Vilamoura is a sophisticated resort town located in the sunny Algarve region, in Southern Portugal. Known for its long beach, championship golf courses, and an exclusive marina complex, it is the perfect holiday destination for those who value quality over quantity and want to see a more glamorous side of the Algarve. However, because of its central location, you will easily get to nearby towns such as Quarteira or Albufeira. This travel guide will introduce you to Vilamoura and what one of the biggest resorts in Europe has to offer.
Vilamoura has a central location on the Algarve coast so you can easily get here or explore more of the region. Albufeira, one of the most popular towns in the Algarve is only 25 minutes away from Vilamoura and the closest airport is located a bit more than an hour, in Faro. However, the public transportation from the airport to Vilamoura is very limited so you might want to consider renting a car - which will be helpful when exploring the region - or book a transfer.
If you're looking for the perfect golfing holiday in the Algarve, then you must head to Vilamoura. In case you didn't know, there are several championship golf courses with excellent facilities. All around the marina complex you can find places to rent everything you need to play, as well as transportation to the major courses in Vilamoura - such as Old Course, Victoria or Laguna, just to name a few - and in the Algarve. If you're traveling with family, head over to Family Golf Park, a mini-golf course that is perfect for a day of fun with your kids. However, if you are not a golfer there is plenty more to do as Vilamoura has something for everyone. The marina is another landmark of Vilamoura. The exclusive marina complex includes world-class hotels and chic restaurants. While you're enjoying a delicious meal take the opportunity to appreciate the wonderful view of the incredible yachts. From the marina you can embark on a boat trip or cruise with friends or family for a day in the sea - this is even better for those who don't own a boat and fell in love with the ones at the marina. You can choose everything from deep sea fishing to sunset cruises. After dinner, walk along the marina and browse through the shops. If you're a fan of Portuguese football, then you might want to try Luis Figo's bar or shop at Cristiano Ronaldo's store, both right on the marina. Nightlife is also strong in Vilamoura. Live music in every corner, karaoke bars, and great cocktails are a guarantee for a fun night. Vilamoura is also famous for its Casino where you can try your luck or have fun watching the evening shows.
For those who love going to the beach to relax, you won't have trouble finding dreamy beaches in Vilamoura, such as Praia da Marina or Praia da Falésia, where you can go for a swim and sunbathe. If you ever visit any of these beaches, don't miss the opportunity to walk along the coast to appreciate its beauty. For a more cultural activity, make sure to visit the Cerro da Vila Archaeological Museum, a ruined Roman villa that is worth discovering.
Overlooking marina, you will find a big variety of chic restaurants offering both Portuguese and international cuisine to suit all tastes and budgets. A favorite among locals and tourists is O Marisco restaurant right in the marina. However, if you're looking for a more quiet option that offers good food at better prices, then you have to try Ostra D’Ouro. In both of these restaurants, you will be able to taste some of the best seafood in the region!
If you're staying in Vilamoura, make sure to take a couple of day trips to the surrounding towns such as Faro or Albufeira. The best way to do it is to rent a car and go discover the incredible beaches nearby. Trust us, you won't regret it. As the capital of Algarve, Faro has a historic center surrounded by ancient Moorish walls that definitely deserves a visit. In Albufeira, you will find some incredible beaches such as Praia dos Pescadores or Praia de São Rafael. Both Faro and Albufeira have a different vibe from Vilamoura so it will be interesting to discover another side of the Algarve.