Covering a large area, Salgados Beach contrasts with the other beaches of Albufeira due its diversity of landscape. Here, the backdrop of ochre cliffs gives way to a cordon of golden dunes.
Beyond the dunes is the Salgados Lagoon, an important stopover for many migrating birds and where a number of protected species nest among the reeds and rushes, including red heron, blue-black grassquits, caimans and curlews
The beach is good for water sports and swimming in addition to surfing and bodyboarding as the sea regularly provides good waves for such activities.
Owing its name to the nearby tourist resort, São Rafael Beach is flanked by cliffs with its sands dotted with a few isolated rocks with more jutting out of the sea to create a very picturesque effect.