The fine, sandy beach of Praia da Luz is situated in a sheltered, long-extended bay. A typical distinguishing feature of the 1-km-long beach is the Rocha Negra, a black volcanic rock situated at the east end, which towers from a cliff into the sea.
The beach of Praia da Luz with view to the black rock Rocha Negra
Because of its sheltered position, the beach is very popular with families. The sea is often a bit calmer here, and the beach slopes gently into the sea. At the western end, the beach merges into a flat, rugged rock plateau with small, natural pools, which are very popular with kids in the summer.
Many water sports are offered. You can rent canoes, stand-up paddling boats or the classic pedal boats. Those who like speed can book a trip on a banana boat or flying fish. Numerous restaurants, bars, cafes and shops line the beach promenade, which is located immediately behind the beach. Here you can enjoy fresh fish, with a direct view of the Atlantic, or watch the hustle and bustle on the beach over a drink.
In the summer months, many holidaymakers from the surrounding holiday homes flock to the beach, which of course can get very busy then. In the winter months, it is of course less busy. Then, many surfers ride the waves, or kite surfers let themselves be pulled over the sea by the winter winds.
Beach of Praia da Luz
With its blue flags, the beach of Praia da Luz is outstanding and classified as a “barrier-free beach”, which can be recognised by the white flags. It is guarded, it has a good infrastructure, and it is possible to rent sunbeds and sunscreens. There are parking spaces in close proximity to the beach, from where one reaches the beach in just a few steps. Thus, accessible access for the disabled is guaranteed. However, in the summer months it can take a bit longer to find a free parking space.