The beautiful beaches boast miles of white sand and crystal blue waters, and there is a wide range of beach bars and restaurants to choose from for that perfect lazy lunch or evening meal and relaxed drink whilst looking out across the Ocean and sands. At night time Luz is very family-friendly with many excellent restaurants happy to welcome younger children, and catering for all tastes and budgets. For the more energetic there is of course golf, watersports, sailing and windsurfing – combine this with street entertainment, a packed calendar of festivals, markets and fairs throughout the year – this is a location you simply cannot fail to enjoy!Many of our villas in Luz, (on the western side of the Algarve, and approximately 6km from Lagos>) are beautifully located right in the charming fishing village itself. Choose a villa here if you are looking for a resort which seamlessly blends the character and history of the past with the demands of a modern holiday destination. Luz has something for everyone – starting with it’s safe, sandy beaches which are often the centre attraction for many visitors.For the more adventurous, water-sports are available including windsurfing and boating. Tuition is available for water skiing and diving if you fancy learning something new. The area is also good for surfing. The Luz Ocean Club offers tennis courts, a fitness gym and swimming pools, and the sports centre in Burgau offers squash, tennis, aerobics and other facilities as well as evening barbecues and live music.The nearby riding centre in Bensafrim offers rides, instruction and day-long picnic rides. Bird watching can be arranged at various protected reserves in the area guided by experienced ornithologists. The Luz Water Sports Centre offers scuba-diving, windsurfing, fishing, sailing and snorkelling. There are also 3 excellent golf courses nearby at Parque de Floresta, Bela Vista & Palmares.In the way of eating and entertainment, there are a number of good restaurants in the village serving a variety of local and International dishes and two good beach bars. There are also some lively bars in the commercial centre and along the road edging to the beach. For an extended selection of bars and discos, Lagos is nearby.The development of Praia da Luz, around the central beach, has been almost exclusively ‘low rise’. The town consists of apartments and villas of all sizes, and the facilities are principally aimed at family holidays. There is a great variety of family friendly restaurants and bars, good supermarkets and all the amenities for a complete family holiday. Luz has a rich history which has been dominated by occupation – firstly by the Carthaginians and then by the Romans and there are the remains of fish salting vats and a roman villa to visit close to the village centre itself. To the east of town you find some spectacular cliffs and among them the prominent black rock known as the ‘Luz Rock’, or ‘Rocha Negra’. This is an intrusion of lava produced from the now extinct volcanoes of Monchique some 190 million to 135 million years ago.Luz also boasts a church which is medieval in origin. Its main chapel has a gothic triumphal arch and vaults, and the retable of the main altar is decorated with gilded carving of a baroque style (mid to late 18th century in style). There is a small aqueduct to channel water from Quinta da Luz, and next to the beach are tanks for salting fish (see above) which were almost certainly built by the Carthaginians and then used by the Romans. Rising above the beach is the 17th century fort of Nossa Senhora da Luz (Our Lady of Light) which has now been turned into a restaurant. Luz is just 8 minutes west of the larger Marina town of Lagos which provides excellent sightseeing opportunities, along with lots of shopping, good night life, and of course the large established marina.Clients staying at our properties are encouraged to visit the golf course at Palmares, which is a showpiece for the imagination of Frank Pennink, one of the most prolific golf course designers in Portugal. At Palmares, Pennink has created a course of undeniable beauty and quality. The reputation of the course – a Par 71 – derives from its skilful use of two different kinds of landscape, as well as its excellent level of maintenance. After starting out on a difficult dogleg Par 4 from a high tee, the golfer soon gets into the links which run behind the beach of Meia Praia, a great expanse of white sand and high dunes. At hole number six the course turns back inland in the direction of the clubhouse. From here on, the player faces just the opposite challenge, with holes designed along curvy valleys bordered by pine trees, and affording beautiful views over Lagos Bay and the Monchique mountains. It is a perfect mixture of links and inland golf. From the veranda of the clubhouse, set between holes 9 and 10, the view covers 25 km of Atlantic ocean coast.