Unwind on the golden-sand beaches of Vilamoura, a purpose-built resort that stretches for 20km (12mi) along a sun-kissed coastline – perfect for honeymoon couples.
Vilamoura is popular with celebrities and is unlike any other town in the Algarve.
The central point of Vilamoura is the marina, home to glamorous yachts as well as luxury hotels, apartments, gourmet restaurants, stylish bars, designer shops, golf courses and the casino.
Check out the yachts along the boardwalk – especially popular at night for a stroll and people watching.
For a spot of culture, don't miss the nearby ruins of a Roman villa – Cerro da Vila – which dates back to the 1st century.
Admire the well preserved mosaics and visit the roman baths and foundation of several other buildings. The small museum offers an insight into the area’s past.
Sunbathe on the main beach of Praia da Vilamoura, metres from a choice of hotels, restaurants, bars and nightclubs.
Choose from a range of water sport activities such as parasailing, jet skiing, banana boating, sailing and boating excursions.
Or head to the more secluded Praia da Falésia, a stunning long and narrow beach that sits beneath towering russet-coloured cliffs topped with pine trees. To the east lies the beautiful Praia do Vale do Lobo.
On land, go horseback riding, play golf and tennis and head to the Aqualand water park.
After dark, check out the resort’s numerous bars and nightclubs or enjoy cabaret and gambling at Vilamoura's Casino, where you can play poker, Black Jack, Portuguese dice games as well as more the slot machines. The casino also offers an impressive bar, three different restaurants and a nightclub.
Vilamoura offers a choice of beaches: to the west lies Praia da Falésia, while to the east Vilamoura Beach continues into Praia da Quarteira…
Dig your toes into the soft golden sand of this 1km-long beach (also known as Praia Marina) that stretches infront of the popular beach resort of Vilamoura.
A choice of luxury, beachfront hotels including Dom Pedro Golf Resort Hotel, Vila Sol Spa & Golf Resort and Hilton Vilamoura lie just steps away, as well as numerous restaurants and beach bars.
Facilities include parasols and sun loungers for hire, lifeguards, toilets, showers and beachside snack bars. Water sports include pedalos, paragliding and jet skiing.
Praia de Vilamoura is situated between the marina of Vilamoura and Quarteira.
Unwind on this 6km-long (3.7mi), narrow beach that lies beneath towering russet-coloured cliffs topped with pine trees.
Praia da Falésia stretches east from Olhos de Água to Vilamoura, and is famous for its impressive red cliffs, especially around Olhos de Água.
The beach is perfect for a long beach walk. From the small village of Olhos de Água to Vilamoura takes about 2 hours.
At low tide you may see people collecting small clams, called conquilhas – a delicious local specialty.
Praia da Falésia consists of two sections: Alfamar and Açoteias, which are quite different from each other. For instance, the beach is considerably narrower at Olhos de Água than at Vilamoura.
Praia da Falésia Açoteias is the west section of the beach (near Olhos de Água) and is famous for the high red cliffs.
Here, you can find several popular hotels a short walking distance from the beach, including the 5-star Epic Sana Algarve Beach Hotel, which was designed in the style of an Algarvian village and set amid a subtropical garden dotted with pine trees overlooking the beach.
Above the cliffs, a hiking trail (photo) offers spectacular views over the beach and the sea.
Praia da Falésia Alfamar is located at the east end of the beach (towards Vilamoura), named after the Alfamar Beach & Sport Resort, which has a beachfront restaurant where you enjoy a drink or meal.
The beach here has lower cliffs; the more you walk east, the lower the cliffs. The beach is also wider and the waters are quite shallow, especially during low tide, when you can walk up to 50m into the water.
On this section of the beach, there are excellent beach restaurants as well as all types of watersports, including paragliding, diving and a surfing school.
Sunbathe on the soft, golden sand and swim in crystal clear water. Or windsurf should the south-westerly winds kick-in.
