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Praia da Luz

Praia da Luz in The Algarve is a popular holiday destination located in southern Portugal. This lovely place is also just 6 km from the larger town of Lagos this is a fabulous location for a family holiday.

The Beach

Praia da Luz, translated to Beach of Light can be quite lively in the summer, however, it is also relatively less crowded than some other locations across the Algarve. 


The beach has golden sands and a turquoise sea. All in all the sea is calm, shallow, and also very clean. It gets deeper only slowly, which also makes this beach perfect for families with small children.


This is also the most popular beach with many families and tourists from all over the world, especially the UK. If you prefer a quieter time, take a walk to the Black rock or Prainha.

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Black Rock:

The eastern side of the beach is named after the big rock – Rocha Negra (Black Rock)  which is also a unique feature of Praia da Luz. The rock was formed about 150 million years ago by the volcano lava from nearby Monchique. There are no active volcanos anymore in the Algarve.


If your feeling fit and sprightly (and have some hiking boots) you can also hike up the rock, however, it is quite challenging. 


From the top you also have stunning views across the ocean and Praia da Luz.


The western side of the beach has a small beachy area – Small beach (Prainha) that is quite rocky and is also a cove.


Behind here you can also find the fort of Luz.


As a cove, it’s very nice to swim here as the water is very calm and also clear, however, do be careful of any rocks. You can explore as you will also find lots of rock pools here.

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In front of the beach is the promenade, a boulevard of plenty of bars, shops, and also restaurants. Sometimes there are also stalls with Portuguese items and handicrafts.

There is lots to do here for all the family, lots of watersports – sailing, surfing, windsurfing, jet skiing, kayaking, SUP and also water skiing. It’s also great to walk along the walking trails from Praia do Luz and also to have a mosey around the charming village.


  • Where is Praia da Luz in Portugal? Praia da Luz is in The Algarve, Southern Portugal, also close to Lagos.
  • What is there to see / do in Praia da Luz? Praia da Luz is well known for its beautiful beach. Visit the charming village, the church of Nossa Senhora da Luz, the Fort (now transformed into a restaurant), the Roman ruins, and you can also play golf.
  • Is Praia da Luz good for Families? Yes, there is a real family-friendly vibe going on in Praia da Luz.
  • How far is Praia da Luz from Lagos? 12 minutes. Click HERE to see the map.
  • How far is Praia da Luz from Portimao? 30 minutes. Click HERE to see the map.
  • Which airport is closest to Praia da Luz? Faro Airport
  • How far is Praia da Luz from Faro Airport? a 60 minutes’ drive from the airport. Click HERE to see the map.
  • How far is Praia da Luz from Lisbon? 2 hours and 45 minutes. Click HERE to see the map.
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