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Holidays in Vilamoura

Set between fishing village resorts and the medieval town of Loulé, there’s much more to holidays in Vilamoura than just year-round sun and soft sand. Its coves, beaches, yacht-filled marina, and excellent golf courses have helped put Vilamoura holiday’s on the map. The resort’s wide streets will take you past the rolling fairways of perfectly manicured golf courses and down to the seafront marina that’s dotted with luxury hotels, restaurants and bars. Nearby you’ll find the well-preserved medieval quarters of Faro, as well as plenty more beaches, some with conditions that are ideal for windsurfing. 

28 °C

Temperatures are highest in July and August.

2 hours 45 minutes

Faro Airport (FAO), also known as Algarve Airport, is under half an hour away from Vilamoura.

Explore the restaurants, shops and bars of Portugal’s biggest marina and try your luck at the casino: book your holiday to Vilamoura with Thomas Cook.

Recommended offers in Vilamoura

Blue & Green The Lake Spa Resort

7 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Hotel highlights
  • Set in spacious grounds facing the beach
  • Short stroll to Vilamoura's marina
  • Private lake with floating restaurant

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Based on 1513 reviews

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Pinhal da Marina

7 Nights, Self Catering
Hotel highlights
  • Set back in peaceful gardens
  • Beach & marina within easy reach
  • Apartments sleeping up to eight

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Based on 478 reviews

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Based on 1 reviews

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Hotel Vila Galé Marina

7 Nights, Half Board
Hotel highlights
  • Close to the beach
  • Views of the marina
  • Great for golfers

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Based on 1318 reviews

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Based on 6 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers

Dom Pedro Vilamoura

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Set in peaceful, spacious gardens
  • Close to the marina and the beach
  • Rooms refurbished for summer 2017

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Based on 422 reviews

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Based on 9 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers

Hilton Vilamoura As Cascatas Golf Resort & Spa

7 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Hotel highlights
  • Set in beautiful grounds just outside Vilamoura
  • Luxurious spa facilities
  • Two nearby golf courses

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Based on 2668 reviews

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Tivoli Marina Vilamoura

7 Nights, Half Board
Hotel highlights
  • Beside Vilamoura's marina
  • Direct access to beach
  • Chic modern style

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Based on 5363 reviews

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Based on 12 reviews

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Hotel Vila Galé Ampalius

7 Nights, Half Board
Hotel highlights
  • Superb central location
  • On the seafront close to the marina
  • Perfect for golfers

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Based on 1768 reviews

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Based on 5 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers

Vila Gale Ampalius Hotel

7 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Hotel highlights
  • Eye up the super yachts and soak up the sun at the Vila Gale Ampalius Hotel. Next to the beach and only 200m from the marina, this modern hotel has...
  • FACILITIES:
  • Lounge around the pool and peaceful garden area under a parasol, or sip a cooling drink and gaze out to sea from the bar. If you've had enough rela...

What is included ?

  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort Service

Crowne Plaza Vilamoura Algarve

7 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Hotel highlights
  • The Crowne Plaza Vilamoura Algarve is located in a privileged spot right on the beachfront overlooking the sparkling Atlantic. Resting in a tranqui...
  • Getting to the hotel: Faro International Airport is 26 km from the hotel.
  • Local Tips: The long promenade is in front of the property is perfect for healthy walks and sightseeing with access to the famous Vilamoura marina ...

What is included ?

  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort Service

Dom Pedro Portobelo

7 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Hotel highlights
  • 300 m from the sandy beach in Quarteira-Vilamoura.
  • 4 star apartments in Vilamoura, only 300 m from the beach and 25 km from Faro Airport. Just a short walk from the Vilamoura Marina and all the bars...

What is included ?

  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort Service

Lined with hotels, cosmopolitan bars, restaurants, and shops, the busy marina is a hub of activity day or night. Enjoy some local Portuguese cuisine in one of the marina’s seafood restaurants, or people watch as you stroll along the promenade ice cream in hand. In the evening, relax to the sounds of smooth jazz or visit the casino to try your hand at some of the tables. Away from the marina, holidays to Vilamoura include rounds of golf on some of the best courses, horse riding, and boat trips to visit Roman ruins. 

