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Services in Praia da Luz
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Map of Praia da Luz Services
|Bank / ATM
|Emergency Telephone Number
Dialling 112 from any phone box is the same as dialling 999 ( UK ) or 911 ( US ).
Just tell the operator which service you require. Police, Fire or Ambulance.
|Ambulance - ( Ambulância )
There are none based in Luz, the nearest being in Lagos -10 to 20 minutes..
Dial 112 from any phone box and the operator will connect you.
Note: Remember to take your Passport with you when seeking medical attention.
Nearest Hospital: Lagos
Tel: (+351) 282 760 115.
Medic - ( Doutor )
Luzdoc - This is a modern surgery just off the town square.
Note: Medical insurance is advised, even though EU citizens can obtain a refund of most medical costs by using form / card E111 ( forms available from Post Offices
in the U.K. or online
Remember to take your Passport with you when seeking medical attention.
Update ( 2006 ) : E111 is no longer valid you should have an
Where : Rua 25 de Abril, 12, Praia da Luz, 8600-174 Luz, Lagos.
Tel: (+351) 282 780 700.
Fax: (+351) 282 780 709.
|Fire - ( Bombeiros )
There is no fire station in Luz, the nearest is in Lagos - 15 minutes.
Dial 112 from any phone box and the operator will connect you.
Nearest Fire Station: Lagos
Coming from Luz go anti-clockwise on the ring road, on the left as you descend the hill toward the seafront.
Tel: (+351) 282 770 790.
|Hospital - ( Hospital )
There are 24 hour hospitals at Faro, Loule, Albufeira, Portimao, Alvor and Lagos, all have English speaking staff.
Note: Remember to take your Passport with you.
Tel: (+351) 282 771 000.
Nearest Hospital: Lagos
Tel: (+351) 282 770 100.
Nearest (Private) Hospital: Lagos
Hospital Privado Sao Goncalo.
Tel: (+351) 282 760 181.
|Police - ( Polícia )
There are none based in Praia da Luz, but there are fairly regular mobile patrols that cover the Luz area.
Dial 112 from any phone box and the operator will connect you.
Nearest Police Station: Lagos
Tel: (+351) 282 762 930.
|Airport - ( Aeroporto )
Faro is the nearest to / most convenient for Praia da Luz.
Information: (+351) 289 818 982.
Lost & Found: (+351) 289 818 302.
As of January 1st 2008, Portugal introduced its No Smoking Policy. There are options to allow smoking in some places but due to the vagueness of the new law at this time ( 01/08 ), 99% of bars
and 100% of restaurants in Luz are now non-smoking ( at least inside the premises ) in order to avoid the hefty fines. However two bars in Luz have complied with the regulations and have opted to
be smoking bars ( The Bull and Cafe Jasmin ). Fortunately with the generally good weather for the majority of the year and the number of places with terraces the 'problem' does not impact quite as
much as it does in the U.K. All premises are required to display signs denoting whether they are Smoking or Non-Smoking establishments.
Cigarettes and Tobacco: If you are a
smoker, don't bother stocking up at the airport when you arrive as prices, unlike the U.K., are fixed throughout the country. You can buy as you need to without looking for 'cut price' outlets.
Even though tobacco has gone up in price by over 200% in the last couple of years it is still cheaper than the U.K.
- ( Telefone )|
Public telephones are located by the Habana / Lazuli cafes on the Av. dos Pescadores, by the Dolphin Restaurant on the Rua da Calheta and also up by the Commercial Centre (
opposite the Baptista supermarket ).
Dial 0044 for the United Kingdom from Portugal (don't forget to drop the zero from the home area code).
International access code for Portugal is +351. No area or city codes required.
You will also need to use this prefix when using a non-Portuguese mobile phone in Portugal.
International calls can be made direct and the dialling code for Portugal is '351' International calls must first dial "00", then the country dialling code, then the area
code without the prefix "0", and lastly the subscribers' number.
00 + ( Country Code ) + ( Town / Area Code ) + ( Telephone Number )
00 + 351 + 282 + 770 790
Within Portugal you can call direct to any subscriber first dialling the area code (if the destination of the call is outside the area in which the call is being
made) then the telephone number.
( Town / Area Code ) + ( Telephone Number )
289 + 818 982
For an idea of where you're ringing, the area codes in the Algarve are: • 281 = East Algarve, • 289 = Central Algarve, • 282 = West Algarve.
Calls made from bars, restaurants and hotels are usually much more expensive than the public phones in the street. ( ifones' ) can be bought at many places and is recommended as it allows you to
monitor your expenditure and only charges what you use ( nearest available from the newsagent in the arcade between the two cafes ).
Phone calls are cheaper at the weekends, holidays and from 21.00 – 09.00.
