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madaboutportugal.com welcomes you to Vilamoura, Algarve, a dazzling gem on Portugal's southern coast! Vilamoura is the perfect blend of luxury and leisure, making it a top destination for travellers seeking sun, sea, and sophistication. With its stunning marina, championship golf courses, and pristine beaches, Vilamoura offers a little something for everyone. Whether you're looking to unwind on the golden sands, indulge in gourmet dining, or explore the vibrant nightlife, Vilamoura has it all.

The iconic Marina de Vilamoura is the beating heart of the town, buzzing with yachts, chic cafes, and trendy boutiques. Take a leisurely stroll, enjoy a meal with a view, or simply people-watch in this lively hub. Vilamoura boasts some of the finest golf courses in Europe. Don’t miss the renowned Dom Pedro Old Course or the stunning Victoria Golf Course, both offering lush greens and challenging fairways.

Praia da Marina and Praia da Falésia are must-visit spots. Enjoy the sun, surf, and sand, or partake in water sports like jet-skiing and parasailing. Explore the Cerro da Vila archaeological site to delve into Vilamoura’s Roman past. This ancient ruin offers a fascinating glimpse into the region's history. From beach bars to fine dining, Vilamoura's nightlife is vibrant and varied. Savor fresh seafood, local wines, and international cuisine in the town’s many restaurants.

Vilamoura is a playground for all ages, promising unforgettable memories. Pack your bags and experience the magic of this Algarve paradise!

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MARINA DE VILAMOURA

Marina de Vilamoura

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The Marina de Vilamoura is a luxurious oasis in the Algarve that exudes Monaco-style sophistication in a purpose-built resort. If you're seeking an upscale holiday destination, Vilamoura should top your list! As one of Europe's largest private tourism resorts, Vilamoura is renowned for its prestige and elegance, offering an array of accommodations from luxury hotels to privately-owned villas and golf course apartments.

At the heart of Vilamoura lies its stunning marina, a vibrant hub bustling with activity. This 1,000-berth marina is the largest in Portugal, frequently voted the best by the Publituris Portugal Trade Awards. It's a magnet for the wealthy, attracting yachtsmen, golfers, celebrities, and anyone looking to bask in the sun in style.

Stroll along the marina's edge and discover a delightful mix of restaurants, bars, and shops, including several designer boutiques. By day, the marina is a peaceful place to wander, but by night, it comes alive with a relaxed, yet lively atmosphere as visitors dine and enjoy the vibrant bar scene.
Marina de Vilamoura, 8125 – 409 Quarteira, Algarve, Portugal. | 37° 04' 29.0" N | 08° 07' 22.2" W
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VILAMOURA BOAT TOURS

Those of us who are not privileged enough to own a luxury yacht can always enjoy the best the sea offers on one of the many boat tours that set sail from Vilamoura's Marina.

Cheapest Family Friendly Boat Trip From Vilamoura Algarve

Cheapest Family Friendly Boat Trip From Vilamoura

Experience a budget-friendly boat ride along the stunning Algarve coast from Vilamoura. Join a small group for a leisurely sail, perfect for families. Search for dolphins in their natural habitat and explore the unique rock formations of Gale Caves. This excursion offers multiple sail times to fit your schedule. Enjoy personalised attention from your guide in a small group setting. This family-friendly adventure promises marine life sightings and breathtaking coastal views. Book now for an unforgettable Algarve experience.

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Speed Boat with Crew from Vilamoura

Speed Boat with Crew from Vilamoura

Experience the thrill of a speedboat ride from Vilamoura Marina, zipping across the sparkling Algarve waters. Perfect for exploring the pristine coastline, this tour includes a professional crew to personalise your adventure. Rent by the hour and add exciting activities like Ringo rides or water skiing. Discover the Algarve’s maritime wonders and admire the stunning Atlantic coast. Enjoy a customised tour with friendly crew members who share their sailing knowledge. Book now for an unforgettable Algarve speedboat experience.

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Luxury Yacht Charter

Luxury Yacht Charter

For an unforgettable Algarve experience, book a luxury yacht charter with us today! Explore stunning caves near Albufeira Gale and marvel at the breathtaking coastline. Our fleet of luxury yachts is perfect for private charters, whether for couples, families, friends, or corporate groups. Celebrate special occasions while cruising past beaches, caves, and rock formations. Enjoy swimming, snorkelling, or a RIB boat ride. Relax on a private beach or dine at an exclusive beach restaurant. Our experienced, English-speaking crew ensures a royal treatment, complete with music and stunning views. End your adventure at the award-winning Vilamoura Marina.

