Holidays in Vilamoura cater perfectly for families and couples looking for a memorable break in the sun. One of the largest and most prestigious tourist complexes in Europe, Vilamoura is located on the southern coast of Portugal’s Algarve. The main source of activity in this stunning community is the marina, which is lined with the finest bars, restaurants and designer shops. The picturesque town of Loule is no more than a half-hour drive away and here you can spend the day rummaging around the quirky gypsy markets or visiting the medieval castle which dates back to the 13th century.
Vilamoura is ideal if you’re a fitness fanatic boasting multiple walking and cycling trails as well as several championship golf courses. The Blue Flag beaches are a great place to spend quality time with loved ones basking in the rays of the sun. Why not take a Champagne cruise or go parasailing? Once the sun goes down maybe you will hit the casino to win the jackpot or enjoy a romantic meal in a candlelit restaurant.
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The pretty market town of Loule is just a car-ride away and here you can visit the Saturday market which is filled with stalls full of local craftwork, handmade goods, fresh fruit, and artisan meats and cheeses. Be sure to get there early as this place is spilling out onto the streets by noon. Take time away from the heat of the day to wander through these narrow, cobbled streets, before sitting down to a spot of lunch and a coffee from one of the many cafés and bars dotted around.
The ancient city of Faro is buried in history and here you can visit the 13th-century cathedral and admire the intricate works of art and gilded carving that fills this historic construction. Forum Algarve is a shopping mall situated near to Faro airport, and has a fabulous selection of bars, restaurants and shops to mill about in.
A holiday in Vilamoura isn’t complete without a trip to the beach. The two main beaches here are Praia da Vilamoura and Praia de Falesia. Both beauty spots have earned a Blue Flag status and are ideal for unwinding whilst spending time with loved ones. Praia da Vilamoura is the most popular beach among tourists and this stretch of golden sand is around a kilometre long. Here you can hire out a peddle boat, or simply lie back and enjoy the calming atmosphere. Take a break in one of many beach bars for a bite to eat and an icy beverage before returning to your lounger to top up your tan. Praia de Falesia can be found just west of the Algarve and the ancient cliffs are a perfect barrier against the wind. Littered with pretty pine trees, this beach is a truly unspoilt beauty spot and is around six kilometres long. This area is ideal for those wanting to get away from the hustle and bustle of the busier areas of Vilamoura.
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Prices last checked at 4:51 PM January 18, 2021