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Villa Dora, Sao Rafael, Algarve, Portugal

Villa Dora

Sao Rafael, Algarve

Villa Summary

Away from the hustle and bustle, Villa Dora is set in the hills above Sao Rafael. In a picturesque countryside location, yet only a 5 minutes' drive to the beach, a choice of places to eat, shops and attractions. This charming 2-bedroom villa has a large private pool surrounded by a lovely flower garden - great for relaxing and unwinding. With bright interiors, spacious terrace and plenty of comfortable seating areas you'll be well equipped for the true Portuguese way of life. Air conditioning/heating in the bedrooms and WiFi is included.

Arrival & Departure Day :
Villa check in time from 16:00 Information
Villa check out time 10:00 Information

Villa Features

  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Sleeps 2 to 5
  • Beach 1 ¾ mile
  • Heated Pool
    30 x 14 ft Information
  • Free Air Con
  • Wifi
  • Car Essential Information
Couples and small groups
Countryside villas
Why our Algarve expert loves this villa
quoteupper A charming villa located in the countryside hills above Sao Rafael, the beach and shops is a short drive away! Enjoy the best of both worlds! quotelower
Villa Description
Swimming pool, pool terrace and sunbathing area

The large private pool is dotted with sun loungers, a spacious terrace and a bench - great for soaking up the sun and relaxing with a refreshing cool drink. To the side of the pool is a lawn with plenty of room for those fun activities. A step from the pool area is a raised terrace, with a shaded seating area - great for cooling off with a good book. There is a brick BBQ by the pool area, so you'll have all you need for alfresco living in true Portuguese style. With an additional seating area by the front of the villa you can unwind by the picturesque flower garden with small citrus orchards.


From the road, iron gates open onto a private drive way leading to the side of the villa. There is ample of parking space for your hire cars.

Living space

There is an open plan lounge and dining room, with a flat screen TV, comfortable seating and a dining table with chairs. The room is bright and spacious, ideal for relaxing during the day or in the evenings with a book or family game. From here patio doors with 1 step down lead to the covered terrace overlooking the impressive pool and garden. The patios doors ensure that plenty of light floods through this area, creating a bright and airy space for all your party to enjoy.


The spacious kitchen is fully equipped with shiny glossy units and marble worktops. There is also a dining table with chairs, you have everything you need for preparing and cooking up those tasty meals. A door leads out to the covered terrace at the front of the villa which overlooks the flower garden.

Bedrooms and bathrooms

This villa compromises of 2 spacious, well furnished bedrooms, all located on one level which makes this villa ideal for families with younger children or grandparents. There is a double bedroom with an en suite shower room, a twin bedroom and a separate bathroom.

This villa is registered and licenced by the Portuguese Tourism Board and local council. This number is: 68339/AL.
Key Notes
  • Villa Plus In-Resort Service  
  • Mid Week Towel Change & Light Clean  
  • Bed Linen  
  • Bathroom Towels  
  • Iron & Ironing Board  
  • Villa check in time from 16:00   Information
  • Villa check out time 10:00   Information

Villa facilities

  • 1 double bedroom with en suite shower room  
  • 1 twin bedroom  
  • 1 bathroom  

Indoor amenities

  • FREE WiFi  
  • FREE Air conditioning/heating in 2 bedrooms  
  • Satellite TV  
  • Safe  
  • DVD Player  
  • Washing machine  
  • Dishwasher  
  • Microwave  
  • Hairdryers  
  • Bluetooth Speakers  

Outdoor amenities

  • Alarm And Nightlight  
  • Brick BBQ  
  • FREE Pool heating  
  • Pool/Billiard Table  
  • Table Tennis  
  • Pool Size: 30 x 14 ft  
  • Pool Depth: Min. 3ft, Max. 7½ft  
Villa Location
Villa Dora is in a great location within 5 minutes' drive of Sao Rafeal Beach, a couple of restaurants and a mini market. What's more Arifes and Coelha beaches are both less than 10 minutes away by car. Popular Albufeira Old Town is no more than 10 minutes' drive away with a pedestrian shopping area plus lots of places to eat and drink. What's more Guia, the home of the Zoomarine theme park and the famous spicy piri pri chicken, is around 15 minutes' drive away.

Location features

Local markets and shopping

The local mini market is just over 5 minutes' walk away and other opportunities for shopping can be found in Albufeira Old Town as well as in Praia D'Oura. There is also a commercial centre in Guia, and, for those who prefer something more traditional. The municipal fruit, fish and vegetable market is open every morning except Sundays, located between Praia D'Oura and Albufeira.

Bars and restaurants

There are a couple of good restaurants within walking distance, or the restaurants on the nearby Sao Rafael and Coelha beaches are a few minutes away by car. Further afield is the old town of Albufeira with many bars and restaurants to suit a range of tastes spread along narrow cobbled streets. Guia, birthplace of the traditional Algarvean dish chicken piri piri, is 15 minutes' drive away.


