The village of Luz has cobbled streets leading down to the sandy beach with a pedestrian walkway. There are lots of restaurants, cafes and shops along the promenade and in the summer months market stalls and artisans displaying their work. Praia da Luz also has some Roman ruins, thankfully saved from recent development, the Roman bath remains are open to the public during the summer. It has a relaxed, holiday atmosphere and there are a range of water sports available. There are several mini-markets and a supermarket as well as a natural food shop selling all manner of unusual foodstuff. Luz Bay Club Hotel has indoor and outdoor pools, tennis and squash courts, Turkish baths and a gym; visitors can buy a day pass.
Facilities at, or near, Praia da Luz include scuba diving, water-skiing, windsurfing (Surf Experience), microlite, horse riding at Quinta do Paraiso Alto and, of course, golf. There are four courses within a 20 minute drive; the championship course at Penina, Palmares at Lagos, Parque de Floresta at Budens and the Boa Vista course between Lagos and Luz.
Pros: Most of the villas do not require a hire car & the beaches are shallow and therefore good for families.
Cons: Taxi transfers from the airport are quite expensive.