Praia de São Rafael is situated in the south of Portugal not far from the coastal town of Albufeira and visitors are impressed by the imposing rocky scenery. Between isolated, rugged rock formations the popular bathing beach has plenty of space and lots to offer from massage and water sports to sun loungers and a stylish restaurant. Many young people and families appreciate the wide range of facilities on the beach, which is wheelchair and pushchair accessible and just a few minutes from the car park. All in all Praia de São Rafael is a nice beach with lots of extras.
Praia de São Rafael - A popular, wheelchair accessible bathing spot in the south of the Algarve
Praia de São Rafael is situated not far from Albufeira in the south of Portugal. On the short footpath from the car park to the beach you can purchase clothes, beach towels and other accessories. From there a broad walkway leads to the bay.
The large sandy beach of Praia de São Rafael stretches over a length of 290 metres and is surrounded by large limestone cliffs. Here you will find a particularly large variety of craggy rock formations that have been worn away by the wind and water. It's a good idea to bring your snorkel because the impressive rocky landscape continues under water. You can explore caves and grottos in the remote bays near Praia de São Rafael as part of a guided stand-up paddle boat tour. Mauro and his team from Albufeira Surf & Sup are right on site, and also hire out pedal boats, canoes and snorkels from their hut at the eastern end of the beach.
Praia de São Rafael is wheelchair and pushchair accessible so it is also ideal for families with small children. In peak season lots of young families from the surrounding hotels and holiday homes visit the beach. However the central location, impressive natural scenery and the water sports on offer also attract lots of singles and groups.
In the stylish São Rafael Restaurante da Praia you can you buy refreshments and snacks to take away or enjoy delicious fish dishes right on the terrace, which has a panoramic view. The restaurant also hires out numerous loungers and sun umbrellas and offers a massage service.