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  • About Praia da Luz

    Resort facilities

    Praia da Luz is a small resort which means that all facilities are easy walking distance within the town centre.  The town has all the required amenities which include; post office, bank, cash dispensing machines, several supermarkets, pharmacy, English-speaking doctors surgery and dentist. There is a well-equipped private hospital in nearby Lagos, and we advise all visitors to ensure they have adequate travel and medical insurance, as emergencies can be expensive. Anglican church services are held on Sunday in the local church. The cinema has current releases in English with Portuguese subtitles. Sessions start at 10pm and the film changes every week. 

    Sports and Recreation

    Tennis is available, including lessons and friendly tournaments, at the Luz Ocean Club and in nearby Burgau at the sports centre. If water sports are your preference, there are two centres on the beach providing everything from banana boat rides, to sailing lessons, to fishing excursions. From Lagos you can try para-sailing, deep-sea fishing, take a day trip with lunch provided on dolphin safari, or visit the grottos by fishing boat. There are several surf centres offering day trips to wherever the waves are best on the day, wetsuits, equipment and instruction as required.  If you would like a day away from the pool or the beach, there are plenty of themed parks to visit, such as Zoomarine dolphin park, and Slide and Splash water park. Our office can advise, and in most cases make bookings or arrange tickets for you.

    Golf

    Golf There are 4 golf courses within 5 - 20 minutes of Luz, the nearest and most recently completed being Quinta da Boavista. There is also the challenging, hilly course at Parque da Floresta to the west, and Palmares and Penina, both east of Lagos. Please ask our office for advice and pre-booking. More info on Golf in this area.

    Food and Drink

    If you are taking time out from the kitchen, Luz can offer a wide choice of cafes and restaurants to suit all pockets and tastes, from cheap and cheerful and family friendly to something special. If you want to stay in but don’t want to cook, there is plenty to take away. The local Portuguese takeaway does great grilled chicken (if you like food with a kick, try it with piri piri), pork steak, or spare ribs, with chips.  Pizza, curry and chinese are also available at several establishments.  For a change of scene we recommend an evening out in Lagos. A stroll around the street cafes and late night shopping add to the dining experience but beware, parking is at a premium and random breath testing is common in high season. The 8 minute taxi ride is inexpensive - so why not just sit back and enjoy the local wines.  For after dinner entertainment, the bars in Luz are open until 2.00am (several run weekly quiz nights) and for those still standing there is the local nightclub (Luz has just the one) where you can dance until dawn. For dedicated party animals, the wider variety of nightlife in Lagos is the best bet, but if you are looking for serious clubbing and large venues you won’t find it at this end of the Algarve.

    Travel Tips

    Expedia is still a favourite for searching for flights. A wide choice of airlines, airports, and departure times are on offer and the site is very easy to use. The price shown is what you pay, inclusive of taxes and charges, so no nasty surprises when you click on the ‘proceed to booking’ button. If Expedia can’t find something for you, try the following airlines who operate services between the UK and Faro:

    History

    There is archeological evidence of a Roman slipway on the rocks at the western end of the beach, near the Fortaleza, used when Luz served as a dockyard to the important town of Lacobriga, now Lagos. For those ships setting sail for the ports of Western Iberia, Luz would have been the last dockyard before rounding Cape St Vincent. Take a drive out to the fort at Sagres where Prince Henry had his school of navigation, then on to the lighthouse at the cape which is open to visitors.
    The Algarve was an important source of salted fish to the Romans. In Luz, the remains of fish salting vats and an aqueduct have been preserved and are open to visitors. Dine out in any Portuguese restaurant and you will see that Bacalhau, or salt cod, remains a key ingredient of local cooking. Fishing and agriculture were the principal means of income along the coast until the advent of tourism. At Luz, tuna was caught using nets strung out from the rocks, landed on the beach and brought up to the sea front factory for processing and canning. By the 1960s the migratory routes of the tuna had changed the factory had closed, and the main catch was octopus pulled up in pots by beach-launched rowing boats at night, and sold by the crate off the beach slipway every morning. 

    The ideal climate and the unspoilt coastline of the Algarve had already come to the attention of the holiday industry. Looking further west, Praia da Luz, arguably one of the most picturesque locations on offer and only a few miles from the historic town of Lagos, was an obvious choice. Although little is left of the quaint fishing village, development has brought a return to prosperity to the local area, and important landmarks such as the church and the 17th century fort are intact and maintained. The beauty of the rock formations, golden sands, and clear, clean waters remain for all to enjoy.


    The letting of the properties in this web site are intended solely for short term residential purposes of a special transitory nature – specifically self-catering accommodation – in accordance with article 1095°, n° 3 of the Portuguese Civil Code. In no way does it constitute an offering of tourist lodging within a tourist complex as contemplated in Decree Law n° 167/97, altered and republished in Decree Law 55/2002 of 11/03.

    O arrendamento dos imóveis referidos no presente site destina-se exclusivamente a habitação não permanente para fins especiais transitórios, designadamente para fins turísticos, nos termos do art. 1095º, n° 3 do Código Civil, não constituindo oferta de serviços de alojamento turistico em empreendimento turístico previstos no Decreto-Lei nº 167/97 de 04/07, alterado e republicado pelo Decreto-Lei nº 55/2002 de 11/03.