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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.

    avg/night
    • 4 BR
    • 4 BA
    • Sleeps 8
    Villa #1672620
    1
    Viewed 12 times in the last 48 hours
      • 4 BR
      • 3 BA
      • Separate Toilet
      • Sleeps 9
      Villa #6064391
      1
      Viewed 33 times in the last 48 hours
        Very Good! 4/5
        (1 reviews)
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        • 5 BR
        • 4 BA
        • Sleeps 10
        Villa #1672633
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          Excellent! 4.6/5
          (5 reviews)
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          • 2 BR
          • 2 BA
          • Sleeps 5
          Apartment #8018830
          5
          Viewed 10 times in the last 48 hours
            • 4 BR
            • 4 BA
            • Separate Toilet
            • Sleeps 8
            Villa #865174
            11
              • 1 BR
              • 1 BA
              • Sleeps 4
              Apartment #6892286
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                Wonderful! 4.8/5
                (12 reviews)
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                • 2 BR
                • 2 BA
                • Sleeps 6
                Apartment #1773086
                12
                Viewed 8 times in the last 48 hours
                  • 2 BR
                  • 1 BA
                  • Sleeps 5
                  Apartment #8171755
                  Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
                    Excellent! 4.6/5
                    (10 reviews)
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                    • 2 BR
                    • 2 BA
                    • Sleeps 4
                    Apartment #82741
                    10
                      • 1 BR
                      • 1 BA
                      • Sleeps 4
                      Apartment #8020124
                      6
                        • 2 BR
                        • 1 BA
                        • Sleeps 4
                        Apartment #1101166
                        11
                          • 2 BR
                          • 2 BA
                          • Sleeps 4
                          Apartment #8063993
                          2
                            Excellent! 4.5/5
                            (4 reviews)
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                            • 4 BR
                            • 4 BA
                            • Separate Toilet
                            • Sleeps 8
                            Villa #870844
                            4
                            Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
                              • 3 BR
                              • 2 BA
                              • Sleeps 6
                              Villa #1769568
                              2
                              Viewed 10 times in the last 48 hours
                                • 2 BR
                                • 1 BA
                                • Sleeps 4
                                Apartment #1851630
                                  Excellent! 4.7/5
                                  (10 reviews)
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                                  • 2 BR
                                  • 1 BA
                                  • Separate Toilet
                                  • Sleeps 7
                                  Apartment #896515
                                  10
                                  Viewed 13 times in the last 48 hours
                                    • 4 BR
                                    • 3 BA
                                    • Separate Toilets
                                    • Sleeps 11
                                    Villa #1025833
                                    1
                                    Viewed 14 times in the last 48 hours
                                      Exceptional! 5/5
                                      (5 reviews)
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                                      • 4 BR
                                      • 3 BA
                                      • Separate Toilet
                                      • Sleeps 10
                                      Villa #6523070
                                      5
                                      Viewed 7 times in the last 48 hours
                                        Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                        (10 reviews)
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                                        • 2 BR
                                        • 2 BA
                                        • Sleeps 5
                                        Apartment #8004331
                                        10
                                          • 2 BR
                                          • 1 BA
                                          • Sleeps 5
                                          Apartment #1698353
                                          1
                                            • 3 BR
                                            • 3 BA
                                            • Separate Toilet
                                            • Sleeps 6
                                            Villa #6666617
                                              • 2 BR
                                              • 2 BA
                                              • Sleeps 6
                                              Villa #8251202
                                                Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                (10 reviews)
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                                                • 2 BR
                                                • 1 BA
                                                • Sleeps 5
                                                Apartment #80020
                                                10
                                                Viewed 19 times in the last 48 hours
                                                  • 1 BR
                                                  • 1 BA
                                                  • Sleeps 3
                                                  Apartment #8127123
                                                  3
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                                                    • 1 BR
                                                    • 1 BA
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                                                    Multiple rentals Apartment #1821914
                                                    Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
                                                      Good! 3.8/5
                                                      (4 reviews)
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                                                      • 2 BR
                                                      • 1 BA
                                                      • Sleeps 5
                                                      Multiple rentals Apartment #1821914
                                                      4
                                                      Viewed 12 times in the last 48 hours
                                                        • 4 BR
                                                        • 5 BA
                                                        • Sleeps 10
                                                        Villa #6773583
                                                        Viewed 47 times in the last 48 hours
                                                          Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                          (17 reviews)
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                                                          • 2 BR
                                                          • 3 BA
                                                          • Sleeps 6
                                                          Villa #6730370
                                                          17
                                                          Viewed 168 times in the last 48 hours
                                                            Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                            (9 reviews)
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                                                            • 1 BR
                                                            • 1 BA
                                                            • Sleeps 2
                                                            House #1843955
                                                            9
                                                            Viewed 65 times in the last 48 hours
                                                              Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                              (24 reviews)
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                                                              • 1 BR
                                                              • 1 BA
                                                              • Sleeps 4
                                                              Apartment #8027480
                                                              24
                                                              Viewed 43 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                (9 reviews)
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                                                                • 1 BR
                                                                • 2 BA
                                                                • Sleeps 4
                                                                Apartment #8017972
                                                                9
                                                                Viewed 80 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                  Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                  (11 reviews)
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                                                                  • 1 BR
                                                                  • 1 BA
                                                                  • Sleeps 4
                                                                  Apartment #8079726
                                                                  11
                                                                  Viewed 98 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                    Excellent! 4.6/5
                                                                    (7 reviews)
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                                                                    • 3 BR
                                                                    • 2 BA
                                                                    • Sleeps 6
                                                                    Villa #6566273
                                                                    7
                                                                    Viewed 35 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                      Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                      (16 reviews)
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                                                                      • 1 BR
                                                                      • 1 BA
                                                                      • Sleeps 4
                                                                      Apartment #1657637
                                                                      16
                                                                      Viewed 66 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                        Excellent! 4.5/5
                                                                        (4 reviews)
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                                                                        • 2 BR
                                                                        • 2 BA
                                                                        • Sleeps 6
                                                                        Apartment #6719787
                                                                        4
