Experience Praia da Luz
Praia da Luz is one of those unforgettable beach resorts in the Algarve. It is a small village with a beautiful long sandy beach
, delicious cafés on the esplanade where you can sit and observe the vivid life. Besides fun boat tours in Praia da Luz, you can also enjoy a hike along the impressive cliffs. Luz is located not far away from the town of Lagos
, but still far away enough to get a whole different vibe. It is especially popular amongst families with children
, due to the safe and calm waters of the bay.
The cliffs around Praia da Luz are unique and a great place for hiking. For those of you who like going for walks, you can even walk about 1 hour to the neighboring fishing village Burgau. It’s a beautiful walk with breathtaking views and Burgau is definitely another highlight that you shouldn’t miss!
- Our favorite beach: Praia da Luz
- Our favorite restaurant: Endless Summer
- Our favorite boat tour in Praia da Luz: Boat trip from Praia da Luz to Sagres
- Our favorite watersport activity in Praia da Luz: Learn Windsurfing in Luz
Language and Currency in Praia da Luz
In Portugal, Portuguese is the official language. In Praia da Luz, there is a big English community, so most local people also do speak English. The local currency is the Euro. At most places, you can pay by card and you’ll also find a lot of ATMs (Multibancos) in town where you can get money.
Getting around in Praia da Luz
Praia da Luz itself is a little village
, where you can do everything walking. There are many shops and restaurants, so if you want you can also just stay there. If you would like to visit the nearby town of Lagos, you can get a taxi
or use the local bus service
However, there are many hidden paradises further west from Praia da Luz. To explore the region, a rental car is the best way. You can rent a car in Lagos and then drive around the coast. It is definitely worth it and you will be able to find some wonderful beaches and bays!
Best things to do during your holidays in Praia da Luz
There are many lovely things to do in Praia da Luz, but let us show you just about the best things to do during your holidays in Praia da Luz, apart from spending a day at the beach of course! In the village and just behind the beach, there is a cute little castle, the castle of Senhora da Luz. If you’re walking by it, make sure to go inside for a bit and enjoy the silence and impressive architecture.
Also, something that you shouldn’t miss during your stay in Praia da Luz is a visit to the famous Ponta da Piedade in Lagos
. These famous rock formations with the many caves and grottos are a Must-See and one of the best things to do during your holidays in Praia da Luz.
You can do a boat tour from Praia da Luz to Ponta da Piedade, or you can walk along the cliffs from Praia da Luz all the way along the steep cliffs. It’s a very nice walk, and you can go for a refreshing dive at Praia da Batata in Lagos afterwards for example.
The best watersports in Praia da Luz
Given the calmness of the water of the bay, there are many fun sea activities to do in Praia da Luz. The best water sports in Praia da Luz are windsurfing and surfing. If you haven’t tried either of those sports, no problem!
You can learn windsurfing in Luz
right in front of the beach. The bay is usually very protected from strong winds and currents
, so it’s a great spot to learn windsurfing. For kids, we also have kids surf lessons in Praia da Luz
. The instructors usually take the kids to beaches a bit further west, but if there are waves in Praia da Luz, they might as well go surfing there.
Another fun watersport in Praia da Luz is kitesurfing
, even though you actually go to a lagoon close to Lagos. But since transfer from and to Praia da Luz is included, you don’t have to travel anywhere and can just join a kitesurf course!
If you would like to visit Ponta de Piedade
in the most fun way on paddleboards, book a SUP Grotto Tour,
where transfer to and from Praia da Luz is also included. It’s a great way to explore the unique rock formation from up close and stay fit at the same time!
The best boat tours in Praia da Luz
Since we are sea specialist, we, of course, know all the best boat tours in Praia da Luz for you! The sea is very inviting for a fun boat tour, and it’s something you should definitely include in your holiday plans! You can do a grotto boat tour in Praia da Luz
that takes you all the way to Ponta da Piedade, past the famous black rock and the beautiful beach of Porto de Mós
. It’s a great way to visit the famous rock formations because you can get really close to the caves and grottos. The skipper knows all about this region and will tell you all the secrets!
If you would like to venture out in the opposite direction and explore the western Algarve coast up until Sagres, “the end of the world”
and see the fascinating Cabo de São Vicente, the boat tour from Praia da Luz to Sagres
is the best option! There are many wild beaches along this way that will fascinate you with their natural beauty!
And for all animal-lovers, the dolphin watching in Praia da Luz is one of the best tours for sure
! Seeing those wild animals in their natural habitat is such a magical experience!
What and where to eat in Praia da Luz
Seafood and fresh fish are definitely the specialty of Praia da Luz and the Algarve in general! One of the typical dishes of this region is the Cataplana, a seafood dish that is steamed in a lot of herbs and spices, giving it a delicious taste. Typically it contains many different types of fish and seafood like prawns, clamps and monkfish. But you can find different variations all around!
Another typical dish is Bacalhau fish in all kinds of preparations. You can get Bacalhau à Bras, mixed with eggs and little fries, Bacalhau com natas with cream and probably around 100 more variations!
In Praia da Luz you find many different seafood restaurants like Fortaleza da Luz for example. Most of the restaurants in front of the beach also serve fresh seafood. Endless Summer is a nice place to eat also some other dishes if you need a break from seafood!
Enjoy the beautiful beaches around Praia da Luz
Praia da Luz itself is already a beautiful beach. But if you would like to see some other beaches around Praia da Luz, there are many more options! In Lagos, for example, you have the long beaches Meia Praia and Porto de Mós, where you can always find a more quiet place to relax. The “city” beaches Praia da Batata and Praia Dona Ana are equally beautiful and great if you like beaches with more access to beach bars and restaurants.
Further West of Praia da Luz, you should spend one day strolling through the cute streets of the village of Burgau, also known as the “Santorini of Portugal”. The beach is simply enchanting, and the white-washed houses in the narrow and steep streets give it a charming flair!
Between Praia da Luz and Sagres
the coast is full of wild and untouched beaches, like Praia das Cabanas, Praia das Furnas or Praia da Figueira
. Surfers should also check out the famous surf spot Praia do Zavial
Whatever you decide to do during your holiday in Praia da Luz, we promise you will love the boat tours and watersports. Sunshine and a lot of fun are guaranteed! For any further tips or requests, feel free to contact us anytime.