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Nestled in a curvaceous crook of Portugal’s renowned Algarve coast, the former fishing village of Luz is a delightful destination in which to spend a sunny sojourn. Luz boasts an imitable combination of both antique charm and fabulous tourist facilities; in spite of its rocketing popularity, Luz has managed to maintain the rich cultural and historic heritage that made it so appealing in the first place. In between two of the area’s spectacular natural landmarks lies a silken stretch of golden sand upon which gentle waves lap.
The famous and foreboding Rocha Negra reigns supreme over the golden sands of Luz; this compelling cliff is an ancient product of a volcano’s molten lava flow, the boiling liquid of which cooled to create this spectacular 150 million year old sculpture.
On the other side of the bay, a flagrant fortress gazes solemnly out to sea; dating back to the 14th century, Luz Castle is a dominating structure used to project the vulnerable bay from pirate attacks. Now, the historic monument has a more recreations purpose, and houses refined restaurants from which panoramic ocean vistas can be enjoyed.
Occupying a prime position that overlooks the pretty promenade and blissful beach is the stunning and sacred structure of our Lady of the Light Church. The church is as incandescent as its name suggests, with its luminous white façade, simple curves and golden embellishments.
As its name would suggest, Aquario Restaurant specialises in the sublime seafood of the salty ocean. With an enviable seafront location, the romantic setting and fine food will ensure even the most discerning palates are pleasured; sample the signatur fish stews and tender roasted lamb for a true taste of Portugal’s finest food. (Edeficio Luzur, Commercial Centre, Luz, Portugal)