The Vilamoura complex farther west is reputedly the biggest private holiday development in Portugal and perhaps the whole of Europe. Amid quality hotels and apartments, this is a holiday playground offering a large marina, a choice of three golf courses and a wide range of other sport facilities. The Roman gentry liked it here, too. You can visit the site of a first-century nobleman's villa.
Outside of the individual holiday resorts within the overall complex, the heart of the matter is really the beaches and marina. There are many restaurants and bars on or near the marina quayside.
Nearby, you can try your luck at the Vilamoura Casino. The cavernous casino features a nightly floor show. For film buffs there's a comfortable cinema with English-language films.