Quinta do Morgado, once a 1600 HA farm, is where the resort of Vilamoura took its roots. The founder, Mr. Arthur Cupertino de Miranda, envisioned a marina-centric resort around this land. This idea came to life between the late 60s and early 70s. By 1971, excavations for the Vilamoura Marina had begun and by 1974, it welcomed its first sailboat. As the Marina expanded, so did Vilamoura, ultimately becoming more than just a marina, transforming into a significant center for tourism and private accommodation.
Vilamoura now offers a plethora of internationally recognized recreational infrastructure including 5 golf courses, an International College, tennis courts, fitness areas, a sailing club, and conference rooms with thousands of capacity. Enhancing the overall experience are the various hotels, restaurants, and bars. It’s a place cherished by both residents and visitors for its high standard of living.
Beginning of the Marina Excavation: A Landmark Moment
The 1971 excavation marked the commencement of Vilamoura Marina’s construction. The ground-breaking event is depicted in pictures taken from the air and from the south, offering a unique perspective of the genesis of this iconic Marina.
The Arrival of the First Sailboat: A Milestone for the Marina
In 1974, the Marina witnessed the arrival of its first sailboat, the ‘Giralda’, owned by His Royal Highness the count of Barcelona. This marked a significant milestone in the Marina’s history.
The Evolution of Vilamoura Marina: A Yearly Snapshot
Starting from 1971 with a street-side view of the marina, through the years up to 2016, a series of photos capture the transformation of the marina and the surrounding areas. The bird’s eye views from different years provide a fascinating record of Vilamoura’s growth and changes, from the initial construction phase to the more recent views showcasing the fishing boats and the panoramic views from Hotel Tivoli.
Present-Day Vilamoura: An Acclaimed Tourist Destination
Regarded by many as the premier tourist destination in Portugal and possibly Europe, Vilamoura offers a unique blend of luxury and relaxation. Just 30 minutes from Faro International Airport, it’s an ideal holiday destination, and for the privileged, a perfect place to reside.