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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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  • 4 BR
  • 4 BA
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Villa #1672620
1
Viewed 86 times in the last 48 hours
Excellent! 4.3/5
(3 reviews)
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  • 5 BR
  • 4 BA
  • Sleeps 10
Villa #1672633
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Viewed 224 times in the last 48 hours
  • 4 BR
  • 3 BA
  • Separate Toilet
  • Sleeps 9
Villa #6064391
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Viewed 115 times in the last 48 hours
Exceptional! 5/5
(6 reviews)
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  • 4 BR
  • 3 BA
  • Separate Toilet
  • Sleeps 10
Villa #6523070
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Viewed 41 times in the last 48 hours
Exceptional! 5/5
(14 reviews)
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  • 4 BR
  • 4 BA
  • Separate Toilet
  • Sleeps 8
Villa #865174
14
Viewed 35 times in the last 48 hours
Excellent! 4.6/5
(5 reviews)
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  • 2 BR
  • 2 BA
  • Sleeps 5
Apartment #8018830
5
Viewed 77 times in the last 48 hours
  • 1 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 4
Apartment #6892286
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Viewed 19 times in the last 48 hours
Wonderful! 4.8/5
(15 reviews)
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  • 2 BR
  • 2 BA
  • Sleeps 6
Apartment #1773086
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Viewed 17 times in the last 48 hours
  • 2 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 5
Apartment #8171755
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Viewed 52 times in the last 48 hours
Excellent! 4.4/5
(9 reviews)
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  • 1 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 4
Apartment #8020124
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Viewed 41 times in the last 48 hours
Excellent! 4.5/5
(11 reviews)
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  • 2 BR
  • 2 BA
  • Sleeps 4
Apartment #82741
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Viewed 30 times in the last 48 hours
Excellent! 4.6/5
(11 reviews)
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  • 2 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 4
Apartment #1101166
11
Viewed 29 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
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Viewed 25 times in the last 48 hours
  • 2 BR
  • 2 BA
  • Sleeps 5
Apartment #8063993
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  • 2 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 4
Apartment #1851630
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  • 2 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 5
Apartment #80020
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  • 2 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 5
Apartment #1698353
1
Viewed 7 times in the last 48 hours
  • 3 BR
  • 2 BA
  • Sleeps 8
Apartment #1553080a
Viewed 9 times in the last 48 hours
  • 1 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 4
House #1558263a
  • 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
Viewed 22 times in the last 48 hours
Excellent! 4.4/5
(13 reviews)
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  • 1 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 4
Apartment #8161172
13
Viewed 184 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
Viewed 709 times in the last 48 hours
Wonderful! 4.9/5
(10 reviews)
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  • 1 BR
  • 2 BA
  • Sleeps 4
Apartment #8017972
10
Viewed 531 times in the last 48 hours
Wonderful! 4.9/5
(14 reviews)
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  • 1 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 4
Apartment #8079726
14
Viewed 652 times in the last 48 hours
Wonderful! 4.8/5
(26 reviews)
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  • 1 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 4
Apartment #8027480
26
Viewed 327 times in the last 48 hours
Wonderful! 4.8/5
(17 reviews)
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  • 1 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 4
Apartment #1657637
17
Viewed 185 times in the last 48 hours
Excellent! 4.7/5
(11 reviews)
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  • 1 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 2
House #1843955
11
Viewed 185 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 165 times in the last 48 hours
Wonderful! 4.8/5
(28 reviews)
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  • 2 BR
  • 2 BA
  • Sleeps 6
Villa #8159499
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Viewed 161 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 300 times in the last 48 hours
Exceptional! 5/5
(20 reviews)
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  • 3 BR
  • 2 BA
  • Sleeps 8
Villa #8146675
20
Viewed 315 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 116 times in the last 48 hours
Wonderful! 4.9/5
(18 reviews)
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  • 2 BR
  • 2 BA
  • Sleeps 4
Apartment #1809588
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Viewed 61 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 108 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 86 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 108 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 234 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 227 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 155 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 24 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 101 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
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Viewed 318 times in the last 48 hours
Wonderful! 4.8/5
(6 reviews)
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  • 2 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 5
Apartment #8122167
6
Viewed 49 times in the last 48 hours
Excellent! 4.3/5
(7 reviews)
avg/night
  • 3 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 6
Villa #8071513
7
Viewed 75 times in the last 48 hours
Excellent! 4.7/5
(9 reviews)
avg/night
  • 6 BR
  • 5 BA
  • Sleeps 13
Villa #6906386
9
Viewed 78 times in the last 48 hours
Excellent! 4.6/5
(18 reviews)
avg/night
  • 1 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 4
Apartment #6677252
18
Viewed 97 times in the last 48 hours
Wonderful! 4.8/5
(13 reviews)
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  • 2 BR
  • 2 BA
  • Sleeps 6
Apartment #1785598
13
Viewed 96 times in the last 48 hours
 

Recent Reviews

Lovely apartment great location

4 of 5
The apartment was in a nice quiet residential area but just a stones throw from the Marina with loads of restaurants and cafes and a short stroll to the beach. We had everything we needed for our stay and enjoyed drinks and a couple of meals on the large balcony. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this apartment and Vilamoura to friends and family
  • Review Submitted: Jul 23, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017

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