Sports & Leisure
With 3,000 hours of yearly sunshine on the Algarve (that's the most in Europe and more than California!) the climate here couldn't be more perfect for outdoor pursuits.
Right on your doorstep at the Luz Ocean club we have everything to keep you entertained, with huge swimming pools, water sports, poolside activities, tennis, cycling. Down at the beach there's windsurfing, paddle-boarding, kite-surfing, sailing, jet-skiing, kayaking, scuba diving...you name it!
And just beyond, the Algarve boasts some of Europe's finest golf courses, drawing golfers here all year round. We've negotiated special rates for golfers at all the local golf courses!
We have 3 huge pools for you to plunge into, exercise in or just lounge beside with a good book. There are lots of poolside activities for you to get involved in...if you can tear yourself away from that book! And if you're wanting total peace and quiet, there's also an adult-only pool for you to enjoy.
If you've got the energy (or just want to work off that ice cream!) then our poolside aerobics could be right up your street. Let our fitness instructors put you through your paces so you can justify that next holiday indulgence!
We can proudly say we boast outstanding tennis facilities here at the Luz Ocean Club! With five courts, enthusiasts of all ages, standards and aspirations are able to receive tennis coaching of the highest calibre. The Tennis Centre hosts regular Tournaments open to Luz Ocean Club guests.
Situated on the edge of one of the country's most important Natural Parks, The Luz Ocean Club is within minutes of some of the most beautiful countryside in Europe. Horse-back is a totally unique way to experience the spectacular scenery and appreciate the flora and fauna of this breath taking area. There are several stables nearby and we can recommend a range of equestrian activities; from treks through the leafy interior to exhilarating gallops along the beach!
There's just about every type of water-related sport available locally; banana rides, water-skiing, jet skiing, sailing and all types of surfing; serious surfers will know the Luz Ocean Club is within a short drive of Portugal's world-renowned Wild West Coast surf beaches. The Luz Ocean Club is an excellent place to learn to dive, with a choice of local dive schools which will train you to the internationally recognised PADI certificate standard. Big Game Fishing is available on board fully-equipped Florida-style boats; whilst for a more gentle excursion, you may want to take one of the many boat trips to nearby secret grottos and magical sea caves, or treat yourself to a day’s sight-seeing sailing cruise.
There are an incredible 42 golf courses on the Algarve, drawing hundreds of thousands of golfers to its fairways all year round. There are 4 fabulous courses within just a few minutes drive of the Luz Ocean Club:
Onyria Palmares, Lagos: (Include links to all) www.onyriapalmares.com
Parque da Floresta: www.parquedaflorestagolfclub.com
Boa Vista: www.boavistagolf.com
Grotto Boat trips
The coastal headland between Praia da Luz and Lagos is dotted with incredible hidden caves and grottos. Kids love them! A number of companies take groups of visitors on tours of these magical grottos. A fantastic and affordable half-day trip with the kids.
We have bikes available to hire for a small cost so why not take the family out for a bit of exploration? Our reception can give you maps and ideas for your outing...visit the local villages or head off the beaten track into the stunning Natural Park on your doorstep.
Various companies operate boat trips from the Marina in Lagos in search of dolphins. Your tour will take you past the famous grottos of Ponta da Piedade along the coastline and further into deeper waters where the Algarve dolphins can be found.
Seafaris now has a glass bottomed hydrofoil.
Just half an hour away from Praia da Luz, the Zoomarine Algarve boasts a fantastic aquatic-based theme park with dolphins, a sea-life aquarium, animal shows, amusement rides, swimming pools, large water slides, a "wild-water" ride, a 4D cinema, picnic areas, shops and restaurants. Zoo Marine's must-see Dolphin Show takes place 2-3 times a day. It's a must-see experience where the audience watches in amazement as bottle-nosed dolphins perform tricks with their trainers. Or for children over 8, splash out and have an up-close-and-personal experience with the dolphins as part of Zoo Marine's "Interaction with Dolphins" program. There are also regular Sea Lion, Tropical Birds and Birds of Prey Shows. At the Aquarium, visitors will also see sharks, turtles, crocodiles and a wide variety of tropical fish.
Zoomarine is unrivalled in Portugal for the quality of its shows and exhibits. In short, it's quite simply a magical day out for all the family.
Slide & Splash and Aqualand
There are two fantastic Water Parks within half an hour of the Luz Ocean Club; Slide & Splash (Lagoa) and Aqualand (Alcantarilha) (hyperlinks to both). Here you'll find water slides of all different shapes and sizes; plenty for the adrenaline junkies, but others that are safe for toddlers. Both offer restaurant-cafeteria facilities plus picnic areas. There are daily dedicated bus services from Praia da Luz to both these parks.