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Holidays in the Algarve - Outdoor activities

During your stay in one of our hotels, take the opportunity to get to know the Algarve region better. Apart from the proximity to the sea and the connection to the beach that our hotels provide, which allows for a wide variety of experiences - such as boat trips along the coast and a number of water sports (stand up paddle, jet skiing, flyboarding, surfing, water skiing, diving) - there is always something else to see or do.

Activities in Vilamoura, Algarve

Vilamoura is a popular resort town located in the Algarve region of Portugal. It's known for its beautiful beaches, marina, golf courses, and vibrant nightlife. Here are some nearby activities you can enjoy in Vilamoura and its surroundings:

Vilamoura Marina

Explore the modern marina, which is the heart of Vilamoura. You can take leisurely strolls along the waterfront, admire luxurious yachts, and enjoy a variety of shops, restaurants, and bars.
Vilamoura Marina is a vibrant destination in the Algarve offering a mix of activities. Enjoy leisurely strolls by luxury yachts, shop for souvenirs and clothing, and indulge in diverse dining options. Boat tours, water sports, and fishing trips provide aquatic adventures, while the marina's nightlife includes bars, clubs, and Casino Vilamoura. For a unique experience, consider helicopter tours or Segway rides. The marina's dynamic atmosphere, complemented by events and festivals, ensures an engaging and memorable visit.

Golf Courses in Vilamoura

Vilamoura is a golf enthusiast's paradise, with five world-class golf courses in the area. Vilamoura in the Algarve, Portugal, is a golfer's paradise with a variety of top-notch courses. Notable options include the Victoria Golf Course, designed by Arnold Palmer, known for hosting the Portugal Masters; the classic The Old Course with tree-lined fairways; and the strategic Pinhal Golf Course with water hazards. Laguna Golf Course  features water hazards and strategic bunkers, providing a challenging yet enjoyable experience and Millennium Golf Course offers wider fairways and a more relaxed round, perfect for various skill levels.

Water Activities

Beyond traditional beach activities, you can also try activities like fishing, sailing, and boat tours that depart from the marina.

Cycling and Walking

Vilamoura has a network of cycling paths and pedestrian walkways, making it a great place for biking and walking while enjoying the pleasant coastal scenery.

Tennis and Papel

In Vilamoura, you can enjoy tennis and paddle tennis (padel) opportunities. Tennis enthusiasts will find courts in different venues, and if you're staying at Dom Pedro Vilamoura Hotel, they also offer a padel courses. Both sports provide active leisure options against the backdrop of Vilamoura's stunning surroundings.

Quarteira Market

Visit the Quarteira Market, located nearby, to experience a traditional Portuguese market with fresh produce, local crafts, and more.

Water Parks

A short drive from Vilamoura, you'll find water parks like Aquashow Park and Aqualand Algarve, offering family-friendly entertainment and water attractions.


Nightlife in Vilamoura has a lively nightlife scene with bars, clubs, and live music venues where you can dance and enjoy a fun evening out.

Day Trips

Consider taking day trips to nearby towns like Albufeira, Faro, and Loulé to explore more of the Algarve's offerings.

Spa and Wellness

Many of the upscale resorts in Vilamoura offer spa and wellness facilities, providing relaxation and rejuvenation options. Discover pure relaxation and rejuvenation at Spa Aquae, nestled within Dom Pedro Vilamoura. Amid Vilamoura's upscale resorts, this sanctuary offers top-notch spa and wellness facilities. 

Remember that the availability of activities might vary depending on the time of year you visit. Be sure to check local guides, websites, and reviews for the most up-to-date information on nearby activities and attractions in Vilamoura and the Algarve.

Outdoor activities around Vilamoura

When to go on holiday in Vilamoura, besides being able to enjoy its beautiful gardens for walks or family bike rides, you can also take advantage of its excellent accessibility. The road network allows rapid connections between the main towns in the Algarve via the Via do Infante or the National Road 125, which cross the whole of the southern Algarve coastline.

If you are staying at the Dom Pedro Vilamoura, Dom Pedro Marina or Dom Pedro Portobelo we suggest that your itinerary starts early in the morning with a visit to the city of Faro. By car, this is a journey which takes no more than 25 minutes. Here, a visit to the built heritage of its historical centre is almost a mini-itinerary in itself. Inside the walls of the medieval period, you can visit the cathedral which is the seat of the Faro diocese and is classified as property of public interest. The paintings, gilded woodcarvings, tile panels and the beautiful 1715 organ are artefacts worthy of contemplation. Around here, we recommend a visit to the gardens and the Palace of Estoi and the Roman ruins of Milreu.

Another place to include in your itinerary is the Ria Formosa Natural Park, one of the most beautiful in the country. If you prefer a guided tour, head for Olhão, just 10 km from Faro, where you can stop for a delicious lunch with sea flavours. In Ria Formosa, visits to Ilha da Culatra and Ilha da Armona are a must, as they are places of enormous landscape and environmental richness. During your visit, take advantage of occasional stops to take a dip in the crystal-clear waters of the Ria.

If you are looking for ideas on what to do in the Algarve with kids, this may be a suggestion to consider, as it will fill everyone's day with fun and educational activities.

Outdoor activities around Lagos

During your stay at the Dom Pedro Lagos, we suggest that your itinerary starts with a visit to the beautiful streets of the historic city centre - which is closely linked to the Discoveries' epopee and, therefore, very rich in terms of history and heritage.

From here, head to the Ponta da Bandeira Fortress (at the southern end of the city), where you can visit the chapel of Santa Bárbara and admire the beauty of the maritime landscape. Just 3 km away, visit Ponta da Piedade, one of the most beautiful places in the Algarve region. We recommend a walk along the wooden walkway that follows the coastline. Prepare yourself to be absolutely amazed.

After a break for lunch, take the opportunity to relax on the beaches of Dona Ana, Camilo or Porto de Mós, all situated near Ponta da Piedade.

In the middle of the afternoon, visit Sagres and Cape St. Vincent - the most south-western point of the European continent, within the Southwest Alentejo and Vicentina Coast Natural Park; or, in the opposite direction, go to Lagoa to visit the well-known Carvoeiro walkway, 570 metres long and overlooking the sea.

From here you can even do the Seven Hanging Valleys route, considered one of the best walking trails in the Algarve. This itinerary has various points of interest, such as, for example, Cabo Carvoeiro and the beach and caves of Benagil.

As the length of the route is long, about 11.5 km, which can be difficult to do with kids, you can always get to know some of the points of interest of this route through a boat trip, a fantastic experience.

Back in Lagos, relax in our wonderful swimming pool and review the photos of this memorable day.

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