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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 94 times in the last 48 hours
  • 4 BR
  • 3 BA
  • Separate Toilet
  • Sleeps 9
Villa #6064391
2
Viewed 82 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
Viewed 121 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 29 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 31 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 34 times in the last 48 hours
  • 1 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 4
Apartment #6892286
2
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
15
Viewed 15 times in the last 48 hours
  • 2 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 5
Apartment #8171755
1
Viewed 15 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 11 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 24 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
Wonderful! 4.8/5
(12 reviews)
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  • 2 BR
  • 2 BA
  • Sleeps 5
Apartment #8004331
12
Viewed 5 times in the last 48 hours
  • 2 BR
  • 2 BA
  • Sleeps 5
Apartment #8063993
2
Viewed 14 times in the last 48 hours
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  • 2 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 4
Apartment #1851630
Viewed 7 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
  • 2 BA
  • Sleeps 6
House #1558256a
  • 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
Viewed 20 times in the last 48 hours
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  • 3 BR
  • 2 BA
  • Sleeps 8
House #1558264a
Viewed 7 times in the last 48 hours
  • 3 BR
  • 3 BA
  • Separate Toilet
  • Sleeps 6
Villa #6666617
  • 1 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 3
Apartment #8127123
4
Viewed 11 times in the last 48 hours
  • 4 BR
  • 5 BA
  • Sleeps 10
Villa #6773583
Viewed 27 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 121 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 413 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 296 times in the last 48 hours
Wonderful! 4.9/5
(14 reviews)
avg/night
  • 1 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 4
Apartment #8079726
14
Viewed 317 times in the last 48 hours
Wonderful! 4.8/5
(26 reviews)
avg/night
  • 1 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 4
Apartment #8027480
26
Viewed 277 times in the last 48 hours
Wonderful! 4.8/5
(17 reviews)
avg/night
  • 1 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 4
Apartment #1657637
17
Viewed 162 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 111 times in the last 48 hours
Excellent! 4.6/5
(62 reviews)
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  • 3 BR
  • 2 BA
  • Separate Toilet
  • Sleeps 6
Villa #6073492
62
Viewed 73 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 156 times in the last 48 hours
Wonderful! 4.8/5
(28 reviews)
avg/night
  • 2 BR
  • 2 BA
  • Sleeps 6
Villa #8159499
28
Viewed 110 times in the last 48 hours
Excellent! 4.5/5
(14 reviews)
avg/night
  • 1 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 4
Apartment #1992412
14
Viewed 296 times in the last 48 hours
Excellent! 4.6/5
(8 reviews)
avg/night
  • 3 BR
  • 2 BA
  • Sleeps 6
Villa #6566273
8
Viewed 70 times in the last 48 hours
Wonderful! 4.9/5
(18 reviews)
avg/night
  • 2 BR
  • 2 BA
  • Sleeps 4
Apartment #1809588
18
Viewed 42 times in the last 48 hours
Wonderful! 4.9/5
(19 reviews)
avg/night
  • 3 BR
  • 2 BA
  • Sleeps 8
Villa #8146675
19
Viewed 154 times in the last 48 hours
  • 1 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 4
Apartment #8171982
4
Viewed 50 times in the last 48 hours
Wonderful! 4.8/5
(16 reviews)
avg/night
  • 1 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 4
Apartment #8041905
16
Viewed 61 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 43 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 138 times in the last 48 hours
Excellent! 4.7/5
(14 reviews)
avg/night
  • 3 BR
  • 2 BA
  • Sleeps 8
Villa #900816a
14
Viewed 134 times in the last 48 hours
Excellent! 4.6/5
(5 reviews)
avg/night
  • 2 BR
  • 2 BA
  • Sleeps 6
Apartment #6719787
5
Viewed 126 times in the last 48 hours
Exceptional! 5/5
(21 reviews)
avg/night
  • 2 BR
  • 2 BA
  • Sleeps 6
Apartment #462115
21
Viewed 17 times in the last 48 hours
Excellent! 4.4/5
(11 reviews)
avg/night
  • 2 BR
  • 2 BA
  • Sleeps 5
House #1944584
11
Viewed 50 times in the last 48 hours
Excellent! 4.7/5
(25 reviews)
avg/night
  • 4 BR
  • 3 BA
  • Separate Toilet
  • Sleeps 10
House #850215
25
Viewed 148 times in the last 48 hours
Exceptional! 5/5
(5 reviews)
avg/night
  • 2 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 5
Apartment #8122167
5
Viewed 52 times in the last 48 hours

Sao Rafael Villas & Apartments (300+)

 

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