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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

                                                                                                      Fantastic apartment

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      The apartment delivered everything as described. We were met by Lynda on arrival and she talked us through everything and gave us a brief over view, the information booklet provided was also helpful. All rooms were spacious and maintained to a high standard with the kitchen having all the appliances found in a kitchen back home. We had our 30 month old grandson with us and the children's pool was just at the rear of our block which was ideal. No problems getting a sun bed although a few were badly damaged and need replacing or at least disposal. The only negatives, are the apartments are at a top of a very steep hill that over time becomes quite challenging and there were very limited play areas or amusements for our grandson. The negatives do not relate to the apartment and I would have no problem recommending them to anyone thinking of booking a holiday in the area.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 19-Sep-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Sep 2016

                                                                                                      Fantastic Apartment , great location

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      Our third time at this lovely apartment. We love it here great beaches within walking distance and lovely restaurants. the apartment and swimming pool are fantastic and Tracey's communication is brilliant, we will be back !
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 16-Sep-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Aug 2016

                                                                                                      Great apartment in a great location

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      A lovely modern and airy apartment with all the facilities and equipment for a fantastic holiday. Two beautiful beaches within walking distance, great for snorkeling. We spent the mornings by the beach and the afternoons at the pool, always able to get enough sunbeds. Carlos the doughnut man visits both the beach and the pool, which was great for a snack as the pool snack facilities were not open. We were met by Richard when we got to the apartment who gave us a comprehensive overview of what was where, and he was always on hand if needed - nice friendly guy. One of our holiday highlights was going parasailing (three of us went up together incl. 10 year old son) - Algar experience go from the marina, would highly recommend. Plenty of restaurants in the area to walk to, or a taxi to the old town was less than 10 euros each way where there are restaurants to suit every taste and pocket. Unfortunately I was taken ill on our last day, and ended up at the hospital/walk in centre - treatment was great and cost about 20 euros. Care couldn't have been better. Our week holiday wasn't long enough and we would love to go back again. Highly recommend this apartment.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 06-Sep-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Aug 2016