentration of caves can be found in Moncarapacho and Loulé. In Moncarapacho, there are more than 100 caves in the Cerro da Cabeça alone.
Loulé and Lagos are also zones extremely rich in caves, where you can encounter true marvels, some with vertical and some with horizontal access.
Full of diversity owing to their specific nature, the caves of the Algarve are a genuine and recognised challenge for caving enthusiasts. Yet for beginners and those less familiar with underground exploration, we advise you to obtain more information and help from organisations that operate in the area: namely, the Centro de Estudos Espeleológicos e Arqueológicos do Algarve (Centre for Caving Studies and Archaeology in the Algarve) or the Centro de Estudos Subterrâneos (Centre for Underground Studies) in Lagos, which can ensure your experience is a safe and happy one.