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The Excitement of Vilamoura

Vilamoura has gained a reputation for being stylish and sophisticated; a place where the rich and famous moor their yachts and while away the hours in the chic bars and gourmet restaurants around the marina.  It's no wonder so many choose self catering villas in Vilamoura as their preferred choice of holiday accommodation in this part of the Algarve. However, even a short stay in this purpose-built Algarve resort reveals a town buzzing with activities to suit all wallets and the peace and tranquility of the beautiful Praia da Falésia close by.

An aerial view of Vilamoura reveals the proximity of golden sandy beaches to the town

Having been built in the eighties, Vilamoura lacks the quaint charm of the historic Algarve resorts but it makes up for this by providing a luxurious ambience that everyone can enjoy. The marina is the centre of activity and watching the world go by from one of its trendy bars or pavement cafes is a favourite pastime of many visitors.

The marina is the centre of activity

Praia da Falésia can be reached via more than 120 wooden steps leading down from the car park. When TripAdvisor's Travellers' Choice Awards revealed it as the 11th best beach in the world and the 3rd best beach in Europe, we were not surprised! The beach extends for more than 6 kilometres from Olhos de Água, Albufeira to the beginning of the Vilamoura Marina and is stunningly beautiful.

'Praia da Falésia' translates to 'Beach of Cliffs'. Multi-coloured sandstone cliffs are the backdrop for pristine golden sands and a blue-green sea and the beach is largely unspolit by tourism. After a day relaxing or walking on the beach, sunset offers a wonderful opportunity to capture the warmth of the colours on camera.

'Praia da Falésia' means 'Beach of Cliffs'

There is no shortage of things to do in Vilamoura. There are boat trips for deep sea fishing, dolphin watching, sightseeing, breakfast trips, karting, watersports and water parks nearby. Nearby Quarteira is well known for its weekly market and Zoomarine, at Guia-Albufeira, is only a short drive away.

Activities such as karting and dolphin watching ensure that there’s never a dull moment

Vilamoura is a first-rate town with outstanding facilities and whether you enjoy dancing the night away in a club, trying your luck at the casino or visiting one of the many wonderful restaurants or chic bars, the fun continues into the small hours. Then when it’s time to leave, it is also convenient for Faro Airport, being around half an hour’s drive.

Vilamoura is a first-rate town with outstanding facilities

5 Reasons Why the Algarve is a Top Holiday Destination

The Weather

Portugal is one of the sunniest countries in the world, averaging around 11 hours of sunshine a day and a temperature of 28 degrees in the height of summer, with one day of rain per month. Even in October you can expect seven hours of sunshine a day and temperatures reaching 22 degrees.

Before reading further to find out why this region in Portugal is so popular, with its beaches, golf, stunning scenery etc, discover exclusive our self catering Algarve holiday villas with pools available to book right now including not to be missed deals on selected properties.

The Sandy Beaches

The Algarve is famous for its golden, sandy beaches, winning the World Travel Awards in 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017 for Europe’s best beach destination. Whether you’re looking for a beach with plenty of amenities or a secluded cove, the Algarve will not disappoint. The scenery along the coast is also quite spectacular and walking trails with varying degrees of difficulty offer vantage points for stunning photographs.

The Flight Time

There are scores of daily flights from various UK airports to Faro Airport with the flight time being from 2 hours 40 minutes to 3 hours 15 minutes. Compared to many European holiday destinations and especially for those travelling with young children, this amounts to a relatively stress-free journey.

The Food

It’s hard to beat the freshness of the seafood in the Algarve; clams and cockles cooked in garlic and olive oil and grilled sardines are among the many local delicacies. Piri piri chicken and flaming chorizo appeal to meat lovers and most restaurants cater for the occasionally conservative tastes of British children, offering dishes such as fish fingers with chips.


Although Portugal is in the eurozone, it remains one of the cheapest Western European holiday destinations; in fact the 2017 Post Office Travel Money Report lists The Algarve as the cheapest of 44 European destinations. For those able to travel outside the school holidays, The Algarve is an even more attractive proposition for an affordable holiday.

Algarve Villa Holidays for Big Groups

Deciding to go on a villa holiday in a large group may initially seem a bit daunting if you’re used to only having your partner, immediate family or a couple of friends to consider. For a start, there’s the necessity to agree on a location and which villa to book, often meaning that there has to be a compromise. If you tend to be the ‘organiser’ of your family or group of friends, people will often be relieved that you’re prepared to take on this role but it’s always best to email the villa details to everyone before placing the booking and secure at least a verbal agreement so that they all know what to expect. If you’re going to be celebrating a special birthday or an anniversary, you can probably have the deciding vote without ruffling too many feathers!

The great thing about booking a large villa and sharing the cost with friends or family is that it’s an opportunity to enjoy a holiday at a magnificent location that you wouldn’t normally consider. There’s also something amazing about shared travel experiences that brings people closer together but at the same time, it’s not as though sharing a villa means you have to do absolutely everything in each others’ company. The very fact that there’s a large group means people can usually find someone else who wants to do the same thing as them on a particular day.

If you’re looking to secure a special date or you need to book dates within the school holidays, it’s best to plan early. Affinity Villas has some beautiful properties to sleep up to 18 people and we’ve personally visited all of them so we know them well and can help to guide you through the choices. Featured below are some self catering properties you may wish to consider when looking for an Algarve villa in Portugal for a large group.

Chy An Mor, Carvoeiro

Sleeps 12

Chy An Mor is a stunning property offering magnificent views of the Atlantic Ocean from its privileged clifftop location. It is situated close to the very popular town of Carvoeiro, between Centianes Beach and Rocha Brava, and set in private grounds. There’s an oversized swimming pool, covered outdoor dining area, hot tub and garden that leads right up to the cliff edge, which is gated with private access to the cliff path walk that runs along the cliff tops to Centianes Beach. It is very rare to find a front line villa of this size available on the rental market.

Casa Barnace, Luz

Sleeps 18