Vilamoura

Glamorous and upbeat

Vilamoura is an all-in-one seaside town in Portugal’s Algarve region. Life revolves around the huge marina that’s filled with million-pound yachts and lined with elegant bars and authentic Portuguese restaurants. You’ve got some history here, too, courtesy of the town’s Roman ruins. And it’s all neatly packaged between protected wetlands to the north and a long strip of sand to the south.

A beach duo

Vilamoura actually boasts 2 sandy beaches – Praia da Marina and Praia de Falesia. Sunloungers and umbrellas are dotted along both, and a long promenade between them brings in plenty of bars and restaurants. Where the sprawling Praia de Falesia ends, Praia Olhos d’Agua begins. It’s a 20-minute drive away, and the watersports centre offers snorkelling trips into the scalloped caves.

Roman ruins and golf

It may have a modern vibe to it, but just 100 metres from Vilamoura’s marina there’s the ruins of an ancient Roman fishing village, complete with old wall murals and a bathing complex. Back in the present, you’ve got 4 championship golf courses to the north of the town, plus over 50 outdoor tennis courts in the club next to the marina.

Daytrips to Loule and Faro

A half-an-hour drive takes you to the pretty town of Loule, popular for walks along the imposing walls of the 13th-century castle. And about the same time gets you to Faro. In the cidade velha – the old part of the city – there’s a cathedral that may not look much from outside but has colourful tiles inside. And from the top tower, you get a fantastic view of the 17th-century Bishop’s Palace, official residence to the Bishop of Faro.

Places To Stay In Vilamoura View all places to stay »

  • Skytours from May 2015
  • Near the beach
  • 27-hole golf course
  • 2 good-sized pools

TripAdvisor rating: 4.0

Prices from £376 per person

View details
  • Marina views
  • Large pool
  • Free bus to the golf course

TripAdvisor rating: 4.0

Prices from £466 per person

View details
  • Opposite the beach
  • Big pool
  • Tennis courts

Prices from £410 per person

View details

Things To Do View all »

Top 3 hotels in Vilamoura

Top 3 villas in Vilamoura

Where we go in Vilamoura

Prices displayed in the 'top places to stay' section are the lowest prices available departing within the next 365 days. All offers are subject to very limited availability.

All prices shown are updated once every morning and therefore could change at any time during the day. All prices shown are per person and are based on 2 adults sharing unless otherwise stated. When selecting an offer you will be asked to enter in the number of adults and children travelling, the applicable price will then be displayed based on your chosen party size.

All offers are subject to availability. Thomson reserves the right to withdraw these offers at any time and without notice. For full booking terms and conditions please click here

Save up to £400 per couple on September & October holidays – Saving offer applies to new bookings only on selected Thomson package holidays booked on thomson.co.uk. Offer applies to holidays departing between 01 September & 31 October 2014 and is subject to limited availability. Savings is against brochure price. Excludes flight only, accommodation only and any other booking type. Additional supplements may apply. Saving is based on a minimum of 2 adults travelling. Thomson reserves the right to withdraw or change this offer at any time.