Information & Facts
With so many tempting pursuits on offer, it is virtually
impossible not to be active while on holiday in Vilamoura. There
are five 18-hole championship golf courses (international
tournaments are often hosted here), lawn bowling club, tennis
centre, riding school, and even clay pigeon shooting. Watersports,
of course, abound, and big game fishing is very popular. When all
else fails there is always the cinema or casino to fall back on.
Sightseeing excursions are also available to nearby Loule with its
Moorish castle and 13th-century church. The Roman ruins and museum
of Cerro da Vila are popular attractions, located right in the
heart of Vilamoura.
Portuguese is the official language, but English is
widely spoken and understood.
Portugal is a member of the European Union and its official
currency is the Euro (EUR), which is divided into 100 cents. There
are numerous banks, bureaux de change and ATMs available in main
cities and tourist destinations. Foreign currency can be exchanged
at banks, bureaux de change and automatic currency exchange
machines. Banking hours are generally 8.30am to 3pm Monday to
Friday. Major credit cards are widely accepted, as are travellers
Some of the prettiest areas in Vilamoura are not open to the
general public, including privately-owned areas and exclusive
Nighttime is fun time in Vilamoura, where bars, discos and live
entertainment venues abound. Everything from traditional Portuguese
Fado to striptease and karaoke is there to be enjoyed. Vilamoura's
international Casino is the haunt of celebrities, offering nightly
dinner shows in addition to gambling tables, slot machines and
From fine dining to fast food, Vilamoura has it all in dozens of
restaurants, coffee bars, ice-cream parlours and cafés scattered
throughout the resort, though many of the most popular places are
near the Marina. For Chinese try Zu Yi, or opt for perfect pizza
and pasta at the Casa del Forno on the Largo do Cinema. Rosa's
Cantina is the place to go for authentic Mexican food including
enchiladas, tacos and burritos, washed down with icy cold
margaritas. For superb seafood opt for the Fisherman's Shack.
Braganca Mar is popular with visitors for its mixture of local
flavour and European fare.
Shopping arcades are an integral part of the Vilamoura holiday
development, packed with designer boutiques, shoe stores, sport's
outlets, perfumeries, tobacconists, jewellers and plenty more.
Those wanting to seek out the local colour can make an expedition
to the Saturday market in nearby Loule.
Local time is GMT (GMT +1 from last Sunday in March to
Saturday before last Sunday in October).