Summer may be winding down, but that doesn’t mean we’re ready to trade in our bathing suits and sunglasses for coats and scarves just yet. For those looking to squeeze in one more holiday getaway this season (or take a fun weekend trip as the temperatures start to drop), Praia da Luz in southern Portugal may be the place for you.
Portugal is the perfect holiday destination, whether you’re interested in trying sweet treats or relaxing in the sun.With its Mediterranean locale, abundant coastlines and fabulously warm weather, Portugal is also a great place for swimming and other water sports. Get ready to pack your swimming gear and head to the coast, because there’s truly no better place to dip your toes into everything wet and wild than in gorgeous Praia da Luz.
Located in southern Portugal’s Algarve region, the city offers amazing views of the Mediterranean Sea and plenty of water-related activities. With beaches spanning the length of the town, you’ll never be too far from the sand and the surf during your stay here. Families with children can rest easy knowing that the fresh, clean waters of southern Portugal are safe for children to enjoy.
In addition to the picturesque beaches, the area boasts a wide variety of water activities. If you’re really looking to get your feet wet, why not give surfing or body-boarding a go?
Top Tip: For something a little different, head to the western edge of Luz’s beaches. Here you can find tidal pools teeming with small animals and other marine life.
If you’re looking to get your adrenaline pumping, check out one of Portugal’s famous waterparks. Known for their wave pools, thrilling slides and gravity-defying water rides, these parks are sure to get your heart rate soaring!
Portugal’s Algarve region is known for its spectacular beaches, but that doesn’t mean you have to stick to the shore to take advantage of the sights. Many companies offer a wide variety of boat trips out of the harbour, and there’s truly no better way to take in all the wonders of the Mediterranean.
Some examples of boat trips offered in the area:
- Dolphin-watching tours
- Fishing trips
- Sight-seeing along the coast
Top Tip: Boat tours tend to run between 1 hour 30 minutes and 2 hours in length, so make sure you have enough time in your schedule when booking these adventures.
Banana Boat Rides
For something a little eccentric, try a banana boat ride. These crazy giant inflatables are a great way to see the coast, include the whole family and have some fun while doing it!
Where to Stay
Quinta do Mar da Luz – Just a short walk from Burgau Beach, Quinta do Mar da Luz offers unique views of the coast due to its cliffside location. With a variety of apartments, studios and family-style rooms boasting air-conditioning and satellite television, there are enough options to please even the pickiest of travellers.
If you still have energy after a full day of water sports and the beach, this resort has an outdoor swimming pool, fitness centre and tennis court.
Ocean Club Apartment – Relax in style at the Ocean Club Apartment, an eight-minute walk from Luz Beach. With free Wi-Fi, spacious family rooms and a fully-equipped kitchen, this apartment would make a great home-away-from-home during your stay in Luz.
How to Get There
The closest airport to Praia da Luz is Faro Airport (FAO). Flights from the UK to Faro are inexpensive and generally available at the last minute for spontaneous travellers. Once you’ve arrived at Faro airport, transfers to your accommodation are available via shuttle bus or taxi.
I would recommend Shuttle Direct for all Faro airport transfers, since their services can be booked in advance and make travelling to and from the airport a lot easier. If you book your Faro airport transfers before you travel, all you have to do is show up at the airport and enjoy the ride to your accommodation.
These pre-booked shuttles are great options for destinations like Praia da Luz, which are some distance away from the nearest airport.
- UK to FAO Flight Time: 2 hours 50 minutes
- FAO to Praia da Luz Distance: 69 kilometres
- Shuttle Direct Transfer Time: 59 minutes
About Shuttle Direct
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