                                                                        Viewed 88 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                          Excellent! 4.3/5
                                                                          (11 reviews)
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                                                                          • 1 BR
                                                                          • 1 BA
                                                                          • Sleeps 4
                                                                          Apartment #8161172
                                                                          11
                                                                          Viewed 26 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                            Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                            (12 reviews)
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                                                                            • 2 BR
                                                                            • 1 BA
                                                                            • Sleeps 4
                                                                            Apartment #1248069a
                                                                            12
                                                                            Viewed 57 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                              Excellent! 4.4/5
                                                                              (45 reviews)
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                                                                              • 3 BR
                                                                              • 3 BA
                                                                              • Sleeps 6
                                                                              House #87058
                                                                              45
                                                                              Viewed 21 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                Excellent! 4.6/5
                                                                                (7 reviews)
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                                                                                • 2 BR
                                                                                • 2 BA
                                                                                • Sleeps 5
                                                                                House #1944584
                                                                                7
                                                                                Viewed 36 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                  Exceptional! 5/5
                                                                                  (18 reviews)
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                                                                                  • 3 BR
                                                                                  • 2 BA
                                                                                  • Sleeps 8
                                                                                  Villa #8146675
                                                                                  18
                                                                                  Viewed 35 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                    Excellent! 4.4/5
                                                                                    (10 reviews)
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                                                                                    • 1 BR
                                                                                    • 1 BA
                                                                                    • Sleeps 4
                                                                                    Apartment #1992412
                                                                                    10
                                                                                    Viewed 47 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                      Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                                      (16 reviews)
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                                                                                      • 1 BR
                                                                                      • 1 BA
                                                                                      • Sleeps 4
                                                                                      Apartment #8041905
                                                                                      16
                                                                                      Viewed 14 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                        Excellent! 4.3/5
                                                                                        (6 reviews)
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                                                                                        • 3 BR
                                                                                        • 1 BA
                                                                                        • Sleeps 6
                                                                                        Villa #8071513
                                                                                        6
                                                                                        Viewed 16 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                          Excellent! 4.7/5
                                                                                          (13 reviews)
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                                                                                          • 3 BR
                                                                                          • 2 BA
                                                                                          • Sleeps 8
                                                                                          Villa #900816a
                                                                                          13
                                                                                          Viewed 24 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                            Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                                            (15 reviews)
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                                                                                            • 2 BR
                                                                                            • 2 BA
                                                                                            • Sleeps 4
                                                                                            Apartment #1809588
                                                                                            15
                                                                                            Viewed 15 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                              Exceptional! 5/5
                                                                                              (11 reviews)
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                                                                                              • 2 BR
                                                                                              • 2 BA
                                                                                              • Sleeps 5
                                                                                              Apartment #1834709
                                                                                              11
                                                                                              Viewed 14 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                                                (24 reviews)
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                                                                                                • 2 BR
                                                                                                • 2 BA
                                                                                                • Sleeps 6
                                                                                                Villa #8159499
                                                                                                24
                                                                                                Viewed 36 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                  • 2 BR
                                                                                                  • 2 BA
                                                                                                  • Sleeps 4
                                                                                                  Apartment #6736479
                                                                                                  3
                                                                                                  Viewed 18 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                    Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                                                    (15 reviews)
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                                                                                                    • 1 BR
                                                                                                    • 1 BA
                                                                                                    • Sleeps 4
                                                                                                    Apartment #6677252
                                                                                                    15
                                                                                                    Viewed 10 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                      Excellent! 4.7/5
                                                                                                      (24 reviews)
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                                                                                                      • 2 BR
                                                                                                      • 2 BA
                                                                                                      • Sleeps 5
                                                                                                      Apartment #8140185
                                                                                                      24
                                                                                                      Viewed 12 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                                                                      Recent Reviews

                                                                                                      Great apartment

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      The apartment was exactly as described and Celissia was friendly and helpful. The apartment had everything we needed for a great break and was lovely and clean. It is with in walking distance of all amenities including the beach. Will definitely be going back
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: May 15, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: May 2017

                                                                                                      Service and accomodation were good

                                                                                                      4 of 5
                                                                                                      Good stay and service
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: May 08, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Apr 2017