Praia da Luz

Praia da Luz

Where is it ? About 95 kilometres west of Faro Airport. One hour Fifteen minutes by Car.

How big is it ? Praia da Luz is a tourist resort built around the beautiful curved beach. The town only has a population of around 2500 but this number swells with tourists from March to september.

Who goes there ? Praia da Luz is a family friendly resort and from March to September it is alive with families and family friendly activities around the beach and hotels. Off season however the town gets very quiet and has a nickname of “praia da Snooze” with ex-pat locals. After september you will have the beach to yourself for Algarvian winter walks.

What about food and accommodation ? The Town of Luz and resort area of Praia da Luz is centred toward tourism so there is a good selection of quality accommodation. While not being a gourmet capital there is a selection of moderately priced bars and restaurants offering a good selection.

The old town of Luz meaning Light in Portuguese has been changed into a family friendly tourist destination in the last twenty years. Despite the influx of tourism the town has remained low-rise and whilst being busy in high season it never gets the sort of traffic of nearby Alvor or Lagos. The town itself is compact and you could easily walk around it in a short time. There are many self catering villas and apartment complexes located around the resort so you will find plenty of shops and small supermarkets.

The Beach at Praia da Luz is excellent and offers a wealth of watersports activities such as snorkeling and windsurfing. The beach meets European blue flag standards and during the busier times is monitored by Lifeguards.

A bus service running from Lagos to Sagres can be met near the promenade at the base of the old village
The nearest Tourist Office is Located in Lagos : 351 282 763 031

There are excellent Sports and Gymnasium facilities available from the Luz Bay club. They offer day membership for visitors wishing to use the Tennis courts.