On the entire Sao Rafael complex in the Algarve, this superb apartment offers the shortest walk to 2 magnificent beaches. In 2009 the website onbeach.com voted Sao Rafael as Portugal's best beach & the 4th best in Europe. The environmental organisation Quercus has said that 15 of the Albufeira coast beaches, including Sao Rafael, have excellent water quality and Blue Flag status. Both beaches have superb restaurants and bars. Apartment guests have close, unlimited access to a high class pool, and just 5 mins away by car, is the new Albufeira marina with its many upmarket shops, cafes and bars, in addition to an array of water sport activities and the charming old town of Albufeira. Numerous great golf courses are also close to hand.
Sao Rafael small beach is 3/4 minutes on foot, whilst the big beach is 6/8 minutes walk over the cliffs. Both beaches have sun loungers to hire, bar/restaurants and the big beach has a lifeguard. The small beach has a sheltered cove with rock pools to explore, whilst the big beach offers a good stretch of sand and is better for swimming. There are many other lovely beaches along the coast within a few minutes drive.
The central Algarve has a huge variety of activites and items of special interest apart from the beach and golf. There is horse riding, diving, sailing, walking especially along the beautiful coastal cliffs and cycling. There is a small supermarket within walking distance plus 3 good sized supermarkets each 5-10 minutes by car, with banks, post office & pharmacies in Albufeira. "Algarve Shopping" with a hypermarket, cinema, bowling alley, numerous shops & restaurants is 15-20 minutes by car.
Gardens around the apartment. Car parking close by.
The restaurant building by the pool can be used by guests. Facilities include toilets, easy chairs, games, books, pool table and fridge to store own refeshments. There is also a drinks/snacks machine - items to be paid for.