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In the past, Praia da Luz used to be a small fishing village on the Portugal’s pretty Algarve coast. Nowadays, Praia da Luz is a favourite amongst English holiday makers looking for warm sun and beautiful beaches against a back drop of summery white washed buildings. The promenade running behind the beach offers a selection of restaurants, bars and cafes and just behind the promenade walls, historic Roman baths are waiting to be discovered.


The Blue Flag beach of Praia da Luz is a sheltered spot, popular with holiday makers in the Algarve. “Black Rock” at the eastern end of Luz Bay, provides a dramatic back drop to the beach and towards the western end, rock pools provide the perfect place for families to explore. For energetic types, water sports are available in the summer or, alternatively, you could just relax on the fine white sand and enjoy the sun.

Things to Do

Praia de Luz is a quiet beach resort, for those looking for peace and relaxation. Behind the pedestrianised promenade is the remains of a 17th Century Roman Bath which gives an insight in Praia da Luz’s history. Also along the promenade are market stalls and local artists selling their art. Further into town is Igreja da Luz Lagos, a pretty white washed and yellow painted church which stands in the central square.

Food and Drink

The palm tree lined promenade of Praia da Luz is an ideal place to dine during the day. Restaurants and cafes border this pretty area and serve anything from typical English food as well as traditional Portuguese meals. For a special evening, the fortress at the western end of Luz Bay is actually a restaurant where guests can dine in an ancient building and enjoy a glass of sweet Port Wine – a Portuguese speciality!

Location of Praia da Luz

Key Facts

  • Language: Portuguese
  • Currency: Euro
  • Flight time: 2-3 hours
  • When to go: June - September

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