Stretch out and relax on two pristine beaches
The abundance of pristine beaches in the area help to make holidays to the Algarve so popular. There two spacious Blue Flag awarded sandy beaches right on the Vilamoura coastline. Praia da Marina beach, also known as Vilamoura beach, lies to the east of the marina. There are plenty of beachside bars and restaurants here so you won't have to leave the warm sand for long to get snacks and drinks during your beach days.
This area is also a popular spot for watersports, so there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy some jet skiing, paragliding and bouncy rides on banana boats. In the evenings there are beach parties with a fun and friendly vibe, inviting you to party under the night sky.
Praia de Falesia beach starts west of the marina and is made up of fine, white sand that leads to the laid-back resort of Olhos d'Agua. The impressive sand dunes backing the beach are dotted with sunbathers, set off against a backdrop of spectacular rugged cliffs with picturesque layers of colour.
Superb range of activities and things to do
Sports enthusiasts are spoilt for choice here, with a wide range of activities to suit both highly active and slightly more sedate tastes. Golfing fans can take their pick of six different courses nearby, with four of them located just north of the town. If tennis is your preferred sport you can practice your backhand on one of over 50 outdoor tennis courts at the Tennis Centre.
The area around Vilamoura marina offers a lively centre where you can stroll along the wide promenades, stop off to browse for high-end designer fashions and jewellery or take your time looking for souvenirs. There are cafes and restaurants offering both local and international food choices and plenty of laid-back bars where you can simply relax.
During the day there's an unhurried pace with friends, couples and families meandering between town and the beaches. In the evenings it's generally busier and the bars and restaurants fill up, but there's still an easy, friendly vibe around here. There's also Vilamoura Casino, complete with gaming rooms offering a regular programme of spectacular evening shows and glitzy, feather-plumed dancers.
Take a day trip to see more of the Algarve region
If you'd like see a bit more of Portugal and the Algarve region you can take day trips to the neighbouring towns of Loule and Faro. Loule is a pretty, cobbled medieval town with a 13th-century castle, a spectacular cathedral and the 17th-century Bishop's Palace residence of the Bishop of Faro. Faro is the capital of the Algarve region and also retains a feel of its history with its winding streets, several churches and elegant squares to explore.