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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

                                                                                                      Nice apartment with sea views.

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      We received a warm friendly welcome on our arrival and when we were shown around we thought the advertisement we had seen didn't actually do the place justice, it was bigger and better than we had expected. Spacious, comfortable, nice balcony with sea views and more or less everything provided. It's very close to the old town square, beach, restaurants, shops and bars and although so close to the amenities it's still in a quiet spot. Not suitable for disabled or possibly elderly as it's up a steep hill and then several steps to the apartment. Having said that my wife managed it {with some difficulty} with a slipped disc in her back. I think the owners have to be quite rigid on arrival days, and times for arrival and departure during peak season as the apartment is in demand, but they were very flexible with us off peak. We usually visit Albufeira 2 or 3 times a year but may not be able to use this apartment in the peak season as we personally require flexibility. We will definitely be looking forward to staying again during the quieter months and would highly recommend this apartment to others. Thanks to everyone for your hospitality.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 04-Jan-2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Dec 2016

                                                                                                      Home from home

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      A real home from home - very clean and well maintained apartment in a friendly development. Just a few minutes walk from two fabulous beaches. Great to be met by the owners helpful representative - enabled us to get our bearings from the very start of our holiday Fabulous place to stay.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 27-Dec-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Oct 2016

                                                                                                      Superb

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      This beautifully kept, personalised property will delight. It epitomises home from home, whereby every requirement is catered for. The position of the property is superb with lovely walks along the coastline and secluded beaches tucked away. We went for four days to 'chill out' , exploring everywhere on foot, yet any longer - especially with young children - and a car would be beneficial. The customer service from start to completion was excellent. It was completely 'stress less' which meant we could relax from the minute the holiday was booked.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 14-Dec-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Oct 2016