Praia da Luz Hotels Algarve, Portugal

Praia da Luz is a developed resort offering a good range of restaurants, shops and fairly low key nightlife. The safe beaches are ideal for children and anyone who enjoys participating in a good variety of watersports.

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Praia da Luz

It is ideal for those who want a quiet 'get away from it all' holiday with all the essential comforts on the doorstep. Praia da Luz is 1 hour 15 minutes from Faro airport.

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Praia da Luz Hotels (?)

Estrela Da Luz Hotel Photograph of Estrela Da Luz Hotel
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Estrela Da Luz Hotel is ideally located for families and couples looking for to be close to the beach. The complex offers indoor and outdoor pools, a fitness gym and seasonal kids club....

4.7 / 5 from 24 reviews

Quinta do Mar da Luz Hotel Photograph of Quinta do Mar da Luz Hotel
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The Quinta do Mar da Luz Hotel is situated midway between Praia da Luz and Burgau, in a quiet setting, this complex offers comfortable accommodation with access to three outdoor pools, a childrens poo...

4.7 / 5 from 6 reviews

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This friendly and comfortable hotel is situated on a cliff top overlooking the fishing village of Burgau....

5 / 5 from 1 reviews

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The Luzmar Villas is situated on the edge of Praia da Luz, though still within walking distance of the beach and resort amenities. The hotel has just 32 guest rooms with access to a large outdoor pool...

5 / 5 from 1 reviews

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One, two and three bedroom apartments, set in landscaped gardens and offering a good range of facilities for all the family....

4.8 / 5 from 11 reviews

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This secluded apartment hotel has a rural setting, approx 2km from the centre of Praia da Luz and just over 1km from the small village of Espiche....

5 / 5 from 1 reviews

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The Belavista Da Luz Hotel is close to both the beach and the resort centre, providing a convenient location, good amenities and comfortable accommodation....

4 / 5 from 1 reviews

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Small family friendly complex in a peaceful location with separate pools for adults and children and an on-site snack bar....

4 / 5 from 1 reviews

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A small and simple complex of self-catering accommodation, situated just minutes from the beach and with access to an outdoor pool....

4.5 / 5 from 2 reviews

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Situated close to the Luz beach and within easy walking distance of the resort amenities, the Luz Bay Hotel offers comfortable accommodation with access to outdoor swimming pools, a buffet restaurant ...

3.6 / 5 from 11 reviews

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Albergaria Rosa Montes is a simple hotel with a quiet rural location, situated 3km from the beaches of Praia de Luz and Burgau....

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The Luz Ocean Club offers self catering accommodation with access to a choice of pool areas, along with a restaurant and two bars....

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Situated midway between the villages of Praia da Luz and Burgau (approx 3km), this modern apartment complex offers comfortable and well equipped two and three bedroom apartments, with access to a shar...

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A complex of villas and apartments situated on a clifftop just outside the resort of Praia da Luz, accommodation is well equipped and guests have access to a central swimming pool, a restaurant and a ...

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Modern, contemporary styled, semi detached two-storey villa with a private swimming pool and offering views over the resort and to the sea....

Praia da Luz Reviews

Holiday Date:28th Aug 2017
Accommodation:Estrela Da Luz Hotel
Room:1 Bedroom Apt
Board:Self Catering
(5 suns)

Great.

Holiday Date:21st Aug 2017
Accommodation:Baia Da Luz Hotel
Room:2 Bedroom Apt
Board:Room Only
(4 suns)

Quiet resort but enough to do for a family looking for a quiet holiday.

Holiday Date:27th Jun 2017
Accommodation:Estrela Da Luz Hotel
Room:Studio
Board:Self Catering
(5 suns)

Quiet venue which appeals to well behaved families or couples wanting some peace and quiet. Great water sports on the beach. Good quality eateries.

Holiday Date:18th Jun 2017
Accommodation:Luzmar Villas
Room:Double Or Twin
Board:Bed & Breakfast
(4 suns)

Great weather, lots of lovely restaurants to eat from, waterparks was really fun and the zoo in Lagos was different and fun! Beach activities were really good and boat activities. Bars located in tourist spots are expensive but bars in hidden locations are extremely cheap. Cigarettes also really cheap. Only downside the bars were near enough empty of an evening and there were no clubs to go to. Service in the restaurants is really good but can be really slow even when restaurants are hardly busy.

Holiday Date:10th May 2017
Accommodation:Estrela Da Luz Hotel
Room:Classic Studio
Board:Self Catering
(5 suns)

Amazing quaint resort.

Holiday Date:18th Mar 2017
Accommodation:Estrela Da Luz Hotel
Room:1 Bedroom Apt
Board:Self Catering
(5 suns)

The resort is so nice, small with all you need, so clean and good food.

