Casa do Mar

Casa do MarOriginally named Praia da Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Luz, the original name meant "The beach of the church of our lady of the light" and has now been shortened.

Praia da Luz was until recently a fishing village. The fishermen stretched their nets in a long wall from the rocks in front of the Fortaleza to trap the Tuna. The great fish were brought ashore at the slipway along the beach. More recently small boats took to sea nightly to catch lobsters, octopus and sardines. On the front the old sardine cannery still remains though it is now a very good restaurant and has been made into private houses.  Today the migratory routes of the fish lie far out to sea and what fishermen remain tend to find it easier to work from the harbour at nearby Lagos.

Despite the increasing popularity of the Algarve, Luz has so far remained very much a family destination. In the town there are excellent super-Praia da Luz - Waterfrontmarkets, a chemist, a butcher, a bank and many other shops where most things required on holiday can be purchased. Numerous restaurants and a discothèque are within walking distance. In nearby Lagos, a thriving town, there is an excellent fresh vegetable, fruit and fish market as well as further restaurants and numerous large supermarkets including Intermarche, Pingo Doce and Lidl. You can also find lots of local independent shops in the town centre.

Although a holiday at Casa do Mar can be very self contained, there are many places of interest and activities nearby. Golf at the famous Penina, Palmares and Floresta golf courses, wind-surfing, fishing, waHouse and Poolter-skiing, tennis, scuba diving, surfing, sailing, riding and a casino. A car is useful if you would like to get out and about and there are some lovely places to visit such as Portimao, Praia da Rocha, the Monchique Mountains and Cape St Vincent, as well as a wide choice of other secluded sandy beaches, within easy reach.

The climate is one of the best in Europe, rarely any frost or snow and seldom excessive humidity. Temperatures range between 10oC and 20oC (50oF and 68oF) in winter and 20oC and 35oC (68oF and 95oF) in summer. With its beachside location Casa do Mar benefits from wonderful summer sea breezes so it is rarely stifling hot as it can get with villas further inland. Winter rainfall is generally between 245mm and 508mm (10" and 20") and less than 127mm (5") in summer. The coast faces south and spring starts early. The almonds flower in mid January, and orange trees are in full blossom in March, at the same time carrying fruit ripe for picking. Average annual sunshine is over 3,000 hours.