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Praia Sao Rafael, Albufeira

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Beach · Nature / Park
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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  • lovely beach to spend the day out of the turistic fishermans beach!! the golden sand is just brilliant  more »
  • Stayed at villa Esterella, not to far to walk to Sao Rafael beach. The veiw on reaching the beach is fantastic. A camera is a must. Great bar on the beach. Sun beds at 18 euro for two not cheap...  more »
  • Went on the dolphin and cave excursion and saw all of these hidden beaches that looked fantastic. Came across the Praia Sao Rafael beach so thought we would give it ago. The first part of the beach....  more »
  • Absolutely beautiful beach. I feel like I should give it a one star review so people will stay away. Really awesome.
  • Good place to visit. Enjoyed swimming. Restaurant close by is very good. Parking the campervan was also possible. I highly recommend it.
  • Very nice beach, with Rocks formation. Very nice place to take pictures with a view of the beach & rock formations, you'll enjoy taking pictures as well as selfies. There are parking spaces, sunloungers available for rent, with restaurants & toilets. Just be very careful if you want to go swimming because there are loads of rocks on the shore, you will need to go a little bit farther to enjoy swimming. But for me, the view is excellent. 👍👍
  • Lovely beach. Really liked our time here. Not very big but really quiet.
  • A little bit small but beautiful. We went to do the kayak tour in the morning. One guy who was preparing the kayaks was rude and annoyed because we asked questions about the kayak tour and we kept him from working. The beach has a lot of seaweed on the left side. The kayak tour was amazing.

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