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Yachts, golf, up-scale accommodation and restaurants: This purpose-built Algarve resort is a stylish retreat with a scenic waterfront.

Since the mid 1970s, the luxury resort of Vilamoura has attracted wealthy sun-seekers, yachtsmen, and golfers. This tourist complex covers 2,000 acres (809 hectares) in central Portugal. Vilamoura’s center is its marina where you’ll find the majority of the resort's high-end hotels, restaurants, casinos and nightclubs. These days, there are a few cheaper accommodation options for those on a tighter budget.

Water-based activities around the marina are boundless; chartered deep-sea fishing, water skiing, dolphin watching and parasailing are just a few. Another popular experience is the Algarve Seafaris cruise. This takes you out from Vilamoura marina along the coast towards Carvoeiro. Here, you’ll explore sea caves by dinghy, and get to swim in them. You may spot dolphins along the route too.

There is a choice of two major beaches in Vilamoura. Praia da Marina, to the east of the marina, is a stretch of golden sand dotted with beach bars and sun loungers. Praia da Rocha Baixinha, to the west of the marina, has softer, whiter sand, and offers numerous watersport activities.

Some people come to Vilamoura for the golf alone. There are a number of championship courses in the resort, including the Laguna, the Millennium, and the Old Golf Course. Note that handicap certificates are required for all.

Be sure to check out Vilamoura’s handful of cultural attractions. Cerro da Vila, for example, is the remains of a Roman villa, located near Vilamoura’s center. Among the ruins are baths, fish salting stations, and remains of marble friezes and mosaics.

There are many great day excursions from Vilamoura. The city of Loulé is a 20-minute drive, and has an ancient castle, plus regular markets and carnivals. Close to Loulé is the village of Alte; picturesque scenes of whitewashed houses and cobbled streets await you here. The old part of Faro, about 30-40 minutes’ drive from Alte or Vilamoura, contains a number of beautiful historic sites.

Peak season in Vilamoura is in the summer, between June and September. The average temperature then is 70-75 F (21-24 C). The closest airport is Faro, from where a taxi or shared minibus takes approximately 30 minutes to get to Vilamoura.

Top hotels in Vilamoura

Tivoli Marina Vilamoura
Tivoli Marina Vilamoura
5 out of 5
Apartado 65, Marina Vilamoura, Vilamoura
The price is €118 per night from 31 Oct to 1 Nov

Located in the heart of Vilamoura, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Vilamoura Beach and Vilamoura Marina. Quarteira Beach is 1 mi (1.6 km) ...

4.4/5Excellent! (975 reviews)

"The location of the hotel is perfect, with easy access to the beach and the marina. Our room, which was a decent size, was on the 7th floor with a great view across the marina, and beyond. All the staff, from reception, in the breakfast room, the servers round the pool and those in Puro Beach Bar ..."…"

Reviewed on 17 Sep 2020

Tivoli Marina Vilamoura
Hilton Vilamoura As Cascatas Golf Resort & Spa
Hilton Vilamoura As Cascatas Golf Resort & Spa
5 out of 5
Rua da Torre d'Agua, Lote 4.11.1b, Vilamoura
The price is €94 per night from 1 Nov to 2 Nov

This family-friendly Vilamoura hotel is located near the beach, within 1 mi (2 km) of Dom Pedro Golf: Pinhal Golf Course, Dom Pedro Golf: Laguna Golf Course ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (703 reviews)

"Staff were all so friendly and helpful, the whole hotel was spotlessly clean but it lacks the amenity of a shop for grocery essentials"…"

Reviewed on 12 Mar 2020

Hilton Vilamoura As Cascatas Golf Resort & Spa
Anantara Vilamoura
Anantara Vilamoura
5 out of 5
Av dos Descobrimentos n 0, Vilamoura
The price is €127 per night from 1 Nov to 2 Nov

Nestled on the beach, this Vilamoura hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Vilamoura Marina, Vilamoura Beach and Casino Vilamoura. Marina Beach and Quarteira Beach ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (746 reviews)

"Great staff , special mention Joanna and Jose poolside and very welcoming . Rooms nice . Good vibe considering just opened up air corridor . Nice breakfast. Felt Covid safe. Only issue for us was poolside WiFi was really poor. Prevents it being excellent."…"

Reviewed on 26 Aug 2020

Anantara Vilamoura
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Holiday Rentals in Vilamoura

Laguna Resort - Vilamoura
Laguna Resort - Vilamoura
4 out of 5
Rua do Zimbro, Apartamentos Turísticos Laguna, Vilamoura
The price is €77 per night from 26 Oct to 27 Oct

Situated in Vilamoura, this golf villa is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Dom Pedro Golf: Laguna Golf Course and within 3 miles (5 km) of Vilamoura Marina and Vilamoura ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (83 reviews)

"Fantastic apartments very clean great staff, would definitely recommend"…"

Reviewed on 14 Oct 2019

Laguna Resort - Vilamoura
Marina Plaza - Apartments
Marina Plaza - Apartments
2 out of 5
Avenida da Marina, Complexo Marina Plaza, Vilamoura

Located in the heart of Vilamoura, this golf apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Vilamoura Beach and Vilamoura Marina. Quarteira Beach is 1.1 mi ...

