For a vibrant, pulsating area of the Algarve, you'd be hard pressed to find a better spot than Vilamoura. As one of the main tourist resorts in the region, Vilamoura's 1,000-berth marina and its wealth of shops, restaurants and bars makes it perfect for a sunny family break or as a permanent place of residence. Celebrities, yachtsmen, golfers, or anyone looking for a peaceful yet lively resort need look no further; Vilamoura is paradise.
Purchasing property in Vilamoura
Founded in 1966, the resort was built around a small harbour and this luxury Algarve development is home to stunning sandy beaches and hundreds of yachts. However, Vilamoura is not just golden sands and shimmering waters; a variety of luxury villas, apartments and hotels populate the area, attracting investors and holidaymakers alike.
Those looking for villas will find substantial luxury properties in quiet residential areas; some with views over open woodland. Painted in light-to-neutral colours as is the custom, these well-maintained villas are perfect for buyers looking for a holiday home or as their permanent place of residence. In addition, exotic townhouses situated on private complexes assure owners of privacy and tranquility, while remaining close to the beating heart of Vilamoura - the harbour.
Living in Vilamoura
Praia da Marina ('Vilamoura Beach') and Praia da Falesia are the area's two prime beaches; loungers, sofas and beds populate the former, ensuring visitors can relax in front of the emerald seas in comfort. For a more up-tempo day, visitors may want to head to Vilamoura Casino, a luxury venue which exhibits shows, dances and other events throughout the year.
In addition, visitors to the area will effectively be rubbing shoulders with Portuguese royalty - footballing royalty, that is. Former Real Madrid legend Luis Figo owns Café Sete while current Ballon D'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo has his own designer store in the area.
It is not just football that has an influence on the area; golf is an extremely popular pastime in Vilamoura. There are six courses in the vicinity, some of which have been designed to championship standards, while a handful of tennis courts are available for those not interested in teeing off. Regardless, there's certainly no shortage of sporting activities in the region.
Elsewhere, visitors wishing to head off the beaten track can venture west to Alte, a traditional Algarve village. Featuring cobbled streets, whitewashed houses and a church in the centre of town, Alte is a slice of old-style Portugal. To the east lies Loule, another pretty village with a 13/14th century castle and myriad markets during the year. With these two villages on Vilamoura's doorstep, visitors are blessed; however further afield across the Algarve, there are many more opportunities to explore. As Faro is only 30 minutes from the resort, visitors can either jet off elsewhere or catch a ferry from Faro to Culatra or Deserta, two of the Ilha beaches found on the marshy land of Rio Formosa.
Vilamoura's gorgeous harbour location, wealth of activities, luxury property and stunning year-round temperatures means it is ideal as a holiday location and a permanent home.
Posted on Wednesday, July 16, 2014