The Vilamoura Resort and Golf Area is the dream location for summer holidays, especially for those who are golf fans. But even for those who don’t care for golf will want to head to the Vilamoura resort in south-eastern Portugal. Why? Stretches of fine golden sands, waving palm trees and quaint villages brimming with ancient architecture and laced with cobbled streets. This is just a glimpse of what those staying in Oceanico Pinhal Golf Course holiday homes can expect as they embark on their Portuguese reverie. There is an interesting selection of holiday rentals on offer by HomeAway that are designed to guarantee tourists maximum relaxation and pleasure. Most Oceanico Pinhal Golf Course holiday apartments are within walking distance of the beach, allowing holidaymakers to enjoy unlimited basking. And guests don’t have to make do without conveniences such as Internet access and washing machines as they come with most of these holiday homes.
-Golf: The picturesque, 18-hole Oceanico Pinhal Golf Course, designed by celebrated architect Frank Pennik is any golfer’s dream. It is a vast green expanse dotted with many carefully pruned pine trees, a couple of ponds and a stream. And when visitors are done with their rounds, they can retreat to a recently renovated clubhouse from which they can savour an assortment of refreshments accompanied by breathtaking panoramas of the course.
-Beaches: For those who are not avid followers of golf there is a selection of beaches bordering the Atlantic Ocean waiting. The marina beach and Praia da Falesia are just two of many beaches where couples can take dreamy strolls and parents enjoy a swim with their kids. Hiking up the cliffs that mark parts of the coastline is worth the trouble as there are incredible views to be enjoyed.
-Marina: The Vilamoura Marina is one of the Loulé Municipality’s tourist magnets. Here tourists will take in heart-warming views of yachts gleaming in the sun while moored in deep blue waters. As they promenade along the marina visitors will find a good number of restaurants to cater to their appetites. Everything from sushi and other Asian specialities to traditional Portuguese cuisine can be found here. Parched throats can be quenched at Irish pubs.
-Roman ruins: Vilamoura also has something up her sleeve for history buffs. The Roman ruins of Cerro da Vila are one of the reasons people get excited about holidays in Algarve. This is essentially a field dotted with what is left of the walls of Roman houses and baths. The remains of a mausoleum and some tombs can also be seen there.
-Nightlife: For those night owls who would like somewhere to have a drink and chat and somewhere to shake a leg when the sun goes down, Vilamoura provides a number of decent options. There are many lively bars and a large casino as well as a few thumping night clubs to keep visitors away from their Oceanico Pinhal Golf Course holiday homes till the wee hours.
Like the rest of Vilamoura this locale is blessed with a lengthy hot season that stretches from April to October. With temperatures already in the twenties by May, visitors can give the summer crowds the slip and arrive early. Coming before June means they also won’t have to endure the sometimes devilish 30 plus days of summer. Temperatures remain in the teens even during winter so booking a holiday home by the Oceanico Pinhal Golf Course in November is not an altogether outlandish idea. In fact, if anything, visitors will get to enjoy off-peak rates then.
The Faro Airport is where most tourists to the Algarve region will land if they’ll be flying in. Most airliners operate seasonal flights to this facility and getting a plane from most any European city is easy. Those coming from Spain, especially near Seville, can reduce their expenses by booking a €16 bus ticket for Faro from Seville. Other travellers opt to touch down at Lisbon and take a 4-hour train ride to Algarve.