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Holidays in Vilamoura

A huge marina, long sandy beaches and top-class golf courses have helped put Vilamoura on the holiday map. Nestled between fishing village resorts and the medieval town of Loulé, it was purpose-built for leisure. So you’ll find all sorts to do, lots of places to eat and drink, and a laid-back atmosphere made for relaxing in the Portuguese sunshine. Choose a hotel overlooking the marina and you’ll be right at the heart of it all.

28 °C

July and August are the hottest, driest months.

2 hours 45 minutes

Faro Airport (FAO), also known as Algarve Airport, 25km east of 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

Tivoli Marina Vilamoura

Vilamoura, Algarve

3 Nights, Half Board
Hotel highlights
  • Fantastic marina views
  • Direct access to beach
  • Chic modern style

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 4239 reviews

What is included?

  • 20kgs Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Your Seat Choice*
  • Return Transfers

From

£487

Pinhal da Marina

Vilamoura, Algarve

7 Nights, Self Catering
Hotel highlights
  • In peaceful gardens on the outskirts of Vilamoura
  • Within easy reach of the marina and beach
  • Three bedroom apartments sleeping up to 8

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 371 reviews

What is included?

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

From

£566

Hotel Dom Pedro Golf

Vilamoura, Algarve

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Set in peaceful, spacious gardens
  • Close to Vilamoura's marina and the beach
  • Easy access to local golf courses

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 1054 reviews

What is included?

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

From

£866

Tivoli Victoria

Vilamoura, Algarve

7 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Hotel highlights
  • Thai-style spa
  • A la carte gourmet restaurant
  • Set back from Vilamoura, close to Victoria golf course

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 2905 reviews

What is included?

  • 20kgs Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Your Seat Choice*
  • Return Transfers

From

£502

Hilton Vilamoura As Cascatas Golf Resort & Spa

Vilamoura, Algarve

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

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 2124 reviews

What is included?

  • 20kgs Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers
  • Your Seat Choice*

From

£450

Blue & Green The Lake Spa Resort

Vilamoura, Algarve

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

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 1096 reviews

What is included?

  • 20kgs Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Your Seat Choice*
  • Return Transfers

From

£971

Parque Mourabel/Oasis Village/Pe do Lago Apartment

Vilamoura, Algarve (Faro)

7 Nights, Self Catering
Hotel highlights

The Parque Mourabel Oasis Village & Pe Do Lago may have a long-winded name but it makes up for that in other ways! Its location is picture perf...

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Based on 46 reviews

What is included?

  • ATOL Protection

From

£188

Crowne Plaza Vilamoura Algarve

Vilamoura, Algarve (Faro)

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...

What is included?

  • ATOL Protection

From

£477

Dom Pedro Marina Hotel

Vilamoura, Algarve (Faro)

7 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Hotel highlights

The attractive and friendly Dom Pedro Marina Hotel enjoys an excellent central position overlooking the grand marina in Vilamoura. The ambience thr...

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Based on 892 reviews

What is included?

  • ATOL Protection

From

£436

Dom Pedro Golf Hotel

Vilamoura, Algarve (Faro)

7 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Hotel highlights

If you're looking for a holiday where you can play a round of golf in the morning, relax on the beach in the afternoon and wander around a beautifu...

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 1054 reviews

What is included?

  • ATOL Protection

From

£380

Vilamoura Marina is a hub of activity day and night. There are cosmopolitan bars, restaurants and shops, posh yachts and bustling people to watch, and a dynamic night scene. Chill out with some live jazz, or spend the evening amongst the glamorous attractions of the casino. As well as the games, it hosts a programme of glitzy entertainment and a nightclub. After a big night out, spend the day unwinding with your feet in the sand or play a leisurely round of golf. If that’s not quite your thing, there are all kinds of other things to do in Vilamoura, from horse riding and sailing to visiting Roman ruins.

It’s very easy to find both the main beaches, two of the most popular places to go in Vilamoura. Only a few steps from the marina, the golden expanse of Praia de Vilamoura (aka Praia da Marina) is perfect for sunbathing, games and watersports. Follow it to its very end and you’ll reach the sandy beach at Quarteira, a traditional fishing village turned holiday resort. In the other direction, sandy Praia da Falésia is framed by ochre-hued cliffs, making it a picturesque place to unwind. It’s the first in a chain of beaches leading to the pretty little resort of Olhos de Água, which is 10km away by road.