There are two main beaches to use for your holiday; Praia da Marina also known as Vilamoura Beach is to the east of the marina, and Praia da Rocha Baixinha which becomes Praia da Falésia further along is to the west. Ideal for sunbathing and water sports, you can follow Praia da Marina to its very end to reach the sandy beach at the traditional fishing village of Quarteira. Follow Praia da Rocha Baixinha’s long stretch of soft white sand to Olhos de Água in Albufeira. You stop along the way and enjoy adrenaline-inducing water sports including water-skiing and banana boat rides. 

You don’t have to stick close to the marina or its beaches to have a memorable holiday. Packed with history, there’s lots to explore at the Cerro do Vila Archaeological Centre and Museum. You can picture what life was like for the Romans who once lived in the villa, as you walk around 3rd century ruins. Loulé’s winding medieval streets will lead you to old castle walls hidden among the houses. Around 25k from here, you can swap history for nature with a hike through the nature reserve around Fonte Benemola spring. Looking for more of a family-friendly day out for the little ones? There are water rollercoasters and slides for them to whizz down and wave pools to play in at the Aquashow family fun park.

With fairways lined with palm trees, sparkling waterways and on some courses, sea views, golf tops the to-do list. Whether you’re a golf pro or not, visit the Oceânico Old Course, which is famed for its parkland design, or be challenged by the narrow fairways at the Oceânico Millennium Golf Course. Start the kids off young at the Family Golf Park. They’ll have fun practicing their swing at its two mini-golf courses that are themed on the Cerro da Vila Roman ruins next door.

Vilamoura is best for…

Families: Build sand castles on the beach and explore the caves along the coastline. See who’s the best at mini-golf or head to the waterparks to splash around in the wave pool.

Golfers: Vilamoura holidays are home to some outstanding golf courses. Tee off on some of the most testing courses, before you relax with a drink at the club house.

Explorers: Whether it’s along the long sandy shoreline or sights at the nearby resorts and towns, there’s always plenty to discover.


Fast facts

Language: Portuguese is the language spoken in Vilamoura.

Currency: The currency you will need for your holiday is the Euro (€).

Local time: Like the rest of Portugal, it is the same time zone as GMT/BST, so no need to change your watch.

Fly to: 25km east of Vilamoura is Faro Airport (FAO), also known as Algarve Airport.

Flight time: Approximately 2 hours 45 minutes.

Tourist information: Further tourist information can be found at www.visitportugal.com.

Visa & health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/portugal for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday.


Weather and climate

Temperature: Summer holidays to Vilamoura will have average highs of 28°C, and the mild winters will have lows of 16°C between December and February.

Best time to visit: It’s at its warmest and likely to have less rain in July and August.

It’s no surprise that this destination is such a popular summer playground, with its warm seas, hot sunshine, and long days full of sunbathing between May and September. It tends to get a little wetter in April, October and November, but it’s still sunny enough to get around to see all the resort’s sights and attractions. Temperatures drop slightly from December to March and you might catch the occasional rain shower, so make sure you pack some warmer layers and a rain mac. 


Getting around

On foot: Wander down to the marina, where you’ll find most of Vilamoura’s attractions and entertainment. At only 4km away, Quarteira is within walking distance from the resort.

By tourist train: It’s a quick and easy way to get to the Family Golf Park, and to Quarteira and Praia da Falésia beach when it’s too hot to walk.

By coach or rail: If you wanted to see more of the region, there’s lots of reliable public transport around the Algarve. Boliqueime and Loulé are the nearest trains stations to Vilamoura and coach journeys can be also be booked with EVA and Rede Expressos.


Events

Carnival time: With colourful street parades, massive floats, dancing, music, and eye-catching costumes, it’s clear carnival is serious business in the Algarve. Head to Quarteira, just a short distance from the marina in February, for the perfect spot to take in all the carnival action.

Surf and turf: The Algarve International Sailing Tournament returns every February where you’ll see the best mariners racing across the waves. In December, golfers compete for the Vilamoura Grand Golf Trophy and horse riders arrive for the showjumping competitions.

Celebrate summer: At the end of June, nearby Loulé hosts Festival MED. The festival transforms the historic town into a hub of live music from across the Mediterranean and around the world. Expect art installations, dance, street performances, workshops, crafts, and more. There’s more live music in July, when the smooth sounds of jazz take over at the Loulé International Jazz Festival.


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