The local gastronomy of Praia da Luz is based on the delicious fresh fish that are readily available and which is served in numerous ways!
Cataplana is normally a mix of fish and sea food such as clams (amêijoas) and prawns (camarões) with tomatoes, chouriço, peppers and herbs cooked with wine in a sealed clam shaped copper vessel to retain all the flavours and is really delicious; Arroz de marisco - a very tasty seafood risotto or a fish grilled to perfection and served with a salad - these are just some of the ways.
Chicken (frango) is always popular and chicken piri-piri (barbecued with a pepper sauce) is often on the menu along with pork (porco) and lamb (borrego) dishes.
Desserts traditionally use almonds and figs in cakes and pastries or just fresh fruits if you don't have a 'sweet tooth'!
Praia da luz has a wide selection of restaurants, cafés and bars and also a nightclub. It caters well for all tastes and budgets with English pubs, Irish bars, Chinese and Italian restaurants, restaurants serving international cuisine as well as traditional Portuguese.
There are cafés and restaurants along the beach front, a restaurant on the beach and many more in and around the centre. Praia da Luz has long been a favourite with British visitors and settlers who prefer the quieter end of the western Algarve and caters really well for families.