Beyond the imposing cliffs and vast dunes, there is so much more to explore!

The last province to the south of Portugal has vast golden sandy beaches bathed in the intense blue of the Atlantic Ocean. It has been awarded 5 times as the best beach destination in Europe.
Countless memorable experiences are here to be had. These include tasting the gastronomy, experiencing the history, the culture and the natural surroundings.

The Ocean

Having the ocean as a neighbor, means that nautical experiences are a must! At a 5-minute drive from São Rafael is the quiet Albufeira Marina, which can be a base for ocean adventures. You can go on a relaxing boat trip along the Algarve coast, with the possibility to see dolphins as well as visit the magnificent caves that exist along the route. If the underwater world fascinates you, grab your goggles, get your fins and venture off into a Snorkeling experience.

SPA Experiences

Within a 15-minute drive you will find the best treatments and SPA experiences at the OSMOS Wellness Center, located at VidaMar Resort Hotel Algarve. As a guest of São Rafael Villas, Apartments & GuestHouse you will enjoy a special rate on unique experiences of relaxation and wellness.


But in São Rafael there are other charming details for you to discover.
Walk along unique footpaths along the cliffs, from where you can enjoy the beauty of the oceanside landscape. You can also trek through the pines and huge shrubs of mastic, suspended above the cliffs. Walking through this area around São Rafael Beach will surely be a magical experience for you.
Also close to São Rafael, about a 15-minute drive, is the Salgados Lagoon, a true sanctuary for several bird species, which is now one of the most popular bird watching spots in Algarve. You can also take a walk along the footbridges and take in the richness of the fauna and flora of this region.
If you prefer, this tour can turned into an equestrian experience, done on horseback through the dunes. You will be in harmony with nature, enjoying the landscape to the beat of your horse’s trot.


The Algarve has frequently been considered by specialty magazines and pro golfers as the World’s top Golfing destination. Keeping up with this notion, our golfing clients, or those just wishing to give it a shot, can do so at the 18-hole golf course, located at a 10-minute drive from São Rafael.