Holiday Date:5th Dec 2016
Accommodation:Luz Bay Hotel
Room:Double Or Twin
Board:Half Board
(4 suns)

Very quiet and peaceful out of season. Nice selection of pubs and restaurants. Beach excellent with lovely sand.<br /> Location great for Lagos and other villages. Good bus service if needed.

Holiday Date:15th Sep 2016
Accommodation:Estrela Da Luz Hotel
Room:1 Bedroom Apt
Board:Self Catering
(5 suns)

Just a lovely place, not over commercialised.

Holiday Date:6th Sep 2016
Accommodation:Belavista Da Luz Hotel
Room:Premium Room - Sea View
Board:Bed & Breakfast
(3 suns)

Pleasant small town with plenty of bars and restaurants. Expensive beach facilities at 25 Euros per day for a pair of sun loungers. Eating out in the evening expensive compared to other Med countries @ approx 50 Euros for two simple meals with bottle of house wine. Good local bus links from town to local and further afield. Nothing to speak of in terms of "shopping" for anything other than basics.

Holiday Date:6th Sep 2016
Accommodation:Estrela Da Luz Hotel
Room:1 Bedroom Apt - Sea View
Board:Self Catering
(5 suns)

We really loved it here, was very quiet, lovely beach, not loads to do but that suited us we wanted to chill. Few restaurants and all food we ate was very nice, they even have two Indian restaurants. We tried one and was good. All in all we loved it there.

Holiday Date:21st Aug 2016
Accommodation:Estrela Da Luz Hotel
Room:2 Bedroom Apt
Board:Self Catering
(3 suns)

A nice enough resort but lacking in choice of bars, restaurants and shops. Nearby Lagos provides much more choice. Not sure how frequent buses are or how easy it was to get a taxi as we had hired a car but Lagos would be far more suitable if looking for better choice. The beach at Luz was adequate with it being safe and suitable for all. Sunbed costs were a bit steep and found that they were cheaper in other resorts like Lagos and Praia da Rocha.

Holiday Date:3rd Aug 2016
Accommodation:Baia Da Luz Hotel
Room:2 Bedroom Apt
Board:Self Catering
(5 suns)

Just perfect!

Holiday Date:29th Jul 2016
Accommodation:Estrela Da Luz Hotel
Room:1 Bedroom Apt
Board:Self Catering
(5 suns)

A beautiful and memorable place.

Holiday Date:24th Jul 2016
Accommodation:Estrela Da Luz Hotel
Room:2 Bedroom Apt
Board:Self Catering
(5 suns)

Luz is a picturesque town with a relaxed, laid back atmosphere. Fabulous, safe beach with lovely clean sand and water lined with a small promenade full of little bars and restaurants. Great for families looking for a quieter, relaxing holiday. The highlight for us were the excellent restaurants, every meal was great, some outstanding!

Holiday Date:1st Jul 2016
Accommodation:Estrela Da Luz Hotel
Room:2 Bedroom Apt
Board:Self Catering
(4 suns)

Good sized resort and great beach and lots of good restaurants.

Holiday Date:29th Jun 2016
Accommodation:Estrela Da Luz Hotel
Room:1 Bedroom Apt
Board:Self Catering
(4 suns)

Lovely beach but restaurants and supermarkets are quite expensive.

Holiday Date:27th Jun 2016
Accommodation:Estrela Da Luz Hotel
Room:1 Bedroom Apt
Board:Self Catering
(3 suns)

Nice resort which is very laid back. Night-life is low key with many restaurants finishing at 9.30pm.

Holiday Date:27th Jun 2016
Accommodation:Estrela Da Luz Hotel
Room:1 Bedroom Apt
Board:Self Catering
(3 suns)

Although the resort is pleasant, we found it rather quiet at night. Some restaurants finished serving at 9.30pm. Low key nightlife.

Holiday Date:17th May 2016
Accommodation:Luz Bay Hotel
Room:Double Or Twin
Board:Bed & Breakfast
(4 suns)

Beach is lovely - a good stretch of golden sands. The beach bars/restaurants are very reasonable with a fair choice of fare. There are 2 big supermarkets for the essentials. Wonderful walks along the cliffs to Burgau (west) and to Lagos (east) with spectacular views.

Holiday Date:16th Apr 2016
Accommodation:Luz Bay Hotel
Room:Superior Double Or Twin
Board:Half Board
(4 suns)

A small resort with a nice beach and good choice of places to eat. We found it inexpensive compared to previous resorts we have stayed in.

