Travel Advice and General Information
Language: Portuguese. English is widely spoken throughout the Algarve.
International Dialling Code: +351
Population: Permanent residents 11 000
Nearest airport: Faro International Airport (FAO)
Resort infrastructure management: Inframoura (co-owned by the Municipality of Loulé and Vilamoura World)
Marina owners and management: Vilamoura World
Golf Courses: 5 owned and managed by Dom Pedro Hotels and Golf
Beaches: Praia da Rocha Baixinha (commonly referred to as Falésia Beach) and Praia da Marina (also referred to as Praia de Vilamoura)
EU Emergency Number – 112
For any type of emergency in Portugal (or the EU) dial this number.
Ambulance: call emergency number 112
Faro Public Hospital
Address: Rua Leão Penedo, Faro
Phone: +351 289 891 000
Covid - Where to get a PCR test in Vilamoura
For those travellers requiring a Covid PCR test the Vilamoura International Clinic provides this service. Results are guaranteed to be delivered between 24 to 36 hours after the test. The test must be pre-booked we advise that you reserve this as soon as you know your dates.
Vilamoura Catholic Church - Igreja Nossa Senhora da Alegria
Vilamoura has one Catholic Church situated in Central Vilamoura on the main road to Quarteira. Mass is translated to English on Sundays at 11h00.
All Year: 11h00 on Sundays and Holidays
July and August: Everyday at 19h30 and Sundays also at 11h00
Contacts: +351 289 312 223
Duty Free Allowance after Brexit - Tobacco and Alcohol
Summary for travellers arriving in Great Britain (source: www.gov.uk)
How much you can bring depends on the type of alcohol. You can bring in:
– beer : 42 litres
– wine (not sparkling): 18 litres
You can also bring in either:
– spirits and other liquors over 22% alcohol – 4 litres
– fortified wine (for example port, sherry), sparkling wine and alcoholic drinks up to 22% alcohol – 9 litres
You can bring in one from the following:
– 200 cigarettes
– 100 cigarillos
– 50 cigars
– 250g tobacco
– 200 sticks of tobacco for electronic heated tobacco devices
You can split this allowance – so you could bring in 100 cigarettes and 25 cigars (both half of your allowance).
You may declare goods online before returning to Great Britain – all the information is on the official page here.
Public Holidays 2021
The municipal holiday for Vilamoura (and whole of Loulé municipality) is Dia da Espiga celebrated 40 days after Easter Sunday. This year the holiday falls on Thursday 13th May.
There are a further 14 public holidays in 2021 in Portugal. These dates affect mainly public services such as transportation, post offices or banks. New Year’s Day, Christmas Day, Easter Sunday and Labour Day are the only four days when supermarkets and shopping centres close.
Christmas Day is the most important family holiday in Portugal and everything closes.
1 Jan – New Year’s Day
2 Apr – Good Friday
4 Apr – Easter Sunday
25 Apr – Liberation Day
1 May – Labour Day
3 Jun – Corpus Christi
10 Jun – National Day
15 Aug – Assumption Day
5 Oct – Republic Day
1 Nov – All Saints’ Day
1 Dec – Independence Restoration Day
8 Dec – Immaculate Conception
25 Dec – Christmas Day