At first it was a coastline with fabulous beaches and sand ... then came Vilamoura.

Unlike many resorts in the Algarve, which originated in fishing villages, sophisticated Vilamoura was purpose built according to the parameters of the most demanding holidaymakers. Sustainable development and the exquisite architecture set in beautiful landscapes led to the creation of this luxury resort. Here you will find numerous options for sports, leisure and shopping, and every amenity imaginable in one of the most popular holiday destinations in the Algarve.

At the forefront of the numerous attractions of Vilamoura are the splendid beaches and several golf courses. The Blue Flag beaches on either side of the Marina offer a wide range of water sports and services, and its sheltered bays favorite among families. The famous Vilamoura Marina, one of the largest in Europe, attracting luxury yachts from around the world and the famous brand shops, cafes, bars and restaurants exude a chic and cosmopolitan atmosphere. Some boats leaving the marina offer more options of sports and recreational activities such as dolphin watching, water skiing, fishing, diving and paragliding.

Vilamoura is also a paradise for golf lovers. Besides the numerous prestigious golf courses in the area - many designed by renowned architects - many of its fairways cover spectacular scenery of pine forests, lakes with migratory birds and sea views from the top of cliffs. There are six renowned golf courses near Vilamoura: Oceanico Pinhal, Oceânico Laguna, Oceânico Old Course, Vila Sol, Oceânico Victoria and Oceanico Millennium.

Apart from golf, Vilamoura offers a wide range of sports facilities. A riding school, tennis and squash courts, bicycle paths and hiking along the protected marshes, lawn bowling and a shooting club complement the water sports available at the Marina and the beaches.

At the end of a days’ worth of action, sports or relaxation on the beach, this stylish resort continues to impress its visitors. The bars, restaurants and nightclubs abound, keeping the Marina as the main pole of attraction. Evening shows in the elegant Casino Vilamoura and many international DJs who act in local clubs also attract visitors from other parts of the Algarve.