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Luz Doc
24 Hr Medic
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Luz Dent
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Crédito Agricola
Bank and (outside) Cash point.
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Taxi Rank
If you're lucky.
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Nossa Senhora da Luz
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 04/2008  New
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Dispensing Chemist
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Public Telephones
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Rubbish bins.
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Between the two cafes.
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Between the two cafes.
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Public Telephone
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Main Car Park
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Ali Super
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Post Office
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Banco Espirito Santo
Bank and (Lobby) Cash point
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(Inside) Cash point
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Ali Super
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Mini Market
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Public Telephones
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Eureka Services
Internet Cafe
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Roman Ruins
Bath and Fish Salting Pens
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16th Century Fort
Now a smart restaurant.
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In This Section Emergency Ambulance Consulate Doctor Fire Hospital Pharmacy Police
Emergency Telephone
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.
Consulate( British ) Consulate - ( Consulado )
In the event you have lost your passport, they are unable to issue new passports but may be able to assist you on getting back home without one.
Applications for new passports should be made directly to the UK Passport Service Iberia in Madrid. For further enquiries on British passports, please call: 800 813 877 between 09:00 and 17:30 ( This service is provided by Abtran, calls cost €1.72 per minute ).
Who : British Consul : Paul Rodwell, Vice Consul : Angela Morado. Ambassador :Alex Ellis.
Public Opening Hours : Monday to Friday, 0930 - 14.00.
After 14.00 hours, at the weekend and on public holidays, when the Consulate is closed, there is an emergency helpline to assist British and certain Commonwealth Nationals in the event of death, serious illness, accident or arrest.
Emergency Tel : (+351) 213 924 175 - This number is for emergencies only and should not to be used for general enquiries, particularly about visas, out of hours.
Note : There is a statutory fee for services performed out of hours. This fee is currently ( 2008 ) £121 ( 161 ) per hour and is payable in Euros only. It is not charged in the case of death, accident or serious injury.
Where : Portimão
Address : Largo Francisco A Maurício 7-1, 8500 Portimão
Directions : Turn off from A22 at Portimão Exit. Follow directions to centre Portimão. Pass four roundabouts: Monchique, Ladeira do Vau, Malheiro and Hospital. Pass TOTAL petrol station, keeping right on Cardosas lane. Come to 5th roundabout turning off at 3rd exit. Cross the level crossing and turn 1st left. Keep left straight through to old bridge. The Consulate is above the pharmacy 'Arade'.
Tel : (+351) 282 490 750
Fax : (+351) 282 490 758
EMail : portimao@netcabo.pt
Web : ukinportugal.fco.gov.uk
 Last Updated : 10/2008
Ambulance Services - Praia da LuzAmbulance - ( Ambulância )
Dial 112 from any phone box and the operator will connect you.
Go to the Map Medical Services - Praia da Luz24hrs Medic - ( Doutor )
Luzdoc - This is a modern surgery just off the town square.
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.).
Update: E111 is no longer valid you should have an EHIC replacement.
Rua 25 de Abril, 12, Praia da Luz, 8600-174 Luz, Lagos.
 Tel: (+351) 282 780 700.  Fax: (+351) 282 780 709.
Fire Services - Praia da LuzFire - ( Bombeiros )
None based in Luz.  Dial 112 from any phone box and the operator will connect you.
Nearest: Lagos Fire Station
Tel: (+351) 282 770 790.
Hospital Services - Praia da LuzHospital - ( Hospital )
There are 24 hour hospitals at Faro, Loule, Albufeira, Portimao, Alvor and Lagos, all  have some English speaking staff.
Nearest: Lagos - Hospital Privado Sao Goncalo.
Tel:  (+351) 282 760 181.
Go to the Map Pharmacy Services - Praia da LuzPharmacy - ( Farmacias )
Look out for a green cross sign Pharmacy - Praia da Luz
Pharmacies are open during normal business hours, there is normally one pharmacy in every town that is on duty throughout the night, it's address is posted in the window of every other chemist and also in the local newspapers. Note the Pharmacy in Luz is closed on Sundays, the nearest one that will be open is in Lagos, its address is posted on the Luz Pharmacy window.
Where: The one in Luz is up the hill (past the bank in the town square) in the Edificio Luztur (Commercial Centre).
Police Services - Praia da LuzPolice - ( Polícia )
None based in Luz.  Dial 112 from any phone box and the operator will connect you.
Nearest: Lagos Police Station:
Tel: (+351) 282 762 930.

