Casa Catuna

The pretty, whitewashed Casa Catuna is set on the hillside with views towards Albufeira’s marina.

The pool terrace is a real plus point. It’s in an elevated position, so it makes the most of the views. There’s also a dining area that’s capped by a domed barbecue.

Inside, there’s an open-plan living space with a cosy seating area, a sofa bed, a dining table and a kitchen. There’s everything you need for a self-catering holiday to the Algarve, as the kitchen includes an oven, a fridge, a dishwasher and a microwave. Bedroom-wise, there’s a twin and a double room, plus a shower room.

Overview of Sao Rafael

With a trip to Sao Rafael, you’ll visit some of Portugal’s best beaches. Like many Portuguese holidays, the resort’s location also means that you can enjoy warm, sunny weather, as well as plenty of delicious cuisine.

Sao Rafael’s a small, peaceful seaside spot that’s close to a number of picturesque beaches. The houses and buildings surrounding the Casa Catuna are all traditionally Portuguese, so expect to see plenty of whitewashed walls and terracotta tiles.

When you fancy a little more action, Albufeira is only a 10-minute drive away.

Things to do in Sao Rafael

The Casa Catuna is in a quiet spot. Saying that, it’s only a five-minute drive from Sao Rafael Beach and a gathering of shops and restaurants. The beach is regularly voted as being one of the best in Portugal. You’ll be surrounded by limestone cliffs, clear waters, golden sands and fabulous facilities.

In the restaurants, exotic foods and glamorous cocktails are the orders of the day. Many are family-run and serve up traditional seafood and regional specialities.

If you take the short journey to Albufeira, you’ll be welcomed by a labyrinth of narrow streets, buzzing squares and traditional churches. In the evening, classy nightclubs and glamorous bars open their doors.

Stays in Sao Rafael are welcoming and inviting. The locals love mingling with the tourists and you’ll leave with a tan, plenty of new memories and even a few new friends.

Resort Summary

The Algarve has some truly stunning stretches of coastline, and Sao Rafael Beach is one of its finest spots. With limestone cliffs, clear waters, golden sands and fab facilities, it’s one of the region’s top destinations, and has been awarded the title of Portugal’s best beach a number of times. Locals and tourists alike flock here, namely to relax on its fine sands, enjoy the glorious views and take part in fun watersports. The cliffs surrounding Sao Rafael Beach are beautiful all day – but their rich red-orange colour is brought to life as the sun sets. Combined with the sand’s golden hue, you’re in for a treat if you linger into the evening.