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Marina de Vilamoura

Vilamoura is a purpose built resort and marina which was started from scratch by a wealthy banker from Lisbon. The resort was begun in 1974 on the Algarve coast of Portugal and is still expanding outwards from the marine center. The resort is located 15 miles west along the coast from Faro and is 266 kilometers from Lisbon. The nearest airport is at Faro. Covering some 20 km² of land, it is one of Europe's largest tourist beach resorts.

At the heart of Vilamoura is the Marina de Vilamoura, which has the capacity to berth over 800 vessels. The marina is surrounded by large hotels and luxury holiday homes as well as a large casino and numerous restaurants and vibrant bars. Tourism in Vilamoura is extensive and well-developed, with many different resorts with ratings from 3 star to 5 star. 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 Tuesdays, Thursdays and weekends. Activities include touring the local caves (on the coastline) which are nearer Albufeira than Vilamoura. This trip (cave) is usually performed by boat.


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See Portugal.


See Portugal.


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The coast either side of Vilamoura is mostly low, sandy and featureless. The long breakwaters protecting the entrance are visible several miles off when arriving from the west. From the east, it is important not to confuse the entrance with that to the small fishing harbour at Quarteira a mile to the east. Minimum depths at the entrance are 4.0 metres. Proceed up the channel on a course of 010 to the marina entrance.


Vilamoura iis a port of entry/exit to Portugal.

For entrance details see Portugal.


Marinas & Yacht Clubs

  • Marina de Vilamoura provides 825 berths for yachts of up to 60 metres in depths of up to 4.0 metres. Click on the link for separate Wiki entry.
  • Also in the marina is the Clube Nautico clubhouse with a bar, cybercafé, lounge and reading room. Facilities are open to permanent and temporary berth holders.


Nearest sheltered anchorage is at Faro, 20 miles to the east.


Water In Marina de Vilamoura all berths
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Toilets In Marina de Vilamoura (card access)
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Laundry In Marina de Vilamoura (Self-service) on the eastern side
Garbage Bins in the marina
Fuel Dock in Marina de Vilamoura
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Chandlers In Marina de Vilamoura
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Internet In Marina de Vilamoura (in marina reception)
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Vehicle rentals In the marina


Supermarket and other shops in the marina.

Eating out

  • Pier One restaurant in the marina.


List transportation (local and/or international.)



For 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.

Places to Visit

The small Roman archaeological site and museum of Cerro da Vila are nearby, but of rather limited interest except to enthusiasts.


Contact details of "Cruiser's Friends" that can be contacted for local information or assistance.


List links to discussion threads on partnering forums. (see link for requirements)



See Portugal.


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