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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  • Protected between the cliffs that the beach is not the most central but offers good access, a good strip of sand and water blue/green as usual in the region.
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  • A beautiful beach, the water is turquoise! Views breathtaking! A must see! If you love nature!
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  • This is without doubt one of the most beautiful Portuguese beaches, and the planet certainly! With a clear water and translucent, with incomparable temperatures in Portugal is a beautiful landscape ... S. Rafael would be undoubtedly architect, evaluating the Rocky constructions there formed;)
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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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Where to stay in Albufeira

Renowned for its extensive beaches and rugged coastal landscape, Albufeira represents one of the nation's most popular destinations and offers a wide array of accommodations, both luxurious and more basic. Reserve a room in one of the city's upscale hotels in order to make use of pools, lounges, gardens, and amenities during your stay. Not only do they offer in-house luxuries, but generally these hotels place you within easy walking distance of the city's famed Praia dos Pescadores beach. While there aren't as many inexpensive options in town, staying at an inland bed and breakfast or a guesthouse in one of the smaller nearby towns can be both a relaxing experience and an affordable one.
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