Holiday Date:5th Mar 2016
Accommodation:Estrela Da Luz Hotel
Room:1 Bedroom Apt - Sea View
Board:Self Catering
(4 suns)

We have visited Praia da Luz on several occasions in the past and, whilst the economic downturn has clearly taken its toll, with parts of the village perhaps needing a lick of paint and a little bit of tlc, it still retains an old world charm and fantastic relaxed vibe. For us it provides a perfect base on the Algarve - peaceful and quiet but with enough of a buzz about it to keep us happy for a week or longer.

Holiday Date:23rd Feb 2016
Accommodation:Montinho De Ouro Aparthotel
Room:Classic Double Or Twin
Board:Bed & Breakfast
(3 suns)

Quiet, a bit too quiet for my taste. However some good restaurants, bars cafes etc. A very nice beach. Shops cheap and a reasonable choice of goods on offer. Bus and taxis cheap and easy to use. No language problems.

Holiday Date:25th Oct 2015
Accommodation:Baia Da Luz Hotel
Room:2 Bedroom Apt
Board:Self Catering
(5 suns)

Praia da Luz is a small resort about an hours drive from Faro airport. It has some wonderful little shops and restaurants. Nightlife centres mainly around the restaurants and handful of bars. It's more suited to families and/or couples rather than young groups. The beach is beautiful with lots of watersports if that's your thing.

Holiday Date:22nd Oct 2015
Accommodation:Estrela Da Luz Hotel
Room:1 Bedroom Apt
Board:Self Catering
(4 suns)

Pleasant quiet resort in October which was perfect for relaxing break.

Holiday Date:19th Sep 2015
Accommodation:Estrela Da Luz Hotel
Room:3 Bedroom Apt
Board:Self Catering
(4 suns)

Nice people and a beautiful resort.

Holiday Date:7th Sep 2015
Accommodation:Vilamar Hotel
Room:Double Or Twin
Board:Bed & Breakfast
(4 suns)

Nice place to stay.

Holiday Date:4th Sep 2015
Accommodation:Baia Da Luz Hotel
Room:2 Bedroom Superior Apt
Board:Self Catering
(5 suns)

Lovely resort if you want a chilled out holiday, don't go if you want lively nightlife, it is mostly restaurants and a couple of bars. Some lovely restaurants, A concha on the sea front and the galley were very nice, had a good night in Barroca, nice steak and the cocktails were the best we've had. Went in to Lagos for the shops, 10 euros in a taxi but you can get the bus. Lovely place, would recommend for relaxed holiday.

Holiday Date:12th Jul 2015
Accommodation:Luz Bay Hotel
Room:Double Or Twin
Board:Bed & Breakfast
(4 suns)

Great family resort, quiet, laid back atmosphere. Great places to eat.

Holiday Date:17th Jun 2015
Accommodation:Luz Bay Hotel
Room:Double Or Twin
Board:Bed & Breakfast
(4 suns)

Relaxed atmosphere not far from a more lively atmosphere in Lagos.

Holiday Date:2nd Oct 2014
Accommodation:Oasis Beach Apartments
Room:Classic Studio
Board:Self Catering
(5 suns)

Praia da Luz - I have been holidaying here since 1970 and I think it's one of the best places in the world, and I will be back again soon.

Holiday Date:15th Sep 2014
Accommodation:Estrela Da Luz Hotel
Room:1 Bedroom Apt
Board:Self Catering
(5 suns)

Praia da Luz is a great resort for those who just want to chill out and relax. Plenty of restaurants and a beautiful beach.

Holiday Date:11th Aug 2014
Accommodation:Estrela Da Luz Hotel
Room:2 Bedroom Apt
Board:Self Catering
(5 suns)

Beautiful and provided everything you need.

Holiday Date:8th Aug 2014
Accommodation:Baia Da Luz Hotel
Room:2 Bedroom Apt
Board:Self Catering
(4 suns)

If you want a quiet, relaxing destination choose Praia da Luz.

Holiday Date:23rd Jun 2014
Accommodation:Estrela Da Luz Hotel
Room:Studio
Board:Self Catering
(3 suns)

The beach was beautiful, very clean, sunbeds available and reasonable price! Plenty of water sports and places to have lunch! There were a few nice restaurants, however not enough if you like to eat out every night like I do, we did get a taxi to Lagos which had plenty of nice restaurants and only cost 11 euros each way. It was a lovely holiday but a bit too quiet for what I wanted. <br />

Holiday Date:30th May 2014
Accommodation:Luz Bay Hotel
Room:Double Or Twin
Board:Bed & Breakfast
(4 suns)

Clean and pretty resort, great eating places, lovely beach. Not loud or brash, peaceful.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br />

Holiday Date:21st Apr 2014
Accommodation:Baia Da Luz Hotel
Room:2 Bedroom Superior Apt
Board:Self Catering
(5 suns)

Just one of the most beautiful bits of coast in the world. Great eating.