Operator: Dial 099.
Emergency: Dial 112 ( the equivalent of 999 in the U.K. ).
|Tipping / Gratuities - ( Gratuities )
Generally 10-15%. First check if a service charge has already been included in your bill as some of the tourist restaurants have started to adopt this practice and you may wish to adjust your
|Time Zone - ( Zona de Tempo )
Greenwich Mean Time; same as the UK. So do not adjust your watches ( unless you're coming from elsewhere ).
Tourist Office - ( Turista Escritório )|
none based in Luz, the nearest being Lagos. See here for other Algarve tourist offices.
Where: Largo Marquês
de Pombal. Rua Vasco da Gama. Lagos
Tel: (+351) 282 763 031
|Weights and Measures - (
Pesos e Medidas )
Metric, so bring your calculator or a conversion table if you think you may have a problem.
Banks - ( Banco ) |
Some Bars / Restaurants
may accept sterling but it will be at a poorer rate of exchange.
Other nearest banks / cash points are in Lagos. We've found that exchange rates for UK sterling can be better than at home (
even with commission added ).
The currency is the Euro, ( seven
banknotes and eight coins ).
- English speaking staff. Commission is charged on exchanges. No credit card transactions over the counter so use the outside ATM (Cash point). It has been known to empty on / during national /
Where: On the corner of square about 100m north of the Church.
Banco Espirito Santo - Lobby Service / Cash point.
Where: 500m Up the hill ( Rua 2nd Abril ) from the square, on the right hand side of the road. .
- ( ATM )|
- Located just inside the Baptista supermarket
lobby five minutes walk up the hill from the town square. Open available during Supermarket opening hours.
Where: Up the hill ( Rua Primeiro do Maio ) from the town
square, take the first turning to the right.
- ( Parque De Carro )|
There is one main car park located by the Lazuli / Habana bars on the seafront. It costs €1.50 for as long as you want during the summer months, otherwise its free.
Another place to park is at the other end of the seafront on the waste ground just below the church ( access from the square ). Also there are spaces by the Baptista supermarket. However parking
is generally free most everywhere in town, if you can find it.
- ( Cinema )|
English and Portuguese language films. Original language films with Portuguese sub-titles.
What's On now. The site is in Portuguese but you should be able to work it out. There is also an
advertising billboard on the sea front by the Habana / Lazuli cafes that will tell you what's currently on and when ( normally 21.00 / 22.00 ).
Luztur ( Commercial Center )
Tel: (+351) 282 703 332.
- ( Igreja )
The church of Nossa Senhora da Luz ( Our Lady of the Light ).
You will find Portugal is overwhelmingly Roman Catholic and its people are very religious.
Masses are held every morning in the Parish churches.
There are services in English in most principal tourist areas, the Nossa Senhora in Luz is no exception. Check at the Church for service times as they may vary depending on holidays and
Where: Located in the center of the town, just off of the square. It can't be missed as it is yellow and white and beautifully maintained.
- ( Dentista )|
Dr Peter Steinhausen. One of Luz's two dental practices.
Where: Rua 25 de Abril, Up the hill, past the Chinese restaurant, next to the O'Celeiro supermarket.
Tel: (+351) 282 788 820.
|Dentist - ( Dentista )
The other of Luzs' two dental practices who speak fluent English.
Where: Rua 25 de Abril. Up the hill pass the Chinese restaurant, opposite Luzdoc medical centre.
Tel: (+351) 282 788 670.
Fax: (+351) 282 789 268.
The main Portuguese newspaper in English, is
The Resident. Published weekly. There are two versions depending on where you are located, Lisbon or Algarve.
Essential Algarve is a bi-monthly magazine. The
and The Portugal News
are good online daily electronic papers. Versions of the Mail and Mail on Sunday are printed in Lisbon so will be available in newsagents fairly early in the morning. They are the same as the U.K.
versions except for more localised advertising. Other English newspapers will arrive at anytime up to midday as they are flown in. You will pay a bit more for these as a result.
The following are not the only newsagents but these do have English newspapers ( and cigarettes )
Where: In the Commercial Centre by the Pharmacy. ( I )
Where: In the Baptista Supermarket. ( J )
Where: In the arcade between the two cafes on the seafront. ( K )
- ( Garagem )
There isn't a petrol station in Luz. However, If you drive in the direction of Lagos / the motorway, there is a petrol station just off of the last roundabout ( the Lagos exit ) before you
get on to the dual carriageway that leads to the motorway.
- ( Farmacias )
Look out for a green cross sign. Pharmacies are open during normal business hours, there is normally one pharmacy in every town that is on duty through the night, it's address is posted in
the windows of every other chemist and in local newspapers. There is just one in Luz, alternatively there are several in Lagos.( See the Algarve
Towns ( A - l ) page, Lagos section for addresses ).
