Located near the seaside town of Lagos in the Algarve region of Portugal is the relatively small but attractive resort village called Praia da Luz (“Beach of Light”). The place has retained much of its charm from its fishing village days despite the significant number of tourist-centered developments that have cropped up in the area in recent years. One reason for this could be that the developments are mostly low-rise buildings.
Getting accommodation in Praia da Luz is recommended if you are travelling to the Algarve. It is less than an hour’s drive from the Faro airport and close to Lagos, which is great to visit for its nightlife and beaches. Not that Praia da Luz is lacking its own tourist attractions.
The stretch of the Praia da Luz front is blessed with soft, gold-colored sand and clean waters which have got it its EU Blue Flag. Marking the landscape is the massive black rock called Rocha Negra, a remarkable by-product of pre-historic volcanic activity. Other cliffs made of multi-coloured rocks also shelter the beach.
For sightseeing you can visit the restored church of Nossa Senhora da Luz or Our Lady of the Light which was greatly damaged in an earthquake centuries ago. The praia was named after the patron saint of this church. An excursion to the old Roman archaeological site is also recommended for visitors of Praia da Luz.
The village has a main walkway that leads to several establishments on the waterfront. Cafés, restaurants, shops, and art and souvenir stalls line this cobbled promenade which also gives unexpected access to some ancient Roman bath ruins.
Praia da Luz is a resort for everyone and is particularly ideal for family holidays. Apartments and villas for rent in the area offer a range of options from the number of bedrooms to the available facilities and services. Most things you’ll need are available in the local shops, and in any case, the supermarkets of Lagos are only minutes away.
Praia da Luz Restaurants
Eating out is also quite an experience in Praia da Luz. If you are travelling with kids some of the restaurants you should try include The Duke, Valentino’s, City Sol (Chinese), and Pashmina (Indian), which all have children’s menus. There are also a number of English restaurants such as Chaplins and The Plough and the Harrow, plus one Irish bar called the Irish Legend. Several establishments also offer authentic local cuisine typically involving fresh seafood.
You will find that a lot of restaurants and bars in Praia da Luz offer entertainment in the form of some live shows, TVs, quiz nights, video games, karaoke, as well as bar games like darts and pool.
If you are going for a more elegant dining experience and finer cuisine you can try places like Amici or Atlantico. Fortaleza da Luz is among the most interesting places to dine in, too as the restaurant has been renovated from a 16th century fort.
At night, you can dance away the remaining hours at Prive, the only disco in Praia da Luz.