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Praia Sao Rafael, Albufeira

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Beach · Hidden Gem · 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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  • We walked here one very hot morning from the Paladim Hotel in Albufeira, stopping at the marina for a well-deserved drink and some food, then it's a big hill climb and the signs disappear once you...  more »
  • We were fortunate enough that our hotel backed onto this beach so this was the closest one to us! It is quite a small beach and is fairly quiet, nicely tucked away. Lovely views from all around the...  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.

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