Holiday Date:16th Sep 2013
Accommodation:Estrela Da Luz Hotel
Room:1 Bedroom Apt
Board:Self Catering
(5 suns)

This was our second year in Praia Da Luz, lovely resort, great place to go to, very relaxing, beach is great, lovely scenery etc, definitely going back there, just love it.

Holiday Date:9th Sep 2013
Accommodation:Estrela Da Luz Hotel
Room:Studio
Board:Self Catering
(5 suns)

Was just what we expected very clean, beautiful beach, lovely restaurants - couldn't fault the resort at all.

Holiday Date:21st Jul 2013
Accommodation:Baia Da Luz Hotel
Room:2 Bedroom Apt
Board:Self Catering
(5 suns)

Really well looked after. We are going back.

Holiday Date:24th May 2013
Accommodation:Luz Bay Hotel
Room:Double Or Twin
Board:Bed & Breakfast
(4 suns)

Close to the beach.

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Beaches

The beach in Praia da Luz is a long sheltered bay with fine golden sand which is just perfect for sunbathing. There are lots of large rocks at the Western end of the beach which is ideal for rock pooling. Cliffs tower over one end of the beach and behind the beach there are lots of low-rise white houses. In summer, the beach is busy with both tourists and residents.

There is a palm-lined promenade which runs along the length of the beach which has plenty of cafes/bars for any refreshments. There are plenty of watersports available and paddle boats to hire and there is a lifeguard in attendance. There is a car park just to the left of the beach, therefore, disabled access is easy and it is ideal for those with children.

There is a small bay to the west of Praia da Luz which is called Praia Prahina. The bay is a lot quieter than the main beach which is good if you want to get away from the crowds. The beach is not supervised but it is close enough to the main beach should you wish to use the facilities.

Things to Do

There are a few places of historical interest in Praia da Luz should you get bored of lazing about the beach all day. There are some ruins of Roman Baths from 3rd to 5th century AD, close to the wall that runs along the promenade. The remains of the baths can be accessed via a door in the wall. There is also a little church which originates from the 16th century with some baroque decoration which originates from the 18th century.

There are some lovely places close to Praia da Luz, so if you fancy a walk then head to Benagil where you will get to see some great views and sample some seafood in some of the many fantastic restaurants. There are lots of little churches and monuments to be seen in the surrounding area.

Water sports are very popular here, in particular, diving as there are many wrecks and underwater caves just waiting to be explored.

Out and About

The resort has plenty of shops on offer, whether it be supermarkets or market stalls, you will find everything you need. There are tons of markets available in nearby resorts too. You could also venture to Lagos which is just 10 minutes away, for a larger variety of shops.

Many of the restaurants serve some fantastic fish dishes eg Cataplana which is a mix of seafood and tomatoes, chorizo, peppers, herbs and wine which is then cooked in a sealed copper vessel to retain all the flavours. It is a very tasty dish which is worth trying. There are so many ways that the fish is cooked but all equally tasty. It's not just seafood restaurants though, there are Chinese, Italian and traditional Portuguese restaurants so certainly something for everyone.

There is also a great variety of bars and cafes and nightlife is fairly lively but if you want more variety of late night bars then hop in a taxi to Lagos where you can dance the night away.

Nearby Attractions

There is plenty to do in the surrounding area, you shouldn't have to travel too far to find something of interest.

Slide and Splash Water Park in Lagos is certainly worth a visit. It is open from April to October and offers great fun for all the family. The park is said to be one of the biggest waterparks in Europe and offers a variety of slides and attractions for everyone to enjoy.

Lagos Zoo is not huge but concentrates more on smaller animals and birds. The monkey island is great fun and there is a pets corner too. There is also a children's playground, picnic area, snack bar and restaurant here which makes it the ideal place for a family day out.

Lagos itself is worth a visit, it is one of the most attractive towns in the Algarve with its main avenue running the length of the town. The marina and beach is on one side and the cobbled streets of the town centre are on the other side. There are some great restaurants to sample and plenty of shopping if you fancy.

There are also many boat trips available from Lagos whether it be a relaxing cruise around the area or a special trip to see the dolphins.

Zoo Marine in Guia is a very popular choice for families with children and is the highlight of many a holiday. Visitors will be able to see dolphins, sea lions, seals, tropical birds and various birds of prey. There is also an aquarium with exotic fish and sharks and there is a 4D cinema too so there is plenty to keep everyone occupied.

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