Praia da Luz

There was formerly an active fishing fleet here, and a favorite pastime was to watch the boats being hauled onto the broad, sandy beach that lends the community its name. Although the boats are gone, this is still an agreeable destination—despite the development that has hit it. At the western edge of town a little church faces an 18th-century fortress that once guarded against pirates and is now a restaurant. Many of the accommodations available in Luz are in private villas and apartments; the tourist office in Lagos may be able to advise you about them.

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