Unlike the majority of Portugal's other Marinas, Vilamoura Marina is known for its glitz rather than seaside charm. Modern, lively and sophisticated, Vilamoura developed around its Marina. The largest in the country with 1300 berths, Vilamoura Marina is the main hub of entertainment, not only for those who arrive by boat, but for everyone spending a holiday in the area who come here in the late afternoon or evening to enjoy an ice cream or dinner.
From the Marina tourists are well catered for. Boats can be hired for fishing trips; there are four golf courses in the immediate area, a pine forest, and a water park. A museum can be found next to the Roman ruins of Cerro da Vila, giving visitors an insight into the history of the area.
It’s also the right place for shopping, with a wide range from local craft stores to the most prestigious international brands. As for the nightlife, there are many bars and clubs with the best DJs and the Vilamoura Casino promises to really get the adrenaline running.
Vilamoura Marina is the main centre of activity with a huge range of restaurants, bars and shops (including many designer shops). The lively Irish pubs O’Neill’s and Irish Bar can be found here and The Punter and Oshea’s just a street or two away. The upmarket Atlantico Piano Bar and Luis Figo's 'Bar Sete' (bar seven) are also on the Marina front with Cool Cod Cocktails Bar just one street back. During the day, although it can get quite busy, it's an interesting place to explore and stroll around. By night Vilamoura Marina is a great location for a relaxed evening of people watching on one of the big restaurant terraces.