The bustling, sophisticated Vilamoura Resort is built around its marina and is conveniently located a short distance west of Faro in the Algarve. The area offers some of Portugal’s top hotels, restaurants and golf courses that are highly regarded internationally, along with a range of different activities including tennis, horse riding, sailing, windsurfing, boat trips and more.
Vilamoura Resort is the name given to an area, rather than any specific town, and is one of the largest single tourist complexes in Europe.
The world-class Vilamoura Marina was recently awarded International Marina of the Year 2019/2020, by The Yacht Harbour Association Ltd and is the largest in Portugal with 1300 berths. The water is surrounded by a luxurious hotel, upscale dining and shopping opportunities and the harbour itself is home to a dazzling array of luxury yachts.
Vilamoura Resort is the perfect base for exploring the area’s six challenging golf courses. Courses include the unmissable championship Victoria Golf Course, the Millennium Golf Course, the Pinhal Golf Course, Vilamoura Old Course and the Laguna Golf Course. The 27-hole Vila sol Golf Course is also attached to the resort.
With options to delight every palate, the restaurants in Vilamoura do not disappoint. Top choices include the glamourous Moon Restaurante & Cocktail Lounge, the effortlessly stylish Cafe del Arte and the sub-continental favourite Haweli Indian Restaurant.
There’s no shortage of things to do once you step off the area’s stunning Vilamoura, Quarteira, Falesia and Forte Novo beaches. From the ancient Roman ruins at Cerro da Vila and the 17th-century church at Almancil to the medieval castle at Loulé, there’s are many cultural highlights to explore in the area. Or, if you’re travelling with children, don’t miss the Aquashow Park, a theme park packed with fun water-based activities.
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