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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 34 times in the last 48 hours
      • 4 BR
      • 3 BA
      • Separate Toilet
      • Sleeps 9
      Villa #6064391
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        • 5 BR
        • 4 BA
        • Sleeps 10
        Villa #1672633
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          Exceptional! 5/5
          (12 reviews)
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          • 4 BR
          • 4 BA
          • Separate Toilet
          • Sleeps 8
          Villa #865174
          12
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            Excellent! 4.6/5
            (5 reviews)
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            • 2 BR
            • 2 BA
            • Sleeps 5
            Apartment #8018830
            5
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              • 1 BR
              • 1 BA
              • Sleeps 4
              Apartment #6892286
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              Viewed 16 times in the last 48 hours
                Wonderful! 4.8/5
                (13 reviews)
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                • 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)
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                    • 2 BR
                    • 2 BA
                    • Sleeps 4
                    Apartment #82741
                    10
                    Viewed 8 times in the last 48 hours
                      Excellent! 4.4/5
                      (8 reviews)
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                      • 1 BR
                      • 1 BA
                      • Sleeps 4
                      Apartment #8020124
                      8
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                        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)
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                              • 2 BR
                              • 1 BA
                              • Separate Toilet
                              • Sleeps 7
                              Apartment #896515
                              10
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                                • 2 BR
                                • 1 BA
                                • Sleeps 4
                                Apartment #1851630
                                  • 2 BR
                                  • 1 BA
                                  • Sleeps 5
                                  Apartment #1698353
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                                    • 4 BR
                                    • 3 BA
                                    • Separate Toilets
                                    • Sleeps 11
                                    Villa #1025833
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                                    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)
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                                        • 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
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                                                • 7 BR
                                                • 5 BA
                                                • Sleeps 20
                                                House #1560663a
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                                                  • 2 BR
                                                  • 2 BA
                                                  • Sleeps 6
                                                  Villa #8251202
                                                    • 2 BR
                                                    • 2 BA
                                                    • Sleeps 6
                                                    House #1558256a
                                                      • 3 BR
                                                      • 2 BA
                                                      • Sleeps 8
                                                      Apartment #1553080a
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                                                        • 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)
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                                                              • 2 BR
                                                              • 3 BA
                                                              • Sleeps 6
                                                              Villa #6730370
                                                              20
                                                              Viewed 309 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                Excellent! 4.7/5
                                                                (10 reviews)
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                                                                • 1 BR
                                                                • 1 BA
                                                                • Sleeps 2
                                                                House #1843955
                                                                10
                                                                Viewed 257 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                  Excellent! 4.3/5
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                                                                  • 1 BR
                                                                  • 1 BA
                                                                  • Sleeps 4
                                                                  Apartment #8161172
                                                                  11
                                                                  Viewed 71 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 213 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                      Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                      (13 reviews)
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                                                                      • 1 BR
                                                                      • 1 BA
                                                                      • Sleeps 4
                                                                      Apartment #8079726
                                                                      13
                                                                      Viewed 256 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 112 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                          Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                          (16 reviews)
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                                                                          • 1 BR
                                                                          • 1 BA
                                                                          • Sleeps 4
                                                                          Apartment #1657637
                                                                          16
                                                                          Viewed 134 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                            Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                            (12 reviews)
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                                                                            • 2 BR
                                                                            • 1 BA
                                                                            • Sleeps 4
                                                                            Apartment #1248069a
                                                                            12
                                                                            Viewed 98 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 263 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                Excellent! 4.5/5
                                                                                (46 reviews)
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                                                                                • 3 BR
                                                                                • 3 BA
                                                                                • Sleeps 6
                                                                                House #87058
                                                                                46
                                                                                Viewed 55 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 109 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                    Excellent! 4.7/5
                                                                                    (9 reviews)
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                                                                                    • 2 BR
                                                                                    • 2 BA
                                                                                    • Sleeps 5
                                                                                    House #1944584
                                                                                    9
                                                                                    Viewed 125 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                      Excellent! 4.5/5
                                                                                      (12 reviews)
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                                                                                      • 1 BR
                                                                                      • 1 BA
                                                                                      • Sleeps 4
                                                                                      Apartment #1992412
                                                                                      12
                                                                                      Viewed 46 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                        Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                                        (19 reviews)
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                                                                                        • 3 BR
                                                                                        • 2 BA
                                                                                        • Sleeps 8
                                                                                        Villa #8146675
                                                                                        19
                                                                                        Viewed 110 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                          Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                                          (16 reviews)
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                                                                                          • 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)
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                                                                                                • 2 BR
                                                                                                • 2 BA
                                                                                                • Sleeps 5
                                                                                                Apartment #1834709
                                                                                                12
                                                                                                Viewed 42 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                  Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                                                  (16 reviews)
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                                                                                                  • 2 BR
                                                                                                  • 2 BA
                                                                                                  • Sleeps 4
                                                                                                  Apartment #1809588
                                                                                                  16
                                                                                                  Viewed 41 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                    Excellent! 4.3/5
                                                                                                    (6 reviews)
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                                                                                                    • 3 BR
                                                                                                    • 1 BA
                                                                                                    • Sleeps 6
                                                                                                    Villa #8071513
                                                                                                    6
                                                                                                    Viewed 54 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                      Exceptional! 5/5
                                                                                                      (20 reviews)
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                                                                                                      • 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