You don’t have to stick close to Vilamoura Marina to have a memorable holiday. Get a glimpse of life in a Roman villa at the Cerro do Vila Archaeological Centre and Museum. Explore Loulé’s winding medieval streets in search of the old castle walls hidden amongst the houses. Get a different view of the Algarve with a hike through the nature reserve around Fonte Benemola spring, around 25km from Vilamoura. Or, if you’re looking for more exciting things for kids to do in Vilamoura, tackle the water rollercoaster, wave pool and waterslides at the AquaShow Family Fun Park.

Don’t forget to pack your clubs – golf is top of the many activities in Vilamoura. Common hazards on the five courses include towering palm trees, sparkling waterways and wildlife-filled lakes. The oldest, Oceânico Old Course, is famed for its parkland design, while you’ll be challenged by the narrow fairways at the Oceânico Millennium Golf Course. Take your swing a little less seriously at Family Golf Park. Its two mini-golf courses are themed on the Cerro da Vila Roman ruins next door. You could also explore the coast on a boat trip, perhaps into the cool caves in the cliffs or to a secluded beach for a barbecue.

Recommended offers in Vilamoura

Dom Pedro Golf Hotel

Vilamoura, Vilamoura

7 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Hotel highlights

With a stay at Dom Pedro Golf Hotel, you'll be centrally located in Vilamoura, steps from Casino Vilamoura and minutes from Vilamoura Beach. This 4...

What is included?

  • ATOL Protection

From

£519

Prado do Golf

Vilamoura, Vilamoura

7 Nights, Room Only
Hotel highlights

With a stay at Prado do Golf in Vilamoura, you'll be near the beach and minutes from Oceanico Old Golf Course and close to Vilamoura Marina. This a...

What is included?

  • ATOL Protection

From

£314

Eden Village - Apartments

Vilamoura, Vilamoura

7 Nights, Room Only
Hotel highlights

With a stay at Eden Village - Apartments, you'll be centrally located in Vilamoura, walking distance from Oceanico Old Golf Course and close to Oce...

What is included?

  • ATOL Protection

From

£328

Prado Villas

Vilamoura, Vilamoura

7 Nights, Room Only
Hotel highlights

With a stay at Prado Villas in Vilamoura, you'll be near the beach and minutes from Oceanico Pinhal Golf Course and close to Vilamoura Marina. This...

What is included?

  • ATOL Protection

From

£366

VILAMOURA IS BEST FOR...

Families: Explore caves and spot dolphins on a boat trip. See who’s best at mini-golf. And play on golden beaches.

Golfers: There’s an array of testing courses all around Vilamoura. It’s one of the Algarve’s top destinations for golfing holidays.

Social butterflies: Play the tables at the casino, catch a concert or magic show, then dance until the early hours.


FAST FACTS

Language: The language spoken in Vilamoura is Portuguese

Currency: The currency used in Vilamoura is the euro (€)

Local time: Vilamoura is in the same time zone as GMT/UK time

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

Flight time from UK: Approximately 2 hours 45 minutes

Tourist Information: Further Vilamoura 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 to Vilamoura.


WEATHER AND CLIMATE

Temperature: Average highs of 28 in peak summer, down to 16 in December-February (°C).

Best time to visit: July and August are the hottest, driest months.

The glorious summer weather in Vilamoura brings hot sunshine, warm seas and long sunbathing days from May to September. April, October and November are warm and sunny too, but with a little more rainfall, while December to March tends to be cooler (especially in the evenings) and wetter.


GETTING AROUND

On foot: Most of Vilamoura’s attractions and entertainment are on or near the marina so you won’t need to rely on public transport, and you could also walk to neighbouring Quarteira (about 4km).

By tourist train: A handy way to get between town and the Family Golf Park, or to Quarteira and Praia da Falésia beach.

By coach or rail: There’s a great network of services around the Algarve if you want to explore further afield. The nearest railway stations are at Boliqueime and Loulé (11km and 17km away), while EVA and Rede Expressos are the companies to book coach travel with.


EVENTS

Colourful festivities: Join Carnival in the run-up to Shrove Tuesday (February/March). It’s celebrated across the Algarve but the nearby town of Loulé is particularly famous for its exuberant parade and flower fights.

Surf and turf: Come to Vilamoura in February to feel the buzz around the Algarve International Sailing Tournament, or in December for the Vilamoura Grand Golf Trophy. Showjumping competitions are also big news here.

Celebrate summer: June brings a multicultural rainbow of food, music, art and theatre to Loulé’s winding streets for Festival Med.

Jazz festivals: If you’re here in July, head over to Loulé’s International Jazz Festival, one of several around the jazz-loving Algarve.


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