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Praia Sao Rafael, Albufeira

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Set along the coast of Portugal's famous Algarve region, Praia Sao Rafael showcases golden sands, restaurants, and imposing limestone cliffs. Visit what is perhaps the country's most popular beach and wander along the secluded waterfront, wading through the shallow water. The gently sloping sand shelf keeps the sea relatively warm. You may want to rent an umbrella and relax for a while, enjoying the view of eroded rock formations and dry bluffs. The beach features restrooms, showers, coffee shops, bars, and a sizeable parking lot for visitors, all easily accessible via boardwalks and stairs. Before you head to Albufeira, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Albufeira vacation tool, to make sure you see all that Albufeira has to offer, including Praia Sao Rafael.
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  • Drove half hour out of our way because multiple websites and reviews said it was dog friendly but that it absolutely not the case! 5 pound Pomeranian in a carrying case, not allowed 
    Drove half hour out of our way because multiple websites and reviews said it was dog friendly but that it absolutely not the case! 5 pound Pomeranian in a carrying case, not allowed  more »
  • We were lucky enough to stay within walking distance to this beach. We enjoyed time spent there although it does get busy, especially at high tide, and it is quite rocky under foot to swim out from... 
    We were lucky enough to stay within walking distance to this beach. We enjoyed time spent there although it does get busy, especially at high tide, and it is quite rocky under foot to swim out from...  more »

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