Praia Sao Rafael

Praia Sao Rafael, Albufeira: Address, Praia Sao Rafael Reviews: 4.5/5

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Nataly
Zurich, Switzerland10 contributions
Family
The beach is absolutely lovely. The main advice - do not rent the place with umbrella at the beach. Bring your own. The guys who rent out all these things are rude, telling you different price every time and yell at you if you ask them to replace a bench when you see that you got a broken one. We paid 18 eur for each chair/bench we rented for few hours and it was a robbery .
Written June 21, 2022
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Beatriz M
Düsseldorf, Germany5,159 contributions
This was my favourite beach around Albufeira. I do not have a driver's license so I went there by Uber, it cost me less than 7 euro. It is beautiful, make sure to take poetic pictures from the rock which has a hole in the middle. My cousin has been there before and she said that behind this rock there is a kind of waterfall but when I was there, it was dry. It was totally lovely and in April I was in the water, surprisingly it was not cold! I could bathe, it was amazing. Long beach, beautiful, I can only recommend!
Written May 11, 2021
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Patrick B
Killarney, Ireland249 contributions
Couples
Generally, the beach is good. It's picturesque and clean. We visited for 8 days straight and rented 2 beds/umbrella each time. On hindsight that's 18x8 [€144] but sure it had to be done.

My one gripe is the cafe/restaurant. The staff are pleasant but if seems to me the owner is the real winner in this enterprise - for example, €3.50 for a large water (€0.75 in the shop up the road) or €5.50 - 7.50 for juice/ milkshake/ smoothies which are quite mediocre. The list goes on. It seems to me that where the staff are being paid c.€5 an hour, it isn't hard to see the opportunism. Some call it capitalism. Others call it greed. I don't suppose the latter.

Aside from that, nice spot.
Written August 6, 2022
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Jack
Higham Ferrers, UK9 contributions
Couples
Went on the dolphin and cave excursion and saw all of these hidden beaches that looked fantastic. Came across the Praia Sao Rafael beach so thought we would give it ago.

The first part of the beach was quite busy but as the tide went out the other half of the beach became accessible. It was atheistically lush, with green waters and caves around. Beach was nice and quiet and had a lovely sun trap.

Both my partner and I said it was the nicest looking beach we had been to.
Written September 15, 2020
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bl0ndie72
Ko Samui, Thailand2,395 contributions
Couples
There is no denying that the beach at Sao Rafael is stunning, however judging by the number of people shoe horned onto the sand, you’d be forgiven to think the pandemic was well & truly over. No social distancing. Lots of big groups of people.
It is a lovely sandy beach & the sea in crystal clear but it’s probably worth visiting either early morning or late afternoon to avoid the crowds, particularly in the current climate. We didn’t stay long, it was just too busy.
Written August 18, 2020
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Lord Raymond Bill of Hougun Manor
Brierley Hill, UK105 contributions
Stayed at villa Esterella, not to far to walk to Sao Rafael beach. The veiw on reaching the beach is fantastic. A camera is a must. Great bar on the beach. Sun beds at 18 euro for two not cheap, also not the best quality, but don't let this put you off a visit.
Written September 20, 2020
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nriapia
Leeds, UK36 contributions
Family
This beach was excellent for scenic views and golden sand. It was very very busy with few places for a group of seven to sit with towels in the afternoon.

What’s most important about this review is beware of unbelievable rip tides that I’ve never experienced before (to the left hand side of the beach if facing out to sea).

My teenage son nearly lost his life here if it wasn’t for the expert quick thinking of the life guards and other beach visitors. Which I thank them dearly for.

Difficult to swim in even for experienced swimmers.

I wouldn’t allow small children in the water so please be careful.
Written August 27, 2018
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klikers3
Manchester, UK48 contributions
Amazing beach with the beautiful views. For me and my fience it's the best beach that we ever saw. It's the best in the whole Portugal. Nice rocks and surrounding.
Written September 2, 2019
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Edb102
Weybridge, UK19 contributions
Friends
Beautiful, good parking and sweet little Beach cafe. So worth a visit for a coffee or a whole day relaxing on the beach.
Written November 3, 2014
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ChrisBelinda
Bury, UK344 contributions
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 get into the very very nice luxurious bugalows and hotels which border the beach. It's a nice place, the only beach eatery seemed pretty good value but we couldn't get in as you have to book and we didn't know, it was packed. The queue for a drink took 30 minutes and the prices for water are a bit more than Albufeira, after all, we kept getting told it was an 'exclusive beach'. Got a good spot near the rocks and enjoyed the baking heat and the cool sea water, stayed 4 hours and then met a great bloke who runs the surf school shack in the car park who kindly called us an UBER taxi to get us back, it arrived in 5 minutes and cost 9 Euros, well-pleased!, lovely place but God only knows how much it is to stay here.
Written August 2, 2021
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