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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
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Villa #1672620
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Viewed 94 times in the last 48 hours
  • 4 BR
  • 3 BA
  • Separate Toilet
  • Sleeps 9
Villa #6064391
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Viewed 15 times in the last 48 hours
  • 2 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 5
Apartment #8171755
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Viewed 15 times in the last 48 hours
Excellent! 4.6/5
(10 reviews)
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  • 2 BR
  • 2 BA
  • Sleeps 4
Apartment #82741
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Excellent! 4.4/5
(9 reviews)
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  • 1 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 4
Apartment #8020124
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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
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  • 2 BR
  • 2 BA
  • Sleeps 5
Apartment #8063993
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  • 2 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 4
Apartment #1851630
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Excellent! 4.7/5
(11 reviews)
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  • 2 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 5
Apartment #80020
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  • 2 BR
  • 2 BA
  • Sleeps 6
House #1558256a
  • 2 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 5
Apartment #1698353
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  • 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
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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
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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)
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  • 1 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 4
Apartment #8079726
14
Viewed 317 times in the last 48 hours
Wonderful! 4.8/5
(26 reviews)
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  • 1 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 4
Apartment #8027480
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Viewed 277 times in the last 48 hours
Wonderful! 4.8/5
(17 reviews)
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  • 1 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 4
Apartment #1657637
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Viewed 162 times in the last 48 hours
Excellent! 4.7/5
(11 reviews)
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  • 1 BR
  • 1 BA
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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
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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
(27 reviews)
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  • 2 BR
  • 2 BA
  • Sleeps 6
Villa #8159499
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Viewed 110 times in the last 48 hours
Excellent! 4.5/5
(14 reviews)
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  • 1 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 4
Apartment #1992412
14
Viewed 296 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 70 times in the last 48 hours
Wonderful! 4.9/5
(18 reviews)
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  • 2 BR
  • 2 BA
  • Sleeps 4
Apartment #1809588
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Viewed 42 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 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)
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  • 1 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 4
Apartment #8041905
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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
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Viewed 138 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 134 times in the last 48 hours
Excellent! 4.6/5
(5 reviews)
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  • 2 BR
  • 2 BA
  • Sleeps 6
Apartment #6719787
5
Viewed 126 times in the last 48 hours
Exceptional! 5/5
(21 reviews)
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  • 2 BR
  • 2 BA
  • Sleeps 6
Apartment #462115
21
Viewed 17 times in the last 48 hours
Excellent! 4.4/5
(11 reviews)
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  • 2 BR
  • 2 BA
  • Sleeps 5
House #1944584
11
Viewed 50 times in the last 48 hours
Excellent! 4.7/5
(25 reviews)
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  • 4 BR
  • 3 BA
  • Separate Toilet
  • Sleeps 10
House #850215
25
Viewed 148 times in the last 48 hours
Exceptional! 5/5
(5 reviews)
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  • 2 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 5
Apartment #8122167
5
Viewed 52 times in the last 48 hours
 

Recent Reviews

Great location close to everything but quiet too

5 of 5
This is the 2nd time we have stayed in this apartment and as a family of 5 the apartment and location ticks the box perfectly for us. The apartment is very close to the beach (s) and if you like the night life of the strip, it's a 5 minute walk away. Don't let being so close to the nightlife put you off thinking it will be really noisy because its not! The apartment is situated down a side street which is away from the main thoroughfare and is honestly very quiet. There's a supermarket which is very well stocked with good prices just a couple of minutes walk away as are cafes and bars. On both visits we didn't have a car and for us this worked perfectly. The old town is a good 30 min walk away, bit of steep hill on the way back, but a taxi ride back is not expensive. The apartment is well equipped, great air conditioning throughout, with three bedrooms and having two good sized bathrooms is a bonus not to mention the wifi (a must for the teenagers LOL). The view from the main balcony is lovely and sees the full afternoon/evening sun too. The smaller balcony off the main bedroom sees the morning sun. Julie is very helpful and quick to respond to any questions we had prior to arrival. Terry who managers the property (meets you on arrival) is very helpful too. The shared pool is a very short walk from the property (just round the corner) its a pretty setting, not loads of sun lounges but there's a big grass area so lots of room to layout (trees too should you like to sit under the shade). There was one potential hiccup which Julie made us aware of a week prior to our arrival regarding access to the shared pool but this was thankfully sorted for the duration of our stay. This is a great apartment I would highly recommend staying as you wont be disappointed.
  • Review Submitted: Jul 21, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017

Lovely stay at a beautiful villa

5 of 5
We stayed for 1 week in Villa Godinho for our holiday in Portugal, and we absolutely loved it! The property was exactly like described; clean, comfortable and very spacious. We loved the area around the pool, the large dining area around the barbecue and the luxurious feeling of the rooms inside. We had a car and within 10 minutes we could choose among several lovely and intimate beaches! Also a short drive from everything Albufeira has to offer and 3 min drive to the nearest Supermarket. The neighborhod was nice and safe and the host who met us was very friendly and helpful. We just want to say a huge thank you and hope that we will have the possibility to return in the future!
  • Review Submitted: Jul 20, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017