Vilamoura sits in the heart of the Algarve and has developed from a small harbour town to become of the top tourist resorts on the Portuguese coast.
If you are looking for sun, sea and sand during your HOT Holiday then you’ll certainly be in the right place, with the resort featuring plenty of all three.
During the summer months in particular, the sun will be shining throughout the majority of your trip, with clear blue skies and high temperatures only adding to the appeal.
Even out of season, the sun will still be shining more than the rain is falling – making Vilamoura a strong contender for a break away from home no matter the time of year.
The best beaches are to be found around the marina, where there is plenty of golden sand on which to relax and welcoming blue waters where you either take a refreshing dip to cool down or enjoy a selection of different watersports.
Alongside the beaches, the promenade is home to a various bars, restaurants and shops, whilst there are accessible options for disabled visitors who want to spend some time on the beach.
The main beaches within Vilamoura all carry a Blue Flag rating.
Within – and around - the resort, there are plenty of activities to cater for all manner of visitors, from lone travellers and couple through to families.
Those looking for additional levels of fun can visit the nearby Zoomarine Park, whilst anyone wanting to explore history and culture will love exploring Vilamoura’s roman ruins, the 13th century castle in nearby Loule or the Bishop’s Palace in Faro.
There are golf courses aplenty if you want to get a quick round in during your time in the sun, as well as a wide range of dining options that provide the chance to sample both local and international cuisine aplenty.
When the sun goes down, expect to find plenty to keep you entertained, with the area around the marina being particularly popular thanks to the bars and restaurants found around the waterfront.
Situated in nearby Albufeira, the Zoomarine park is a fantastic option for a fun-filled day away from the beach for all the family. As well as a range of rides, there is a waterpark with slides, as well as the chance to see a range of different animals – including dolphins.
Casino de Vilamoura
Head for the casino and you can enjoy a fun-filled night out at one of Portugal’s top entertainment venues. Try your luck on the gaming tables of in the slot machines before taking in a show in one of the nearby theatres.
Cerro da Vila
These ruins are located near to the marina and date back to roman times, providing the chance to visit what is left of an old museum and the public baths.
There is huge appeal for golfers in a trip to the Algarve, particularly when you take into account the course located within easy reach of Vilamoura. But it’s not just the seasoned golfers who will have fun at venues like the Victoria Golf Course, with the Family Golf Park featuring two crazy golf courses – amongst other things – that offer fun for all the family.
The marina is the place to go if you want to grab a bite to eat, with plenty of restaurants around the harbour area that offer everything from a quick snack to more sophisticated cuisine. You can also eat Al fresco whilst checking out the boats bobbing on the water.
Bag a bargain
You can find plenty of bargains during a break in Portugal and Vilamoura is no exception, with a varied selection of different stores and markets. Around the marina is where you’ll find the best designer gear, whilst the gypsy market in nearby Quarteira should also be visited if you like to haggle for the best deals.