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Praia da Luz - History
The village of Praia da Luz dates back to Roman times. A Roman bath complex and fish salting tanks have been found very close to the shore. Fishing, including octopus potting through the centuries has been the predominant occupation in the village. In the early 1960's this quiet sheltered village was chosen by an English couple to develop a residential park for fellow countrymen. They were soon followed by other foreigners who acquired the old cottages to convert for holiday occupation and the once upon a time small village is now a popular holiday destination.

Praia da Luz - Description
The beach is of an intermediate size and enjoys a Blue Flag with two distinct zones. A white sandy curved area characteristic of the region and the rocky zone which borders directly to the sea. The sea water is clean and tends to be transparent but the temperature is somewhat variable and cooler and slightly windier than neighbouring Lagos. The temperatures are agreeably cool at night in mid summer. Day time temperatures are pleasantly warm but Praia da Luz is far enough West that daily temperatures remain in the region of 35 degrees Celsius.

The village church named Nossa Senhora da Luz was badly damaged in 1755 earthquake but was later restored. There are a choice of restaurants that provide international dishes including Italian, Indian and a number of local Portuguese restaurants. There is a popular supermarket in the village which sells a good range of food including some local organic foods and imports. The Post Office and a cash dispenser are in Rua Direita whilst the bus stop and taxi rank are by the village church.

Praia da Luz - Nearby Locations
To the east and about 6 kilometres is the main historic town of Lagos with is ancient walls and its history having played an important part in the story of discovery of many parts of the world. It was from Lagos that Vasco da Gama sailed in 1499 on his epic voyage of discovery. Lagos was the capital of the Algarve from 1578 until 1756 and there remain several ancient buildings to testify to its former historic glory. From its Port maritime expeditions were embarked upon to discover the world at the orders of Prince Henry the Navigator.

To the west is the small fishermen's beach village of Burgau. Moving even further west is another small village of Salema. Here will be found some small Roman ruins proving the existence of its past history. Furthest west is the town is Vila do Bispo which is a small administrative town for the Sagres area.

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Santo António Church · Aerial View · Pincho · Main Square · Square · Beach

Lagos Events

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Feira Coral do Algarve (Choral) May
Feira da Arte Doce (Sweets) 29th and 30th July
Feira da Gastronomia (Food) August
Feira de N. Sra. Da Glória 15th August
Feira de Tradicões e Arte do Algarve September
Festival de Flamenco September
Festa da N. Sra. da Conceição e São Luís (Odiáxere) September
Feira de Outubro 12th October
Feira de S. Gonçalo 27th October
Town Holiday 27th October
Festival dos Descobrimentos October & November
Feira Franca de Lagos 22nd to 24th November
Market Day 1st Saturday of the Month

Lagos Telephone Numbers

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Town Hall 282 762 055
Fire Brigade 282 770 790
Police 282 762 930
Hospital 282 770 100
Hospital Privado São Gonçalo 282 760 181
Emergency Treatment 282 771 000
Ambulance 282 760 115
Tourist Office (Lagos) 282 763 031
SOS 112
Support to Tourists 800 296 296
Railways (CP) - www.cp.pt 808 208 208

Algarve Towns
Albufeira · Almancil · Alvor · Armação de Pera · Carvoeiro · Faro · Lagoa · Loulé · Monchique · Olhão · Portimão · Quarteira · Quinta do Lago · Sagres · Silves · Tavira · Vale do Lobo · Vilamoura · Vila Real de Santo António






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