Praia da Luz

The beach is associated with a small but very cosmopolitan resort, where a paved avenue runs along the seafront, offering visitors a variety of sun-filled outdoor cafés and restaurants, as well as some street entertainment. Bordered by large palm-trees, this avenue leads in the west to the walls of the fortress originally built to protect the church from attacks by the Moors.

On the beach, at the foot of the wall, is an extensive rocky platform of warm colours, sculpted by the sea and displaying marine fossils and some of the typical life of intertidal environments: sea anemones, buckshot barnacles, limpets and top shells, wrapped in a carpet of green seaweed. On these ochre-coloured rocks and out of reach of the tides grow typical cliff plants, such as sea lavender.

The cliff rises up to the east, becoming grey in colour and with many crevices that have been formed by the effects of trickling water. Standing out against this landscape of whitened cliffs carved out of limestone and marlstone is a notable rock formation: the socalled Rocha Negra (black rock), a volcanic seam originating in the Serra de Monchique that has reached all the way to the sea. This bay of calm water is particularly suited to water sports: windsurfing, kitesurfing, sailing and diving, and there is a variety of support facilities available for the use of holidaymakers.

There is the possibility of stones falling from the cliffs, so that care should be taken when walking close to them at the eastern end of the beach. The beach can be reached on foot through the town of Luz (signposted on the EN125, roughly seven kilometres from Lagos). There is an organised parking area near the beach, which has various support facilities (restaurants and toilets) and is supervised during the bathing season. The beach is classified as an accessible beach. The beach faces south/south-east.