Where: Up the hill past the bank in the town square. Inside the Commercial Centre.
- ( Correios )|
The Post Office, Telegrafos e Telefones - C.T.T.
It can be used for telephone calls and stamps.
can also be bought from news stands and tobacconists ( e.g. on the beach front or in the Commercial Centre ).
Normal (internal) post takes up to 3 days for delivery.
Registered Mail and Parcel services available in the Post Office.
Economy cheaper than Airmail but could take longer.
Airmail takes up to 5 days ( Europe ), 7 days ( rest of the World )
Where: 5 minutes walk from the town square, along the Rue Directa ( the old road to Lagos ) on
Open: 0900 -1800 but is closed at weekends and bank holidays.
||Priority Mail (Correio Azul)|
|< 20 gram
||Portugal: 0.30 €
Europe: 0.56 €
World: 0.72 €
< 20 gram:
|Portugal: 0.45 € |
Europe: 1.75 €
World: 1.75 €
21 — 50 gram:
||Portugal: 0.45 €
Europe: 1.05 €
World: 1.65 €
21 — 50 gram:
|Portugal: 0.58 € |
Europe: 2.35 €
World: 2.35 €
51 — 100 gram:
||Portugal: 0.48 €
Europe: 1.10 €
World: 1.75 €
51 — 100 gram:
||Portugal: 0.62 € |
Europe: 2.75 €
World: 2.75 €
- ( Toaletes Publicos )
These are the only ones I've found so far. On the seafront, in the arcade between the Habana and Lazuli cafes, also a pretty ropey but clean block near the top of the hill of the Rua da
Praia. Otherwise in most any bar, cafe or restaurant.
|Radio Stations - ( Estações
de Rádio )
Plenty of stations to be had in the Algarve / Portugal. This is fortunate as when travelling down the coast they often fade away. They play a variety of Portuguese and International music.
Just a few listed below that seem to remain quite clear around the Luz / Lagos area.
104.9 - RFM, 104.3 - Nostalgia, 103.6 - Total FM, 94.0 - Solar FM, 88.1 - Radio Commercial.
101.2 - Kiss FM is an English Language radio station.
94.6 - Sagres FM is the 'Local' station,
National Radio stations are:
Antena 1 similar to the UK's BBC Radio 2, e.g. news, sport and middle-of-the road music.
Antena 2 similar to the UK's BBC Radio 4, e.g. mainly classical music and fado (Portugal's folk-music).
Antena 3 (101.9 FM) Radio 1.
- ( Lojas )
Also see my Luz Shopping Page
for more details of the Supermarkets listed here.
Generally shops are open 0900-1300 and 1500-1900, Monday to Friday, closing lunchtime Saturday. These times may vary depending on how the
season is faring. The siesta, enjoyed by nearby Spain is not observed here, but two hours for lunch is to be expected. Supermarkets may open 0800-2000 weekdays. There are five supermarkets in Luz,
the biggest and probably the best being
Baptista, there is also an Ali Super ( 7-11 type ) by the Church in the main square and
another Ali Super
on the hill Rua da Plage. The
O'Celeiro supermarket up the hill in Rua 25 da Avril is not quite as extensive but it is open on Sundays. The
Cestinho is a small shop that has the basic essentials a bit off the beaten track but its located to serve mainly the Estrela complex The larger 'superstores' are in nearby Lagos.
Fresh fruit and vegetables can be purchased at markets held daily in the market building of Lagos. Larger markets where you can buy clothes, shoes and handicrafts are held in
Lagos on the first Saturday of the month. See the foot of the
Miscellaneous page for other market days.
- ( Pescine )
A handy find. A large swimming pool with a separate children's pool. Loungers etc. Snack Bar.
Cost: Adults: €5.00. Children: €2.50 for the day. ( 2007 / 8 )
Open: from 09.00 to 23.00 ( peak season ).
Where: Access from the ground floor of the Commercial Centre through a small doorway marked Pescine ( opposite the entrance to Soozeys bar ), and up the
stairs as it is located on the first floor ( directly above the cinema ).
|Electricity - ( Electricidade )
The national electricity company in Portugal is EDP Energias de Portugal SA.
Electrical Emergency - Tel:: 800 506 506.
The electrical power is 230 volts / 50 Hz ( as in the U.K. ). Appliances use the standard European two pin round plugs (
type 'F', max rating 16 amps ). Adaptors are readily available as travel packs at airport shops in the U.K. or almost any electrical outlet in Europe.
|Gas - ( Gás )
Bottled Gas ( Botijas / Garrafas ) supplies and delivery.
