At the heart of Vilamoura is the 1,000 berth marina which attracts stylish yachts from across Europe. It is surrounded by a fantastic choice of lively bars and restaurants which draw a glamorous crowd throughout the day and night. On either side of the entrance to the marina are the sandy beaches of Falesia and Vilamoura, ideal for long lazy days swimming and relaxing. Vilamoura stretches back from the marina with hotels, villas and apartments and a great selection of activities, ideal for active families. This marina town has an array of golf courses, tennis and padel courts, walking and cycle paths, horse riding and boat trips, all amazing activities for a Vilamoura villa holiday. When you are ready for a break, stroll around the marina until you find a restaurant that suits your tastes.
Vilamoura has a number of mini markets scattered across the resort for daily essentials. Around the marina, there are plenty of chic boutiques and gift shops. The fishing town of Quarteira is 10 minutes away by car and has several larger supermarkets. Every Wednesday morning, it has a general market and there is a daily fresh fish market except for Sundays.
All around the elegant marina there is a huge variety of restaurants and bars. Will you choose Portuguese, Italian, Japanese, Indian or Chinese? While you decide, stop for a drink at one of the bars and enjoy some people watching. For seafront dining, nearby Quarteira has everything from coffee shops for a pastel de nata to beach bars for a beer at sunset.
Vilamoura has 2 gorgeous beaches on either side of the marina with soft sand stretching as far as you can see in both directions. Praia de Falesia is 6 kilometres of golden sand stretching west, backed by high ochre cliffs topped with pine trees. Praia de Vilamoura is perfect for a long walk with incredibly blue sea, wide golden sands and impressive rock formations. Both beaches have plenty of sun loungers, bars and restaurants. If you are feeling energetic, there are pedaloes, banana boats and jet skis on offer.
Besides all the sporting facilities around Vilamoura, the marina has plenty of activities to try, from dolphin watching to paragliding and kayaking. Popular Zoomarine is perfect for a day out, and just 30 minutes' drive from the villa. It is a marine life theme park, home to hundreds of fascinating sea creatures, exotic birds and tropical fish. Almancil is 20 minutes' drive away and well-known for its go-karting track if you want a little friendly family competition.
Faro's historic old town and marina is only 35 minutes’ drive from Vilamoura and well worth a day trip to learn more about its past. You can explore the cobbled streets and city walls before a relaxed lunch overlooking the marina. To delve a little deeper into the history perhaps visit the archaeological museum, cathedral and the Convent of Our Lady.
To see a different side to the Algarve, explore the hills above the coast which are dotted with farms and small towns. Start in Loule with its 13th century castle and meet the locals doing their shopping at the daily market. Continue your trip by visiting a vineyard for a tour and tasting. Maybe you’ll buy a bottle or two to enjoy back by your villa’s private pool with a BBQ.
Vilamoura is also a great choice for golfers, with a huge choice of courses in the local area, 6 in Vilamoura alone!