About Praia Da Luz


Map showing Algarve region of Portugal

Location:
Nearest International Airport Faro at 85 kilometers, approximately 50 minute drive by car
Nearest beach 500 meters
Nearest Railway Station Lagos at 5 kilometers
Nearest motorway junction Lagos, Junction 1 at 5 kilometers
Car Not neccessary, but recommended for those who enjoy exploring
Taxis Can be easily arranged through the Ocean Club 24hr reception
Buses There are regular buses that run between Lagos and Praia da Luz


Road leading down to the beach The village of Praia da Luz (beach of light) was originally a fishing village . It has lost none of its original charm and retains a delightful Portuguese village feel. (Due to the fact that there are no high rise complex style developments) There are local shops, restaurants and beach side cafe bars all within walking distance. There is a broad sandy beach which curves around towards the famous 'Black rock'. Luz beach is ideal for families.

The beach at Praia da Luz Originally named 'Praia de Igreja da Nossa Senhora da Luz' (Beach of the church of Our Lady of Light), this was obviously too much of a mouthfull, even for the Portuguese, and it was shortened to Praia da Luz. Today the tourist industry is shortening it still further to just 'Luz'.


A nice sunny day in the town square To the east is the historic town of Lagos. The town has played an important part in the story of discovery and there are many points of interest such as the 17th century 'Forte de Bandeira'.

The marina at LagosThe centre of the town has an abundance of cafes and quaint shops. It only takes about 5 minutes by car, or if you prefer it is easy and fairly inexpensive to go there and back by taxi. (there is a large taxi rank area in the centre of Lagos) There are also buses that run between Luz and Lagos.


A typical street scene in the village of Burgau To the west of Luz is the small fishing village of Burgau. The village has a lovely sandy beach ideal for sunbathing or swimming. It takes approx. 5 minutes to reach by car. There are still local fisherman working out of the bay. I should just mention that the walk down to the beach through the charming village is a little steep.


Pitcure of the Algarve Shopping Center Algarve Shopping, Albufeira. A great day out for those that love to shop. Ideal for families as the complex includes a ten pin bowling alley, multi-screen cinema and a large food hall that has outlets catering for just about every taste. Located on the N125, approximately 25 minutes drive from the apartment.

Attractions, Sport & Leisure:
Attractions
Zoomarine Live seal and dolphin shows, funfair and pool. EN125, Guia, near Albufeira (40 kilometers / 25 miles)
Slide & Splash A unique Aquapark. EN125, Estombar, Lagoa
Aqualand Europe's largest open-air waterpark. EN125, Near Alcantarilha
Atlantic Park Twisting water-slides, daily shows in the summer. For a pick-up service call - 0800 204767
Lagos Zoo Local zoo. Barao de S.Joao
Krazy World Live shows, gardens, lakes, mini-golf, swimming pools and reptiles. At Pera turn towards Algoz, Messines road.
Golf
Boavista Designed by Howard Swan. 3km (5 minute drive)
Parque da Floresta Boasts no 2 holes are alike. 10 minute drive
Palmares Lagos Very scenic golf course. 10 minute drive
Penina The very first golf course to be built in the Algarve. 15 minute drive
Tennis
Jonathan Markson Tennis The Ocean Club is home to the Jonathan Markson Oxford Tennis Summer Camp, founded in 1981, and renowned for its expert teaching at all levels of the game.
Activities
Bom Dia Bom Dia Sailing Cruises has been operating in Lagos for over 20 years. They offer clients 2 hour trips to the caves and 4 hour BBQ-cruises in the Bay of Lagos.

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