Booking early as it has a huge amount of returning visitors each year.
Praia da Luz is a beautiful Algarve seaside resort. In recent years the hard landscape was upgraded with a resulting modern road footpath paving. The whole area has been tastefully developed, there is no doubt it has to be included in the higher end of the holiday market as well as having an assortment of self catering and hotel accommodation Praia da Luz has a large ex pat community living there all year long. The main centre which was once a fishing village has retained its heart. Even though it has expanded in recent years with a large increase self catering and long term accommodation it has been done with discretion. Social, geographical and economic interests have been given equal weight when the planning of the town were granted. It makes Praia da Luz accommodation is easily accessible and within walking distance of the town and the beautiful beach, whose bay is sheltered by the ‘Black Rock’.
I particularly like the look and feel to the promenade which runs behind the beach. There are a lot of restaurants cafes and shops in which makes the promenade experience all the more enjoyable.
There are also all sorts of market stalls and artists displaying their work where you can browse if you want a break from the beach. Surprisingly, there are also some ruins of Roman baths from 3rd to 5th century A.D just behind the wall that runs along the promenade. There is a door in the wall which is open from 10am to 5pm every day and just up the steps are the remains of Roman baths. Luckily this last piece of history was saved from the developers and preserved and is now overlooked by modern villas.
Here are several mini-mercados (including a Spar) and a main supermarket (‘Baptista’) for your everyday needs and also a good shop selling natural products and all those alternative food products you thought you wouldn’t be able to find; but if there is anything else you need, Lagos is around a 10-minute drive away. There is also a regular bus service.
It is an excellent location for a family holiday and you really don’t need to travel further afield, but there are other fun things for families to do close at hand. Lagos Zoo is only a short drive away and it concentrates on smaller animals (the monkey islands are brilliant!) and birds and is ideal for an afternoon out. It’s not too big, so not overly tiring for young children and also has a ‘pets corner’ which is very popular with ‘children’ of all ages! If staying in self catering accommodation you can organise these visits in your own time when it suits all the family.
The nearby Lagos is only a short drive away and there is also a regular bus service. Lagos is well worth a visit Great market there the first Saturday of each month. They have also cleaned up the main shopping area by moving market stall holder onto the Marina side of the main Avenue although this has dived opinion. But Lagos is always worth a stroll around any time of the year. As with Praia da Luz self catering holiday rental accommodation is of a very high standard. Its worth booking early has there is a huge amount of returning visitors.