4/5Very Good! (35 reviews)
Very godd

"Very good, and the location is perfect"…"

Reviewed on 25 Jun 2020

Marina Plaza - Apartments
Mouraliz Apartmentos
Mouraliz Apartmentos
3 out of 5
Avenida Cerro da Vila Lote 42, Vilamoura

Situated near the beach, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Cerro da Vila Archaeological Museum and Vilamoura Marina. Casino Vilamoura and ...

4.2/5Excellent! (21 reviews)

"Didn’t Like the pool very old. Love the location!"…"

Reviewed on 13 Aug 2019

Mouraliz Apartmentos
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Vilamoura

Vilamoura Marina
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Vilamoura Marina

4.5/5(504 reviews)

Take a boat trip to see dolphins and go parasailing with a tour operator near this marina, which is bordered by the town’s main strip of restaurants and nightclubs.

Marina Beach
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Marina Beach

4.5/5(9 reviews)

Vilamoura’s deluxe hotels, trendy bars and busy marina border this popular sandy beach, where deck chairs and Jet Skis are available to rent.

Albufeira Old Town Square
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Albufeira Old Town Square

4/5(408 reviews)

Framed by bars, galleries and shops, this leafy plaza is a great starting point for exploring the treasures of Albufeira’s historic center. 

Falesia Beach
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Falesia Beach

4.5/5(271 reviews)

Pine groves crown the scorched red-orange cliffs edging this long and wide beach, complete with comfortable amenities, watersports options and lifeguard patrols. 

Sao Rafael Beach
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Sao Rafael Beach

4.5/5(179 reviews)

Explore tidal pools and take part in adventure sports or just sit back, enjoy the warm sunshine and admire the wonderful scenery.

Oura Beach
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Oura Beach

4.5/5(211 reviews)

Water sports, stunning scenery and walks to quiet coves await at this beach located to the east of Albufeira’s Old Town. 

Top things to do in Vilamoura

Slide & Splash Waterpark
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Slide & Splash Waterpark

€29
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Albufeira Algarve Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Albufeira Algarve Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

€20
Per adult
Lounge at Faro Airport (FAO)
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Lounge at Faro Airport (FAO)

€27
Per adult
Private Tour with Captain
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Private Tour with Captain

€350
Per adult
Caves & Coast Tours (Benagil - Marinha Beach)
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Caves & Coast Tours (Benagil - Marinha Beach)

€35
Per adult
Algarve Buggy Safari in Loulé
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Algarve Buggy Safari in Loulé

€142
Per adult

Reviews of Vilamoura

4.6

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
192
5 - Excellent 63.78737541528239%
4 - Good
96
4 - Good 31.893687707641195%
3 - Okay
12
3 - Okay 3.9867109634551494%
2 - Disappointing
1
2 - Disappointing 0.33222591362126247%
1 - Terrible
0
1 - Terrible 0%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

14 Mar 2020

It is a beautiful resort, the long beach is fabulous. Would definitely recommend the boat trips to the caves and to the dolphins by AlgarveExcite - best boat trip ever and well worth the money. Vilamoura also has an array of beautiful restaurants

5/5 - Excellent

AlunJohn

29 Feb 2020

All that we needed - restaurants, pharmacy excursions - were within walking distance. A flat bike ride takes you out of the resort to explore.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

18 Feb 2020

The town beyond the marina is nothing special. We preferred our hotel and the beaches nearby

4/5 - Good

Benjamin

18 Feb 2020

Nice place

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

16 Jan 2020

Nice marina, seaside, friendly local, love the food

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

4 Jan 2020

Wonderful service from all hotel staff makes the Tivoli a great place to stay . The resort is quite over Christmas and new year but there are enough restaurants open around the marina . Improvements are being made in the areas around the hotel .

Albufeira which includes landscape views and a beach as well as an individual male

Albufeira

Quarteira

Quarteira

Algarve showing a church or cathedral, a pool and a small town or village

Loule

Falesia Beach showing general coastal views, a beach and rugged coastline

Aldeia das Acoteias