Praia de São Rafael is a beach on the Atlantic south coast of the Algarve, close to the village resort of Sesmarias which is within the Municipality of Albufeira, Portugal. This beach is located 2.5 miles (4.0 km) by road to the west of Albufeira old town centre and is 29.7 miles (47.8 km) west of the regions capital of Faro. This beach is one of sixty nine blue flag beaches (2012) in the Algarve and is accredited with good facilities for the disabled.
This small beach has fine gold sand and crystal clear water and is backed by golden limestone cliffs. On the beach itself there are many limestone rock formations which have been eroded over a long period of time to form interesting formations and shapes many of which have names such as Ninho das Andorinhas or the Swallow’s Nest and Ponte Pequena or the Small Bridge. The main beach can get very crowded during the peak summer period but there are some quieter spots around the beach amongst the rock formations a short distance from the main sandy areas. The beach has good facilities with toilets and public showers. During the summer season the beach is patrolled by lifeguards. There are Loungers, parasols and Pedalo's which can be hired. The beach has good access for the disabled having boardwalks and paved slopes running down to the beach from the car park to the rear of the beach.
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Paul Chalkley | Aug 8, 2018
Beach was amazing. Really scenic. Gets a bit busy but there is room around the back of one of the cliff faces on the right of the beach. I would have uploaded photos but unfortunately I went there whilst there was a wildfire. The smoke was carried out over the top of the beach and not only made the sky look awful but it also blocked out the sun. I can't fault the beach for that though. The restaurant was also very good. All of the food coming out of the kitchen looked really nice. Definitely worth a visit.
Stephen Gibbons | Jul 5, 2018
Lovely beach although gets deep pretty quickly. Seems to be mostly frequented by Portuguese which I take as a good sign. The restaurant on the beach does excellent seafood - 1 whole sea bass between 4 -€65
Nelly Saraiva | Jul 20, 2018
Loved this beach. Great sand, clean, options for chair and umbrellas rentals. It was a little crowded but it was mid July so to be expected and the water was quite cold so you couldn't stay in it long. Bathrooms could have certainly been cleaner.
Mike Hartley | Aug 6, 2018
Wonderful little cove, great for swimming and snorkelling. Paddleboarding and kayak hire in the beach with cave tours on offer too. Restaurant on the beach which has a takeaway bar-quite expensive though. Well worth a visit but get there early to get a parking space. Close to Albufiera.
Angelina Bültemann | Aug 3, 2018
The beach is amazing. You can do many activities like SUP, kajak or go the beach bar. We had a nice time here.
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