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Property for sale in Vilamoura, Loulé, Central Algarve, Algarve, Portugal

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The Vilamoura area guide

Things to do

Vilamoura is a private resort occupying 2,000 hectares of land in Portugal’s sun-drenched southern Algarve region. Founded by Portuguese banker Cupertino de Miranda in 1966, the resort has changed hands since then and has grown to become one of the top regions to visit, work and play in Portugal. It boasts a seemingly endless array of tourist-friendly amenities, including five championship golf courses, a massive marina and an international equestrian centre. With expansive beaches and historical attractions, the resort attracts visitors throughout the year.

Nearby Faro’s medieval quarters have been well-preserved, providing a more traditional contrast to all of the modern hotels, bars and restaurants that you’ll find within Vilamoura, and the beaches in the region provide excellent conditions for windsurfing and other water sports.

You can go on a dolphin watching tour in the morning before visiting a world-class golf course in the afternoon, or simply spend the day relaxing at a marina-side restaurant to enjoy the view of the yachts as they come and go. Getting out on the water is one of the area’s greatest pleasures. Visit the Vilamoura Marina and you’ll see a row of kiosks for boat tours located at the western end, with tour companies including Algarve Seafaris. Families are well served as well with leisure activities, as the resort includes a mini golf park, Aquashow and Aqualand water parks, and Zoomarine.

There are also cultural activities on offer for those who want to soak in the Portuguese heritage. Visit the Museum of Cerro da Vila to view remains from Roman ruins, or one of the many art galleries to view works from some of Portugal’s finest contemporary artists. The nearby town of Loule hosts Moorish architecture and bustling markets, making it an interesting day trip.

Places to eat

Vilamoura is a haven for foodies, with chefs not afraid to try out interesting flavour combinations and explore the latest trends in gastronomy. From authentic Portuguese cuisine to international dishes, there’s a wide range of restaurants to visit in Vilamoura, usually with a terrace and a stunning view. Many of the more notable restaurants combine the two, such as popular eatery Akvavit. It serves a combination of Swedish and Portuguese cuisine, in a chic setting that overlooks the marina.

Beef plays a central role in Portuguese cuisine and is highlighted in top notch restaurants like Pepper’s Steakhouse. Alternatively, you can sample the latest catch of the day at seafood places like Casa do Pescador, while enjoying ocean views with delicately seasoned fish based dishes.

Shopping

Vilamoura’s shopping culture is centred along the Marina, with hundreds of brand name shops and independent boutiques tucked in between the restaurants, cafes and bars. Those seeking the latest seasonal trends will, therefore not be disappointed! Whilst here, don’t miss the chance to pick up local handicrafts in the homeware shops at the Marina, particularly the intricate leatherwork, embroidery and ceramics.

You’ll find more of this in nearby Quarteira, known for its handmade linens and clothing. Algarve Shopping is another top spot for splurging, located a 20-minute taxi ride away in Faro. It’s one of the largest malls in the Algarve region and includes a massive supermarket where you can stock up on supplies. Forum Algarve is another large shopping centre and includes an onsite cinema along with its extensive selection of brand name shops.

Getting there & around

The closest international airport is located in Faro and from there it’s a short taxi or bus ride into Vilamoura. Eva Bus and Comboios de Portugal both operate services between the two cities, while Frota Azul Algarve covers the region. Local buses also connect Vilamoura with Quarteira, running several times a day. Alternatively, motorists can travel from Faro Airport to Vilamoura via the A22 toll motorway or N125 road, with the journey taking under half an hour.

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All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.


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