São Rafael , just 3-4 kilometres west of Albufeira, is home to one of the best beaches in the Algarve with its coves and rocks. Next to Saoby the Gale, Salgados and Praia Grande beaches, all easy to get to from the vila. Rafael are the the long and flat extensions of white sand formed
Within walking distance of the villa there is plenty choice of good restaurants and bars and many more and greater variety within a few minutes drive.
Shops: There is a local mini market and a small supermarket within an easy walk from the villa. Both stock supplies for your every day needs.
For larger supermarkets you can either drive into Albufeira itself (7 to 8 minutes drive) or to 'Algarve Shopping' which is a large shopping centre with a big supermarket, designer shops, gift shops, etc.
For general shopping, Albufeira Old Town offers a good choice of tourist and gift shops and there is a daily street market during the summer months. There are shopping centres at 'Algarve Shopping' and also at 'Albufeira Shopping' in the centre of Albufeira.
The new marina, only a few minutes drive, is where many water sports are available for you to enjoy, including dolphin watching, sailing, boat and fishing trips, diving, water skiing and more.
The location is perfect if you wish to be away from the 'hustle and bustle' but still within easy reach of all the facilities that Albufeira has to offer.
Activities: The Algarve is a fantastic place for outdoor leisure facilities and the villa is within easy reach of many including water sports at the various beaches in the area, boat trips from the Marina, cycling, tennis, safari trips, quad biking, go-karting, diving, bird watching or simply walking along the beautiful coastline or on the the long, sandy beaches.
Water Parks: There are some good water parks within an easy and quick drive including Zoomarine (where you can also swim with the dolphins), AquaLand, Slide and Splash and Aquashow.
Golf: Golf is never far away from wherever you stay on the Algarve. The nearest course to the villa, just a 5 minute drive, is at Salgados, an 18 hole course within sight of the sea. Within a 15 minute drive are the two newer courses at Alcantarilha - Oceânico Faldo and Oceânico O'Connor and, at the same distance and in the opposite direction, the 9 hole courses at Balaia and Pinecliffs. Courses within a 30 minute drive include the 6 courses at Vilamoura and, further to the west, Gramacho, Pinta, Morgado, Silves and Penina golf courses.
A car is not essential for this location. However, the Algarve is a beautiful place with lots to see and do and if you wish to explore a little then we recommend hiring a car, perhaps for part of your stay.