Holidays in Sao Rafael Beach

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Sao Rafael Beach featuring rocky coastline, general coastal views and a beach

Explore tidal pools and take part in adventure sports or just sit back, enjoy the warm sunshine and admire the wonderful scenery.

São Rafael Beach (Praia de São Rafael) is close enough to Albufeira for a daytrip yet far enough away that it escapes the bustle of the city. São Rafael Beach is famous for its dramatic limestone cliffs, some of which have been eroded over centuries into curious shapes. The beach sits in a sheltered bay and boasts safe, crystal-clear water and powdery sand that runs gently between your toes.

Like much of the Algarve, swimming is possible year-round. The sea is calm, shallow and a dazzling shade of azure. Lifeguards patrol the beach during the summer months.

Sign up for activities at the water sports center. Cruise along the coastline via rented kayak or stand-up paddleboard. Join a coasteering tour, which includes climbing onto rocks, cliff jumping and floating through caves. Swim alongside brightly colored sea life with the use of rented snorkeling equipment.

The craggy backdrop is spectacular the full length of the beach. Some of the rocks have been given affectionate names, such as Ninho das Andorinhas (Swallow’s Nest) and Ponte Pequeña (Little Bridge). Stand beneath the bridge for a souvenir photo. When the tide is out, you can walk around the cliffs at the western edge of the bay to a quieter cove.

Find the beach 1.5 miles (2.5 kilometers) west of Albufeira Marina. There’s a parking lot a short walk from the entrance. A public bus service operates daily from Albufeira bus terminal in summer. It runs with a limited service in winter.

São Rafael Beach has Blue Flag status. You’ll find public toilets and showers, which are free to use. The beachfront restaurant serves up tasty fish and seafood dishes. Accommodations in the village range from all-inclusive resorts to boutique hotels and self-catering apartments.

8828 Cheap Hotels Near Sao Rafael Beach

São Rafael Villas, Apartments & GuestHouse
São Rafael Villas, Apartments & GuestHouse
Urb. Sao Rafael Lote 26 Fase II, Albufeira
The price is AU$75 per night from 31 Jan. to 1 Feb.
Situated near the beach, this guesthouse is within 1 mile (2 km) of Arrifes Beach, Sao Rafael Beach and Albufeira Marina. Albufeira Old Town Square and Fisherman's ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (141 reviews)
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"We have always visited São Rafael beach in the past so to stay so close to it in such beautiful accommodation was a real treat. Literally a few minutes walk away you have the choice of two wonderful beaches and there are also two pools to choose from. The pool at the villas is small but beautiful ..."

Reviewed on 7 Oct. 2020

São Rafael Villas, Apartments & GuestHouse
São Rafael Atlântico
São Rafael Atlântico
5 out of 5
Sesmarias, Albufeira
The price is AU$148 per night from 22 Feb. to 23 Feb.
Nestled on the beach, this Albufeira hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Arrifes Beach, Sao Rafael Beach and Albufeira Marina. Albufeira Old Town Square and Fisherman's ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (974 reviews)
"Parking garage, Indoor pool, great breakfast."

Reviewed on 1 Dec. 2021

São Rafael Atlântico
São Rafael Suite Hotel
São Rafael Suite Hotel
5 out of 5
Sesmarias 8200-613, Albufeira
This family-friendly Albufeira hotel is located near the beach, within 1 mi (2 km) of Arrifes Beach, Sao Rafael Beach and Albufeira Marina. Albufeira Old Town ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (651 reviews)
Well worth a visit
"We had a short stopover at this hotel. From the front the building perhaps doesn't look that great but the garden and pool area is beautiful. From the outdoor balcony upstairs you have sea views. The hotel is in a quiet area with a short walk to the nearest beach. Well worth a visit for couples and ..."

Reviewed on 15 Oct. 2021

São Rafael Suite Hotel
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Top Sao Rafael Beach Hotel & Accommodation Deals

São Rafael Villas, Apartments & GuestHouse
São Rafael Villas, Apartments & GuestHouse
Urb. Sao Rafael Lote 26 Fase II, Albufeira
The price is AU$75 per night from 31 Jan. to 1 Feb.
São Rafael Villas, Apartments & GuestHouse
São Rafael Atlântico
São Rafael Atlântico
5 out of 5
Sesmarias, Albufeira
The price is AU$148 per night from 22 Feb. to 23 Feb.
São Rafael Atlântico
São Rafael Suite Hotel
São Rafael Suite Hotel
5 out of 5
Sesmarias 8200-613, Albufeira
São Rafael Suite Hotel
Spacious 2 Bed Apt.Terraces, Mature Gardens, Sea Views And Use Of Communal Pools
Spacious 2 Bed Apt.Terraces, Mature Gardens, Sea Views And Use Of Communal Pools
Spacious 2 Bed Apt.Terraces, Mature Gardens, Sea Views And Use Of Communal Pools
BRAND NEW VILLA W/ JACUZZI, PRIVATE HEATABLE POOL,WIFI,AC,AND STUNNING SEA VIEWS
BRAND NEW VILLA W/ JACUZZI, PRIVATE HEATABLE POOL,WIFI,AC,AND STUNNING SEA VIEWS
The price is AU$1,786 per night from 7 Feb. to 8 Feb.
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Sao Rafael Beach Resort, Nr Albufeira, Central Algarve
Sao Rafael Beach Resort, Nr Albufeira, Central Algarve
Sao Rafael Beach Resort, Nr Albufeira, Central Algarve
Villa Marrachinho by Villa Plus
Villa Marrachinho by Villa Plus
Villa Marrachinho by Villa Plus
Sao Rafael Luxury Sea view Apartment in a privileged coastal location
Sao Rafael Luxury Sea view Apartment in a privileged coastal location
Sao Rafael Luxury Sea view Apartment in a privileged coastal location
2 Bedroom Spacious Apartment With Seaview & Balcony Very Close To Lovely Beach
2 Bedroom Spacious Apartment With Seaview & Balcony Very Close To Lovely Beach
2 Bedroom Spacious Apartment With Seaview & Balcony Very Close To Lovely Beach
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.