Sao Rafael offers the perfect choice for those wanting a relaxing beach holiday, as its beautiful sandy beach with a lively beachside bar, restaurant and music. Set in a pretty bay, flanked by tall ochre coloured limestone cliffs São Rafael is of many of the beaches along this stretch of Algarve coast.

The beach is home to an array of wonderful rock formations carved by the wind and waves over the millennia. Located 20 minutes' drive away is the charming little Praia da Coelha beach. There are olive trees, bamboo groves and trees which all lead you towards the wooden stairs down to the beach

Family fun

Albufeira Marina also has plenty of choice for activities to try from dolphin watching to paragliding and kayaking. Krazy World, in the next town of Algoz, is a short drive from the villa and has a small zoo with restaurants and a communal pool.

Popular Zoomarine is perfect for a day out, and just 15 minutes' drive from the villa. It is a marine life theme park, home to hundreds of fantastic and fascinating sea creatures, exotic birds and tropical fish. Parque Aventura, situated in Santa Eulalia, Albufeira, comprises of a paintball centre and various adventure courses through the trees made up of zip wires, bridges and ropes.

Places of interest

The Sand City, held in Porches takes place every year from May to October. The 50 international artists prepare sculptures based on a different theme for 8 weeks. The exhibitions are an impressive sight during the day and at night when the sculptures are illuminated with coloured lights. The exhibits are fantastic and are created by artists from all over the world - great fun for all the family!


For golfers, Salgados Golf is one of the scenic courses in the Algarve, with lovely sea views and is just 15 minutes' drive away. So, don't forget you clubs!


Every villa comes with its own manual, complete with details of the best restaurants, taxis, local amenities and activities. And of course, our reps are on hand to make sure you love your holiday more. If you need any advice or tips on the local area, they will be more than happy to help.

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GPS coordinates

Latitude: 37.085319

Longitude: -8.286886

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Activities and things to do
Albufeira is the town where tourism in the Algarve really began. until the 60's it was a lovely old fishing town, with the familiar whitewashed cottages and winding, cobbled Moorish streets leading to charming squares and churches, and fishing boats all clustered around the sea shore. The scenic old town is much the same today, but benefits from the modern accommodation and luxury holiday villas that border it. The town has a fine marina, and about 1¼ miles away is the main strip – Avenida Dr Francisco Sà Carneiro. This is the centre of the club scene and comes alive with cocktail bars, karaoke joints, and discos that never seem to close. Albufeira remains the most popular resort in the Algarve for a good reason.
Krazy World
Krazy World has a Crazy Golf course which features a whopping 36 holes. There is a petting farm where you can hold snakes, take pony rides, touch camels, kangaroos and parrots. Swimming pools provide the opportunity to cool off.

Krazy World is located near Algoz on the N264 which leaves the N269 ten miles east of Silves. Tel: 00 351 282 574 134.

Salgados golf course
One of the many courses in the Algarve, it was once an aircraft landing strip and wetland area beside a bird sanctuary.

It has been compared to both a Scottish links course and a water-filled Florida course and if you enjoy water challenges this course is for you.

The par 4 seventh is rated amongst the best holes in Portugal. The final three holes decrease in difficulty allowing golfers to ease up after a testing first 15.

Address: Vale do Rabelho, Apartado 2266 8200-917
Tel: + 351 289 583030
Fax: + 351 289 591112
For golf bookings - Email:

Description: Eighteen holes, 6080 metres, Par 72
Location: Six kilometers west of Albufeira. Turn off the EN125 at Guia.

Aqualand Waterslide Park
Formerly known as 'The Big One,' Aqualand has spectacular gardens and is probably the largest waterpark in the Algarve.

The names of the slides give you an idea of what to expect – Hydra, Raging Rapids, Banzai Boggan, Kamikaze, Surf Beach, Rainbow Park, Crazy Leap, Crazy Race &, Congo River! Users of the Kamikaze slide fall 26 metres vertically to the pool below in only four seconds!

Aqualand is located west of Alcantarilha on the main N125 road some ten kilometres outside Albufeira. Tel: 00 351 282 320 230.
Zoomarine is an exotic marine life theme park home to hundreds of fantastic and fascinating sea creatures. The park includes dolphins, sea lions, turtles, a shark, a museum and an alligator farm as well as a mini-zoo, exotic birds and tropical fish.

Some of the best shows in Europe are staged at Zoomarine such as sea lion, dolphin and eagle shows. It is advisable to arrive early and plan an itinerary for the day.

It is also possible to interact with dolphins but it is advisable to call at least 2 days in advance. Even though it is costable, it is very popular.

Entertainment at the theme park also includes fairground rides, swimming pools, shops and a cinema.

Zoomarine is situated at KM65 close to Albufeira on the main N125 road between Pera and Guia. The park is in a tranquil setting offset by gardens and lakes. Tel: 200 351 289 560 300.
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