"Vilamoura is one of the largest tourist resorts in Europe with everything you need for unforgettable holidays in Portugal"
One of the three corners of the Algarve’s Golden Triangle, Vilamoura is one of the largest tourist resorts in Europe with everything you need for unforgettable holidays in Portugal. It’s difficult to believe these days that this bustling resort began life as a fishing village during the days of the Roman Empire, but its history can still be glimpsed in the ancient ruins, including the remains of a Roman bathhouse. The rest of Vilamoura is up to date with enough shops, restaurants and bars to cater to everyone’s taste and fill your days – there’s never a dull moment with so much to do and see.
In such a big area, it should come as no surprise that there’s a whole range of different hotels and apartments suitable for every type of holiday – luxury or low budget, family break or a holiday with friends, you’ll find the perfect accommodation to suit your needs. The beaches in Vilamoura are truly spectacular – long stretches of golden sand leading down to the refreshing green sea. This strip of coast in Portugal is a great place for water sports, boat trips and dolphin or whale watching, so why not have a go at jetskiing or parasailing for a real adrenaline kick? For a more relaxing time, take advantage of the spas on offer or sit back with a cocktail and enjoy the Portuguese sunshine – or the chilled out nights.
Get active on holidays in Vilamoura
As well as water sports, Vilamoura boasts six golf courses, so now’s the time to practice your game with guaranteed sunshine in the summer and cooler pleasant days in the spring and autumn. There’s also a golf academy where experts will help you improve your swing. If you’d rather something more adventurous, you can take quad bikes over the rugged country behind the town. You can also rent bicycles to ride along the scenic trails or help you explore the resort. As if that wasn’t enough, there are tennis courts, a bowling green and a horse riding centre as well as fishing expeditions to take you out to prime spots in the ocean. There are so many choices you’ll be hard pressed to fit it all in!
Things to See in Vilamoura
The marina is well worth a look, with space for over 1,000 vessels and home to some luxury private yachts. The area is a bustling centre with plenty of restaurants and bars where you can sit and eat or sip a cold drink while you watch the world go by, and there’s a fantastic atmosphere in the evenings.
While you’re in the area, make sure to visit the Cerro de Vila, the ancient Roman ruins tucked away behind the marina. You can stroll through the beautifully preserved remains of houses and buildings, and then enter the museum to take a look at some of the relics uncovered around Vilamoura. There are plaques in English explaining the history all the way through, and you might be surprised at how different this lively resort used to be in times gone by.