Praia da Luz is approximately 6km southwest of Lagos, the former capital of the Algarve. Praia da Nossa Senhora da Luz is the village named after the beach (the church/ parish) of Our Lady of Light. Adored for its sheltered bay and wide sandy crescent beach, Praia da Luz is located within a short drive of the protected Costa Vicentina Natural Park and some of the finest and most varied beaches in Europe.
Praia da Luz, like neighbouring Burgau, was a small Portuguese fishing village comprised of little white fisherman's cottages along the cobbled main road (Rue Direita) leading to the village church and the side streets leading down to the beach. The recent pedestrianisation of the promenade along the beach and the introduction of a one way system have helped maintain the quiet traditional feel.
The "praia" (beach) is wide and sandy, curving around the bay and at its rear has a raised pedestrian promenade complete with benches and Palm trees. Two water sports centres offer water sports, sailing and windsurfing at the eastern end of the beach. Praia da Luz also has a diving centre. The beach is sheltered with gentle waves, ideal for a refreshing swim in the clean sandy bay. There are life guards and a coloured flag system indicating the swimming conditions. With little traffic Luz beach is in safe walking distance of much of the villa and apartments accommodation in Praia da Luz.
There are plenty of restaurants centrally located in Praia da Luz that offer up international dishes including Italian, Indian and a number of Portuguese restaurants. The Fortaleza restaurant offers good meals in a superb setting and cheap bites can be had in the cafes around the village.
There are several small supermarkets including the Baptistas supermarket in town. However if you can make the Saturday morning market in Lagos you can stock up on a wide range of local fruit and vegetables including organic food and fresh eggs. Also be sure to visit the fresh fish market for the days catch. Barbecued fish, salads with boiled potatoes are a favourite.
The Baptistas supermarket in Luz is not far from the village church and sells a good range of food including some local organic foods and imports for the holiday maker.