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. Before you head to Albufeira, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Albufeira vacation tool , to make sure you see all that Albufeira has to offer, including Praia Sao Rafael.
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  • Some (are they mad?) swam in the sea. It was cold! Beach is the Algarve, say no more. Nice stroll along to the town from our hotel. You couldn't go any further  more »
  • One of the best in algarve. It is a MUST in albufeira. Great restaurant there as well. The beach is family friendly and located close to the old town. It is located in one of the best areas of albufei...  more »
  • This is one of the more accessible beaches. There is a good parking lot and then a stone incline with steps built in takes you gradually to the beach. There is a restaurant closed in the off-season an...  more »
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  • This is a great beach to go to with a 2.5 year old kid. It was an easy 100m walk from parking lot to the beach. There is a restaurant where you can buy take away beers for 3.5 Euro. There were bathrooms, but might have been for restaurants guests. There was a facility renting beach chairs and umbrellas to right side of restaurant. There is a tent store at the entrance to beach selling beach umbrellas and other beach related items.
  • Natural beauty. Not only it is a stunning beach but it is also a great place for hiking. Breath taking pictures are guaranteed here. You have to see it for yourself.
  • Good beach with plenty of parking. We visited for stand up paddle boarding which was great. When we returned the beach was very busy and didn't have many areas for shade.
  • Nice beach but very small and gets crowded easily. Free parking available near the beach. Hard to swim for beginners/children, but nice overall.
  • An amazing beach. The food at the little restaurant was really good too.

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