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.
Beaches, Family-friendly and Sports
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.
Go Jet Skiing and wind surfing on the calm and clear water and enjoy the spacious setting of this enormous beach.
Marvel at the stunning red and yellow cliffs of the Golden Coast and swim to the stacks in the calm ocean.
Take a tour of the museum and admire the architecture of the convent and lighthouse on the Land’s End of Europe.
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.
Admire the exclusive yachts in the harbor, enjoy sangria at a bar in view of the water and visit the wax museum.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.