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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 #1992689
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      Villa #6523070
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                Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                Villa #59211
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                  Excellent! 4.5/5
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                  • 5 BR
                  • 4 BA
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                  Villa #1094005
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                    Excellent! 4.7/5
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                    Apartment #1773086
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                      Villa #1023621
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                        Villa #1078717
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                          Apartment #1608041
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                            Villa #6106439
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                              Excellent! 4.6/5
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                              Apartment #1101166
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                                  Exceptional! 5.0/5
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                                    Apartment #1438580
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                                      Villa #6103818
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                                        Apartment #454151
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                                                        • 4 BR
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                                                        Villa #870844
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                                                          Wonderful! 4.9/5
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                                                          • 5 BR
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                                                            Wonderful! 4.9/5
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                                                              Wonderful! 4.9/5
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                                                                Wonderful! 4.9/5
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                                                                • 4 BR
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                                                                Villa #536842
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                                                                  Apartment #6004476
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                                                                      Exceptional! 5.0/5
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                                                                                    Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                                                                                          Exceptional! 5.0/5
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                                                                                                  Recent Reviews

                                                                                                  Vivenda de Luxo !! Adora-mos !

                                                                                                  5 of 5
                                                                                                  Vivenda estava extremamente limpa e tudo estava impecável. Extremamente equipada com tudo do bom e melhor. A localização é muito boa. Praia é logo ali ao lado. Adorei esta vivenda. Espaçosa e uma piscina grande. Sentimo-nos muito bem vindos. Recomendaria esta casa sem duvida nenhuma!
                                                                                                  • Review Submitted: 05-Dec-2016
                                                                                                  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016

                                                                                                  Perfect for the group of 5! We had everything we needed plus more.

                                                                                                  5 of 5
                                                                                                  I would recommend the property to anyone wanting to relax. Very close to the beach and local shops. The boardwalk leading to the caves is beautiful and worth seeing. House managers were very helpful and happy to assist.
                                                                                                  • Review Submitted: 07-Nov-2016
                                                                                                  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016

                                                                                                  Amazing property. Fab area. Definitely recommend

                                                                                                  5 of 5
                                                                                                  The pictures really don't do this property justice. It's beautiful. Large, well equipped and perfectly positioned. The view around the villa is gorgeous. All the bedrooms are lovely- not just the master. Perfect for us especially all being on suites. The surrounding area is lovely with five different beaches with in five minutes. Our favourite was Praia da coelha and Praia da Castelo. If you love beaches you won't be disappointed. Have to recommend restaurant O Marinheiro - fantastic. Had a wonderful holiday definitely go back to the area. Wasn't so keen on albufeira but only needed to go there for the lidl ! The supermarket at gale was amazing too. We went to Vilamoura which I would recommend. Alan and Cheryl couldn't of been more helpful with regard to any part of our stay. And helped out with loads of things. Including my husband forgetting his passport !! Very thoughtful and kind. Car is definitely recommended. The pool was cold and the children wouldn't swim in it but it was October prehaps in the summer months it would be warmer. And it's a shame we couldn't use the drive as we had two hire cars. But it's such a quiet area that it felt safe and wasn't really a problem. Go book this Villa now.......... You won't be disappointed !
                                                                                                  • Review Submitted: 01-Nov-2016
                                                                                                  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016