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VILAMOURA TOWN

Conceived in the 1960s by visionary Arthur Cupertino de Miranda, this resort was designed as a leisure eco-town offering a unique lifestyle away from the hustle and bustle of large cities. Home to around 11,000 permanent residents, the town boasts Blue Flag certified beaches, a nature reserve, eco-friendly golf courses, and a wide range of sports and leisure facilities. Residents and tourists alike can enjoy year-round amenities, including an international private school, promoting a sustainable and active lifestyle in harmony with nature.


Vilamoura Casino

The Casino de Vilamoura offers an avant-garde décor, top-notch service, and diverse environments, featuring vibrant game rooms, dance musicals, theatre, comedy shows, and a variety of gastronomic delights. The casino's bright flashing lights draw you into games like roulette and blackjack. Enjoy an evening of drinks and dancing to DJ music until three am daily. Live shows with international and Portuguese performers take place every Saturday night. Managed by the Sol Verde Group, this mid-sized casino overlooks Vilamoura Beach and is steps away from the Marina and Crowne Plaza Hotel. Within the casino, the elegant Dice Nightclub, recently refurbished, offers a chic bar and disco experience.

Summer Season:: Daily 15h00 - 03h00
Winter Season:: Daily 16h00 - 04h00
Praça Casino Vilamoura, 8126-908 Quarteira, Portugal. | 37° 04' 24.7" N | 08° 06' 57.7" W
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Cerro da Vila Roman Ruins

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Cerro da Vila

Step into history at Cerro da Vila Museum and Archaeological Site, a captivating destination in Vilamoura that whisks you away on a 5,000-year journey through human civilisation. Located near the Marina, this fascinating site showcases the remains of a Roman villa from the 1st to 5th centuries AD. Discovered by a farmer in 1963, Cerro da Vila has been meticulously excavated and preserved. A visit takes approximately 30-60 minutes, providing an immersive glimpse into ancient life. Wander through the ruins and marvel at the mosaics, luxurious fountains, and baths that once served this maritime villa. Discover ancient fish sauce factories, funerary monuments, and remnants of a fluvial port that highlight the villa's significance as a trading hub.

Inside the museum, delve deeper into history with artefacts dating from the Bronze Age (12th–10th BC) to the Islamic period (8th–12th AD). Unearthed graves from the Vinha do Casão cemetery offer insights into the region's early metalworking economy. The collection features unique architectural, sculptural, and commercial relics, making Cerro da Vila a treasure trove for history buffs.

Monday – Friday:: 09h30 – 12h30/14h00 – 18h00, Weekends: CLOSED
Av. Cerro da Vila, 8125-507 Vilamoura, Portugal. | 37° 04' 47.1" N | 08° 07' 11.7" W

VILAMOURA BEACHES

Discover the sun-soaked charm of Vilamoura's beaches in the Algarve, where golden sands meet the azure waters of the Atlantic. Vilamoura boasts some of the most picturesque and inviting beaches in Portugal, perfect for soaking up the sun, enjoying water sports, or simply unwinding by the sea.


Praia da Vilamoura (Praia da Marina)

Praia da Vilamoura is the heart of beach life in Vilamoura. This bustling beach is located right next to the Marina, offering easy access to a plethora of restaurants, bars, and shops. The soft, golden sand and calm waters make it a favourite for families and sunbathers. With a backdrop of luxurious hotels and the vibrant marina, Praia da Vilamoura combines relaxation with convenience, making it a must-visit for beach lovers.


Praia da Falésia (Rocha Baixinha)

Just a short distance away lies Praia da Falésia, renowned for its breathtaking red cliffs and expansive sandy shore. Stretching for over six kilometres, this beach offers a more tranquil and natural setting. The dramatic cliffs provide stunning photo opportunities and the clear, shallow waters are perfect for swimming. Whether you prefer lounging in the sun, exploring the scenic cliffs, or taking a stroll along the shoreline, Praia da Falésia caters to all tastes.

Both beaches are equipped with excellent facilities, including sunbeds, parasols, and water sports equipment. Lifeguards are on duty during the summer months, ensuring a safe environment for all visitors. Easy access and ample parking make these beaches ideal for day trips and extended stays alike.

Experience the best of Vilamoura's coastal beauty at Praia da Vilamoura and Praia da Falésia. With their unique charm and diverse attractions, these beaches promise an unforgettable Algarve adventure.


