Vilamoura is a privately owned resort located in the south of Portugal, in the Algarve region. Its boundaries lie within the parish of Quarteira which is a part of the municipality of Loulé.
Vilamoura caters for Brits abroad and is ideal for those who wish to ensure that they are not too far from egg and chips rather than hoping to find the "real" portugal. Restaurant prices are somewhat more expensive than found outside the purpose-built resort.
Vilamoura is located just 30 minutes drive from Faro airport. Covering some 20 km² of land, it is one of Europes largest tourist beach resorts. Almost every kind of sport and entertainment are on offer, including six golf courses, sports clubs, a shooting range, night clubs, a casino and numerous restaurants and vibrant bars. Most of the restaurants and bars can be found on and near the marina.
For the avid historians there is a preserved Roman Site and Museum providing an insight to the area's past. Originally a Roman fishing town the ruins include baths in which the mariners used to bathe.
The tourism in Vilamoura is extensive and well developed, with many different resorts with ratings from 3* to 5*. This is a substantially higher average than the surrounding areas which have ratings varying from 2* to 4*. As it mentions above, as a consequence of being mostly privately owned, the town is very opulently designed. The town/marina has an extensive variety of activities which are usually on a Tuesday and Thursday and weekends, activities include touring the local caves (on the coastline) which are nearer Albufeira rather than Vilamoura. This trip (cave) is usually performed by boats. There are also two companies which operate trains-on-wheels for travel between resorts.