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Holidays in Vilamoura

Holidays in Vilamoura

Are you planning a holiday? Find your travel guide for your holiday in Vilamoura here.

Vilamoura is located in the Algarve and is a sophisticated, modern, and lively resort, popular for its wide range of leisure activities. The Marina of Vilamoura, which began in 1971 with excavations in the former Quinta do Morgado in Quarteira, received its first sailing boat in 1974.

From then on, Vilamoura has continued to develop year after year.


Where is Vilamoura?

Vilamoura belongs to the municipality of Loulé. It is located approximately in the middle of the Algarve coast, about 26 km or thirty minutes by car from Faro airport.


Vilamoura Weather

​Vilamoura has average temperatures between 8ºC and 32ºC all year round.

The Summer months are hot, with temperatures reaching 35ºC and sometimes higher, but tempered by the coastal breeze, which makes them more bearable.

You can expect around twelve hours of sunshine per day, with virtually no rain.

Autumn and Spring in Vilamoura are mild, with temperatures ranging from 14ºC to 30ºC. Tourists from all over the world come to Vilamoura to play golf during this time.

The Winter months are the coldest, with temperatures between 8ºC and 15ºC. It is the ideal time to observe the natural beauty of the almond blossom and to spend a wonderful holiday in Vilamoura!


Distance between Vilamoura and Quarteira

​Vilamoura and Quarteira have almost merged today, so it is quite normal for tourists to visit the Quarteira fish market from Vilamoura and stroll along the beautiful promenade, which is right on the beach and in the commercial area.

A trip from Vilamoura to the center of Quarteira takes about thirty minutes on foot or eight minutes by car.

You can also get to Quarteira by a minibus that runs all year round between the two villages. The bus stops at the bus stop next to the Vilamoura marina and takes you to one of the many stops in Quarteira at a reasonable price.


Vilamoura Marina - Holidays in Vilamoura


Vilamoura Marina

As the largest marina in Portugal, Vilamoura Marina is a national and international reference in the recreational boating sector, with more than 800 berths, a sailing school, and a fully equipped shipyard.

It is the first marina in Portugal to receive the 5 Gold Anchor Platinum accreditation, considered the highest award in the industry. In 2020, it was voted Best Portuguese Marina for the tenth consecutive year by Publituris Portugal Trade Awards. Received the international title of Marine of Distinction for being named Best International Marina by the Yacht Harbour Association in the 2015-2017 triennium and also voted Best International Marina by TYHA in 2019, 2020 and 2021

In addition to the various nautical activities offered at the marina, Vilamoura also offers other activities such as golf, tennis, horse riding, a large and varied shopping area, nightlife, and two fantastic beaches to cool off on hot days.

With its numerous luxury hotels, holiday villages, and apartments, Vilamoura is undoubtedly one of the best places to spend your holidays.


Beaches in Vilamoura

An extensive golden sandy beach, about three kilometers long, divided by the harbor bar, forms the two existing beaches in Vilamoura: Vilamoura Beach and Falésia Beach.

Both are equipped with all the necessary services to offer you full comforts, such as sunbeds, restaurants, prepared structures for guests with reduced mobility, WC, showers, lifeguards, and parking close to the beach access.


Vilamoura Beach

Vilamoura beach is located on the east side of the harbor bar.

With its fine, golden sand that extends to the Quarteira dock, this beach has a blue sea with first-class water quality, which is why it is constantly awarded the Blue Flag.



Falésia Beach

The beach of Falésia stretches from the Vilamoura marina to the Rocha Baixinha beach in Albufeira and is characterized by a long sandy beach of fine golden sand flanked by imposing orange cliffs crowned by an extensive pine forest that protects the beach from the harsh winds from the northern quadrant.

With its incomparable beauty and a climate that allows it, this beach is ideal for swimming during the warmer months of the year and for sightseeing during the rest of the year.


What to do in Vilamoura?

