São Rafael, Algarve - Resort Guide

São Rafael is a quiet residential area where you will find villas and apartments designed around the Algarvian tradition, with whitewashed walls and terracotta roofs and tiling. This resort offers the perfect choice for those wanting a relaxing beach holiday, as it boasts a beautiful sandy beach with a charming beachside bar and restaurant. São Rafael is a stunning family friendly beach, with a generous stretch of golden sand, set amidst limestone cliffs, where the waters are generally calm.

A selection of local shops and restaurants offering national and international cuisine, can be found nearby. For a wider range of amenities and sizzling nightlife, the popular resort of Albufeira is just a short drive away.

Staying in São Rafael affords you the best of both worlds! You can enjoy exciting nights out in Albufeira, dining out in style, or dancing the night away in one of the many trendy nightclubs. Alternatively, you can spend your holiday relaxing by the pool at your villa, soaking in the Algarvian sun and catching up on your reading, in the company of your family and friends.

If you fancy a day out shopping, head inland to the charming village of Guia, popular for its many chicken piri-piri restaurants, where the Algarve Shopping, a modern shopping centre with a wide range of great shops, cafés and restaurants, is located. You can also enjoy the dolphins, seals and sea lion shows at the nearby ZooMarine ocean park.

Salgados is the closest 18 hole golf course, only 10 minutes away, but within a 20-30 minutes drive, you will find some of the best golf courses in Europe, located in Vilamoura to the east, and in Alcantarilha to the west.

Map of São Rafael