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The beach at Sao Rafael has long been one of Portugal's most popular stretches of sand. Thousands of holiday travellers choose apartments and villas in the Sao Rafael area for this fact alone. Yes, the beach is truly fine but there is also plenty to do and see in the area. Golf courses abound in the Algarve and there are numerous nearby towns such as Albufeira and Faro which boast intriguing historical artefacts. HomeAway has villas in Sao Rafael that can accommodate groups of any size, from as little as two to bigger parties of 8 or more. Options with internet access, parking and even pools are available.

HomeAway accommodations in the resort town of Sesmarias are a nice alternative for visitors who desire a more laid-back vibe. For those looking to stay closer to the action, HomeAway also has comfortable rental options in Albufeira . HomeAway also offers a selection of comfortable rental accommodations in nearby Faro, located about 30 miles from Sao Rafael.

Things to do

Praia de Sao Rafael:

This small beach is the main attraction. Praia de Sao Rafael has been voted Portugal's number one beach for its soft, golden sand and crystal clear waters. Formations in the limestone cliffs make for an interesting backdrop. The beach is wheelchair accessible.

Sesmarias:

This tourist area is characterised by its stylish resorts, hotels and villas. The main road in Sesmarias is located near the beach and has a great selection of bars and restaurants. Despite rapid growth over the last few years, Sesmarias has retained a laid-back and easygoing feel.

Albufeira:

Albufeira is one of the liveliest towns in the Algarve region and is located three miles from Sao Rafael. Cosy cafés and restaurants dot the cobblestone streets of the Old Town, while the famous Albufeira strip is the place to go for dining, dancing and drinks well into the early hours.

Xorino Cave:

This natural formation served as a hiding place for the Moors during the Christian Reconquest of Albufeira in the 13th century. It can be found within the cliffs directly off the main strip of beach near Albufeira. Guided tours are available during high season.

Gale:

The family-friendly town of Gale is just two miles from Sao Rafael. The town is quiet, relaxed and covered with orange groves, vineyards, olive and fig trees. The Praia de Gale is as popular with tourists as it is with locals.

Zoomarine:

This marine life park is found in the town of Guia, less than six miles from Sesmarias. Seal and dolphin shows are held regularly throughout the year and a 4D cinema shows films about marine life. There are a number of swimming pools and snack bars that ensure a full and fun day out.

Weather in Sao Rafael

Summer is definitely the most popular time to visit Sao Rafael. Temperatures average about 28ºC in July and August, with some days climbing into the mid-30s, though Atlantic breezes keep visitors cool. The water temperature is about 22° C during the summer. Fall and spring are also a pleasant time to visit, with temperatures in the low 20s. Winters are mild with an average temperature of 15º C in January.

Travel to Sao Rafael

Flights to Faro International Airport (FAO) are available from most major cities in Europe. From there, the easiest way to reach Sao Rafael is by car. Taxis and car hire can be booked in advanced, though there are plenty of options available upon arrival. Sao Rafael is located about 30 miles from Faro International Airport. The drive takes about approximately 45 minutes along the A22 or N125.

