Vilamoura City Guide

Vilamoura is one of Portugal's luxury holiday spots, known for its sandy beaches, premier golf courses, vibrant nightlife, beautiful views and top restaurants.

There’s a great variety of accommodation around Vilamoura, ranging from luxury hotels to self-catering apartments. This purpose built leisure resort is built specifically with the holidaymaker in mind, with a beautiful marina to stroll around and pristine beaches to relax in.

When it comes to activities and entertainment, Vilamourais one of the best locations in the Algarve, with six different golf courses, a bowling club, tennis centre, sports club, shooting club and riding school. There’s also a great selection of night clubs and a casino for those night owls.

Marina of Vilamoura

Vilamoura’s marina is a grand affair, with 800 berths, where you can sit and watch the countless yachts and pleasure boats sailing by. It’s also where you’ll find all the best restaurants and nightlife spots, with regular live music acts and DJ's. It’s also where you’ll find the majority of the town’s shops and its casino.

If you fancy getting in on the action out at sea yourself, there are places where you can charter boats or you can simply join a boat tour along the coastline. If you really want to get the heart pumpinh, why not go jetskiing. You can even take a sunset cruise as a special treat.

Ria Formosa Nature Reserve

Vilamoura has some of the most beautiful ecological landscapes in Europe. Ria Formosa Nature Reserve is 200 hectares of protected nature land, which attracts birds on their migratory path. Bird watchers can join tours that start in Vilamoura and run along the wetlands and lagoons.

Artificial and Natural Reefs

Vilamoura is among the world’s best spots for snorkelling. You can hire snorkelling gear and enjoy a day in the water, exploring the artificial and natural reefs. Here you’ll have the chance to see anemones, moray eels, sponges and corals.

Cerro da Vila Museum

Visit the ruins of what used to be an old Roman fishing village at the Cerro da Vila Museum, which provides a fascinating insight into Vilamoura's past, looking at features such as the ancient baths.

Vilamoura Golf Courses

Vilamoura golf is world famous.Here you can choose from several golf courses with amazing views and great conditions to practice this sport in style.

Vilamoura Beaches

Vilamoura has two beautiful beaches with fine sand, which stretches for over 3 km alongside the warm, calm waters of the Atlantic Ocean. These are Praia da Falésia, which is located to the west of the marina, and Praia da Marina, which is on the eastern side. Amenities on these beaches include straw-thatched umbrellas, sun-beds with mattresses, heated showers, boat hires and jet-skis. Eating or drinking in one of the beach’s bar-restaurants, get out on the water for some adrenaline fuelled fun, or simply relax under the sun with a good book.


Vilamoura has so much to offer when it comes to food, especially authentic Portuguese cuisine. Your best bet is to head down to the marina and choose one of the beautiful restaurants overlooking the bay. If you’re looking for a luxury experience with cuisine from central Europe, there is a Michelin star restaurant there that’s signature dishes include hand-made seafood ravioli in a Vermouth cream sauce; a great pick for anyone looking to splash out during their holiday.

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