Vilamoura - Algarve

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Vilamoura is the largest tourist luxury complex in Europe. It is located in the Algarve (municipality of Loulé, parish of Quarteira, belonging to this). It has a marina, a golf academy and five golf courses, a casino, several discotheques, a tennis club, a diving club, other leisure facilities, an extensive beach, and dozens of 4 and 5 star hotels.

Started in the 1960s, Vilamoura has an area of ​​1600 hectares. The architectural project develops around the marina, and includes hundreds of villas distributed in the residential area, and other ventures dedicated almost exclusively to tourism.

In the area of ​​Vilamoura are located the Roman ruins of Cerro da Vila, where it is possible to see a complex of baths and the mosaics of a residence representing fish.
Vilamoura is a success story. Europe's largest, most complete and diversified tourist development has become a unique place to live or to enjoy a vacation.

The dream began about 40 years ago and did not stop to materialize. From ideas and plans on paper came the reality of today. Unique destination in the national and international tourist panorama, Vilamoura is the right answer for those looking for a special place. To the mild climate and the natural beauties, a sustainable and sustainable development was allied. Vilamoura has grown but has preserved its environmental heritage. Infrastructures, landscaping, access roads, hotel units, housing complexes, sports and leisure facilities strictly follow the word quality. This harmonious development is the main brand image of Vilamoura at the beginning of the new millennium.

From the splendid Marina to the prestigious golf courses, to the rich and diverse shopping area, Vilamoura offers everything. With tranquility and good taste.

Around here, the days are a sequence of unforgettable moments. In a sailing boat, a game of golf, a walk on the seashore or adrenaline of a radical jump. The nights, full of life, are the perfect culmination of an intensely lived day. An esplanade overlooking the Marina invites a toast to the best that life offers: Vilamoura, that's how it is.
Being Quarteira a fishing land centered on the sea, Vilamoura is also one of the many Portuguese gastronomic havens dedicated to those who enjoy fresh fish and seafood of the highest quality.

The base of the meals is mainly composed of fish, meat, vegetables and fruit.
Cod is considered the national dish. For this reason, at Christmas time, while in other countries Peru is eaten, cooked codfish are eaten in Portugal, accompanied by potatoes, sprouts and grain cooked and seasoned with olive oil.

One of the business cards of the Algarve is also its rich and varied gastronomy that joins the recipes of the coastal zone and the regions of the interior.

Every morning, boats arrive with fish and fish, which is then prepared by the Algarves in the immense restaurants spread all over the Algarve. The most popular dishes are fish soups, octopus rice, fish stew, açorda and seafood cataplana.

In the Algarve interior from the beans to the chicken with cherries and the stew of grain, all the dishes of the interior have a typically rural flavor.

The Algarve's gastronomy also has a strong bridge to its sweets. The "Don Rodrigos", the Morgadinhos, the figs stuffed with almonds and many other specialties made of almond, honey and fig candy.

In the restaurants of Vilamoura and Quarteira you can find a wide choice of delicacies from the Algarve.
This Algarve area is known for having 3000 hours of sunshine a year, more than the Costa Brava in Spain.

However summers are slightly milder than in that Spanish region, with average temperatures of around 31ºC in August. Vilamoura is a great destination to rent a holiday home at any time of the year.
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