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Villa #1672620
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Villa #6064391
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Very Good! 4/5
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  • 5 BR
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Villa #1672633
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Excellent! 4.6/5
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Apartment #8018830
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Exceptional! 5/5
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  • 4 BR
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Villa #865174
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  • 1 BR
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Apartment #6892286
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Wonderful! 4.8/5
(12 reviews)
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  • 2 BR
  • 2 BA
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Apartment #1773086
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  • 2 BR
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Apartment #8171755
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Excellent! 4.6/5
(10 reviews)
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  • 2 BR
  • 2 BA
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Apartment #82741
10
Excellent! 4.3/5
(6 reviews)
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  • 1 BR
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Apartment #8020124
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Excellent! 4.6/5
(11 reviews)
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  • 2 BR
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Apartment #1101166
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  • 2 BR
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Apartment #8063993
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Excellent! 4.5/5
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  • 4 BR
  • 4 BA
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Villa #870844
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  • 3 BR
  • 2 BA
  • Sleeps 6
Villa #1769568
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  • 2 BR
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Apartment #1851630
Excellent! 4.7/5
(10 reviews)
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Apartment #896515
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  • 4 BR
  • 3 BA
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Villa #1025833
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Exceptional! 5/5
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  • 4 BR
  • 3 BA
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Villa #6523070
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Wonderful! 4.8/5
(11 reviews)
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  • 2 BR
  • 2 BA
  • Sleeps 5
Apartment #8004331
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Viewed 13 times in the last 48 hours
  • 2 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 5
Apartment #1698353
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  • 3 BR
  • 3 BA
  • Separate Toilet
  • Sleeps 6
Villa #6666617
Wonderful! 4.8/5
(10 reviews)
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  • 2 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 5
Apartment #80020
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  • 1 BR
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Apartment #8127123
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Good! 3.8/5
(4 reviews)
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  • 2 BR
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Multiple rentals Apartment #1821914
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Multiple rentals Apartment #1821914
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  • 4 BR
  • 5 BA
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Villa #6773583
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  • 2 BR
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Villa #8251202
Wonderful! 4.9/5
(17 reviews)
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  • Sleeps 6
Villa #6730370
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Wonderful! 4.8/5
(9 reviews)
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  • 1 BR
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House #1843955
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Viewed 84 times in the last 48 hours
Wonderful! 4.8/5
(24 reviews)
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  • 1 BR
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Apartment #8027480
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Viewed 64 times in the last 48 hours
Wonderful! 4.9/5
(9 reviews)
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  • 1 BR
  • 2 BA
  • Sleeps 4
Apartment #8017972
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Wonderful! 4.9/5
(11 reviews)
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  • 1 BR
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Apartment #8079726
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Wonderful! 4.8/5
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Apartment #1248069a
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Wonderful! 4.8/5
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Apartment #1657637
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Excellent! 4.6/5
(7 reviews)
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  • 3 BR
  • 2 BA
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Villa #6566273
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Excellent! 4.3/5
(11 reviews)
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Apartment #8161172
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Excellent! 4.5/5
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  • 2 BR
  • 2 BA
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Apartment #6719787
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Excellent! 4.4/5
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  • 3 BR
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House #87058
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Excellent! 4.6/5
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  • 2 BR
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House #1944584
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Exceptional! 5/5
(18 reviews)
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  • 3 BR
  • 2 BA
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Villa #8146675
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Excellent! 4.4/5
(10 reviews)
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  • 1 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 4
Apartment #1992412
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Wonderful! 4.8/5
(16 reviews)
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  • 1 BR
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Apartment #8041905
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Excellent! 4.7/5
(13 reviews)
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  • 3 BR
  • 2 BA
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Villa #900816a
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Wonderful! 4.9/5
(15 reviews)
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  • 2 BR
  • 2 BA
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Apartment #1809588
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Exceptional! 5/5
(11 reviews)
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  • 2 BA
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Apartment #1834709
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Wonderful! 4.9/5
(24 reviews)
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  • 2 BR
  • 2 BA
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Villa #8159499
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Excellent! 4.3/5
(6 reviews)
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  • 3 BR
  • 1 BA
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Villa #8071513
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  • 2 BR
  • 2 BA
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Apartment #6736479
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Viewed 58 times in the last 48 hours
Wonderful! 4.8/5
(15 reviews)
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  • 1 BR
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Apartment #6677252
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Excellent! 4.7/5
(24 reviews)
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Apartment #8140185
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Recent Reviews

Great views, spacious, great location, perfect.

5 of 5
Thank you Angela for letting us stay in your apartment it was everything we'd hoped for and more. Easy to find from your instructions, very spacious, lovely sea view and beautiful beach within 5 mins walk. It provided everything we needed, handy to have a washing machine, borrow a book and have English tv, not that we watched it much because we really enjoyed sitting and sunbathing on the balcony and having a leisurely breakfast enjoying the view. Already planning our next trip. Karen
  • Review Submitted: May 24, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017

Love this place

5 of 5
Yet another wonderful holiday in Portugal. Alte is a lovely unspoiled algarve village and the house Paul has made for a comfortable home from home stay. Bedrooms kept cool as they are on the ground floor, the kitchen has everything you could want to rustle up that salad or more, the roof terrace has BBQ facility if you want to cook with its stunning views of the village, orange groves and the distant coast line. I his is the second time staying in this house and I'm sure it will not be the last as I've said all home comforts even wifi ( if you really can't be without it ). Paul left us a little care package of a few beers and a bottle of local red wine ( many thanks ) they were great fully drunk on the roof terrace. We would highly recommend this house with its two well equipped bathrooms, 2 comfy cool bedrooms, fully equipped kitchen ( inc washing machine) comfy living room ( log fire, too warm to light it this stay ) and the roof terrace tops it all off in style. We can't wait to return, already making plans.
  • Review Submitted: May 24, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017