Activities in Algarve

Our B&B is the perfect place for a quiet stay and to visit Western Algarve (also called Barlavento) which is a paradise for nature lovers.

Golf: There are four golf courses available within 5-10 minute driving time from the B&B.

Beaches: he nearest beach is the nice bay of Praia da Luz just a few minutes’ drive and a 10-15 minutes’ walk.

Lagos

with its historic center, beautiful marina, numerous postal card beaches and one of the largest bays on the Algarve coast (Meia Praia) is only 7 kilometers away.

The Atlantic coast west of the B&B offers many organized and wild beaches and you can enjoy sunbathing (some of the wild beaches are naked) or walking along the wild Atlantic ocean or along a nice countryside.

Cape St Vincent the southernmost point of Europe is only 30 kilometers away, along one of the most beautiful and best preserved coast lines of southern Europe.

Surf:

The city of Sagres which is the epicentre of surfing in Algarve with some of the best surfing spots is only 25 kilometers away.

Walks around the B&B:

you can enjoy a walk on the small quiet roads above the valley behind the B&B or walk along the cliffs of the Atlantic coast 10-15 minutes’ walk from the B&B.

Trips to the mountain and lakes:

there are also some nice lakes in the mountains and wonderful panoramic views on the Atlantic south and west coasts from the mountains in Foia above Monchique within 45-50 min driving time.

Cultural visits:

Sagres fortress (25 km-16 miles from Luz) was built by Henry the Navigator and is supposed to have hosted his school of navigation. There is a huge stone compass dial measuring 43 meters in diameter.

Zoo Lagos (10 km-6 miles from Luz) a 3-hectares zoo located close to Barão de San João is open 7 days a week all year round and has more than 120 animal species including various monkeys, lemurs from Madagascar and numerous birds.

Chapel of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Raposeira (16 km-10 miles West of Luz): on the national road N 125 a few kilometers past Raposeira going in the direction of Vila do Bispo, one can find on the right side a small road leading to the chapel of Our Lady of Guadalupe. This chapel is a nice example of romano-gothic style with some elements of Manueline style. According to local tradition this was a place of prayer for Prince Henry the Navigator.

“Slave Market”: in the square in front of Santa Maria church there is a small museum dedicated to the memory of slaves that were brought back from the discovery voyages by Henry the Navigator in Africa and were then sold in this market. Dating from the 15th century this market was the first slave market in Europe.

The Golden Church of St. Anthony decorated with gold imported from Brazil is a good example of the baroque art in Portugal. It has an altar with gilt carvings and walls covered with azulejos tiles and gilded wood panels. The entrance to this church is through the Municipal Museum Dr. José Formosinho and both the museum and the church are well worth visiting. The municipal museum has several rooms dedicated to regional archeology, life of local fishermen and farmers, numismatics, liturgical art and paintings by local artists.

Lagos: historical town

Historical town with a small fortress and city walls that were constructed by the Moors and became a shipyard of caravels during the time of Henry the Navigator and great discoveries.

Lagos has a modern marina and numerous beaches Meia Praia, Dona Ana, Don Camilo and in front of the lighthouse in Ponte da Piedade the famous grottoes and natural arches carved by the waves of the Atlantic Ocean. From there you get wonderful views of the Lagos large bay and the Algarve coast.

You can go down the cliffs to the Ocean through a stair carved in the rocks and you will find small boats that can be hired to visit the sea caves and the area. This site is the most famous of the Algarve coast and supposedly the most photographed site in Portugal.