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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.

    Excellent! 4.3/5
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    • 5 BR
    • 4 BA
    • Sleeps 10
    Villa #1672633
    3
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      • 4 BR
      • 4 BA
      • Sleeps 8
      Villa #1672620
      1
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        • 4 BR
        • 3 BA
        • Separate Toilet
        • Sleeps 9
        Villa #6064391
        2
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          Exceptional! 5/5
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          • 4 BR
          • 3 BA
          • Separate Toilet
          • Sleeps 10
          Villa #6523070
          6
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            Exceptional! 5/5
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            • 4 BR
            • 4 BA
            • Separate Toilet
            • Sleeps 8
            Villa #865174
            14
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              Excellent! 4.6/5
              (5 reviews)
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              • 2 BR
              • 2 BA
              • Sleeps 5
              Apartment #8018830
              5
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                • 1 BR
                • 1 BA
                • Sleeps 4
                Apartment #6892286
                2
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                  Wonderful! 4.8/5
                  (15 reviews)
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                  • 2 BR
                  • 2 BA
                  • Sleeps 6
                  Apartment #1773086
                  15
                  Viewed 12 times in the last 48 hours
                    • 2 BR
                    • 1 BA
                    • Sleeps 5
                    Apartment #8171755
                    1
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                      Excellent! 4.4/5
                      (9 reviews)
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                      • 1 BR
                      • 1 BA
                      • Sleeps 4
                      Apartment #8020124
                      9
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                        Excellent! 4.5/5
                        (11 reviews)
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                        • 2 BR
                        • 2 BA
                        • Sleeps 4
                        Apartment #82741
                        11
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                          Excellent! 4.6/5
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                          • 2 BR
                          • 1 BA
                          • Sleeps 4
                          Apartment #1101166
                          11
                          Viewed 10 times in the last 48 hours
                            • 4 BR
                            • 4 BA
                            • Separate Toilet
                            • Sleeps 8
                            Villa #870844
                            4
                              Wonderful! 4.8/5
                              (12 reviews)
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                              • 2 BR
                              • 2 BA
                              • Sleeps 5
                              Apartment #8004331
                              12
                              Viewed 8 times in the last 48 hours
                                • 2 BR
                                • 2 BA
                                • Sleeps 5
                                Apartment #8063993
                                2
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                                  • 2 BR
                                  • 1 BA
                                  • Sleeps 4
                                  Apartment #1851630
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                                    Excellent! 4.7/5
                                    (11 reviews)
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                                    • 2 BR
                                    • 1 BA
                                    • Sleeps 5
                                    Apartment #80020
                                    11
                                    Viewed 11 times in the last 48 hours
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                                      • 2 BR
                                      • 2 BA
                                      • Sleeps 6
                                      House #1558256a
                                      Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
                                        • 2 BR
                                        • 1 BA
                                        • Sleeps 5
                                        Apartment #1698353
                                        1
                                          • 3 BR
                                          • 2 BA
                                          • Sleeps 8
                                          Apartment #1553080a
                                            • 1 BR
                                            • 1 BA
                                            • Sleeps 4
                                            House #1558263a
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                                              • 7 BR
                                              • 5 BA
                                              • Sleeps 20
                                              House #1560663a
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                                                • 3 BR
                                                • 2 BA
                                                • Sleeps 8
                                                House #1558264a
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                                                  • 3 BR
                                                  • 3 BA
                                                  • Separate Toilet
                                                  • Sleeps 6
                                                  Villa #6666617
                                                    • 1 BR
                                                    • 1 BA
                                                    • Sleeps 3
                                                    Apartment #8127123
                                                    4
                                                    Viewed 9 times in the last 48 hours
                                                      • 4 BR
                                                      • 5 BA
                                                      • Sleeps 10
                                                      Villa #6773583
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                                                        Excellent! 4.4/5
                                                        (13 reviews)
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                                                        • 1 BR
                                                        • 1 BA
                                                        • Sleeps 4
                                                        Apartment #8161172
                                                        13
                                                        Viewed 119 times in the last 48 hours
                                                          Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                          (21 reviews)
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                                                          • 2 BR
                                                          • 3 BA
                                                          • Sleeps 6
                                                          Villa #6730370
                                                          21
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                                                            Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                            (10 reviews)
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                                                            • 1 BR
                                                            • 2 BA
                                                            • Sleeps 4
                                                            Apartment #8017972
                                                            10
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                                                              Wonderful! 4.9/5
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                                                              • 1 BR
                                                              • 1 BA
                                                              • Sleeps 4
                                                              Apartment #8079726
                                                              14
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                                                                Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                                                                • 1 BR
                                                                • 1 BA
                                                                • Sleeps 4
                                                                Apartment #8027480
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                                                                  Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                                                                  • 1 BR
                                                                  • 1 BA
                                                                  • Sleeps 4
                                                                  Apartment #1657637
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                                                                    Excellent! 4.7/5
                                                                    (11 reviews)
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                                                                    • 1 BR
                                                                    • 1 BA
                                                                    • Sleeps 2
                                                                    House #1843955
                                                                    11
                                                                    Viewed 108 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                      Excellent! 4.6/5
                                                                      (63 reviews)
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                                                                      • 3 BR
                                                                      • 2 BA
                                                                      • Separate Toilet
                                                                      • Sleeps 6
                                                                      Villa #6073492
                                                                      63
                                                                      Viewed 62 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                        Excellent! 4.7/5
                                                                        (14 reviews)
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                                                                        • 2 BR
                                                                        • 1 BA
                                                                        • Sleeps 4
                                                                        Apartment #1248069a
                                                                        14
                                                                        Viewed 137 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                          Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                          (28 reviews)
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                                                                          • 2 BR
                                                                          • 2 BA
                                                                          • Sleeps 6
                                                                          Villa #8159499
                                                                          28