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In This Section Airport Time Tipping Tourist Weights      
Airport Services - The AlgarveAirport - ( Aeroporto )
Faro - Information Tel: (+351) 289 818 982.
Lost & Found Tel: (+351) 289 818 302.
Time Zone - The AlgarveTime Zone - ( Zona di tempo )
Greenwich Mean Time; same as the UK. Do not adjust your watches (unless you live elsewhere). The EU's version of Daylight Saving Time runs from 03:00 on the last Sunday in March (when the clocks go forward by an hour) through to 03:00 on the last Sunday in October (when they go back by an hour).
For 2008 clocks go forward by one hour on the night of 29-30 March.
They go back again on the night of 25-26 October.
Tipping and Gratuities - West AlgarveTipping / Gratuities - ( Gratuities )
Generally 10-15%. First check if a service charge has already been included in your bill as some of the more popular tourist restaurants have started to adopt this practice ( and they still expect you to add to it ) so you may want to adjust the amount you were going to leave.
Tourist Offices - Praia da LuzTourist Office - ( Turista Escritório )
There is none based in Luz, the nearest being Lagos.
Tel: (+351) 282 763 021
Weights and Measures - West AlgarveWeights and Measures - ( Pesos e Medidas )
Metric, so bring your calculator or a conversion table if you think you may have a problem.
Clothing Converter LinkFuel Converter Link.

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In This Section Banks Parking Churches   Dentist papers Post W.C.
Radio Shopping Swimming              
Banks - Praia da LuzBanks - ( 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).
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Banks - Praia da LuzBank

Crédito Agricola - On the corner of the town square about 100m north of the Church,
English speaking staff. Commission charged on exchanges. No credit card transactions over the counter so use the outside ATM (Cash point). Watch out though it has been known to empty on / during national / bank holidays and high season weekends.

