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 holidays 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.
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.
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Lined with hotels, cosmopolitan bars, restaurants, and shops, the busy marina is a hub of activity day and 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.
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.
Language: Portuguese is the language spoken in Vilamoura.
Currency: The currency you'll need for your holiday is the Euro (€).
Local time: Vilamoura is the same time as GMT/UK time.
Fly to: Faro Airport. It's just 30 minutes to transfer to Vilamoura.
Flight time: The Vilamoura flight time is 2 hours and 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.
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.
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.
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.