Tucked away in Portugal’s Algarve region, Vilamoura is a gem of a location that has transformed from a humble harbour into a first-rate seaside resort. If you’re considering retiring overseas, here are five reasons to choose Vilamoura.

1. Beautiful beaches, right on your doorstep

A retirement in Vilamoura comes with the promise of endless beach days on award-winning Blue Flag beaches. These beaches, renowned for their cleanliness and safety standards, stretch for miles with golden sands that gently slope into the sparkling turquoise waters of the Atlantic. Whether you’re a fan of sunbathing, beachcombing, or simply enjoying the soothing sounds of the waves, these beaches offer a tranquil retreat just moments from your doorstep.

Praia de Vilamoura is a favourite among residents and holidaymakers alike, for its excellent facilities and accessibility. As a local, you’ll quickly work out the best times to enjoy this beach and where to find the sun-loungers that catch the sun just right, when the tourists aren’t hogging it.

Adding to the coastal charm of Vilamoura is its impressive marina. As the largest marina in Portugal, its impressive to simply look at. The marina is more than just a place to moor boats: it’s a lively hub of activity with a range of restaurants, shops, and bars lining the waterfront. Here, you can enjoy a leisurely lunch overlooking the yachts, indulge in some retail therapy, or simply take a pleasant stroll along the marina, soaking in the bustling atmosphere.


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2. Great flight connections

If you envision hopping back to your home country regularly for birthdays, Christmas and baby showers (or want the peace of mind that you’ll be there in a jiffy in an emergency), Vilamoura will suit you. Just a short 20-minute car ride or a 45-minute bus journey from the airport, Vilamoura is a quick and easy journey. The UK is just three hours away and Faro has great connections to the rest of Europe.


3. A pleasant climate

Trying to escape northern Europe’s winter chill? Even in January, the coldest month, the daily maximum temperature averages a mild 16°C. Plus, from May to September, Vilamoura truly comes into its own with temperatures ranging from the mid to high twenties. July, the warmest month, sees an average daily maximum of 29°C. These months offer long, sunny days with up to twelve hours of sunshine, perfect for basking on the beach, playing a round of golf, or simply enjoying a leisurely al fresco meal.


4. The best of golf, shopping & dining

Freed of the shackles of work, retirement is the time to enjoy life to the max. And luckily, Vilamoura is perfect for those wanting to be on an endless holiday, skin sun-kissed, hair down. For golf enthusiasts, Vilamoura is nothing short of a paradise, enjoy multiple 18-hole courses. From quaint local markets to high-end shopping, your sprees can go on and on.


5. Exciting property options

With a budget of around £170,000, you could buy a cosy one-bedroom flat near the lively Vilamoura Marina. For a bit more, you can find properties featuring comforts like air-conditioning, swimming pool access, and multiple terraces.

If you’re after a more spacious dwelling, a three-bedroom townhouse will require an investment of at least £700,000. For those with a higher budget, villas start from a million. These larger, four-bedroom homes often boast private pools and gardens, and are recently renovated.

For ultimate luxury, you’ll find stunning contemporary villas with high-end finishes, views across the golf course, jacuzzis and even gyms.

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