                                                                          Viewed 94 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                            Excellent! 4.5/5
                                                                            (14 reviews)
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                                                                            • 1 BR
                                                                            • 1 BA
                                                                            • Sleeps 4
                                                                            Apartment #1992412
                                                                            14
                                                                            Viewed 225 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                              Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                              (19 reviews)
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                                                                              • 3 BR
                                                                              • 2 BA
                                                                              • Sleeps 8
                                                                              Villa #8146675
                                                                              19
                                                                              Viewed 165 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                Excellent! 4.6/5
                                                                                (8 reviews)
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                                                                                • 3 BR
                                                                                • 2 BA
                                                                                • Sleeps 6
                                                                                Villa #6566273
                                                                                8
                                                                                Viewed 65 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                  Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                                  (18 reviews)
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                                                                                  • 2 BR
                                                                                  • 2 BA
                                                                                  • Sleeps 4
                                                                                  Apartment #1809588
                                                                                  18
                                                                                  Viewed 38 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                    Excellent! 4.6/5
                                                                                    (5 reviews)
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                                                                                    • 1 BR
                                                                                    • 1 BA
                                                                                    • Sleeps 4
                                                                                    Apartment #8171982
                                                                                    5
                                                                                    Viewed 49 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                      Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                                                                                      • 1 BR
                                                                                      • 1 BA
                                                                                      • Sleeps 4
                                                                                      Apartment #8041905
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                                                                                      Viewed 62 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                        Exceptional! 5/5
                                                                                        (13 reviews)
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                                                                                        • 2 BR
                                                                                        • 2 BA
                                                                                        • Sleeps 5
                                                                                        Apartment #1834709
                                                                                        13
                                                                                        Viewed 44 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                          Excellent! 4.5/5
                                                                                          (48 reviews)
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                                                                                          • 3 BR
                                                                                          • 3 BA
                                                                                          • Sleeps 6
                                                                                          House #87058
                                                                                          48
                                                                                          Viewed 120 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                            Excellent! 4.7/5
                                                                                            (14 reviews)
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                                                                                            • 3 BR
                                                                                            • 2 BA
                                                                                            • Sleeps 8
                                                                                            Villa #900816a
                                                                                            14
                                                                                            Viewed 133 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                              Excellent! 4.6/5
                                                                                              (5 reviews)
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                                                                                              • 2 BR
                                                                                              • 2 BA
                                                                                              • Sleeps 6
                                                                                              Apartment #6719787
                                                                                              5
                                                                                              Viewed 134 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                Exceptional! 5/5
                                                                                                (21 reviews)
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                                                                                                • 2 BR
                                                                                                • 2 BA
                                                                                                • Sleeps 6
                                                                                                Apartment #462115
                                                                                                21
                                                                                                Viewed 21 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                  Excellent! 4.4/5
                                                                                                  (11 reviews)
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                                                                                                  • 2 BR
                                                                                                  • 2 BA
                                                                                                  • Sleeps 5
                                                                                                  House #1944584
                                                                                                  11
                                                                                                  Viewed 49 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                    Excellent! 4.7/5
                                                                                                    (25 reviews)
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                                                                                                    • 4 BR
                                                                                                    • 3 BA
                                                                                                    • Separate Toilet
                                                                                                    • Sleeps 10
                                                                                                    House #850215
                                                                                                    25
                                                                                                    Viewed 186 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                      Exceptional! 5/5
                                                                                                      (5 reviews)
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                                                                                                      • 2 BR
                                                                                                      • 1 BA
                                                                                                      • Sleeps 5
                                                                                                      Apartment #8122167
                                                                                                      5
                                                                                                      Viewed 44 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                       

                                                                                                      Recent Reviews

                                                                                                      Wonderful relaxing holiday

                                                                                                      4 of 5
                                                                                                      Lovely 2 bedroom apartment in a quiet location with everything you needed. Apartment complex was established and very pretty. Gorgeous beach only 10 minutes walk away. Lovely clean pool area close by.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: Jul 21, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jun 2017

                                                                                                      Perfect <3

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      We visited Casa Colmeia for 2 weeks in July. There were no negatives at all. It was a complete home from home and had everything you could possibly need. It wasn't overlooked at all and the nearest property was a good distance away. It was very peaceful yet close enough to the busier areas of Albufeira and Vilamoura. Falesia Beach is only a 10 minute drive away and is beautiful, totally unspoilt. The accommodation and pool couldn't have been more perfect for us and our 18 year old twins. We enjoyed the shade on the patio by the pool and had a fair few games of drunken boules on the grass :) All in all everything was perfect and we hope to return in the future. Thank you.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: Jul 21, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jul 2017