Sao Rafael Beach
Sao Rafael Beach, situated in the Albufeira area, is one of the most iconic beaches of the most southern Portuguese region, due its beauty.
Sao Rafael beach is one of the iconic beaches not only from the Algarve but also from Portugal. Situated near Vilamoura, its beauty has already granted it for several times the epithet of the best Portuguese beach and one of the most beautiful of the world.
Surrounded by imposing limestone cliffs and a luxuriant pine tree forest, the Sao Rafael beach is a refuge of peace and tranquillity in the middle of the Algarve’s agitation. The first thing that catches your eye as soon as you arrive at beach is the magnificent contrast between the golden colour of the thin sand and the crystalline warm waters of the Atlantic than range from a deep blue tone to a magnetic green. The portrait ahead if truly breath-taking!
Then is the quietness of the sea that gets your attention and makes you want to go for a swim. And what a thrill it can be diving in that sea! The warm waters invite you for long and relaxed swims that will easy the high temperatures of the Algarve’s summer.
If you are a snorkelling or scuba diving fan Sao Rafael beach is the right spot for you as its waters hide a rich and exuberant sea life. On the other hand, if you are more into lying down in the sand, just relax and enjoy the view and the sun.
Besides its natural beauty, Sao Rafael beach also offers visitors several facilities that, along with the high quality of its sand and waters, granted it the right to fly a blue flag. These facilities include car parking, toilets, nice restaurants with outdoor seating where you can enjoy fantastic snacks and light meals, and during bathing season visitors can count on lifeguard for they safety. Speaking of safety, keep a safe distance from the cliffs and obey the signs as some rocks may come off.