A review of Praia da Luz (July 2023)

A brief recap: Since arriving at Ocean Villas Luz in August 2020, writer David Lugg has been experiencing all aspects of Luz Life. This is his July 2023 review:

When I was seven, I wanted to be a train driver. That was it. There was no other option. Trains were the most exciting things in the world and I had my heart set upon seeing the country via the front window of a speeding locomotive. But then, something unexpected happened – I ended up choosing an education in marketing and public relations and my dreams of driving a train were shattered.

My point is that life is not always straightforward. Sometimes, the unexpected can scupper your best-made plans. You only have to look at the recent pandemic to see how the world was brought to a standstill. What compounds such situations is that it can be difficult to plan for the unexpected.  Which is why, when plans go awry, it is important to have something to fall back upon – something you can trust. In July 2023, my saviour was Peter Rabbit.

For those that don’t know, Peter Rabbit is a fictional animal who featured in a number of children’s stories by the English author Beatrix Potter. Despite being over 120 years old, he still remains a popular figure and an icon for a simpler and happier time. Earlier this year, my daughter was given her very own Peter Rabbit by some very kind friends. Peter (or Pedro Coelho as we sometimes call him) quickly became her go-to favourite toy. Sleepy-time would not be the same again without her beloved bunny.

But then the unexpected struck and our little family came down with a nasty virus. Anyone with children will understand how helpless you feel when your little one is not well, especially as she is too young to tell you. No amount of cuddles or peek-a-boo appeared to help – it seemed that there was no immediate solution. Step forward a 120-year-old rabbit with soft fur and welcoming arms and paws. Cue a good night’s sleep and two relieved parents.

Having someone or something to rely on offers true peace of mind. Modern life is filled with uncertainty and it appears to be an ever-growing facet. Mercifully, there is a solution – a Portuguese panacea. Deep down in the western Algarve, there is a small town that welcomes everyone like an old friend. She doesn’t judge, never casts aspersions and, much like Peter Rabbit, leaves you happy as you drift off to a peaceful sleep. Her name is Praia da Luz.

I have written previous blogs about Praia da Luz’s qualities – the beaches, the restaurants, the bars, the coastal walks – but it is the consistent high standard that instils confidence. This consistency can turn a new guest into a repeat guest. Any seaside destination can offer restaurants but Praia da Luz offers some of the best places to eat in the Algarve. The main beach has been awarded a ‘blue flag’ for its cleanliness, whilst it’s much-fabled ‘300 days of sunshine a year’ speaks for itself.

It is important to remember that change is inevitable in every walk of life, but the secret is how you deal with it. Over the years. Praia da Luz has remained an idyllic haven, away from the strain of mass tourism. Sure, there have been changes to the town as it has expanded over the years, but the ethos remains the same. And that is the key – be the best at what you can do regardless of what life throws at you. Whatever uncertainty is thrown at her, Praia da Luz remains an unwavering friend – our very own Peter Rabbit. 

More news next month.

David Lugg



All photo images owned by David Lugg.

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