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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 21 times in the last 48 hours
      Excellent! 4.3/5
      (3 reviews)
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      • 5 BR
      • 4 BA
      • Sleeps 10
      Villa #1672633
      3
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        • 4 BR
        • 3 BA
        • Separate Toilet
        • Sleeps 9
        Villa #6064391
        2
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          Exceptional! 5/5
          (6 reviews)
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          • 4 BR
          • 3 BA
          • Separate Toilet
          • Sleeps 10
          Villa #6523070
          6
          Viewed 16 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 15 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 19 times in the last 48 hours
                • 1 BR
                • 1 BA
                • Sleeps 4
                Apartment #6892286
                2
                  Wonderful! 4.8/5
                  (15 reviews)
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                  • 2 BR
                  • 2 BA
                  • Sleeps 6
                  Apartment #1773086
                  15
                  Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
                    • 2 BR
                    • 1 BA
                    • Sleeps 5
                    Apartment #8171755
                    1
                    Viewed 11 times in the last 48 hours
                      Excellent! 4.5/5
                      (11 reviews)
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                      • 2 BR
                      • 2 BA
                      • Sleeps 4
                      Apartment #82741
                      11
                      Viewed 7 times in the last 48 hours
                        Excellent! 4.4/5
                        (9 reviews)
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                        • 1 BR
                        • 1 BA
                        • Sleeps 4
                        Apartment #8020124
                        9
                        Viewed 27 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 8 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 6 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
                                  Viewed 10 times in the last 48 hours
                                    Excellent! 4.7/5
                                    (11 reviews)
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                                    • 2 BR
                                    • 1 BA
                                    • Sleeps 5
                                    Apartment #80020
                                    11
                                    Viewed 9 times in the last 48 hours
                                      • 2 BR
                                      • 1 BA
                                      • Sleeps 5
                                      Apartment #1698353
                                      1
                                        • 3 BR
                                        • 2 BA
                                        • Sleeps 8
                                        Apartment #1553080a
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                                          • 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 16 times in the last 48 hours
                                                • 4 BR
                                                • 5 BA
                                                • Sleeps 10
                                                Villa #6773583
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                                                  Excellent! 4.4/5
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                                                  • 1 BR
                                                  • 1 BA
                                                  • Sleeps 4
                                                  Apartment #8161172
                                                  13
                                                  Viewed 79 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 325 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 230 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 309 times in the last 48 hours
                                                          Excellent! 4.7/5
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                                                          • 1 BR
                                                          • 1 BA
                                                          • Sleeps 2
                                                          House #1843955
                                                          12
                                                          Viewed 111 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 206 times in the last 48 hours
                                                              Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                              (17 reviews)
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                                                              • 1 BR
                                                              • 1 BA
                                                              • Sleeps 4
                                                              Apartment #1657637
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                                                              Viewed 119 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                Excellent! 4.7/5
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                                                                • 2 BR
                                                                • 1 BA
                                                                • Sleeps 4
                                                                Apartment #1248069a
                                                                14
                                                                Viewed 66 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 52 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 158 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 160 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 69 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 41 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                            Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                            (16 reviews)
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                                                                            • 1 BR
                                                                            • 1 BA
                                                                            • Sleeps 4
                                                                            Apartment #8041905
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                                                                            Viewed 44 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 54 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 95 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 119 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 83 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 12 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 36 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 125 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 134 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 25 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                Excellent! 4.7/5
                                                                                                (9 reviews)
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                                                                                                • 6 BR
                                                                                                • 5 BA
                                                                                                • Sleeps 13
                                                                                                Villa #6906386
                                                                                                9
                                                                                                Viewed 50 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                  Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                                                  (12 reviews)
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                                                                                                  • 1 BR
                                                                                                  • 1 BA
                                                                                                  • Sleeps 4
                                                                                                  Apartment #6837228
                                                                                                  12
                                                                                                  Viewed 56 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 27 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                      Excellent! 4.3/5
                                                                                                      (7 reviews)
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                                                                                                      • 3 BR
                                                                                                      • 1 BA
                                                                                                      • Sleeps 6
                                                                                                      Villa #8071513
                                                                                                      7
                                                                                                      Viewed 45 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