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Praia Sao Rafael, Albufeira

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Set along the coast of Portugal's famous Algarve region, Praia Sao Rafael showcases golden sands, restaurants, and imposing limestone cliffs. Visit what is perhaps the country's most popular beach and wander along the secluded waterfront, wading through the shallow water. The gently sloping sand shelf keeps the sea relatively warm. You may want to rent an umbrella and relax for a while, enjoying the view of eroded rock formations and dry bluffs. The beach features restrooms, showers, coffee shops, bars, and a sizeable parking lot for visitors, all easily accessible via boardwalks and stairs. Using our online itinerary creator, Albufeira attractions like Praia Sao Rafael can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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TripAdvisor
  • Plenty of room on this beach. Lovely sands, clear waters, cafe, beautiful scenery, easily accessible.  more »
  • Google maps said this was only a couple of minutes walk from the marina in Albufeira but didn't mention the massive hill in between! We walked to marina then stopped at Sharky Bar for a drink and snac...  more »
  • Fantastic beach, with free parking and an easy stroll down to the beach. Great beach bar, with fresh salads, sandwiches, fries and good selection of drinks. Caters for takeaways to take back to your s...  more »
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  • Loved this beach. Been holiday here twice and loved it both times. Great for quiet holiday lovers for a relaxing time. There are some families with kids but not over noisy. Just one restaurant and it was enough. Not for people looking for a lot to do as there's nothing else there.
  • Beautiful beach. Soft sand, very scenic. Are at the café/restaurant, which was really good.
  • My favourite beach in the world. So stunning, my wife and I had our wedding reception here at CS Atlantico.
  • Lovely beach. soft golden sands in a secluded area of the coast.
  • Beautiful beach. The day we were there there were big waves which were great fun but it was definitely not suitable for non swimmers as within 2 meters the water went from knee deep to out of your depth. The beach itself is beautiful, with sea stacks stumps and a sea arch all to be seen. Beautiful beach.