Relaxing Praia da Luz awaits: its beaches, sports, churches and more!

The Praia da Igreja da Nossa Senhora da Luz (shortened to Praia da Luz) or Beach of the Church of our Lady of Light is Blue Flag beach, an award it won for water quality and sand cleanliness, making it an ideal and safe beach destination for those travelling with kids.

The beach is also a good spot for water sports such as scuba diving, snorkelling, water-skiing, windsurfing, sailing, paddleboats and boat trips. The curiously shaped Rocha Negra Cliff protects the bay from rough tides. The cliff is made of black volcanic rock formed millions of years ago as a result of the Monchique region's lava flow.

The rocks or cliffs on the west of the beach provide great opportunities for fishing. There are more than 200 varieties of fish found along this coastline, including mackerel and tuna out at the deeper areas.

This also makes for great local seafood restaurants, as well as fish markets in nearby Lagos. It’s no wonder that seafood is such a regional favourite. On the west side of the beach you’ll find a 16th Century fort that has found a new lease of life as a sophisticated restaurant, which offers patrons stunning views over the ocean. To find the beach’s full range of restaurants and bars, follow the cobbled promenade that runs along the seafront; you’ll even find some gift shops for souvenirs.

Although this beach is very popular in the summer, there are some secluded areas of beachfront that can provide a more relaxed family beach experience – you just have to look.

Known for

Beaches, Family-friendly and Sports

Explore map

Where to stay in Praia da Luz

Atalaia
Atalaia, Lagos, Portugal
trover photo by ioana_exploring

Atalaia

4/5(1 review)

Atalaia might not have many top sights, but Luz Beach and Porto de Mos Beach are two attractions nearby that you can check out.

Top hotels in Praia da Luz

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel Belavista da Luz
Hotel Belavista da Luz
4 out of 5
Praia Da Luz, Algarve, Lagos
£34
per night
1 Nov-2 Nov

Situated near the beach, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Luz Beach and 3.1 mi (5 km) from Porto de Mos Beach. Espiche Golf Course is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (364 reviews)

"Rooms, views, location- perfect for relax, sauna lovely pool. Truly a gem"…"

Reviewed on 10 Oct 2019

Hotel Belavista da Luz
Boavista Golf & Spa Resort
Boavista Golf & Spa Resort
4 out of 5
Quinta da Boavista, Sitio da Atalaia, Lagos, Faro
£52
per night
11 Nov-12 Nov

Located in Atalaia, this spa apartment building is within 3 miles (5 km) of Luz Beach, Dona Ana Beach and Meia Praia Beach. Porto de Mos Beach and Lagos Marina ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (216 reviews)

"This property was amazing. They keep it very clean and modern. Everything you need is right in your flat and it’s only a short drive to downtown Lagos. Uber is about 7 euros a way from this property to downtown. However you really do need a car to see everything. The property has so many things to ..."…"

Reviewed on 16 Sep 2019

Boavista Golf & Spa Resort
Belver Porto Dona Maria Resort & Golf
Belver Porto Dona Maria Resort & Golf
4 out of 5
Sitio Dos Montinhos Da Luz, Praia da Luz, Lagos

Situated in Lagos, this aparthotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Luz Beach, Burgau Beach and Praia dos Rebolos. Cabanas Velhas Beach and Espiche Golf Course are ...

3.9/5Good! (93 reviews)

"The property has amazing views of the sea. It’s a 20 minute walk to Luz. You definitely need a car if you want to go anywhere. The breakfast was disappointing for 4 star rated property. The service wasn’t good. I waited 1/2 hour for a plate of scrambled eggs and ended up leaving to meet my next charter. ..."…"

Reviewed on 2 Oct 2019

Belver Porto Dona Maria Resort & Golf

Popular things to do in Praia da Luz

Rocha Beach
Image for Rocha Beach

Rocha Beach

4.5/5(226 reviews)

Backed by golden-red cliffs and met by the white-flecked waves of the Atlantic, this spectacular beach is one of the Algarve’s most popular. 

Meia Praia Beach
Image for Meia Praia Beach

Meia Praia Beach

4.5/5(189 reviews)

Go Jet Skiing and wind surfing on the calm and clear water and enjoy the spacious setting of this enormous beach.

Dona Ana Beach
Image for Dona Ana Beach

Dona Ana Beach

4.5/5(56 reviews)

Marvel at the stunning red and yellow cliffs of the Golden Coast and swim to the stacks in the calm ocean.

Cape St. Vincent Lighthouse
Image for Cape St. Vincent Lighthouse

Cape St. Vincent Lighthouse

4.5/5(32 reviews)

Take a tour of the museum and admire the architecture of the convent and lighthouse on the Land’s End of Europe.

Marinha Beach
Image for Marinha Beach

Marinha Beach

4.5/5(73 reviews)

Nothing says holiday like spending a lazy day at Marinha Beach, a popular beach in Carvoeiro. Stroll along the seaside in this romantic area or visit its lively bars.

Lagos Marina
Image for Lagos Marina

Lagos Marina

4.5/5(162 reviews)

Admire the exclusive yachts in the harbor, enjoy sangria at a bar in view of the water and visit the wax museum.

Top activities in Praia da Luz

Zoomarine Park
Image for Zoomarine Park

Zoomarine Park

£25

Explore sea life at one of Algarve's biggest attractions with a visit to Zoomarine Park. Meet fascinating sea creatures, see live dolphin shows, take a swim, or ride a mini-roller-coaster.

Slide & Splash Waterpark
Image for Slide & Splash Waterpark

Slide & Splash Waterpark

£23

Splash the afternoon away at Slide & Splash Waterpark, one of the biggest and best aquatic fun centers in all of Europe. With 7 acres (2.8 ha) of thrilling rides, clean and hygienic pools, and even animal shows, this park has something for the entire family to enjoy.

Fatima Sanctuary and Valinhos Full Day Tour from Algarve
Image for Fatima Sanctuary and Valinhos Full Day Tour from Algarve

Fatima Sanctuary and Valinhos Full Day Tour from Algarve

£42

A must visit to the center of Christian Faith of Portugal and a Worldwide pilgrimagesite - Fatima. Discover the city visited by thousands of people each and the Basilica where the Tombstones of Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta are.

Best of West: Silves, Foia, Lagos & Sagres Day Tour
Image for Best of West: Silves, Foia, Lagos & Sagres Day Tour

Best of West: Silves, Foia, Lagos & Sagres Day Tour

£33

Discover the magic of the wild Algarve countryside. See the Castle of Silves, built between the 8th and 13th centuries, catch magnificent views from the highest point in the region at the top of Fóia, and marvel at the cliffs near the Ponta da Piedade lighthouse.

Jeep Safari 4X4 Day Tour In Algarve with Lunch
Image for Jeep Safari 4X4 Day Tour In Algarve with Lunch

Jeep Safari 4X4 Day Tour In Algarve with Lunch

£46

Venture into the heart of the Algarve and explore the hidden beauty of the country side on this full-day guided tour. Drive through rural Portuguese landscapes, uncover charming villages, and witness the traditional ways of country life.

Zoomarine 1-Day or 2-Day Admission Ticket
Image for Zoomarine 1-Day or 2-Day Admission Ticket

Zoomarine 1-Day or 2-Day Admission Ticket

£23

Visit: Zoomarine Algarve, Estrada Nacional 125, KM65, Guia, Albufeira 8201-864 Portugal Your entry ticket to Zoomarine, just outside Albufeira, grants you access to all the park's activities, such as presentations, the Cinema4D, aquarium, exhibition center, Era T-Rex, the Zoomarine beach.