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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
  • Sleeps 8
Villa #1672620
1
Viewed 34 times in the last 48 hours
  • 4 BR
  • 3 BA
  • Separate Toilet
  • Sleeps 9
Villa #6064391
2
Viewed 47 times in the last 48 hours
  • 5 BR
  • 4 BA
  • Sleeps 10
Villa #1672633
1
Viewed 43 times in the last 48 hours
Exceptional! 5/5
(12 reviews)
avg/night
  • 4 BR
  • 4 BA
  • Separate Toilet
  • Sleeps 8
Villa #865174
12
Viewed 14 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 16 times in the last 48 hours
  • 1 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 4
Apartment #6892286
2
Viewed 16 times in the last 48 hours
Wonderful! 4.8/5
(13 reviews)
avg/night
  • 2 BR
  • 2 BA
  • Sleeps 6
Apartment #1773086
13
Viewed 9 times in the last 48 hours
  • 2 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 5
Apartment #8171755
Viewed 8 times in the last 48 hours
Excellent! 4.6/5
(10 reviews)
avg/night
  • 2 BR
  • 2 BA
  • Sleeps 4
Apartment #82741
10
Viewed 8 times in the last 48 hours
Excellent! 4.4/5
(8 reviews)
avg/night
  • 1 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 4
Apartment #8020124
8
Viewed 13 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 10 times in the last 48 hours
  • 4 BR
  • 4 BA
  • Separate Toilet
  • Sleeps 8
Villa #870844
4
Viewed 7 times in the last 48 hours
  • 2 BR
  • 2 BA
  • Sleeps 4
Apartment #8063993
2
Excellent! 4.7/5
(10 reviews)
avg/night
  • 2 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Separate Toilet
  • Sleeps 7
Apartment #896515
10
Viewed 19 times in the last 48 hours
  • 2 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 4
Apartment #1851630
  • 2 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 5
Apartment #1698353
1
  • 4 BR
  • 3 BA
  • Separate Toilets
  • Sleeps 11
Villa #1025833
1
Viewed 6 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
6
Viewed 34 times in the last 48 hours
Wonderful! 4.8/5
(11 reviews)
avg/night
  • 2 BR
  • 2 BA
  • Sleeps 5
Apartment #8004331
11
Viewed 10 times in the last 48 hours
  • 2 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 5
Apartment #80020
10
  • 1 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 4
House #1558263a
  • 3 BR
  • 3 BA
  • Separate Toilet
  • Sleeps 6
Villa #6666617
avg/night
  • 7 BR
  • 5 BA
  • Sleeps 20
House #1560663a
Viewed 19 times in the last 48 hours
  • 2 BR
  • 2 BA
  • Sleeps 6
Villa #8251202
  • 2 BR
  • 2 BA
  • Sleeps 6
House #1558256a
  • 3 BR
  • 2 BA
  • Sleeps 8
Apartment #1553080a
Viewed 14 times in the last 48 hours
  • 3 BR
  • 2 BA
  • Sleeps 8
House #1558264a
  • 1 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 3
Apartment #8127123
4
Viewed 10 times in the last 48 hours
  • 4 BR
  • 5 BA
  • Sleeps 10
Villa #6773583
Viewed 11 times in the last 48 hours
Wonderful! 4.9/5
(20 reviews)
avg/night
  • 2 BR
  • 3 BA
  • Sleeps 6
Villa #6730370
20
Viewed 309 times in the last 48 hours
Excellent! 4.7/5
(10 reviews)
avg/night
  • 1 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 2
House #1843955
10
Viewed 257 times in the last 48 hours
Excellent! 4.3/5
(11 reviews)
avg/night
  • 1 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 4
Apartment #8161172
11
Viewed 71 times in the last 48 hours
Wonderful! 4.9/5
(10 reviews)
avg/night
  • 1 BR
  • 2 BA
  • Sleeps 4
Apartment #8017972
10
Viewed 213 times in the last 48 hours
Wonderful! 4.8/5
(13 reviews)
avg/night
  • 1 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 4
Apartment #8079726
13
Viewed 256 times in the last 48 hours
Wonderful! 4.8/5
(26 reviews)
avg/night
  • 1 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 4
Apartment #8027480
26
Viewed 112 times in the last 48 hours
Wonderful! 4.8/5
(16 reviews)
avg/night
  • 1 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 4
Apartment #1657637
16
Viewed 134 times in the last 48 hours
Wonderful! 4.8/5
(12 reviews)
avg/night
  • 2 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 4
Apartment #1248069a
12
Viewed 98 times in the last 48 hours
Excellent! 4.7/5
(14 reviews)
avg/night
  • 3 BR
  • 2 BA
  • Sleeps 8
Villa #900816a
14
Viewed 263 times in the last 48 hours
Excellent! 4.5/5
(46 reviews)
avg/night
  • 3 BR
  • 3 BA
  • Sleeps 6
House #87058
46
Viewed 55 times in the last 48 hours
Excellent! 4.6/5
(8 reviews)
avg/night
  • 3 BR
  • 2 BA
  • Sleeps 6
Villa #6566273
8
Viewed 109 times in the last 48 hours
Excellent! 4.7/5
(9 reviews)
avg/night
  • 2 BR
  • 2 BA
  • Sleeps 5
House #1944584
9
Viewed 125 times in the last 48 hours
Excellent! 4.5/5
(12 reviews)
avg/night
  • 1 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 4
Apartment #1992412
12
Viewed 46 times in the last 48 hours
Wonderful! 4.9/5
(19 reviews)
avg/night
  • 3 BR
  • 2 BA
  • Sleeps 8
Villa #8146675
19
Viewed 110 times in the last 48 hours
Wonderful! 4.8/5
(16 reviews)
avg/night
  • 1 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 4
Apartment #8041905
16
Viewed 48 times in the last 48 hours
  • 2 BR
  • 2 BA
  • Sleeps 6
Apartment #6719787
4
Viewed 89 times in the last 48 hours
  • 1 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 4
Apartment #8171982
3
Viewed 46 times in the last 48 hours
Exceptional! 5/5
(12 reviews)
avg/night
  • 2 BR
  • 2 BA
  • Sleeps 5
Apartment #1834709
12
Viewed 42 times in the last 48 hours
Wonderful! 4.9/5
(16 reviews)
avg/night
  • 2 BR
  • 2 BA
  • Sleeps 4
Apartment #1809588
16
Viewed 41 times in the last 48 hours
Excellent! 4.3/5
(6 reviews)
avg/night
  • 3 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 6
Villa #8071513
6
Viewed 54 times in the last 48 hours
Exceptional! 5/5
(20 reviews)
avg/night
  • 2 BR
  • 2 BA
  • Sleeps 6
Apartment #462115
20
Viewed 28 times in the last 48 hours
 

Recent Reviews

Lovely little house , great views from the roof terrace and a very helpfully owner

5 of 5
We enjoyed our stay in the house, the roof top was brilliant. We had a car and parked very nearby. we went on lots of trips , the mountains,sea and countryside are worth the visit. Alte is a very interesting place , with a lovely buzz to it.
  • Review Submitted: Jun 22, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017

Lovely apartment

4 of 5
Lovely apartment in great location for Vilamoura & Quarteira, met by Anna who was very helpful, the apartment was spotless thanks to Carolina(housekeeper). . Would have liked a dvd player (as we were there for 3 weeks & didn't want to go out every night) but it didn't spoil our holiday. The apartment was a really good find. Thank you Tony for letting us use your apartment and making all transactions & emails easy.
  • Review Submitted: Jun 19, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017