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“Praia Da Luz”
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1 review
10 helpful votes
“Praia Da Luz”
Reviewed July 20, 2010

Praia Da Luz on the algarve is a very quiet lovely place with scenery to match.

With its many shops and restaurants, and lovely beach, as well as the fantastic looking church is a great place to stay if you like nice walks and places to eat /drink but without the hustle and bustle of too many people,

We stayed 5 minutes away from Luz in a place called Espiche which is a residential area on a newly built complex in an apartment. This was through a friend at work who rented it out to us.

The more busy Lagos Marina was approx 10 mins away by car or taxi should you require much more nightlife than Luz itself.

Have been back to Luz twice in the past 3 years 2007 and Sept 2009. We are going back to the Algarve in Sept this year 2010 but are staying in Old town Albufeira by the square, just to see another side to the Algarve. Will definately be returning to Luz sometime soon though.

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high wycombe
Level 2 Contributor
4 reviews
7 helpful votes
“What a wonderful place!”
Reviewed October 3, 2009

Great for peace and quiet and ability to totally de-stress! Just the most incredible placeX

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Kent England
Level 4 Contributor
23 reviews
82 helpful votes
“Nice little town but book your restaurants early”
Reviewed August 23, 2007

Stayed at Reserva da Luz and loved our villa booked through Star Villas. Not cheap but worth it for the facilities.

It is just outside town about ten minutes walk, though the path was quite rough and proved amusing in the dark after a bottle or so of vinho verde. The restaurants in town varied from wonderful to really dire! The wonderful Dolphin which serves South African food very rich but beautifully cooked and presented also has a lovely gift shop full of african art downstairs (about 25 euros a head with, drinks). Chaplins with a partially English menu, steak that melted in your mouth and ideal for fussy kids ( 24 euros a head with drinks) , and Murajos which was authentic Portugeuse and very tasty (28 euros a head with drinks) . I would avoid Fortaleza da Luz like the plague it advertises itself as the best restaurant in town but three out of seven of our meals were inedible and if you are a veggie don't bother I had the limpest plate of canned asparagus warm limp processed cheese and crudities masquerading as a veggie salad, not a salad leaf in sight, nasty! And it cost us more than the Dolphin!

You do need to book ahead though for all of them, we arrived on Sunday evening and could only get into the local Chinese, which was very reasonable and tasty but not what we had gone to the Algarve for. All the restaurants seem to be booked in the early evening though you can wait for a table for later sittings but not helpful if you have hungry youngsters in tow.

The town is nice though there is not that much to do barrring the beach but the beach is lovely and has a great free shower facility which is nice if you want to eat coming in from the beach. There are also lots of thrill type rides if you enjoy being dragged behind a speed boat on an inflatable object, not my thing but evreyone else enjoyed it! There are a number if nice pastry shops one, run by a russian lady, sold the best almond tart and coffee for ridiculously low prices, sadly I have forgotten the name but it is the streets above the beach. There are also a number of supermarkets, Baptista is the cheaper though if you have a car drive to the Intermarche in Lagos for much cheaper deals. It is just on the main road into Lagos from Luz after the first roundabout, about ten minutes drive away.
We visited the beach at Praia de Amado on the west coast about an hours drive and a bit tricky to find but worth it as there is really good surf and a fabulous long sandy beach, with a nice little cafe. You follow the N268 road north of Vila de Bispo towards Aljezur and it it sign posted just before Carrapatiera. The road is awful but then most that aren't main roads seem to be. Take out insurance waiver if you can! On the same day we eat in sagres in the evening and just caught the sunset at Cap St Vincente the most westerly point in Europe.

We also went to on a boat trip out of Lagos which was very good value and took us to the grottoes between Lagos and Luz.
If you have time to spend in Faro I would recommend a trip out on the lagoon which we just turned up and arranged at the harbour, I think it was by the naval club restaurant opposite the Bombadieres voluntaires, ( volunteer firefighters, sorry about spelling.) The trip on the lagoon was fabulous if you like birds there are storks and egrets and heron it was lovely and if you have time arrange to spend a little time on the beaches there, they looked beautiful but we could not stop as we were on our way to the airport.

All in all a lovely holiday beautiful weather would really recommend it as a relaxing sunseeking holiday.

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