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Luz Beach

The village of Luz, popularly known as Praia da Luz and as a fishing village, its name originates from the Igreja da Nossa Senhora da Luz (Church of Our Lady of Light), which was severely affected by the 1755 earthquake and rebuilt by the inhabitants.

Ancient cultural roots are expressed by the archaeological vestiges of several people who have settled in the area since the Paleolithic and later on the Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans and Arabs. The history of the village dates back to Roman times, where it finds its presence in the Roman Ruins, discovered in the nineteenth century. They show a thermal spa and a complex consisting of tanks for salting fish, a monument classified as Property of Public Interest.

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Dedicated to fishing and canning industry of tuna and sardines until the 70's, had its end due to the diversion of the tuna route and the decline of the canning industry, dedicating after to local small-scale fishing.

Nowadays focused on family tourism, it provides a quality and differentiated service with numerous restaurants and bars, supermarkets, disco, pharmacy, medical clinic, taxis, buses, etc., making it a preferred holiday destination for many Portuguese, English, French, Germans and others.

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The beach with fine and white sand, the calm and transparent sea and the characteristic rock formations such as Black Rock, a volcanic formation that extends in a streak from the Monchique mountain, provide a relaxing well-being. It is awarded with the Blue Flag of Europe, status that is given to beaches that meet the strict criteria of Water Quality, Environmental Education and Information, Environmental Management, Security and Services.

Conveniently centered in the western Algarve, it is close to many places that also deserve to be visited for their historic and scenic importance like Lagos, Sagres, Aljezur, Monchique and Silves. Luz village and its locals welcomes you to this small paradise.