Sao Rafael

São Rafael is the crowning jewel of the Algarve beaches. Located on the western end, just ten minutes from Albufeira, the São Rafael strand is in a league of its own. The long stretch of golden sand is backed by limestone cliffs and embraced by the azure waters of the Atlantic Ocean. São Rafael is a serene seaside resort, perfect for escaping the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

The clarity of the water is ideal for snorkelling and there are a handful of other water sports available as well. The Blue Flag-winning beach is a favourite with locals and tourists alike, and during the summer months the beach is brimming with sunloungers and umbrellas. A smattering of villas and apartments with whitewashed walls and terracotta-tiled roofs compose the tiny village of São Rafael. Here, tradition triumphs over modernity, which is a welcome relief from the bright lights and busyness of the larger resorts. There are a few charming beachfront bars and restaurants in São Rafael, but for more variety just walk a few streets over to the neighbouring resort of Galé.

If you care to explore the area, the seaside cliffs make excellent walking terrain and the nearby tennis courts and world-class golf courses are perfect for breaking a sweat.

With a penchant for luxury, São Rafael boasts an outstanding selection of high-end accommodation options. The São Rafael Suites, São Rafael Atlántico and the São Rafael Hotel Suite all hold the prestigious 5-Star rating. These hotels offer guests a sophisticated atmosphere, fabulous rooms, superior service and essentially, the best holiday that money can buy.

Hoppa has an excellent fleet of vehicles to ensure you arrive on holiday in comfort and style. Pre-book your São Rafael airport transfer with hoppa and choose a private car, van, shuttle bus or limousine to take you to the holiday you’ve been waiting for. Our trustworthy São Rafael transfers offer the best value for money service from Faro airport. 

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