Still retaining much of its old world fisherman village charm, Luz combines modern European lifestyle with traditional Portuguese backstreets and wild coastal aesthetics. The scenery in Luz is unrivalled; framed by dramatic cliff faces and tropical greenery, creating a Seven-th heaven.
Walk down to the bay will see you passing rustic doorways speckled with colourful mosaics and uneven calçada paving. The plush pink flowers of the Bougainvillea vine spill over white walls, climb lampposts, and creep along telephone wires. Upon reaching the bay, golden sands and the glittering Atlantic greet you.
On the main beach, there are plenty of water sports to take part in, including jet skiing, water boarding, windsurfing, sailing, and stand-up paddle boarding (which is so much harder than it looks). There are inflatable rides for the adrenaline junkie and also kids’ days to teach the younger ones the basics of water sports. There is also excellent fishing to be had from the extensive rock formations and pools to the west of the beach. The beach can get crowded in the summer months so get there early to secure the best spot.
If you want a break from sitting on the sand, the promenade runs behind the beach and offers a selection of market stalls, beach bars, and restaurants. You can watch as a man sculpts mythical creatures from the beach sand. The entrance to the Roman bath ruins (open daily 10am to 5pm) can be found along here, but the entrance is fairly well concealed so keep your eyes peeled. At the end of the promenade is a fort, church, and, rather importantly, a gelato shop. The area is perfect for evening strolls, and is a great spot to watch the sun set with a sangria in hand.
Luz has all the basic necessities covered. Within the village itself, bars to watch sports, convenience stores, and supermarkets (our favourite is Baptista – almost like the Waitrose of the Algarve) are scattered amongst the white buildings; perfect for picking up last minute ingredients for a Portuguese feast on the balcony back at the villa.
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