An Algarve special
Praia da Luz – meaning Beach of Light – is a compact town in Portugal’s Algarve. It sits behind a sheltered bay with an ancient-fortress-turned-restaurant on one side and black-rock cliffs on the other. Shops, bars and eating places fill the town and run down past the church onto the patterned promenade, where summer craft stalls set out their wares. And it’s all topped off with a lovely stretch of sand.
A sandy bay
Right in front of the town you’ll find the Blue Flag beach. It’s a big scoop of fine white sand in sheltered Luz Bay, with the volcanic Rocha Negra – Black Rock – cliff sitting proudly to the east. At the western end, you’ve got some great rock pools to explore. Meanwhile, the pretty promenade has plenty of bars and restaurants for breaks from the sun. Should you want a change, a 20-minute walk takes you to Praia Dona Ana, which comes with sandstone cliffs, rocky outcrops and little sheltered coves.
Daytrips to Lagos
A 15-minute drive takes you to Lagos. The cobbled streets of the old town are surrounded by 16th-century walls, and the entrance to the harbour has a 17th-century fort – Ponta da Bandeira – with a chapel inside. There’s also the 18th-century Church of Santo Antonio with its incredible interior of gilt-covered woodwork and the Municipal Museum – among the strange exhibits is a preserved eight-legged kid goat.