Holidaying in Praia da Luz in 2017 or 2018 is the perfect destination to spend some relaxing, quality time with loved ones. Located in the south west of the Algarve in Portugal, Praia da Luz is a popular holiday resort oriented towards family holidays and couples who are looking for a memorable break away from the hustle and bustle of daily life.
Praia da Luz is jam packed with things to do and lends itself perfectly to every kind of individual with its wide variety of beaches, restaurants, bars, shops and activities. This picturesque town with its white washed buildings is just a fifteen minute drive from the old town of Lagos where you can spend the day eating, drinking and exploring its cobbled streets. The promenade in Praia da Luz boasts pretty little market stalls and plenty of cafés and bars to quench your thirst after a hard day soaking up the sun!
Most popular hotels in Praia da Luz
Luz Bay Club
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Estrela Da Luz
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Montinho De Ouro
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Quinta Do Mar Da Luz
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At a glance
- Currency: Euro
- Language: Portuguese
- Time Zone: GMT +0
- Average flight time: 2h 55m
When to go
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Praia da Luz holidays are ideal for those who are interested in the history and heritage of this town as they make for some of the most popular attractions. The ruins of the roman baths can be visited just behind the promenade and are said to have been built between the 3rd and 5th Century AD. They were discovered during construction before the area became a popular resort, however the builders were careful enough to work around them. While we wouldn’t advise any bathing here, they truly are something to look at and are a fantastic piece of history!
Journey into Lagos to visit the Antonine Museum to see the church of Santo Antonio. According to legend, Saint Antony of Lisbon was born here before the church was built. The statue of Prince Henry can be seen here as well as the former slave market. Have your camera at the ready so you can take your memories home!
Wine and Dine
As you may already know, Portugal is famous for its chicken dishes. You can’t go anywhere without seeing a picture of one! Chicca’s restaurant is one of the best in town and serves a mean chicken pie. However, if chicken isn’t your thing then no need to worry. Many of the local eateries serve everything from traditional Portuguese dishes to the finest Mediterranean cuisine. After spending the day exploring, drop into A Fabrica for some truly sensational tapas. Think piri piri prawns, pan fried chorizo and patatas bravas coupled with a delicious bottle of red wine. The generous portions along with the diverse menus mean that there is something for everyone in the family (even fussy eaters!).
Portugal is widely known for its mouth-watering wine, particularly red. This is simply because the grapes used for the wine do not grow anywhere else in the world. The most famous is Port and you would be mad if you didn’t enjoy a glass of this gorgeous wine after a satisfying meal.
Holidays in Praia da Luz are what family getaways are all about. This town prides itself on family orientation which is why people find themselves returning year after year. If you fancy tearing yourself away from the glorious beach for the day, then visiting Lagos Zoo might be the perfect alternative. Here you can interact with lemurs and feed the goats and chickens. From penguins to flamingos and chimpanzees, your little ones are sure to have an absolutely brilliant day. The Slide and Splash waterpark is another popular family attraction with a diverse range of activities. Will you brave it on the kamikaze? Or perhaps you fancy plummeting down the black hole! Adrenaline junkies will be in their element at this establishment!
Action and Adventure
When you’re not feasting on fresh seafood or exploring ancient ruins, you should head on into Loule, the second largest town in the Algarve. With its medieval castle and quaint markets, there are hours to kill wandering around the narrow streets eating every kind of olive under the sun in this picturesque town. Artisan market stalls are dotted all around selling a huge selection of fresh fruit and creamy cheeses. Handmade crafts including leather goods and wicker baskets line the pretty market stalls.
Lisbon, the sister city of San Fransisco makes for a great day out. Climb aboard one of the frequent trams for an informative tour of the capital city before stopping off for a coffee and a pastry at one of the many cafes that line the cobbled streets. Wine tasting is also a favourite here in the shape of a ‘help yourself’ service providing tourists with the country’s best and tastiest wines. Historical tours can be enjoyed in the neighbouring town of Faro. These educational day trips are ideal for history lovers and those who simply enjoy a different kind of day out.
Life's a Beach
Beach life couldn’t get any better than on holiday in Praia de Luz. The closest beach is within walking distance of Praia da Luz and has been awarded the infamous European Blue Flag which indicates both the sand and sea are nice and clean. Rocha Negra (black rock) is a cliff on the east side of the village made from volcanic movements which happened millions of years ago. It hangs over the sea and is up there with one of the most historic attractions in the Algarve. Praia da Luz beach is ideal for a family day out, paddling in the crystal waters with your little ones before sipping on an ice cold beverage up on the promenade.
Do you dare to rally through the ocean on a jet ski or laugh until you can’t breathe on a banana boat! Explore the rock pools and search for shells to take home as a souvenir. For a quieter day, slip away to Prainha da Luz or Praia Dona Ana (named as one of the fifty best beaches in the world!). These small, tranquil beaches are a great place to unwind, laze under the sun and listen to the waves crash against the shore.
The atmosphere when the sun sets is quite laid back in the lazy town of Praia da Luz. There is a great choice of family friendly bars and restaurants serving food and drinks until late. A lot of the bars have free Wi-Fi and English television so you can watch the football whilst enjoying a cold pint of beer. Cocktails are sold in most establishments so treat yourself to a refreshing Cosmo before having a midnight stroll along the beach.
If you fancy having a dance or a sing song on the karaoke then your best bet is to head on into Lagos. The streets here come alive at night and are heaving with tourists looking for a good time. There are many English bars in Lagos serving an array of tasty cocktails and spirits. Live performances from local musicians can be enjoyed and souvenir shops are open until late if you fancy breaking up the night by searching for a special gift.
There is nothing more enjoyable than a romantic break away with your partner and Praia da Luz is the ideal 2018 destination. While this resort may focus more on attracting families, there are also plenty of places to explore as a couple. There are some fantastic and insightful excursions to take full advantage of so don’t miss out! Explore the Algarve’s landscape by learning all about its pottery industry before visiting a pottery workshop. Wine tours give you the perfect excuse to start early and carry on through the night! Wine has been produced in the Algarve since 2000 B.C. and they do say that wine tastes better when it’s vintage!
Praia da Luz holidays are a fantastic place to learn all about the history of Portugal. The welcoming natives show nothing but pride for their heritage and work well to preserve it with a modern twist. Ancient ruins in the form of old churches, medieval castles, roman baths and monuments are dotted around the country for history lovers to explore. Farmers’ markets take place every week providing the ripest fruit and succulent fresh meats and cheeses. You don’t have to spend a penny here to have a good time. The sheer beauty of the Algarve can take up a whole day because it is simply breath-taking. You can truly lose yourself in the streets of Praia da Luz with its narrow roads and old stone houses. Top up your tan on a secret stretch of beach before ending the day with a delicious meal and toasting your 2017 holiday with a rich glass of port!