Holidays to Sao Rafael provide all the beauty of the Algarve in a peaceful setting, with lively Albufeira just around the corner.

Sitting pretty

The little village of Sao Rafael is on the edge of Portugal's southern coastline. A more serene slice of the Algarve than usual, its whitewashed houses and quiet beaches set the scene for traditional charms and natural beauty. It's also just a 10-minute drive from Albufeira, should you get itchy feet.

Nearby neighbour

With Albufeira just next door, it'd be rude not to stop by for a visit. It's a short 10-minute drive, or an hour's walk if you're feeling energised. There's no end to the activities and sights here, from the marina-based boat tours to the old town lanes, shops and bars.

Postcard coast

The Algarve coast is famous for its striking limestone cliffs, but the main beach at Sao Rafael might just upstage them in the natural-beauty department. The golden sands here gently slope toward crystal-clear waves – perfect for a snorkel or a paddle. There are tons of watersports and hidden coves to keep you busy, too.

At a Glance

  • Kick back at one of the nearby beaches
  • Book a boat tour of the region's cliffy coast
  • Hop between the shops and bars of Albufeira's old town