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Praia da Vilamoura (Praia da Marina)

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Praia da Falésia (Rocha Baixinha)

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QUARTEIRA

Quarteira is a charming town just 22km west of Faro, offering a delightful contrast to its neighbouring luxurious resorts. Originally a humble fishing village, Quarteira has grown while retaining its authentic Portuguese character.

The heart of Quarteira is its palm-lined seafront promenade and the beautiful Praia de Quarteira. This stretch of sandy beach is perfect for sunbathing, swimming, and seaside strolls. The bustling fish and vegetable market near the working fishing harbour is a must-visit. Open Monday to Saturday from 08h00 to 15h00, and on Sundays for the vegetable market only until 14h00, it provides a vibrant glimpse into local life.

For a fun change of pace, hop on the road train that trundles along the seafront to Vilamoura. This charming ride offers hourly trips daily from 10h00 to 23h00. A few kilometres inland, you'll find Aquashow Park, a fantastic family destination with water slides, pools, and even Europe’s largest water coaster.

Quarteira’s bus terminus is conveniently located on Avenida Dr. Sá Carneiro, with the tourist office nearby on Praça do Mar. The town also offers a variety of accommodation options, including the pleasant Pensão Miramar and a well-equipped campsite just out of town.

Dining in Quarteira is a treat, with the renowned O Jacinto restaurant on Avenida Dr. Sá Carneiro, known for its exceptional seafood, especially the famous Quarteira prawns. For a more budget-friendly option, Rosa Branca offers delicious fish and grilled meats right by the seafront.

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AQUALAND ALGARVE

Aqualand Algarve

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With this entrance ticket you can gain entry to Zoomarine at your leisure. Buy online before you arrive to avoid queues and have the convenience of the e-ticket on your phone…

Aqualand makes a great family day out with something to satisfy all ages. Located between Albufeira and Lagoa, Aqualand offers a variety of slides and features to keep you entertained the whole day. A collection of water slides, chutes, surf beach, swimming pools and white water rafting which guarantee a whole days entertainment for al members of the family. Ride vary in their intensity to suit both the adrenaline junkie and toddlers alike. The park is open during high season only, mid June to first week of September. The aqua-park is a great way to cool down and a great alternative to a day on the beach. There are plenty of amenities and eateries onsite for your enjoyment and convenience.

10th of June to the 30th of June: 10:00 to 17:00, 1st July to 13th September from 10:00 to 18:00,
Estrada Nacional 125, 8365-908 Alcantarilha, Portugal. | 37º 08' 08.5" N | 08º 21' 53.9" W
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Tivoli Marina Vilamoura

Tivoli Marina Vilamoura ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Experience celebrity treatment and world-class service at Tivoli Marina Vilamoura. Ensconced between the stunning Vilamoura Marina and the majestic Atlantic Ocean, this luxurious hotel boasts a large outdoor pool and 30,000 m² of lush private gardens, complete with an extensive spa.

Enjoy the spacious rooms featuring floor-to-ceiling windows and a furnished balcony. Each room is equipped with a satellite TV, a minibar, and a private bathroom stocked with complimentary toiletries. Savour exceptional dining at PuroBeach Vilamoura, offering a unique ambience with two distinct areas: a beachside retreat overlooking the Atlantic and a sophisticated poolside garden.

Explore nearby attractions with ease, including the Roman ruins just a 15-minute walk away, and Pinhal Golf Course, only a five-minute drive. Free on-site parking adds to the convenience, making Tivoli Marina Vilamoura the perfect destination for an unforgettable getaway.

Vilamoura , 8125-901 Vilamoura, Portugal. | 37° 04' 28.8" N | 08° 07' 11.3" W

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Vila Gale Marina

Vila Gale Marina ★ ★ ★ ★

Located in a serene and central area of Vilamoura, this elegant hotel features stylish rooms with balconies. Guests can enjoy both indoor and outdoor pools, as well as a relaxing hot tub. The rooms boast wooden floors and cable TV, with some offering a separate living and dining area. Dine in style at Restaurant Galeão, where you can savour a variety of buffet and à la carte options, including Portuguese specialities and international cuisine. Enjoy your meals with exquisite Casa de Santa Vitória Alentejo wines.

Stay active with a game of tennis or a workout in the fitness centre. The hotel's tour desk and bicycle rental services make exploring the local area easy and fun. Located just a five-minute walk from Vilamoura’s marina and beach, and near the Cerro da Vila Roman Ruins, Vila Galé Marina also offers a complimentary shuttle to nearby golf courses.

