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São Rafael Beach

São Rafael Beach: Our most recommended tours and activities

Albufeira: Kayak Tour of Hidden Caves and Secluded Beaches

1. Albufeira: Kayak Tour of Hidden Caves and Secluded Beaches

Take a beginner-friendly kayaking tour leaving from Albufeira. Scout out hidden caves and beautiful secluded beaches on the Algarve Coast. Cruise along the coast with an instructor and admire beautiful views on this tour suitable for all skill levels. Begin the tour from the white sand of São Rafael Beach in Algarve. Venture through the calm and clear ocean near the shore, exploring the beautiful Albufeira coastline and caves. Store your belongings on the beach and receive a briefing on kayaking techniques and be fitted with a life vest. Get in the water with the instructors and learn the basic skills of how to turn and maneuver the kayak. Explore the caves near Sao Rafael Beach, and explore different caves according to the tide conditions. Paddle for 45 minutes, and stop on a desert beach to relax and explore the land if the sea conditions are good exit the kayak and explore. Follow the tour guide as they lead the way and assist if you are too tired to continue paddling. Return back to Sao Rafael Beach and finish the tour where we started. Exit the kayaks safely at the beach at the end of the tour and collect your belongings before heading home.

6-Hour Sunset Cruise and Beach BBQ from Albufeira

2. 6-Hour Sunset Cruise and Beach BBQ from Albufeira

Take a late afternoon cruise to witness a stunning sunset and head to a secluded beach. Enjoy a delicious meal with live music and sip your favorite drink with beautiful scenery. This 5 to 6-hour program begins at around 5:30 PM, with a departure from the Albufeira marina. The boat will take you west, keeping close to the coast as you enjoy a stunning sunset over the bay of Armação de Pêra. Near the caves of São Rafael, you’ll transfer to a dinghy that will take you to a secluded beach that’s inaccessible by land. Enjoy listening to live music, indulge in your favorite beverage from the open bar, and savor a delicious meal prepared by the crew. The outstanding scenery has been described as some of the most spectacular in the world. Once dinner is over, you’ll return to the main vessel where the fun and festive environment continues on the trip back to Albufeira.

From Albufeira: 2.5 hour Coastal Boat Tour

3. From Albufeira: 2.5 hour Coastal Boat Tour

Sail from Marina de Albufeira on the Yacht Amorita along the Algarve coastline in Southern Portugal. Pass caves and beaches like those at Benagil, São Rafael, or Arco dos Namorados to appreciate the colorful beauty of the region. Settle in for the ride and admire views of the multi-colored towns along Algarve’s coast, as well as rocky cliffs and sandy beaches. Stop for a swim and try diving from the boat or the onboard water slide. Check out the yacht’s bar for a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks to help you unwind as you lounge on the deck. Loop back around to complete your route where you started in Albuifera

Albufeira: Stand-Up Paddle Cave Tour

4. Albufeira: Stand-Up Paddle Cave Tour

Starting directly from the white sand of São Rafael Beach in Algarve, we venture through the calm and clear ocean near the shore, exploring the beautiful Albufeira coastline and caves. We give you a little briefing on how to get start on the board and get you the life vests. Our instructors can help you to get in the water and teach you the basic skills on how to turn and manover the SUP After you are in the water you are going to explore the caves near Sao Rafael beach, small caves and bigger caves according to the tide conditions. After 45 min paddling you can stop on a desert beach to relax and explore in land. You will go with the tour guide leading the way all the time and assist if you are too tired. After 1:30h we go back to Sao Rafael beach and finish where we started. Our team will help you exit the board safely at the beach. At the end if we took pictures we will give you a card so you can buy them online. The tour from start to finish takes 2h. Easy and suitable for all levels. On the beach we have a storage place were you can leave your belongings.

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What people are saying about São Rafael Beach

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 175 reviews

This was so amazing!!! Great staff, amazing evening. I will recommend to buy seats at the top deck! It cost 8€, and there is only 20 spots, so you are guaranteed sitting space. The Dj on the beach was good, food was great and super nice to go grab drinks the whole evening. Really romantic with the lights on the beach and looking up at the stars! You should really buy this activity!

Friendly and informative guides, comfortable kayaks and easy to use for inexperienced paddlers! Great access to the caves and a nice opportunity to stretch our legs and enjoy the surroundings on a beach. Nice pace of travel too. Recommended!

Amazing experience! We were part of a mixed ability group but everyone had so much fun! It was a beautiful tour where we went through caves and found a secluded beach! Loved it!

Highlight of our holiday! Had such an amazing experience & the crew working were lovely! 100% recommend

It is well worth it, very good atmosphere all the time