Introduction to the area

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Luz do Sol is situated just 15 minutes from Faro Airport, located in the valley of “Vale Formoso” translated means “Beautiful valley”.

South of the villa the town of Almancil and beaches, north the Historical market town Loulé.





There are many beautiful local accessible beaches just 10 minute drive from Luz do sol. There are plenty of accessible beach restaurants, serving fresh fish and the famous Portuguese chicken piri piri.

Almancil is a small town just north of Quinta do Lago and Vale do Lobo resorts with excellent golf courses, and 5 star restaurants.




Almancil has a wide variety of restaurants and cafes from casual to fine dining – 5 star Michelin restaurants, many are wheelchair accessible. Extremely good supermarkets “Apolionia” supplying a range of UK and European products, Pingo doce supermarket a great fresh fish and veggies, Aldi,Lidal and small local shops. Almancil also has and excellent chemists with many a UK brands, banks, post office and cafés.



loule fish


South west of the villa the sea front town of Quateria which has a large accessible promenade along the beach front and accessible beaches, with lots of beach cafes, bars, restaurants and hand craft shops and daily fish market freshly caught.



villamoura marina


West of Quateria is the posh Villamoura marina, with some amazing boats and yachts, here you can take boat trips which are wheelchair friendly along the Algarve cost and anchor in a small cove with caves, and maybe spot some dolphins. The marina is surrounded with accessible restaurants, cafes, and shops.

algarve beaches






Loule 1



Loulé, is a 5 minute drive from Luz do Sol. Loule is a vibrant and typically Algarvean market town set in almond-covered foothills. It is an ancient town, of its once Roman, later Moorish castle walls.

The castle walls surrounded Loulé which is best known among visitors for its craftsmen, its old-world charm and its keenness to party.




med fest

“Med fest” or Medieval festival is set within the castle of Loulé, street performance, and street stalls. A four day celebration of  various styles of live music, from all over the world, food, visual arts and street theatre from principal countries of the Mediterranean basin. Now in it’s 10 th year.




loule gypsy market



Like many of their street parties, “Medfest” is spread out over plazas, through winding old streets, inside markets and next to historic castle walls.  Locals from Loulé, residents of the Algarve region, and tourists from all over the world mix and mingle, dance and eat, to the Mediterranean, African and Caribbean beat.

The main attractions are the musical acts.  Each night, numerous artists will perform on six stages erected throughout the Roman walls of this historical town.



white noiteNoite Branca (white night) also in Loulé is quickly becoming one of the most popular Algarve events of the year.

Sponsored by the Council of Loulé, the end-of-Summer party is intended to be a giant “chill out” party.  Streets in the central district of Loulé are closed….and the area is taken-over by street performers, bands, DJs…and thousands of visitors all wearing white!




loule fruit



loule honeyA daily fresh fruit and vegetable market, cobbled streets with workshops, artisans beating copper, stitching leather or selling wrought iron, cane furniture, basketwork and embroidered goods, a great day out for gifts and leather belts, bags and boots.




loule carnival



Visit Loulé at Carnival time, usually February. The merrymaking doesn’t quite rival that in Rio de Janeiro, but people from all over the Algarve converge on the town for a couple of days of float and fancy-dress parades, general high-spirits.


Caldas de Monchique




A half an hour drive from Luz do Sol the beautiful area of Monchique.

Nestled in a ravine surrounded by dense forest, the village of Caldas de Monchique translate the Hot spring of Monchique have been around since Roman times.

Over the centuries have visited the volcanic spring,which emerges from the ground at 32ª C, as it is beleived the waters have curative properties for those suffering from respiratory, skeletal and muscular problems. A visit to Cladas de Monchique is a tonic in itself, historical and picturesque scenery and a wonderful view of the Algarves cost line for the high advantage of Monchique.




Just down the road from Luz do Sol is the karting track. The track is a replica of the Brazil Jacarpagua formula 1 great day out for all, children’s karting, trampolines, also karts adapted for the disabled and Buggy excursions. Also 5 minutes from the villa is Agua show water slide park for a fun filled day, and Zoo marine with shows and swimming with the dolphins.