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“Stunning scenery”
Review of Praia Sao Rafael

Praia Sao Rafael
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Ocean Rocket - Dolphins and Caves with Speed
Ranked #3 of 108 things to do in Albufeira
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Reviewed July 6, 2013

Amazing waves rolling in - but care is needed if you like to go in the sea - the currents look strong and the local people tend only to stand in the shallow water away from the rocks which cannot always be seen when the tide is in.

Thank Wils58
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Reviewed July 6, 2013

Nice beach but a bit crowded, although less crowded than Spanish beaches.
There is another beach on the left side, half hidden, very small but even nice than this one.
You have to climb the cliff to access it but it is worth it.

Thank El_Fred
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Reviewed June 29, 2013

I really like Sao Rafael beach. It is not so touristic and there you can eat maybe the best "bolas de berlim"!

Avoid Praia da oura, Pescadores which are full of people and you cannot almost lay.

Thank Di0gOliveira
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Reviewed June 28, 2013

Nice big beach, but it is fairly busy and you need to arrive early to get a decent spot. There is a fair amount of seaweed on the water front so only a limited area to swim in.
There is a restaurant on the beach, but it is very pricey!

Tip: go for a stroll in the evening when the beach is almost empty.

Thank LP2291
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Reviewed June 27, 2013

Praia Sao Rafael is certainly a nice place were to spend some hours in the sun and, if the sea is not too cold, also for a good swim.
We found it a bit difficult to reach as there was not public transport to the beach, so we decided to walk from Albufeira Old Town (don't do it if you don't have good shoes, water and a hat...it is hot and long).

We actually preferred Praia Arrifes, which is next to Sao Rafael and more striking. The only problem is that being very small, it can become easily crowded, most of all with flow tide.

In any case, a place worthy going.

Thank Marica_C85
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