Where: Up from the beach on the right of the Rua de Praia.
Tel: (+351) 282 789 550.
|Rubbish - ( Desperdicio )
Luz has pretty much converted over to the EEC street waste disposal guidelines. You will find blocks of four coloured rubbish bins each clearly marked as to what should be put in them.
Papel - Paper coloured Blue,
Embalagens - Bottles, plastic or metal coloured Yellow,
Vidro - Bottles, glass coloured Green,
Lixo - Food, biodegradable coloured Brown.
|Water - ( Agua )
Water is drinkable in the majority of places, but bottled water is available everywhere ( better for tea! ). For bottled water remember Carbonated ( fizzy ) is 'agua com gaz'
and Non-Carbonated ( still ) 'agua sem gaz''.
Aguas de Portual provides the names and contact information of local water boards in Portugal.
Water cuts: ( Falta de Agua ) - Tel: 800 222 425
Burst pipes: ( Roturas ) - Tel: 800 201 600
|Internet - ( Internet )
Only residents ( or property owners ) can subscribe to an Internet service in Portugal. However most towns and the more sizeable villages should have an internet 'cafe' for public access. Luz
has the Eureka
a dedicated internet cafe located on the Rua Dirieta, also the Cafe Jasmin by the Post Office has a couple machines in their bar.
The Eureka has a number of computers with fax, printing and Skype facilities. Tariffs are modest and a variety of 'packages' are available. The weekly packages are the best value and are
recommended for frequent users on holiday.
Below are links to the main Internet suppliers in Portugal.
- Part of Portugal Telecom's PT Multimedia TV cable company TV Cabo
- Also part of the Portugal Telecom PT Multimedia Group
|Buses - ( Barras-onibus )
The most convenient and cheapest way of travelling in the Algarve is by bus. The R N ( orange and white buses ) provide services to all major towns and resorts along the coast. Bus stops are
identified by a sign reading "Paragem". The main bus stop in Luz is by the church. There is a regular bus service to Lagos ( about 15 times a day ) ending about 19.00. Click here for the
- ( Taxis )|
Taxis are quite reasonably priced and can be extremely handy as alcohol tolerance is zero in Portugal. They are quite easy to spot as they are normally a Mercedes and are beige
The taxis ( generally ) have no meters but follow a standard fare table based on mileage.
It is usually worthwhile to pre-book taxis especially in peak season.
Where: If there are any taxis 'waiting' ( occasionally ) they can normally be found in the new taxi rank in the town square ( by the church ). Though this is more
likely during the daytime.
Jose Inacio ( 24hr service ). This seems to be the one that most bars will use if you ask for
Tel mob: (+351) 914 700 476 or (+351) 917 870 771.
Dario Amodor ( 24hr service ). Another firm located in Burgau.
Tel mob: (+351) 917 210 311 or (+351) 919 796 695.
|Trains - ( Trens )
The railway system links Faro with Vila Real de Santo Antonio in the east and Portimao and Lagos in the west. There is also a link from Faro to Lisbon, which is about a three hour journey. In
general the trains are slow ( but are getting better ) and do not connect the main coastal resorts. However there is a station at Lagos, which is only 10 minutes away
from Luz and takes about an hour and a half. Click here for the Train
Roman Ruins - ( Ruinas Roman ) - ( 1 )
There are roman ruins, halfway along the Av. dos Pescadores. A small entrance in the wall leads you up some stairs to what remains of some fairly recently excavated Roman fish salting tanks
and a small bath complex. Regrettably only a small section now remains but is is still worth a look.
Open: Free entry to the public from 10.00 to 17.00 daily.
Fort - ( Fort ) - ( 2 )|
Located at the west point of Luz bay is a 16th century fort. Originally built to defend against pirates. Set in lovely
gardens the location offers spectacular views across the bay. It is now a smart restaurant with outside jazz barbeques in the summer months.
Church - ( Igreja ) - ( F )|
The Church of Nossa Senhora da Luz ( Our Lady of the Light ). Located in the center of the town. The
original church was badly damaged in the earthquake and subsequent tsunamis in 1755, The fairly plain styled current one was then built with local contributions ( which are still very much
welcomed ). It can't be missed as it is yellow and white and beautifully maintained.
Black Rock - ( Rocha Negra )
Wherever you are in Luz you can't miss the Rocha Negra cliff ( a product of the volcanoes of Monchique some 150 million years ago ) that dominates the eastward view. The spectacular lump of
black granite has pushed through the typical Algarve sandstone cliffs, resulting in one of the Western Algarve's most famous sights.
Roman Aquaduct - ( 3 )
A small, restored, Roman Aquaduct.
Where: Easily missed. Halfway down the Rua do Poco on the left.