The Village of Luz (Vila da Luz) is located around 5km West of Lagos City in the Algarve. It is a very popular tourist village with a beautiful beach flanked by rocks on either side. The environment is relaxed and less cosmopolitan than in Lagos.
The highlight of Vila da Luz is its lovely crescent-shaped beach, bordered by flat rocks and tall cliffs. The well known “Black Rock” towers to the left hand side. There is a beautiful cobbled, palm-lined promenade. It is a very international holiday destination for Portuguese, English, French, German, Dutch, Italian and other European and World tourists.
The Vila da Luz used to be a small fishing village, but it’s history goes back to its roman origins. It was a settlement that had a small bath complex, and several fish-salting tanks. These remains can be found near the foreshore at the waterside development and well as througout the village especially with recent finds.
It also boasts a XVII Century coastal fort, which is now a restaurant, called “Fortaleza” (Fortress) and the lovely Church of Our Lady of Light.
The village has since modernized, with a vast array of facilities from bars and restaurants to a whole range of entertainments for adults and kids, it also has a wide range of apartment complexes, villas and hotels to choose from.
How to reach the Village of Luz
- From Lagos, you take the EN125 to the West and then the M537 into Luz. It is roughly a 10 minute drive.
- From Faro airport, the drive takes roughly between 45 minutes to 1 hour along the A22 motorway into Lagos, and then on to Luz.
- From Sagres & Cape St. Vincent (the most Westerly point in Europe) is a 30 minute drive West.
The Zoo, Zoomarine, Waterparks, Cinemas and Large Shopping Centers (in Portimão and Lagos) are all within a 10 to 30 minute drive.
Vila da Luz has a wide range of facilities, it is for the most part self contained and you can enjoy your holiday in the village without the need to go to Lagos, although we do recommend a trip to Lagos to enjoy more of what Algarve has to offer, so these are just some of the facilities available in Luz:
- Public Swimming Pools
- Pharmacy and Chemist
- Wide range of different shops
- Traditional portuguese restaurants
- International restaurants
- Ice cream parlour
- Beach snack bars
- Bars and disco
- Roman ruins
- Two large supermarkets (Batista Supermarket and SPAR)
- Two smaller markets (Celeiro and Antonio)
- Traditional portuguese bakery
- Beauty spa and gym
- Private clinic
- Post office
- Tennis courts
- Different watersports
- Public exercise park
- Walking trails
Besides the village facilities we also have during the Summer several festivals and traditional festivities with snacks, food, drinks, live music, dancing and whole lot of fun, take especial notice to our wonderful Our Lady of Light Festivities in September and the Midnight Swim Party at the end of August.