Go to the Map Banks - Praia da LuzBank
Banco Espirito Santo - Lobby Cash point.
Where: Up the hill ( Rua 2nd Abril ) from the square, on the right.
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Go to the Map Cashpoint - Praia da LuzCash Point
Baptista Supermarket - An alternative Cash Point is situated inside the Baptista supermarket five minutes walk up the hill. Only accessible when the Supermarket is open.
Where: Up the hill ( Rua Primeiro do Maio ) from the square, on the right.
Cashpoint - Praia da LuzGo to the MapBank
Barclays Bank - ATM.
Where : On the St James Apartment complex. On the ground flloor of the pink coloured buildings at the top end of the Rua 25 de Abril.
Address : Urbanização de St. James, Lote 5, Cave, Montes da Luz. 8600-128 Luz-Lagos
Tel : (+351) 282 002 180
Fax : (+351) 282 002 181.
Go to the Map Car Parks - Praia da LuzCar Parking - ( Parque De Carro )
There is one main car park located by the Lazuli / Habana bars on the seafront. It cost €1.50 for as long as you want. Another  place to park is at the other end of the seafront on the waste ground just below the church (access from the square). However parking is generally free most everywhere in town, if you can find it.
Go to the Map Churches - Praia da LuzChurches - ( Igreja )
The church of Nossa Senhora da Luz (Our Lady of the Light). The original church was badly damaged in the earthquake in 1755 , The fairly plain current one was then built. It can't be missed as it is yellow and white and beautifully maintained. 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.
Where: Located just off of the town square.
Go to the Map Dental Services - Praia da LuzDentist - ( Dentista )
Luz Dent - Dr Peter Steinhausen. One of Luzs' two dental practices.
Rua 25 de Abril, next to the O'Celeiro supermarket.
 Tel:  (+351) 282 788 820.
Dental Services - Praia da LuzDentist - ( Dentista )
Laboratorio Dentario - One of Luzs' two dental practices who speak fluent English.
Where: Rua 25 de Abril, opposite Luzdoc.
Tel: (+351) 282 788 670.  Fax: (+351) 282 789 268.
Go to the MapGo to the Map Newspapers - West AlgarveNewspapers - ( Journais )
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 Portugal Post is an online daily electronic paper. 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 more for these as a result. There are several places where newspapers are available a couple of 'main' ones are shown on the map.
Go to the Map Post Office - Praia da LuzPost Office - ( Correio )
The modern air-conditioned Post Office, Correios, Telegrafos e Telefones - C.T.T. is located about 150m on from the bank along the old Lagos road (Rua Directa). Look for the Red sign Correio.
There is external post box marked Resto do pais e Estrangeiro. It has telephone boxes and stamp machines. To avoid possible long queues (in the high season) it is worth noting that stamps can be bought from news stands and tobacconists (on the beach front). An International stamp to Europe for a postcard / letter up to 20g costs €0.56. Opening hours:9am -12.30pm & 2.30pm - 6pm Monday - Friday. Closed on Public Holidays.
Go to the Map W.C's - Praia da LuzPublic Toilets - ( Toaletes Publicos )
These are the only ones we've found so far. In the arcade between the Habana and Lazuli cafes. Also a slightly dingy but serviceable outside block halfway up the Rua da Plage, from the beach bars, on the left.
Radio Stations - West AlgarveRadio Stations - ( Estações De Rádio )
Plenty of stations to be had in 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 - Antena 3, 103.6 - Total FM, 95.8 - Kiss FM (English), 94.6 - Sagres FM, 94.0 - Solar FM, 88.1 - Radio Commercial
Shopping - West AlgarveShopping - ( Shopping )     
See also our Luz Shopping Page for details of the shops in Praia da Luz.

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, so much a part of life in nearby Spain is not observed here, but two hours for lunch is the norm. Supermarkets may open 0800-2000 weekdays.
Fresh fruit and vegetables can be purchased at markets held daily in the market buildings of Lagos, Albufeira, Loule, Portimao and Armacao de Pera. Larger markets where you can buy clothes, shoes and handicrafts are held the following days: Lagos - first Saturday of the month, Quarteira - every Wednesday morning, Portimao - first Monday of the month, Loule - every Saturday morning, Silves - third Monday of the month, Albufeira - every Tuesday morning
Go to the MapGo to the MapGo to the MapGo to the Map Shopping - Praia da LuzShopping - Luz Supermarkets
There are four supermarkets and a mini-market in Luz, the biggest and probably the best being Baptista ( J ). There is also an Ali Super ( S ), 7-11 type by the Church and another Ali Super ( N ) on the hill up from the beach front. The O'Celeiro ( C ) supermarket up the hill in Rua 25 da Avril is not as extensive but it is open on Sundays. There is a smaller mini market Cestinho ( T ), that services the Estela complex. There are larger 'superstores' close by in nearby Lagos.
Go to the Map Swimming Pool - Praia da LuzSwimming Pool - ( Natação )
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. (2006)
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).
 01/2011  Closed for 2008-11

