Vilamoura

Vilamoura is situated 20 mins from Faro Airport in the central area of the Algarve. The large marina area of Vilamoura is the widely recognised as the central hub of activity for the town. There is a fantastic choice of restaurants and bars around the marina itself and in the back streets of this bustling location. Virtually every taste is catered for with a vast selection of local and international cuisine. Daytime entertainment is unsurprisingly centred around the water activities such as sightseeing tours, fishing tours, luxury cruising trips and water sports. There are great beach restaurants to the west and east of the marina entrance too. However, it is at night when the Vilamoura experience really comes alive, with great bars, a casino and music venues boasting fabulous views overlooking the marina and its huge selection of boats. Whilst most of the entertainment area is situated around the marina, there is a more relaxed atmosphere in the Vilamoura Old Town a few hundred metres set back from the marina away from the hustle and bustle. In this area you will find the majority of the accommodations ranging from apartment complexes to townhouses and detached high-end villas. The quiet backstreets of the purpose built Vilamoura resort are extremely popular with property investors with real estate suited to all budgets.

There are six fabulous golf courses in Vilamoura (when we include Vila Sol), allowing for accommodations with golf views across the lush green fairways, which twist in and out of the famous Algarve pine trees. The Laguna, Pinhal and Millenium golf courses all offer attractive views and differing challenges for the resort golfer. The Old Course, The Victoria and the Vila Sol golf courses provide a sterner test for the everyday golfer with exceptional designs and sloping greens. The Portugal Masters European Tour event is held at the Victoria course and attracts some of the world’s very best golfers every year. Vilamoura is not only a huge attraction for tourists and many golfers but also for horse enthusiasts at the Equestrian Centre. This all-year-round resort has many attractions to suit every need and has therefore become one of the most desirable areas to purchase a home along the Algarve coast.

Here is a quick summary....

  • 5 Championship Golf Courses; - Victoria Course (where they play the Portugal Masters each year - usually around May. Course designed by Arnold Palmer. The Old Course, Pinhal, Millenium and Laguna.
  • VilaSol Golf course (27 holes) - 5 minutes drive. 
  • Marina - 825 berth marina with bars, restaurants and boutique shops - wins awards regularly for best marina in the world. Blue flag for cleanliness. 
  • Two beaches - either side of the marina - Falesia Beach and Marina Beach - both have nice beach bars and lovely soft golden sand. 
  • Equestrian Centre - there are usually 4 or 5 a year with the biggest prize in Portugal. 
  • Nature Reserve - nice to walk around and try to spot a kingfisher! 
  • Boat trips - dolphins, watersports, fishing - most of the huts selling trips are based at the end - on the right (as you look at the water)
  • Tennis Academy - 10 tennis courts and 4 paddle courts
  • Mini Golf - 36 holes - in a Roman Courtyard. 

 

 

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