Vilamoura

Travel Guide
Falesia Beach which includes rocky coastline, a sandy beach and general coastal views

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.

Where to stay in Vilamoura

Anantara Vilamoura
Anantara Vilamoura
5 out of 5
Av dos Descobrimentos n 0, Loule, 8125-309
The price is €246 per night from 23 May to 24 May
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Loule. Enjoy free WiFi, free valet parking and 3 restaurants. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in their ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (806 reviews)
"Fabulous hotel, great choice of fresh food at breakfast. Comfy sunbeds and pool area so relaxing."

Reviewed on 18 Feb 2022

Anantara Vilamoura
Tivoli Marina Vilamoura
Tivoli Marina Vilamoura
5 out of 5
Apartado 65, Marina Vilamoura, Loule, 8125 - 401
The price is €268 per night from 26 May to 27 May
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Loule. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in their ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (988 reviews)
"Fantastic experience all round. Can’t wait to go back."

Reviewed on 12 May 2022

Tivoli Marina Vilamoura
Domes Lake Algarve
Domes Lake Algarve
5 out of 5
Praia Da Falesia, Apartado 811, Loule, 8126
The price is €305 per night from 23 May to 24 May
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Loule. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (994 reviews)
Stunning hotel in good location
"Absolutely loved the hotel. The bedroom was very spacious, loved the bathroom & separate toilet. The shower was very powerful. The bed was huge and comfortable. The breakfast was very good, lots of choice. Should have extra sugar out as I had to ask every morning. The pool area was well kept and ..."

Reviewed on 12 Nov 2021

Domes Lake Algarve
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.
Vila Gale Ampalius
Vila Gale Ampalius
4 out of 5
Avenida Praia Da Marina, Loule, 8125-408
The price is €124 per night from 23 May to 24 May
Stay at this 4-star beach aparthotel in Loule. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and a marina. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms in their ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (622 reviews)
"Kids friendly, beach front rooms with great views all over. Close to marina and all fun activities"

Reviewed on 19 Apr 2022

Vila Gale Ampalius
Four Seasons Vilamoura
Four Seasons Vilamoura
4 out of 5
Rua da Holanda, 507, Loule, 8125-908
The price is €170 per night from 23 May to 24 May
Stay at this 4-star spa aparthotel in Loule. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 3 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (549 reviews)
"Fabulous place to stay beautifully maintained and friendly staff - apartments are equipped to a very high standard with daily maid attendance - stayed here multiple times and standard remains consistent"

Reviewed on 16 May 2022

Four Seasons Vilamoura
Laguna Resort - Vilamoura
Laguna Resort - Vilamoura
4 out of 5
Rua do Zimbro, Apartamentos Turísticos Laguna, Loule, 8125-407
The price is €126 per night from 4 Jun to 5 Jun
Stay at this 4-star golf villa in Loule. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in their reviews. Popular ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (86 reviews)
"This property was perfect, clean spacious couldn’t fault it."

Reviewed on 26 Aug 2021

Laguna Resort - 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.

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