Majestic marinas, refined restaurants and palm-flanked promenades are a selection of sights that contribute to Vilamoura’s lavishly luxurious atmosphere. Hailed as the Algarve’s most glamorous resort, Vilamoura is a picturesque port that offers visitors impeccable chic and seaside sophistication. However, it’s not all about the shimmering aesthetic of the town; outstanding hiking trails and blissful boat trips can also be enjoyed during a stylish sojourn here, ensuring visitors enjoy a holistic experience of one of Portugal’s most popular destinations.
Vilamoura’s Marina is irrefutably the social and spiritual centre of the resort; with its bespoke boutiques, sophisticated shops and excellent range of critically acclaimed eateries, the marina is without a doubt the place to be. Sip a chilled cocktail in a cosmopolitan bar while watching impeccably dressed visitors clamber into their opulent yachts.
Those seeking to satisfy cultural cravings will be delighted by the close proximity of Loule, a charming town famed for its weekend market and colourful carnivals. Wander the atmospheric Old Town in order to discover elegant archways, medieval monuments and a 13th century fortress that reigns resplendently from its rocky perch.
Hailed as one of Vilamoura’s most exquisite gastronomic offerings, Don Alfonso is a dynamically decorated and gorgeously gourmet restaurant whose regionally inspired menu is sure to impress. Absorb the warm and welcoming atmosphere created by wood panelled walls before sampling signature specialities such as poached salmon and clams in garlic or sizzling and succulent steak accompanied by crisp chips and fresh vegetables. (Rua do Clube Náutico, 8125-442 Marina de Vilamoura, Portugal)