is the name given to an area rather than to any actual
town. It is outstanding in that it is one of the largest
single tourist complex in Europe and covers some 2.000
hectares of land.
Due to the size of the resort area
it offers the visitor nearly every form of sport and
entertainment, and on the southern border is a long
sandy beach and the Atlantic Ocean. Amongst the many
attractions and facilities there are four different
Golf Courses, a large Marina, a Lawn Bowling Club, a
Tennis Centre, a Sports Club, a Shooting Club, 5 Star
and 4 Star Hotels, Tourist Apartments, self-catering
Villas, Night Clubs, an International Casino, a Cinema,
and an excellent Riding School.
Within the centre of Vilamoura there
is a preserved Roman Site and Museum of Cerro da Vila
providing an interesting glimpse into the past of the
area. In Roman times this location was important in
producing a fish paste known as "garum". The
ruins also include the baths in which the mariners used
to bathe. As a location specifically designed for tourism
it has proved to be a very successful location for all
ages due to the variety of facilities that it provides
> Vilamoura Marina
Marina is enormous and hosts some very glamorous vessels
indeed. The waterfront is great for wandering around
day or night. A number of boats, including The Condor
de Vilamoura, run excursions along the coast towards
Lagos and beyond. Big game fishing is also on the cards.
A boat chartered from Vilamoura
in 1993 caught the world's largest recorded black marlin
- 737kg and 3.65m long! It's displayed on the dockside.
Either side of the marina are sandy beaches with several
cafes and bars. Vilamoura is especially popular with
sports enthusiasts as it has excellent facilities
> Further Information
Vila Sol is only 20 minutes from Faro
Airport; the taxi fare should be between 30 - 35 euros.
A taxi from the apartment to Vilamoura Marina is approximately
8 euros. Although taxis are readily available and are
good value, there are lots of interesting places in
and around Vilamoura and the Algarve and therefore a
car is recommended. If need be, we are able to suggest
reliable car rental companies who provide cars either
on-site at the airport, or for delivery to this apartment.
There are ample car parking spaces
adjacent to the apartment entrance.