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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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                                                                                                      Amazing Villa

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                                                                                                      We arrived as a group of 5 (incl a 1 year old) and found the manager waiting for our arrival and was very helpful. From the minute we arrived we felt relaxed and at home in this lovely villa. Its location is perfect, two beautiful beaches within 5 minutes walk, both with very good restaurants. Albufeira was a 5-10 minute taxi ride, as was Lidl where we were able to stock up on water and food. We ate up on the roof terrace one night which was worth the effort of carrying the food and plates up to take in the views. There is also a hotel over the road which has an amazing spa and does treatments. I would highly recommend this villa and we have every intention of returning at some point in the not too distant future
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 22-Jul-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Sep 2015

                                                                                                      Fantastic!

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      A large group of family members stayed here for a week at the start of July. This villa is absolutely stunning! Everything you could possibly need and more is provided by the owners, they have thought of everything! Our group consisted of toddler , teenagers and adults. The villa was well equipped to keep everyone occupied. Pool area is fantastic with beautiful sunshine all day long. Plenty of seating around the very large table at the barbecue area , which we used daily. Enough sun loungers and inflatables for everyone too. Bedrooms were spacious with plenty of storage. Beds comfortable and great air conditioning (much needed!). Kitchen was more than well equipped, with lots of essentails. The dish washer was a godsend with a large group! There is also a utility room with washing machine should you need it. There were plenty of towels for everyone including beach towels! The villa was exceptionally clean on arrival. The maid came mid week fir a freshen up and delivered even more towels! The only slight issue we had was one of the filters in the pool.packed up one day.......quick call to the owner and the maintenance man appeared within the hour to put it right; , superb service! 👍 Finally the location. ......The villa is situated just outside the main resort, but equally served by bars, restaurants and local mini market fir all your daily needs. We took a taxi on the first day to the nearby Lidl and bought all of our food for the week at dirt cheap prices! The local beach is just beautiful , again equipped with toilets, bars, massage, water sports and totally STUNNING views and scenery all around! You can access Albefuira on foot which takes about 30 minutes, or take a taxi for about 7 -8 euros. Once there you have all you'd expect from a holiday resort, beautiful beaches, bars, restaurants, shops and so much fun stuff to do.......you really couldn't ask for anything more! This was my first trip to Portugal and I can't wait to go back, the climate, resort and the locals were all fantastic! We loved staying in this gorgeous, well maintained and equipped villa and would not hesitate to stay there again!! 😊
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 11-Jul-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jul 2016

                                                                                                      better than expected it was amazing

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                                                                                                      Hired the villa for eleven nights and just returned our daughter was getting married at the sao rafael atlantico hotel which was just 5 mins away Everything was perfect at the villa lovely and clean very well equipped and in an excellent position Cheryl was there to greet us with a chilled glass of wine would more could we ask Friends and guests from the wedding called and all just went WOW on seeing the villa It made our daughters wedding so special getting ready and leaving for the ceremony from such a beautiful place Even the wedding planner was knocked out by the place We had an amazing holiday and where sad to leave but we will return ASAP as will im sure many of our friends and family The villa is 5 mins from the beach and in my opinion the best villa we have ever hired Many thanks to Cheryl and Alan xxxxx
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 01-Jul-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jun 2016