Apart from spending the day relaxing on the beach and cooling off on warmer days, there are several ideal activities for fun and/or relaxation that you can do on your holiday in Vilamoura:

  • Cerro da Vila Roman Ruins: A Roman villa built by the Romans during the 3rd century, where several economic activities were developed, namely the production of Garum (fish preserves) exported to the entire Roman Empire. Later it was also occupied by the Visigoths and the Moors.
  • Aquashow: Water amusement park with mind-blowing slides, water roller coaster, wave pool, children's area, and more. In other words, a guaranteed day of fun.
  • Zoomarine: This theme park, which focuses on marine life, is also one of Portugal's main study and research centers for the protection, education, and rehabilitation of animals.
  • Water sports: kitesurfing, bodyboarding, surfing, snorkeling, diving, jet skiing, water skiing, windsurfing, sailing, fishing, stand-up paddling
  • Boat Trips: The activities at sea can be the most diverse, such as caves and Algarve coast visit, dolphin discovery tour, fishing, sailing boat trip, board in a boat to enjoy DJ music during the sunset, parasailing, skiing, watercraft, and many others.
  • Vilamoura Casino: Are you feeling lucky? So enjoy and try some of the over five hundred machines or at the several game rooms and tables. Enjoy dinner and watch one of the many shows presented.
  • Golf: Vilamoura has six golf courses with different levels and obstacles, making it a paradise for every golfer. In October, you can follow the Portugal Masters, held on the Old Course.
  • Family Golf Park: Play mini-golf with your family during your holiday in Quarteira. With two 18-hole courses, terraces, and a children's playground.
  • Horseback riding
  • Play tennis or paddle
  • Riding a bike
  • Exploring the Ria Formosa Nature Park
  • Skydiving
  • Day trips to various towns and villages in the Algarve and further north in Portugal and Spain.
  • Almancil Karting: A park where you can test your driving skills.
  • Coarse fishing



Restaurants in Vilamoura

When it comes to restaurants, Vilamoura is a cosmopolitan place. In addition to some traditional Portuguese restaurants, you will also find a wide range of international food restaurants. 

Our suggestions are:


O Cesteiro Restaurant

This restaurant overlooking the marina is best known for serving fresh fish.

Located on Av. Cerro da Vila, Edificio Vilamarina 84 in the Vilamoura marina, O Cesteiro Restaurant is open every day except Sundays.


Rare Steakhouse Restaurant

The Rare Steakhouse restaurant is located in Vilamoura Marina loja 1 and is ideal for enjoying a selection of top-quality meats.
It is open every day of the week. With a privileged view of the Vilamoura marina, it is open every day of the week.


Zu-Yi Restaurant

With a fantastic view of Vilamoura Marina and located in the marina at Marina Plaza loja 95, Zu-Yi Restaurant serves exquisite Chinese dishes with delicious taste. It is open every day of the week except Mondays for lunch.


Thai Restaurant

As the name suggests, the Thai restaurant serves exotic and attractive Thai dishes in a space with a traditional Thai ambiance.
It is located in Av. Marina, Edifício Vila Lusa. Loja 3, in Vilamoura and is open every day at dinnertime.


La Pizza Loca Restaurant

Located on Rua dos Estados Unidos da América A in Vilamoura, La Pizza Loca not only serves Italian dishes on request but is also an all-you-can-eat restaurant offering Italian pasta and savory and sweet pizzas.
It is open for dinner every day except Mondays.


Golden Marina Restaurant

The Golden Marina restaurant serves Asian food, combining Chinese and Japanese food in an all-you-can-eat style.
Located at Avenida da Marina Edificio Marinamar loja 13 in Vilamoura, it opens every day except for Tuesdays and Thursdays at lunch.


Holiday apartment for rent in Vilamoura

Located in a quiet area, about three minutes by car from the Vilamoura marina and another three minutes by car from Falésia beach, the one-bedroom apartment in Vilamoura, Casa Bouganville, is undoubtedly an excellent choice for your holiday.

This north-east facing holiday home in Vilamoura offers you the opportunity to take your breakfast on the private terrace, enjoying the morning sun, surrounded by plants, and the beautiful fuchsia bougainvillea, that gave this flat its name.

Next to the entrance door is a small private garden, ideal for relaxing on the sun loungers and sunbathing.

This large and spacious holiday apartment consists of a double bedroom with an air conditioning unit, a window, and a built-in wardrobe with a safe; a living/dining room with a flat-screen TV with cable TV and free Wi-Fi throughout the flat and an air conditioning unit; a bathroom with shower and bathtub and a fully equipped kitchen with microwave, coffee machine, electric kettle, washing machine, dishwasher, fridge, and a stove, ideal for preparing your meals.

Are you looking for a holiday apartment with a pool in Vilamoura? This apartment has two outdoor pools, one for children, surrounded by a large garden with trees and a lawn.

With sun loungers at your disposal, this will be the perfect place to relax!


Vilamoura at night

The Vilamoura's nightlife is located in the marina or very close to it, such as shops, restaurants, bars, casinos, nightclubs, parties, sunset parties, or a simple stroll at the marina.