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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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                                                                                                      Recent Reviews

                                                                                                      Excellent stay, great location, close to the beach.

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      We had a great week in this property. The pictures do not do it justice, especially the view from the roof terrace, where we made use of the bbq. The tv channels were an added bonus, with sky sports, sky tv, and numerous movies. The bed was the comfiest rental I have ever stayed in. P.S. All the other reviews I read had me concerned about a huge hill up to the property. I really don't know how old/lazy these people are but it was fine and we were pushing a little one in a push chair. Great stay in Carvoeiro!!!!
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 08-Feb-2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jan 2017

                                                                                                      Perfect Place to chill out, Beautiful House and Village.

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      We booked this house last minute, Paul the owner met us on arrival and helped us with luggage. The house is perfectly positioned with beautiful views of Alte and surrounding countryside. The house is restored to a high standard with all modern amenities and to top it off great wifi. As it was November when we stayed Paul was so helpful by bringing us two loads of wood, the open fire was an added bonus , nothing was to much trouble with Paul (what a gentleman). We highly recommend Paul's house and also there is a great Restaurant at the bottom of the village with great food and wine.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 03-Feb-2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Nov 2016

                                                                                                      Delighted

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      We loved our choice of apartment Well appointed immaculately clean Great position in the small town Walking distance to great restaurants Bus stop Taxi Rank A ten min walk to the beautiful beech The gardens surrounding the apartments which housed the pool were well maintained All in all a great find Would highly recommend this apartment We were greated by the apartment management team Nothing was too much trouble A town offering good quality shops Bars and numerous eating places Perfectly placed for exploring the nearby places of interest A car isn't necessary here we hired one but the amenities for travel are perfectly adequate Thank you for a great stay
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 29-Jan-2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jan 2017