A guide to Vilamoura, Algarve, Portugal

Vilamoura Holidays

The Algarve has been a favourite haunt of sun seekers since the boom in European package holidays of the 1960s and 1970s. With its 100 mile long coastline of golden cliffs and soft sand, over 300 days of Mediterranean sunshine a year and activities appealing to young and old alike, it’s easy to see why its popularity has grown to such heights.

Vilamoura and its history
The resort of Vilamoura, lying mid-way between Faro and Albufeira, was never actually a town in its own right. Vilamoura is the name given to a cleverly designed, purpose-built tourist resort which could so easily have been a white elephant, but whose success, on the contrary, screams loud and clear with thousands of annual visitors and many returning year after year. Work began on this enormous self-sufficient tourist complex in the 1970s, around a tiny harbour which grew into a glitzy marina now hosting over a thousand yachts and pleasure cruisers. But to say that this purpose-built resort has no history would be untrue. The area was actually inhabited as far back as the Bronze age, indicated by graves found at the mausoleum of Cerro da Vila, ruins of an ancient settlement which has been opened up as a museum and archaeological site giving a fascinating insight into the way of life of the lords that once lived here. Today, despite the resort’s glamorous image, cheap holidays to Vilamoura are widely available.

Vilamoura by day and night
Today the huge, sheltered marina is an ideal place to stroll during the day or in the evening after enjoying a meal at one of the many seafront eateries. When it comes to dining out, Vilamoura holidays cater for all tastes, with everything on offer from fast food to Portuguese and international cuisine, as well as lashings of fresh seafood. Relaxed cafe bars and ice-cream parlours prove equally popular and add to what is a truly cosmopolitan holiday atmosphere. By night, Vilamoura lives on until sunrise. The young party-seekers never have to travel far here to reach the popular nightspots, but the resort is also large enough to be able to escape the all-night buzz, and there is even a smart casino for those wishing to try their luck in the gaming rooms, followed by a glamorous live international show. Vilamoura holidays are just as much about peace and relaxation as they are about thrill seeking and during the day, two wide sandy beaches, the Marina beach and the Falesia beach, provide an ideal haven to relax and sleep off the excesses of the night before.

Leisure activities in Vilamoura
If you want relaxation on the doorstep and plenty of activities within easy reach, Vilamoura holidays will surely prove to be everything you expected. Leisure is a way of life in this cosmopolitan resort, designed to revitalise and relax its visitors, and unless you have come to really unwind, it will be hard to resist all the tempting outdoor pursuits and activities on offer. Both of Vilamoura’s beaches are superb for families and are the ideal place to enjoy a range of watersports from jetskiing to parasailing. The marina runs some exciting excursions allowing visitors to enjoy activities like big-game fishing and dolphin-watching. Vilamoura holidays are just as well-known for their popularity amongst the golfing fraternity, the resort featuring a number of premier golf complexes set against a backdrop of fragrant pine trees and idyllic sea views. The perfect Algarvean climate and gently undulating terrain make this the ideal location for a golfing break and the Algarve is internationally renowned for its facilities. Cheap holidays in Vilamoura out of season are a great way of taking advantage of these prestige freeways when they are at their emptiest.

Accommodation and amenities in Vilamoura
From five star luxury to budget breaks, Vilamoura caters for all pockets, making cheap holidays in Vilamoura accessible for anyone who is prepared to shop around and way up different accommodation options. Hotels range from golf resort complexes to family-friendly Aparthotels, top of the range country clubs to small and basic hotels. Those opting for a self-catering holiday will have the freedom to explore the delights of the Algarve at their own pace without the constraints of traditional package holidays. Villas and apartments here have all the modern home comforts you would expect from a world class international resort. There are plenty of supermarkets available in the resort if you prefer to cook your own food, although by hiring a car you will have easy access to larger hypermarkets outside the resort. When it comes to shopping for pleasure, Vilamoura holidays are very much about indulgence, with shopping arcades selling the latest in boutique fashions, designer jewellery and local craft items.