From Faro airport take the N125 or A22(M) west towards Portimao. The N125 is the old coastal road which gives you a view of the local area, whereas the A22(M) is still the only motorway in Portugal that is toll free. Albuferia and Sao Rafael are a 30-40 minute drive away. Sao Rafael is the first beach west of Albuferia immediately after the marina.

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Click here for Google directions and use the map link for Albufeira and it's surroundings.

Although car hire is recommended there are buses or airport transfers available from Faro and a bus stop is a 5 min walk from the apartment.

Links: 

Airport Transfers Flights Car Hire
www.algarve-airport-transfers.com www.easyjet.co.uk www.ebookers.com
www.airport-transfers-algarve.com www.ebookers.com www.holidayautos.co.uk
www.polotur.com www.flymonarch.com algarve-ukars.com
www.farocar.com www.cheapflights.co.uk www.carjet.co.uk
Bus Info Train Info  
www.eva-bus.net www.cp.pt  
www.rede-expressos.pt