Great sports facilities, beaches and a 1000-berth marina keep the tourists flocking to this modern, purpose-built resort.
Six challenging golf courses, a tennis club with 12 clay courts, five-a-side football pitches, horse riding, watersports – Vilamoura is a delight for people looking for an active holiday in the sun.
The palm-lined marina is the place to relax and take a break. With lots of places to eat, drink and just sit, it’s ideal for watching the gleaming white yachts and spotting their celebrity owners. At night this is where people meet and the many bars and restaurants really come alive.
Vilamoura’s on the Atlantic coast – so look forward to exciting big game fishing and deep sea diving, as well as dolphin and whale spotting. At the same time, the resort is perfect for long, lazy afternoons of sunbathing – wiggle your toes in the cotton-soft sand of its beautiful beaches.
Planning to go to Casino Vilamoura? There’s a dress code (gentlemen in tie and jacket) and an entrance fee. And you’ll need to show your passport if you’re not Portuguese.
The town’s two main beaches have clean, dazzling white sand. Both are generously supplied with bars, sunbeds, lifeguards, watersports and everything you’ll need for a day in the sunshine. Vilamoura Beach is on the east side of the marina and Falésia Beach to the west.
With its twisty slides and thrilling White Fall ride, the Aquashow waterpark is one of the best in the Algarve and just a short drive from Vilamoura. And don’t leave Vilamoura without visiting Cerro da Vila – here you’ve got the remains of a Roman villa and baths, and a modern museum that explains it all.
Most of Vilamoura’s championship-quality golf courses have professionals so you’ll be able to work on improving your game. And if you’re less ambitious, there’s the town’s 18-hole mini course. The sea is teeming with life, and if you’re diving there’s a good chance of seeing dolphins, whales, tuna, octopuses and congers.
The marina is one of the best places in town for local delicacies, with several restaurants among Vilamoura’s best. It’s worth the short drive inland to Boliqueime to sample the tapas at Barrica 56, while Don Toro in town is the place for delicious steaks.
Whether you’re looking for international luxury brands or souvenirs to wrap up your holiday, the marina has everything you’ll need in one place. You’ll also find local pottery and handmade linens in Quateira, just a couple of kilometres from Vilamoura.
There’s a vibrant nightlife scene, with live entertainment at the town’s bars. You can try your luck at the Casino Vilamoura or the Black Jack, or party all night at a disco – maybe the famous Seven, or Agua Moments with its ocean view.
Vilamoura is in the Algarve, the southernmost part of Portugal, and part of the region’s luxury tourist area. It’s around half-an-hour’s drive from the airport in Faro.