Praia da Luz
tHE BEST OF ALL WORLDS
FRIENDLIEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD
Portugal is one of the best places in the world to live. Roughly 10% of the population are expatriates who decided to settle here.
But what makes Portugal so special? Is it its green mountainsides, golden sandy beaches, and vast blue ocean? Its fine gastronomy, rich heritage, and cosmopolitan cities? Or is it its world-class outdoor and ocean activities, temperate climate, and friendly people, that draw so many to want to live here? Any one of these characteristics can make a location great. But it’s the remarkable combination of these incredible qualities that makes Portugal stand out among the most desirable places in the world.
THE BEST OF PORTUGAL
Best Place in The World to Live or Retire*
It is impossible to come to the Algarve and not fall in love with it. Referred to as the best place in the world to live or retire that nobody’s talking about*, the Algarve has become home for a growing number of expatriates from Northern Europe and elsewhere.
Its signature beaches, mild weather, and 300+ days of sunshine, which have some referring to it as “the Southern California of Europe,” make the Algarve the perfect place to call home yearround.
*Live and Invest Overseas, Huffpost.com
CAPITAL OF DISCOVERIES
Lagos – Where I Reinvented The World Sophia de Melo Breyner
With a population of 35,000 and only 5 km from Luz is Lagos, the Capital of Portugal’s maritime discoveries. Lagos, nestled in the west end of the wide sandy bay bearing its name, is home to the first 5-star marina in the Iberian Peninsula.
Once the headquarters of Henry the Navigator’s great enterprise that led to the discoveries of the Americas, the maritime way to Asia, and Magellan’s circumnavigation, Lagos is now one of the most visited cities in the Algarve, having earned Trip Advisor’s top “destination on the rise” distinction in 2012.
Ponta da Piedade, the southernmost point in Lagos, is one of the most photographed natural features in Portugal. The Ponta da Piedade promontory, full of arches, grottos, and underwater caves, has some of the most striking beaches in the world — an explorer’s dream!
Having embraced the “slow movement,” Lagos is on the world’s list of Slow Cities (Cittaslow), an international group of small towns that promote high quality living, including slow food and drink, general conviviality, noise reduction, traffic control, pedestrian circulation, and commerce of local goods. Slow Cities resist the cultural standardization typical of the usual, frenzied city lifestyle.
Praia da Luz
THE JEWEL OF LAGOS
Luz is a wonderful beach village situated 5 km outside of Lagos, near the Vicentine Coast National Park. Though technically still part of the Municipal Council of Lagos, Luz is physically separated from the rest of Lagos by a 2 km-long cliff ending to the east of Luz in a striking black rock protrusion called Rocha Negra. This physical separation has allowed Luz to keep its identity as a small, family-oriented, seaside village, even as it underwent a major transformation from millennial fishing village to a beachgoer’s paradise.
Though the sea in Praia da Luz is generally calm, large northwesterly swells wrap around Cape St Vincent and produce epic surf conditions in Luz, more predominantly in the winter. Otherwise, clear blue water and sandy bottoms, with interesting rocky ledges and formations, make Luz a natural underwater haven for snorkelers and scuba divers.
For outdoor enthusiasts and sports lovers
A Sea of Experiences
The gateway to the Vicentine Coast Natural Park, the region of Lagos combines fantastic beaches with incredible conditions for surfing, sailing, snorkeling, fishing, and other water sports.
The most striking natural feature of the Park is Cape Saint Vincent, the southwesternmost point in Continental Europe, a sacred place revered by the ancients as finisterra, the place where the world ends and the sea begins.
Around Lagos there is a vast network of trails, many with seaviews, connecting the local beaches with the Via Algarviana trail system, which runs from the Spanish border to Cape Saint Vincent.
Boavista Golf & Spa Resort
The golf course at Boavista Golf & Spa Resort is an 18-hole championship course (par 71) located halfway between Luz and Lagos. With views of the Lagos bay in the east and the Monchique mountains to the north, the natural contours in the terrain offer great challenges and makes it one of the most attractive courses in the Algarve.
Onyria Palmares Golf
Still in Lagos, you can find the Onyria Palmares Golf, distinguished several times as the best course in Portugal by publituris – Portugal Travel Awards. Is an ambitious 27-hole course with 90% of tees overlooking the bay of Meia-Praia. Before entering the course you can fine-tune the game with a very complete Driving Range with several Pitching and Putting greens.
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