Praia da Luz is the perfect destination for a peaceful, low-key beach or pool-based holiday. The pretty village boasts whitewashed cottages that lead down to the attractive sandy beach. Surrounding the village is wonderful unspoilt countryside.
Your new surroundings are waiting to be explored! There’s plenty to see and do in the area.
You'll discover a different side to your destination when you venture further afield.
With such a large coastline it’s no surprise the Algarve is a great place for all kinds of fish and seafood, with restaurants commonly serving fresh sardines, bream, cod, monkfish and tuna. Another famous dish of the Algarve is chicken piri-piri great for a relaxed atmosphere! Most dishes will be served with served with boiled potatoes and vegetables or salad.
With dozens of exquisite coves and breath-taking cliffs along the stretch of coast between Lagos and Sagres, taking to the water on a guided boat tour is an absolute must. Cruises can last from an hour to a whole day, many with opportunities for a swimming stop en route at one of the less accessible beaches. Guides will take you to some enchanting natural caves and intriguing rock formations, such as the delightful grottoes at Ponta da Piedade. Dolphin spotting trips are also very popular and you’ll find numerous operators offering tours from the marina.
Cleverly combining education with heaps of fun, Zoomarine is both an animal conservation centre and family theme park located at nearby Guia, around 40 minutes from Praia da Luz. The park introduces visitors to exotic habitats and an array of sea and land animals from tropical birds and birds of prey to dolphins, seals and sharks, with shows and presentations throughout the day. Book in advance for a chance to interact with dolphins in person in the unique Dolphin Emotions experience. Besides its wonderful animal encounters, the park provides hours of entertainment with its own waterslides, wave pool and river rafting as well as fun fair rides and a 4D cinema. Open daily from March to October with its own transport service from most of the Algarve resorts.
Within easy reach of Praia da Luz, the Lagos Zoo was opened in 2000 with an ethos of conservation, education and protection. Now host to hundreds of animals and birds from around the world, from ring tail lemurs to pygmy hippos, ibis to owls, it’s a great place to learn about various species in a relaxed, friendly environment. The zoo is open daily virtually all year round.
Slide and Splash
Around half an hour’s drive from Alvor across the estuary at Portimao is one of Europe’s largest water parks, covering some seven acres and offering fabulous fun for all ages. Huge lagoon-style pools are interspersed with gigantic water slides, tubes and tunnels that vary from gently undulating to fast and furious. Guaranteed to put a smile on everyone’s faces, this is one treat you and your family won’t want to miss. Open every day between 1 April and 31 October, the park also runs transport from the main resorts so you don’t even need to take your car.
Explore the ancient town of Lagos with its historic city walls, 16th century Governor’s Castle, slave museum and charming old churches. As befits a town with a rich seafaring history, Lagos also has a superb, state-of-the-art marina with over 450 berths and fringed by a smart apartments, chic restaurants and trendy bars.
The cheerful, laidback town of Sagres can be reached by car or bus or you can join one of the many day trips on offer from the resorts. With a far wilder, more windswept feel compared to the sheltered coves along the south coast, the Atlantic coastline is breath-taking and dramatic. Scarily steep cliffs are frequented by hardy fishermen eager for a special catch while the magnificent waves on the west coast attract surfers from all around the world. From the town you can visit the barren headland of Cabo de São Vicente, the most south-western tip of Europe, with its red lighthouse and a small but fascinating museum showcasing Sagres’s role in Portugal’s maritime and navigation history.
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