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In This Section Electric Gas Internet Telephone Rubbish Water Wi-Fi  
Electricity - West AlgarveElectricity - ( 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 Service - West AlgarveGas - ( 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.
Go to the Map Internet Services - Praia da LuzInternet - ( Internet )
Most ( Luz ) Hotels are 'connected' these days ( wired or wireless ) and also most towns and even 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 a bit further up the road by the Post Office has a couple machines in their cafe / bar.
The Eureka has a number of computers with fax, printing and Skype facilities. They also have facilities for connecting your own laptop which is unusual for Algarve internet cafes. 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.
Open: Mon.- Thurs. 10am-10pm. Fri.-Sun. 10am-midnight.
Where : On the one way road leading out of Luz. Coming from the square on the right hand side before the Post Office. Opposite the Ocean resort complex.
Address : Rua Direita, 20. Praia da Luz.
Tel : (+351) 282 789 191
Email : Eureka.services
Only residents ( or property owners ) can subscribe to an Internet service in Portugal. Below are links to the main Internet suppliers in Portugal.
Netcabo - Part of Portugal Telecom's PT Multimedia TV cable company TV Cabo
Sapo - Also part of the Portugal Telecom PT Multimedia Group
Go to the MapGo to the MapGo to the Map Telephones - Praia da LuzTelephones - ( Telefones ) - ( L ) and ( I ) and ( U )
Public telephones are located at the following locations in Luz...by the Habana / Lazuli cafes on the Av. dos Pescadores, at the top of Rua da Plage where it joins Rua Dirieta, outside the Commercial Centre opposite the Baptista supermarket and next to the Dolphin Restaurant in the Rua Calheta.
Use pre-paid cards (available from the newsagent in the arcade between the cafes) it works out cheaper and you can monitor your expenditure.
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, use the whole of the 9 digit number. You will also need to use this prefix when using a non-Portuguese mobile phone in Portugal.
Calls made from bars, restaurants and hotels are usually much more expensive than the public phones in the street.
Phone calls are cheaper at the weekends, holidays and from 21.00 – 09.00.
For an idea of where you're ringing the codes 281 = East Algarve, 289 = Central Algarve, 282 = West Algarve. The operator is 099. 112 is for emergencies (like 999 in the U.K.).
RubbishGo to the MapRubbish - ( 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 Services - Praia da LuzWater - ( Agua )
Water is drinkable in the majority of places, but bottled water is available everywhere (better for tea!). Carbonated is 'agua com gaz' and Non-Carbonated '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
Wi-Fi Services, Praia da Luz. Algarve. Wi-Fi( Wi-Fi )
A couple of 'free' Wi-Fi hotspots I have found so far in Luz. Not sure about the policy for usage but I'm sure if you have a drink or snack whilst there I don't think there should be a problem. If you find out differently please let me know. Also information on any other Wi-Fi hotspots / locations would be gratefully received.
Where : Hotel Belavista toward the top of the steep hill coming into Luz ( Rua 1 de Maio )
Where : Hugo Beatty Cafe just off the Rua 25 de Abril, on the right, past the Chinese Restaurant when coming from the town square.
Where : Luz Ocean Beach Club on the left coming from the square, on the Rua Dirieta ( no.44 ).
A small note - As in the U.K., it is illegal to hijack a wireless internet connection. So even if you have access / multiple connection options available make sure you know who you are connecting to. The connection i.d. should make it clear. When in doubt, ask the proprietor of the location you are in.

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Go to the Map Roman Ruins - ( Ruinas Roman )
There are roman ruins, halfway along the Av. dos Pescadores. A small entrance in the wall leads you up some stairs to some fairly recently excavated Roman fish salting tanks and a small bath complex. Open to the public from 10.00 to 17.00 daily.
Go to the Map Fort - ( Fort )
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.
Go to the Map Church - ( Igreja )
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..

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Bus Services - West AlgarveBuses - ( 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. It is also a local pick-up point for excursion coaches. Bus Timetable.
Train Services - West AlgarveTrains - ( 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 fairly slow and do not connect the main coastal resorts. They are a cheap way to travel (approx 6,50 Lagos to Faro). There is a station at Lagos, which is only 10 minutes away from Luz. Train Timetable.
Taxi Services - West AlgarveGo to the MapTaxis - ( Taxis ) - See also the Transport page.
Taxis are quite reasonably priced and can be extremely handy as alcohol tolerance is zero in Portugal. Taxis are beige coloured and are usually Mercedes.  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. The Taxi rank can be found in the center of town (by the bus-stop and the church), or most restaurants will order one for you.

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