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This laid back resort offers an ideal choice for those wanting a relaxing beach holiday, as it boasts a beautiful sandy beach complemented by beachside bar and restaurant. Secluded and protected, the waters are generally calm at Sao Rafael beach, making it a great destination for families. For a wider range of amenities and lively nightlife, the popular resort of Albufeira is just a short drive away.

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Villas in Sao Rafael

In addition to our featured villa, we have 12 exquisite villas in Sao Rafael. Which one will you choose for your next villa holiday?

 
 
 

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Shopping and facilities in the area of Sao Rafael

Shopping facilities:

Markets : Souvenirs, Food
High Street : ATM's

General services

ATM's

Food shopping

Supermarket

Beauty treatments

Spa
Information updated 27 Jan 2015

Nightlife in the area of Sao Rafael

Sao Rafael offers a small selection of restaurants perfect for a relaxed atmosphere. Lots of travellers looking for a more lively evening will take the short taxi ride to the near by bustling resort centre of Albufeira.
Information updated 27 Jan 2015

Dining in the area of Sao Rafael

Restaurant types

Family friendly, Buffet, Fine Dining, International, Local/Traditional
Information updated 27 Jan 2015

Important information

The details displayed are for general information purposes only and were correct as at the last updated date. Please note that details (including opening and closing times) may change. In particular, some facilities may only be available during high season. Attractions are not connected to James Villa Holidays and we do not endorse or recommend any supplier or attraction.

Out and about

Out and About in Sao Rafael


Excursions and Places of interest

Cruises

Boat trips and dolphin watching
Don’t miss a chance to explore the Algarve’s stunning coastline from the water at least once during your stay. Spotting a pod of dolphins is a magical experience and the 2 hr 30 min dolphin searching boat trips operating from Albufeira Marina can also include a visit to the area’s dramatic caves, inaccessible by land, with a refreshing swim stop en route. For more energetic explorers, there are also guided kayaking trips to the caves.

Attraction parks

Zoomarine
Cleverly combining education with heaps of fun, Zoomarine is both an animal conservation centre and family theme park located at nearby Guia. The park introduces visitors to exotic habitats and an array of sea and land animals from tropical birds and birds of prey to dolphins, seals and sharks, with shows and presentations throughout the day. Book in advance for a chance to interact with dolphins in person in the unique Dolphin Emotions experience. Besides its wonderful animal encounters, the park provides hours of entertainment with its own waterslides, wave pool and river rafting as well as fun fair rides and a 4D cinema. Open daily from March to October with its own transport service from most of the Algarve resorts.

Water Parks

Aquashow
One of several great waterparks along the Algarve, Aquashow is part of a larger theme park complex about half an hour’s drive from Albufeira. A memorable day out for all the family, the park boasts the largest wave pool in Portugal, water slides of all shapes and sizes and several exhilarating rides to delight even the most demanding of thrill-seekers. There’s a huge shallow pool providing lots of fun for little ones and you can round off your day with a gentle float down the Lazy River on inflatable tubes. Aquashow is open daily during the summer months.

Other excursions

Monchique
An hour or so’s drive inland through rolling hills, citrus and olive groves and flowering meadows brings you to the Serra de Monchique, a mountain range that separates the Algarve from its neighbouring region, Alentejo, It’s a world away from the Algarve’s beach culture, with quaint hillside hamlets, lush farmland and spectacular panoramic views. Monchique is a pretty market town nestling between the peaks of Foia and Picota with two beautiful churches and a convent as well as a bustling monthly market. Nearby, just 6 kms to the south, lies the peaceful Caldas de Monchique, home to natural springs of 32ºC that are recommended for their therapeutic properties even today. Both are well worth a visit.

Sagres
The cheerful, laidback town of Sagres can be reached by car or bus or you can join one of the many day trips on offer from the resorts. With a far wilder, more windswept feel compared to the sheltered coves along the south coast, the Atlantic coastline is breath-taking and dramatic. Scarily steep cliffs are frequented by hardy fishermen eager for a special catch while the magnificent waves on the west coast attract surfers from all around the world. From the town you can visit the barren headland of Cabo de São Vicente, the most south-western tip of Europe, with its red lighthouse and a small but fascinating museum showcasing Sagres’s role in Portugal’s maritime and navigation history.

Castles

Albufeira castle ruins
Still represented on the shield of the Portuguese national flag, the Albufeira region’s Paderne Castle was once a Moorish stronghold conquered in 1248. Despite falling into ruins over the years, it remains a site of military architectural interest and maintenance works are ongoing to preserve it. The castle is located around 82 kms inland from Albufeira town close to the village of Paderne in lovely countryside that’s popular with walkers.

Other Places of interest

Albufeira clock tower
A much treasured local landmark located at the top of the hill in Albufeira’s picturesque old town, the 19th century clock tower was once part of a Moorish castle. The distinctive bell tower, with its filigree iron bell support, is beautifully illuminated on festival days and you’ll hear the chimes at regular intervals through the day. Climb to the top of the tower for magnificent panoramic views of Albufeira.

Olhos d’Agua springs
The lovely beach at Olhos d’Agua, or ‘Eyes of Water’ is fringed with gorgeous sandstone cliffs and at low tide it’s fun to potter around the little pools between the exposed rocks. This is also where you may spot the bubbling freshwater springs that give the resort its name.

Information updated 18 Mar 2015

Important information

The details displayed are for general information purposes only and were correct as at the last updated date. Please note that details (including opening and closing times) may change. In particular, some facilities may only be available during high season. Attractions are not connected to James Villa Holidays and we do not endorse or recommend any supplier or attraction.

Events

Sao Rafael events and festivals

Sao Rafael events and festivals

Local events

08 Jul 2016 to 08 Jul 2016 - Fessa da Nossa Senhora da Orada

Known as the Festival of our Lady of the Oracle, this is the patron saint of Albufeira, and a religious mass is said, followed by a procession through the town, then entertainment and a fireworks display.

 

02 Sep 2016 to 04 Sep 2016 - Fisherman's festival

Gastronomy festival held at Praia de Pescorades in nearby Albufeira town.

Important information

The details displayed are for general information purposes only and were correct as at the last updated date. Please note that details (including opening and closing times) may change. In particular, some facilities may only be available during high season. Attractions are not connected to James Villa Holidays and we do not endorse or recommend any supplier or attraction.

Beaches

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Important information

The details displayed are for general information purposes only and were correct as at the last updated date. Please note that details (including opening and closing times) may change. In particular, some facilities may only be available during high season. Attractions are not connected to James Villa Holidays and we do not endorse or recommend any supplier or attraction.

*Whilst wheelchair / disabled access (where stated) is deemed good in our opinion, it may not be compliant to Disability and Discrimination Act standards - for more detailed information we suggest that you contact the local tourist board.

Golf

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Important information

The details displayed are for general information purposes only and were correct as at the last updated date. Please note that details (including opening and closing times) may change. In particular, some facilities may only be available during high season. Attractions are not connected to James Villa Holidays and we do not endorse or recommend any supplier or attraction.


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