Vilamoura Holidays 2023/2024
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Our Guide To Holidays In Vilamoura
As one of the closest holiday resorts in the Algarve to Faro airport, Vilamoura is popular with those who like to get by the pool as quickly as possible, and especially good for shorter breaks when you really want to minimise travel time to and from the airport. Whether travelling as a group, family, couple or on your own, Vilamoura holidays are an excellent choice for some much needed sunshine in 2023 and 2024.
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Getting To And Around Vilamoura
If you're enjoying a holiday to Vilamoura, you'll fly into Faro airport which is a 30 minute drive from the town, (about €35 each way in a taxi) making it one of the more convenient resorts in the Algarve. Most of the main and regional airports, like Newcastle, Southampton and Leeds Bradford, have direct flights to Faro, mainly during the summer months (if you are planning on visiting Portugal during the winter, there may be limited options because it's out of the typical holiday season).
Pre-organised coach transfers are another great option, which may also be included within the cost of your holiday depending on who you book with. Coach transfers may take a little longer due to the extra stops en-route but can be a much more affordable way to get to your hotel.
Hiring a car is a great option if you want to explore the Algarve. You can book in advance through a variety of partners and pick up the car at the airport, or you could also organise car hire in Vilamoura like around the marina or at selected hotels.
Taking the bus is an option, however you'll need to take a bus into Faro town and change at the bus station, before heading on to Vilamoura. The cost is just a few Euros but is a bit of lengthy journey, especially if you are travelling with young children and luggage.
All of the big UK tour operators like TUI, Jet2holidays, easyJet Holidays and Hays Travel offer ABTA and ATOL protected package holidays to Vilamoura. If you have certain flights in mind with Jet2 or another holiday airline, it may be cheaper to book your package directly through their website (as they often offer bigger discounts to customers flying on their flight).
What's included within flight inclusive holidays can vary from company to company, so always check to see what is and isn't included. Parts of your trip like airport transfers and board basis upgrades may need to be added on at an extra cost.
Things To Do In Vilamoura
Many come to Vilamoura for beach holidays and to simply enjoy the pool and sunshine, but there's plenty to do around here if you need to break up your holiday with a few activities. A trip to the beach should be on your list as there's plenty of space and soft sand to play in, but for a fun-filled family day out, make sure to head to a water park!
The marina is also a great place to spend some time, looking at the boats, enjoying a few drinks and a bite to eat, as well as seeing what boat trips are on offer. It's here you'll also find some of the nightlife. There's everything from dolphin watching to parasailing so you’ve got plenty of choice. And if you're a keen golfer, there are several courses to choose from.
The Algarve is well known for its excellent golf courses which makes Vilamoura an ideal spot for golfers. With plenty of courses within a short drive, like Dom Pedro Old Course, Pine Cliffs and Vale do Lobo, plus just a short distance to bars, restaurants and nightlife, it's easy to see why it's so popular here.
For something a little different and unexpected, take a wander to Cerro da Vila Roman ruins. This small site is home to a museum detailing some of the history of the area, as well as the fascinating remains of a Roman village.
Exploring Other Beaches
The Algarve has some of the most incredible beaches in Europe. Soft golden sand, quiet coves and sprawling beachfronts mean you shouldn't just stick to the one nearest your hotel. Jump in a taxi or hire car and head along the coast to discover some of the most alluring beaches in Portugal. Take a look at places like Praia da Falesia nearby, Praia de Vale Lobo, or head further away and explore the beaches and caves around Benagil.
Where To Stay In Vilamoura
Many self contained resorts sit further back from the seafront in Vilamoura. All types of accommodation are available here, ranging from budget friendly options like the Zarco Apartments, up to the more luxury Anantara Vilamoura Resort with its stunning views across the golf course and out to sea.
Down by the marina, and steps from the beach is the Tivoli Marina Hotel and the Hotel Vila Gale Ampalius, which offer the best of both worlds, and easy access to local bars and restaurants for evenings out if you're on a self catering or bed and breakfast board basis and you want to be within easy reach of some evening food and entertainment.
Near Vilamoura Beach
We all love a hotel pool, but if you crave the beach, you'll want to stay close to Vilamoura beach. Crowne Plaza Vilamoura, Tivoli Marina Vilamoura and Dom Pedro Vilamoura all offer the gorgeous golden sands within a short walk. In fact, the Crowne Plaza even has sea views from some of its rooms.
Wherever you choose to stay and whoever you choose to book with, we always recommend finding the latest holiday deals with a company who offers ABTA and ATOL protection. And don't forget to check the latest guest reviews on TripAdvisor as it will give you a good insight into others' experiences.
Weather In Vilamoura
Like the rest of the Algarve the weather in Vilamoura is fairly sunny for most of the year, with over 300 days of sunshine each year. Average temperatures reach the early 30s in July and August, making for an ideal summer holiday destination.
During the winter months, the temperature drops to between 8°C-17°C with a higher chance of rain. Although still generally warmer than the UK in December and January and you'll still often see the sun, it's not the typical holiday season here and between October and April, many bars and restaurants, including beach bars and certain attractions like the water parks close during the winter months.
One of the great things about Vilamoura is the different types of holiday on offer here. Whether you're a solo traveller looking for a quiet getaway in the sunshine, or a family of six needing plenty to do and get involved with, every holidaymaker is catered for. Be sure to also check the Foreign Commonwealth & Development Office website (FCDO) for the latest travel advice.
The Algarve has an abundance of holiday villas and apartments, and Vilamoura is no different. You'll find most are privately owned, but you can rent them through companies like Jet2Villas or James Villa Holidays, or you can take a look a Booking.com or Airbnb for villa holidays without the flights, allowing you to sort your own travel arrangements.
There's nothing quite like arriving at a hotel, knowing you don't have to spend a penny more. All inclusive holidays to Vilamoura can save you money, and help keep track of costs if you're on a tight budget. Don't forget to grab your afternoon ice creams too! Try the Dom Pedro Vilamoura which is located a short walk from Vilamoura beach.
You'll find most hotels in the Vilamoura region are family friendly, especially during summer when the programme of activities and entertainment are in full swing. From kids' clubs and poolside games, to sports challenges and a mini-disco in the evening. Take a look at some of the hotel reviews on TripAdvisor before you book to see what other guests think about the children's facilities on offer.
At certain hotels, you'll also find you can book a family room or interconnecting rooms which can sometimes offer more space when need that extra room. To help keep the price of your break, some tour operators also offer free child places or discount codes, helping you save money.
There are more than 40 golf courses spread throughout the Algarve, each with their own individual challenges and settings. Five of these courses are in the area of Vilamoura, so it's easy to see why so many people choose Vilamoura as their golf holiday destination. The stunning courses of Dom Pedro Pinhal and the Old Course are firm favourites, but there's something quite magical about Dom Pedro Victoria. And if you fancy splashing the cash the incredible 5-star Anantara Vilamoura offers stunning views across the course from many of its rooms and spa.