Rua do Cerro,vila Welwitshia - Praia do Carvoeiro, 8400-500 Carvoeiro, Portugal. | 37° 05' 53.0" N | 08° 27' 57.6" W

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Domes Lake Algarve, Autograph Collection

Domes Lake Algarve, Autograph Collection ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Experience celebrity treatment and world-class service at Domes Lake Algarve, Autograph Collection! Situated in Vilamoura, just a short walk from Praia da Falésia, this luxury hotel offers top-notch accommodations with an outdoor swimming pool, free private parking, a fitness centre, and a beautifully landscaped garden. Guests can enjoy delicious meals at the on-site restaurant, relax in the shared lounge, or unwind in the indoor pool and sauna. The hotel also features a hammam and provides entertainment staff and room service for a truly enjoyable stay.

Each room at Domes Lake Algarve boasts a private balcony, perfect for enjoying the views. Start your day with a delightful buffet or American breakfast and take in the serene surroundings from the terrace. The 24-hour reception staff, fluent in English, Spanish, and Portuguese, are always ready to assist with any needs. Nearby attractions include Praia dos Tomates, Vilamoura Beach, and Vilamoura Marina, with Faro Airport just 26 km away.

Praia Da Falésia, Apartado 811, 8126-910 Vilamoura, Portugal. | 37° 04' 44.9" N | 08° 07' 37.0" W

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Social. Vinhos & Petiscos is the ultimate spot for savouring a diverse selection of Portuguese wines paired with delectable Portuguese and Asian tapas, known as Petiscos. Nestled in Quinta do Romao, right by the picturesque Passeio das Dunas pathway connecting Quarteira and Vilamoura, this charming venue offers a relaxed ambience enhanced by perfectly curated music. The friendly and knowledgeable staff provide warm service and excellent recommendations for both food and wine. We indulged in a variety of wines and found the tapas to be delicious. Even when it wasn’t busy, the atmosphere was inviting and enjoyable. There’s truly something for everyone, from craft beer on tap to mouthwatering desserts. The passionate staff and cosy layout make you feel welcome the moment you step inside. This is a place I’d revisit time and time again for an exceptional dining experience. | Tuesday – Saturday: 16h00 – 22h30, Sunday & Monday: CLOSED

Quinta do Romão FM8 Store D, Quarteira 8125-301, Portugal. | 37° 04' 17.7" N | 08° 06' 27.5" W
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O Arco

O Arco

O Arco Restaurant has been in the Old Town of Quarteira near the Church since May 1983. Restaurant “O Arco” has always been faithful to the values of great Portuguese hospitality and presenting well-crafted local fare in generous portions and at reasonable prices. Each course receives the same attention to detail and is as enjoyable as the others.

Daily: 19h00 – 23h30
Rua Engenheiro Duarte Pacheco 13, Quarteira 8125-212 Portugal. | 37° 04' 24.5" N | 08° 06' 21.6" W
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Rei do Churrasco

Rei do Churrasco

Steak House, Rei do Churrasco (BBQ King) Quarteira with Madeiran and Latin influences has a long history and experience preparing great chicken and grilled meat, being one of the first to establish itself since the 80s, also diversifying with some dishes typical of Madeira Island such as Espetada Madeira accompanied by fried corn, Grilled Limpets, Bolo do Caco, Picadinha Madeirense, Poncha Madeirense, etc… Their continuing goal is to satisfy their customers with the best service, attention and with the best piri piri and grilled chicken in the region. Algarve chicken is a product from this region with high quality. The Algarve is a region of Portugal with a strong history of chicken production.

Daily: 12h00 – 15h00/19h00 – 22h30
Rua 25 de Abril, 30, R/C, Quarteira 8125-171 Portugal. | 37° 04' 29.5" N | 08° 06' 06.7" W
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Take the N125 out of Faro. Continue on N396. Take Estr. de Quarteira to Av. Eng. João Meireles in Quarteira.
Latitude - 37º 04" 45.3' | Longitude - 08º 07" 15.2'


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Vilamoura doesn't have it's own train station, alight at Loulé and then take the #87 Loulé - Quarteira bus or a taxi. Regional train services (comboios regionais) run from Lagos in the west to Vila Real de Santo António on Portugal's eastern border:
• Lagos - Vila Real de Santo António line: Timetable | Website

• Eva Transportes run services across the Algarve linking the main resorts and towns, as well as a hostess service to Lisbon. Also worth considering are their tourist passes if you're planing to visit different places: Website
• Rede Expressos operates countrywide services: Website