The Portuguese region of the Algarve is one of the world’s premier hotspots for beach holidays. Within the Algarve region, there are plenty of cities and towns worth visiting, attracting thousands upon thousands of tourists every year. Well, the ‘town’ of Vilamoura is not really a town. It is more like a community that was developed in the early 1970’s, and has grown to become the large resort centre that it is today.
It is certainly one of the treasures of the Algarve region, boasting a plethora of sites and activities to keep all tourists entertained for days, and possibly even weeks on end. The marina is only one of the areas found in Vilamoura, and is believed to be the centre of the community. Several high-end Vilamoura hotels are found at the marina.
Travelling into the area is relatively straight forward, with the Faro Airport situated about 20kms to the east. The area has become one of the most popular places to stay in the Algarve.
Vilamoura is not renowned for its shopping. Although most tourists understand this, the shopping bug is more than likely to jump up a bite people on the behind while they are holidaying in the community. Therefore, it is important to know where some of the main stores and shops are so that these shopper’s cravings can be satisfied before someone gets hurt!
The centre of shopping (and almost everything else) is certainly the marina. The charming little port is home to a huge range of shops for visitors to explore. There are plenty of retail stores available in the area, but with the price of the marina spot, and the upper-class atmosphere of the complex, the marina’s stores are quite expensive. Nevertheless, they still provide that worthwhile shopping environment for tourists to enjoy.
When it comes to shopping malls, there basically isn’t any in the community of Vilamoura. However, just down the road is one of the largest shopping centres in the region of Algarve. It is commonly referred to as simply the Algarve Shopping Centre, and boasts a diverse range of goods and services.
The large shopping mall in Albufeira, which sits some 25kms from the marina in Vilamoura, is perfect for that shopping daytrip from the resort. Actually, it can even be a morning or afternoon trip, as travelling to the Forum Shopping Mall can be done in 20 minutes.
Eating in Vilamoura is similar to the rest of the Algarve in some respects. Seafood can literally be found in so many spots around the town, and it is usually extremely fresh too. However, tourists don’t necessarily want to spend every meal in front of the crab, lobster, prawns or fish. Nevertheless, the restaurants in Vilamoura can cater for this desire, as they are almost as diverse as the tourists are.
Similar to the shopping side of things, the marina area of Vilamoura is the main centre of restaurants in the town. Many different cuisines are available for travellers to select from, including Asian, European, African and Western. Some of the restaurants offer excellent views of the port, and provide the perfect spots for that romantic dinner with a partner.
Another popular idea for lunch or dinner is to visit the wonderful resorts within the town. There are a number of stunning accommodation options available in the town, which each have a restaurant or two.
In addition to these, visitors can also choose to eat in their hotel to try and save a little bit of money. This is possible because around the town there are dozens of supermarkets, some big and some small, that offer a range of meats, vegetables, and other food products. Cooking within the comforts of a self-service apartment is definitely a great way to go about it.
Lek Boonlert is an editor and content reviewer at DirectRooms and is responsible for all Vilamoura Hotels content.