Beach facilities include parasols, sun loungers and pedalos for hire, as well as lifeguards, toilets, showers and beachside snack bars.
Praia da Falésia is around 10km (6mi) east of Albufeira and adjoins Praia da Vilamoura to the east.
This is the main beach of Quarteira, near Vilamoura. The beach is divided into small sections by breakwaters.
Facilities include an outdoor gym, masseurs, volleyball nets, toilets, sun loungers and lifeguards.
A wide choice of cafes, restaurants and beach bars line the beach, which is generally regarded as more touristic than some of the other beaches in the Algarve.
Praia de Quarteira is just 5km (3mi) east of Vilamoura.
Relax on the soft golden sand of this idyllic 1km-long stretch of beach that nestles beneath red-sandstone cliffs topped by palm trees and the green fairways of the Vale do Lobo Resort’s world-class golf course.
Come for a day or enjoy a wide range of creature comforts at the resort.
The wide expanse of sand, immediately adjacent to the resort, is lined with beach umbrellas and sun loungers. Here you can find a massage station and several beach bars where you can treat yourself to delicious cocktails and home-made burgers.
A walk in either direction will bring you to more secluded section of the beach sandwiched between a backdrop of red cliff faces and clear blue water.
Facilities include parasols and sun loungers for hire, lifeguards, toilets and showers. Unwind at the several upmarket beachside bars, cafés and restaurants.
Praia de Vale do Lobo is located about 8km (5mi) south of Vilamoura, and the resort of Vale do Lobo is located around 24km (15mi) east of Albufeira.
Vilamoura offers an excellent choice of hotels and resorts to suit all budgets, including the following…
Tivoli Marina Vilamoura
Ave nightly price: AUD203 per room
Description: Overlooking Vilamoura Marina on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other, this hotel features a large outdoor pool. Surrounded by 7.5 acres of private gardens, it also has an extensive spa. With a furnished balcony, Tivoli Marina Vilamoura’s spacious rooms include floor-to-ceiling windows. Each room comes with a satellite TV, minibar and private bathroom with free toiletries. Tivoli’s spa offers various body and health treatments, dry and wet saunas and a hot tub. Guests can relax on canopied lounge chairs with privacy curtains at the beach. Alternatively, the poolside deck with lounge chairs can be used to bask in the sun or read a book. Themed dinners and entertainment shows are held regularly. Tivoli Marina Vilamoura is a 15 minute walk from the Roman ruins on the opposite side of the marina, and Oceanico Pinhal Golf Course is a 5 minute drive away. On-site parking is free.
Crowne Plaza Vilamoura
Location: Rua Do Oceano Altântico, Vilamoura
Ave nightly price: AUD132 per room
Description: Crowne Plaza is situated in Vilamoura's centre just a few minutes' walk from the Marina and 10 minutes’ drive from 5 golf courses. The tastefully decorated rooms have furnished sea-view balconies. Featuring soft shades of ivory and natural textures, all rooms have stylish bathrooms with glass-wall showers. The wide balconies come with lounge chairs. The Crowne Plaza Vilamoura’s outdoor pool faces the sea and has a terrace with loungers and shades. Enjoy a relaxing massage at the Almond Tree Wellness Spa. Apart from 24-hour room service, the hotel's Cataplana Restaurant serves a mixture of regional and international cuisine. The Caravela Bar offers a variety of aperitifs and drinks, and there is a sea-facing summer terrace for snacks and BBQ grills. The Crowne Plaza Hotel is less than a 5-minute walk from the centre of Vilamoura and the Marina. Faro Airport is 20 km away. Free private parking is available at the hotel.
