Vilamoura Marina is a 15 minute walk from the Old Village Vilamoura and is the main centre of activity in Vilamoura with a huge range of restaurants, bars and shops (including many designer shops). Luis Figo's 'Bar Sete' (bar 7) is also on the marina front. During the day, although it can get quite busy, it's really a very peaceful area to stroll around. It gets more lively at night, with everyone coming to eat and try out some of the bars, but is still a very relaxed resort.
Boasting a 1,000-berth marina, Vilamoura attracts the wealthy, yachtsmen, golfers, celebrities and in fact, anyone who just fancies enjoying a rather nice place in the sun!
Vilamoura has something for everyone to enjoy - there are boat trips (for those of us who don’t own a boat!), specially designed trails for walking and cycling, and restaurants and bars to suit all tastes and budgets.
Vilamoura is probably most famous for its golf courses and if you like golf, you will be pleased to know that there are 6 championship courses. For anyone who simply likes to go to the beach to relax there are two beautiful beaches, Praia da Marina and Praia da Falésia. If you enjoy a walk, Praia da Falésia runs all the way to Olhos d' Àgua or stroll along Praia da Marina into Quarteira.
Viamoura also has a casino with evening entertainment as well as gaming rooms. New to Vilamoura is the arrival of the 'PuroBeach' life style in conjunction with Tivoli Hotels, so part of Praia da Marina is now laid out in their customary style, offering a more luxurious way to spend time on the beach
Nowhere in the Algarve is very far away so you can explore as much or as little as you want - Vilamoura certainly has everything you could want for a perfect holiday without venturing any further afield.
If you just want to travel around the resort, there is a 'tourist train' running about every 30 minutes that costs about 5 euros - sit back and enjoy the view
Vilamoura is a great place to stay whether you just want to enjoy the beaches, play a few rounds of golf, have a game or two of tennis, try something more adventurous like parasailing or maybe take a 'champagne cruise' to celebrate a special occasion.
If you want to go further afield to get more of a feel for the Algarve there are plenty of places within easy reach.
Loulé, famous for it's Saturday gypsy market and brazilian style carnivals, is an interesting town to visit. It has a castle, an excellent daily market in it's new market hall and often has music festivals during the summer.
Faro, the place so many people 'forget' to visit, is a lovely city. The old part of Faro, within the city walls, has the Cathedral and Bishop's Palace in it's central square (Largo de Sé). Just behind the marina (a very modest affair compared to Vilamoura's!) lies the network of cobbled streets and squares, that make up the shopping centre.