Praia São Rafael – General information
Praia São Rafael is a beach near Albufeira. The beach is quite sandy and is surrounded by beautiful red/orange-coloured cliffs. According to TripAdvisor, Praia São Rafael is the #3 thing to do in Albufeira.
The rock formations on Praia São Rafael have been given names. There is the Ponte Pequena and the Ninho das Andorinhas. These rock formations attract quite a few visitors, who are curious to see them. Many years of erosion has given the rocks their peculiar shape.
In summer, the beach can be quite crowded. However, it is usually possible to find spots with fewer people. In any case, the beach is less crowded than several other beaches near Albufeira. Many people visit Praia São Rafael during the day, and then in the evening they have dinner in nearby Albufeira.
The water is has a good temperature (especially in summer), which makes it a great beach for swimming. The beach is also known to be good for snorkeling. Another tip is to take a walk on this beach to the right. At the end, near the rocks, you will find a small waterfall.
It is possible to view how beautiful this beach is, by experiencing a 360 degree picture of this beach.
How to get there
The beach is located about 4 kilometres west of Albufeira. You can reach it by entering the following address in your GPS: Estrada do Aldeamento São Rafael, Albufeira.
It is possible to park on a nearby cliff, but only a limited number of vehicles are allowed there. Make sure you get there early in the morning, to ensure a parking spot.
Praia São Rafael – Facilities
Facilities in Praia São Rafael:
• Restaurant: yes
• Bar/club: yes
• Toilet: yes
• Shower: yes
• Water sports: yes
• Sunbeds: yes
• Parking: yes, but difficult in summer
• Lifeguards: yes
• Blue flag beach: yes
The beach in addition also has good facilities for disabled people. For example, the beach is accessible by wheelchair.