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05 Ways to Spend Your Vacation in Vilamoura - Live it Up in Style in Portugal's Dazzling Southern City

Situated on the stunning Algarve coastline is the stylish town of Vilamoura where pristine beaches, , plush gold courses and more await your exploration. Here's what to do when in Vilamoura.


Tee Off in Style!

If you're never golfed before, now is the time to try it out for the entire Algarve region, especially Vilamoura, is famous as a golf resort. Head over to the Victoria Golf Course, which is at present the longest 18-hole golf course in all of Portugal. There are even some Algarve resorts the likes of the Anantara Vilamoura Algarve Resort that offer direct access to the Victoria Golf Course as part of their exclusive facilities.

This beautiful 90-hectare course features a collection of constructed mounds that specially designed to emulate the outline of inland hills that appears on the horizon. A set of stunning waterfalls and lakes contributes to the overall splendor of the course. Every year, golfing enthusiasts from all over the country and the world visit the Victoria Course for the Portugal Master championship that's part of the European Tour. Each hole at the course has a minimum of 5 tees which makes it perfect for any type of golfer be it the amateur or the pro.


Have a Thrilling Time at the Theme Parks

One of the reasons that Vilamoura is famous as a family holiday destination is the large number of theme parks available here. These theme parks offer all kinds of adventure so not only are they ideal for kids but also for adults as well. Out of all the theme parks available in Vilamoura, the ones that stand out are the Slide and Splash, Aquashow, and Aqualand water parks. They offer entrance fees that typically cost about €27/€19 (adult/child).


Experience the Feisty Flavours of Portuguese Food

Portuguese food is one of the best in the world and is known for its bold flavours; so, when in Vilamoura don't forget to explore its many culinary delights. Portuguese food mainly consists of rice dishes, chips and starts and are famous for being hearty and filling. There are many Algarve specialties that are must a try out, made with either fresh fish or shellfish.

Head over to the Marina where you will find plenty of designer restaurants and chic bars offering the best of Portuguese cuisine. Choose a seafood dish and order a glamorous cocktail to go along with it as you feast your eyes on the gorgeous sights of the surroundings at the Marina.


Hit the Beaches

Being a coastal city, Vilamoura is home to a wide number of beautiful beaches that are ideal for swimming and soaking up some rays. One of the best beaches to visit when in Vilamoura is the Praia da Falésia that's 6 kilometers long. Then to the east of Vilamoura you will find the Praia de Vilamoura beach which extends to the Quarteira fishing harbour. These beaches with their golden sands and crystal clear waters are also great for play and you can try out watersports activities such as banana boat rides and paragliding, to name a few.


Much More to Do!

Hop on board a boat and embark on a thrilling cruise and see some of Vilamoura's best sights. There are a variety of boat tours available that range from tours of the coastline to deep sea fishing and dolphin watching. You can choose to go in a jet board, speed boat or even a private yacht if you really want to take things up a level. When it comes to the costs, the typical price range would be €26/€17 (adult/child) for a 3 hour cave/ coastline tour, €35/€25 (adult/child) for a 2 hour dolphin watching tour and €35/€25 (adult/child) for a 3 hour deep sea fishing tour.