Vilamoura Marina Portugal

The beating heart of the town and a favourite with both locals and visitors, Vilamoura Marina is one of the Algarve’s liveliest hotspots. Day or night, there’s always something happening here, and if you’re lucky you may even rub shoulders with the rich and famous.

The Algarve’s largest marina

Known as the ‘capital of world sailing’, Vilamoura Marina is the Algarve’s largest marina (and, many would say, the best). It’s just a short stroll to two fantastic beaches: Falesia Beach, backed by stunning sandstone cliffs, and Praia da Rocha Baixinha, where you can relax on golden sands and enjoy the warm sunshine.

Boats galore

Renowned as one of the most luxurious spots in the whole of the Algarve, Vilamoura Marina is where you’ll find high-end yachts and luxury boats. This sought-after spot for boat owners has plenty to offer even if you’re not a boat owner yourself yet. It’s a great place to dream of the day when you win that lottery and buy your very own yacht.

Drinking and dining

The marina is packed with bars and restaurants so you’re sure to find something to eat or drink, whether you want a quick snack or a three-course meal. Most restaurants are family friendly but , the marina is also the place to go if you’re looking for a more romantic setting. It caters for everyone!  Whether you’re here for a nightcap or a relaxing lunch alfresco, you’ll find everything from traditional Portuguese cuisine to British gastropub grub and authentic Italian dishes.

For drinks, there’s plenty of choice too. Cosy pubs, intimate wine bars, and trendy cocktail spots sit side by side, so you can pick a cool beer or a cocktail with all the trimmings. Vilamoura Marina is also home to some of the best seafood restaurants in the Algarve. They’re popular with locals and tourists alike, so you may need to book ahead to get a table at some of the more popular establishments. Enjoy the freshest catch of the day and grab an outside table so you can enjoy views over the shimmering waters as you dine.

Fun in the sun

Vilamoura itself has long been a popular spot with celebrities and the rich and famous, but it’s also the destination of choice for golfing holidays in the Algarve. This region is home to some of the world’s best championship golf courses. If you’re looking for something a little more relaxing, there are plenty of luxurious spas to choose from where you can enjoy a massage or a facial, as well as over 100 restaurants, beach clubs and a casino.

Ahoy, me hearties

No trip to Vilamoura Marina is complete without taking to the sea. Why not charter a boat and explore the stunning coastlineOr go big game fishing, scuba diving, water skiing or windsurfing in the calm waters. But,whatever you do, don’t forget to pack your camera. Once you’re back on dry land you can soak up some local history and culture at the Museum Cerro da Vila, or dine in the sunshine at one of the marina’s restaurants.

A little further afield

While you’re here, why not take a day trip to some of the surrounding towns and villages? The quaint town of Quarteira, once a tiny fishing village, has a weekly Wednesday market that’s perfect for souvenir shopping. It’s also just a short bus ride or drive to the city of Faro, the Algarve’s largest city. This is the ideal place to learn more about the area’s history, with a ruined castle and fortified cathedral to explore and cobbled pedestrianised shopping streets lined with boutiques and charming open-air cafés.

Live the high life

Whether you’re staying in Vilamoura itself or coming here for the day, you can’t afford to miss the opportunity to live the high life at Vilamoura Marina. With so many amazing restaurants and bars to explore, the freshest seafood and activities for the whole family, there’s plenty to see and do for everyone.