Get set to experience the best of both worlds. From Vilamoura’s considerable history and impressive Roman ruins to its bustling streets lined with elegant bars and restaurants, there’s more than enough to keep you occupied. Nestled on the southern coast of Portugal, the town is favoured for its sun-drenched beaches, offering a great seaside getaway for couples, groups and families. Relax in the stunning marina, complete with excellent eateries and scenic surroundings. While you might spend your daylight hours lingering over a drink in a nearby café, it’s the ideal setting for a seafood dinner come sundown.
Fancy something with a little more adrenaline? Head down to the coast and enjoy a wealth of water sports – everything from jet skiing to scuba diving. For those who have remembered to pack their golf clubs, you’ll find numerous sites to practice your swing. They're four championship golf courses towards the north of the town, while tennis fans can make the most of the tennis courts in the club next to the marina.
A short jaunt from Vilamoura, this picturesque old town is jam-packed with boutique shops, charming cafes and stylish restaurants. With a sprawling coastline, you won’t find yourself short of places to land your beach towel. Head to the main strip at sundown for excellent nightlife.
Alvor is steeped in old-world charm, from its narrow winding streets to its charming harbour. It’s also a winning resort with foodies, thanks to its many excellent restaurants. Rent bikes and take a tour of the area, or enjoy a stroll along the boardwalk.
Not too far away from Vilamoura, Lagos attracts beach-lovers and keen surfers thanks to its sprawling coastline. Immerse yourself in its vibrant history with a visit to the old town, or enjoy the pubs and clubs on the main strip after-dark.
Embark on some water sports
For those keen to shimmy into a wetsuit, Vilamoura is a popular place to enjoy water sports. Praia de Falesia is situated just west of the marina, so you’re not too far away from the hustle and bustle of the beachside. Sports centres along the coast offer up lessons in parasailing, wakeboarding and water-skiing, so you can learn something new on your getaway.
Enjoy delicious cuisine
While there are numerous eateries to enjoy in Vilamoura, the marina should be top of your list for great food. There is a range of international dishes on offer, from Argentinian to Chinese and traditional Spanish. Enjoy authentic Algarve cuisine in the form of freshly-caught seafood or mouth-watering tapas plates.
Go shopping in Quateria
Vilamoura is a hotspot for shopping, with stylish boutiques and high-street stores in equal measure. For a more traditional retail experience, head to Quarteira Village, just a ten-minute drive away. Taking place every Wednesday, the vibrant market is worth a visit for its infectious atmosphere – not to mention the local handicrafts, clothes and jewellery on offer.
Beaches in Vilamoura
There are two main beaches in Vilamoura to enjoy. The first is Vilamoura Beach, settled to the east of the marina. A large stretch of sand, there are sunbeds dotted around the area and bars situated along the coast for when the sun gets too much. It’s also a great setting for water sports and activities – you’ll even find Tai chi classes and a massage area.
Alternatively, make a visit to Praia de Rocha Baixinha. This long stretch of sand leads all the way to Albufeira, so you can follow its trail on a leisurely walk. Perfect for families, the beach has many sunbeds to relax on and clear, shallow waters ideal for little ones to paddle in.
With plenty of coastline surrounding Vilamoura, it’s no surprise that local gastronomy centres around fresh fish and seafood that are caught locally. Prawns, clams and lobster all feature highly on the menu, while rich dishes and fish stews are local favourites. When it comes to desserts, you’ll soon discover that the Portuguese love their cakes! Arroz oce, or sweet rice pudding, is a particularly favourite. Make sure you try Bolachas de mel, little honey cakes, or figs stuffed with chocolate or almonds.
Restaurants in Vilamoura
As well as plentiful amounts of seafood, there are numerous restaurants serving up international dishes in Vilamoura. Charming narrow streets make way for independent eateries and laid-back bars.Local dishes in the form of peri-peri chicken and thick bean stews can be found in many of the restaurants, particularly surrounding the marina. Of course, the best way to enjoy a meal in the Algarve is with a drop of wine and you’re in the best place to enjoy it! It is well recommended that after the meal you also sample a taste of port, the resort’s best known drink.
Holidays to Vilamoura will cater to all travellers, from families seeking a seaside break to couples craving a dose of sophistication. While its sprawling sands offer an ideal setting to enjoy the sunshine, its buzzing marina provides plenty in the way of activities, bars and restaurants. Take a stroll around the old town, visit one of the neighbouring resorts or take in a game of golf – Vilamoura is the ultimate destination for relaxation.
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