Location: Victoria Gardens, Vilamoura
Ave nightly price: AUD163 per room
Description: Featuring panoramic views of the Victoria Golf Course in Vilamoura, this 5-star resort offers a tranquil stay in luxurious rooms with a private furnished balcony. Facilities include 2 outdoor pools, a golf desk, and a spa. The rooms of Tivoli Victoria feature a modern interior decorated with warm colours. All rooms have a minibar, a flat-screen TV, and a seating area. Room service is available 24/7. Guests have full access to the facilities of the Tivoli Victoria. The Elements Spa by Banyan Tree offers a wide variety of health and beauty treatments, including a Gui Shi hot stone massage. Tivoli Victoria’s spa also features an indoor pool (available for ages 16+), 7 treatment rooms, and a sauna. Restaurant Emo serves dishes made with exotic oriental products and ingredients from traditional Portuguese cuisine. The Bartini Bar offers gourmet snacks, a cocktail menu, and panoramic views of Vilamoura. Tivoli Victoria is within walking distance of 3 golf courses. The resort is a 9-minute drive from Falésia Beach, and a 12-minute drive from the Roman ruins at Cerro da Vila. A shuttle service to and from the Vilamoura Marina is provided free of charge.
The Residences at Victoria by Tivoli
Ave nightly price: AUD122 per apartment
Description: The Residences at Victoria is surrounded by the renowned golf courses of Vilamoura and offers luxurious self-catering accommodation. These apartments are a 9-minute drive from the lively Vilamoura Marina and 5 km from the Falésia Beach. Each air-conditioned apartment offers panoramic views of green surroundings. They include spacious living room with flat-screen TV and comfortable sofas. The apartments come with 2 or 3 bedroom and private bathrooms. Guests are welcome to prepare their own meals at the modern fully equipped kitchen. Alternatively guests can visit the on-site à la carte restaurant and enjoy the varied menu available. In the evening guests can relax at one of the 2 bars and enjoy a beverage. Guests have access to the Spa and wellness facilities like the sauna and fitness centre. In addition there are both indoor and outdoor pools where guests can unwind. Tennis courts and a bicycle rental service are available for the more active guests. The Aquashow Water Park is 10 km away and the Marina Beach is a 12-minute drive away. Albufeira is 10 km away and Faro International Airport is 31 km away.
Four Seasons Vilamoura
Location: Rua Da Holanda, Vilamoura
Ave nightly price: AUD117 per apartment
Description: Featuring a lagoon-style outdoor pool and a spa, this Vilamoura resort offers bright and spacious apartments with balconies overlooking the palm garden. Airport transfers to Faro Airport can be arranged. Four Seasons Vilamoura overlooks the Pinhal, an 18-hole championship golf course with a putting green, driving range and Club House. The resort provides a private entrance to the course. Free Wi-Fi is available in the bar and lounge. With a complete kitchenette, all studios and apartments at Four Seasons Vilamoura are decorated in a modern style with soft colours. Each includes a private bathroom with a bathtub and shower. The on-site restaurants serve open buffets and à la carte dishes indoors or on the poolside terraces. The restaurant A Cascata offers Brazilian, Italian & Portuguese theme nights, and freshly caught fish at lunch. The Brasserie offers a sophisticated menu in a comfortable atmosphere. Live entertainment is organised on a regular basis. The pool bar provides refreshing drinks, and a take-away service for in-room meals is available. Leisure facilities include a heated indoor and outdoor pool, a hot tub, and a sauna. Various beauty treatments can be enjoyed at the spa, and guests can work out at the gym.
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Anytime is good to visit Vilamoura, with little rain and lots of sunny days throughout the year.
The peak travel months are July and August, which are also the hottest months of the year, with the temperature averaging 28°C (82°F) but often reaching the high 30°Cs
During peak season, advance bookings are generally necessary at the top hotels, while low season travel brings great hotel deals with savings of up to 70 per cent.
Spring and autumn are splendid alternatives to a peak season summer holiday (although the water may be somewhat chilly).
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The Vilamoura tourism complex is located around 22km (13.6mi) from Faro International Airport, an 18-minute taxi ride.
The most convenient route to Vilamoura is by air to Faro International Airport (FAO), also known as Algarve Airport, located 22km (13.6mi) east of Vilamoura.
Latest update: Vilamoura Honeymoon Guide: 22 December, 2019
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