Vilamoura

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Vilamoura is an artificial place located about 20 km west of Faro, an ambitious purpose-built resort on the central Algarve coast. As one of Europe's largest privately developed tourist havens, it offers tourists every form of sport, entertainment and amenity imaginable. The resort, covering about 2000 hectares of land, has diverse vegetation with parts of land covered by pine trees while others are reclaimed marshland. Its southern border is lined by a long sandy beach and the Atlantic Ocean. Amongst the many attractions and facilities there are four different Golf Courses, a large Marina, a Lawn Bowling Club, a Tennis Centre, a Sports Club, a Shooting Club, 5 Star and 4 Star Hotels, Tourist Apartments, self-catering Villas, Night Clubs, an International Casino, a Cinema and an excellent Riding School. Within the centre of Vilamoura there is a preserved Roman Site and Museum of Cerro da Vila providing an interesting glimpse into the past of the area. The ruins also include the baths in which the mariners used to bathe.