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Praia Sao Rafael, Albufeira

(4.6/5 based on 800+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Sao Rafael is a lovely sandy beach not far from albufeira. There are beautiful sea stacks and it looks very typically Portuguese. There is always plenty of space when we visit in February. A lovely wa...  more »
  • We have spent several days on this beach whilst here in the Algarve. It is a lovely beach with lots of shells for the children. The waves can take you off guard so be careful especially with small chi...  more »
  • Many of the beaches have a huge staircase to descend to get to the beach. This smaller beach is beautiful but access is not as steep as many others. Not wheel chair accessible but a relatively easy wa...  more »
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  • Great beach, nice and secluded. We went there in mid September and it was still fairly busy it plenty of sun beds and parasols to choose from. These cost €15 for 2 beds for the day. The restaurant on the beach is lovely too, set back and slightly higher than the beach so the views are great. There's also a water sports place that does canoeing and paddle boards among other things.
  • 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.
  • Beautiful beach! Great cliffs on both sides and good rock formations on the beach too. Great for providing shade too. The place is lovely. The beach bar is something else. The food is fantastic! Not too expensive but certainly worth the extra money. You will love it! Highly recommended
  • THE RIP YOU OFF If you buy wine they give wine from € 27 per bottle They give way too much food, you get it almost does not. If you buy fish you get fish but this is therefore far too big and the price is 2x. They indicate that a fish for example € 60, - but tell not mention that this is a kilo. If you want to buy something cheap like salad as a meal, then they suddenly no more. They waiter that help you in the beginning was nowhere to be seen at the end. Appointments ????? their know nothing .....
  • It is a lovely but small beach. Really crowded in the summertime, good for walking in winter, lovely coves in the surrounding rocks and a few swimming holes for the daring swimmer.