Why we chose Santa Luzia?
First of all for its beautiful 12km uncrowded clean and safe beaches. The beach at Terra Estreita is only 5min by ferry boat away and Barril beach at 1.5km easy walk along the Ria Formosa. Then across the river by narrow-gauge train.
The village itself offers good restaurants all year round, bars with live-music at weekend nights and of course a welcome feeling from the uncomplicated local people of eastern Algarve.
Santa Luzia is only 3km from the historical roman town of Tavira. Tavira is a picturesque town nicknamed 'Venice of the Algarve' which dates back to 2000 BC, an illustration of medieval, renaissance and baroque art, crammed with historical churches, a castle, an ancient Roman bridge and various museums (the area is renowned for its fishing history, particulary for tuna). Frequent art exhibitions are also in display. Maps and orientation are provided on what to see.
From Tavira by train you can reach the entire coast of the Algarve and maybe make a trip to Ayamonte, Spain, 20 min by train and ferry, to enjoy tapas and Spanish hospitality.
Also 10 min by train to the small village of Fuzeta where you will find the kite surfing school, dolphin tours or leasure trips on the Ria Formosa and deep see fishing. If you are more of the sporty type, the eco-trail of the Algarve will bring you trough the beautiful scenery of the salt pans where a multitude of birds can be watched such as flamingo, stork and a various other aquatics birds.
Further in the western Algarve you will find Zoomarine 40min on the motorway where you can swim with dolphins. Or a water park in Loulé, 35 minutes away.
Excellent markets: Tavira, Fuzeta, Moncarapacho, Ayamonte, Cacela Nova and many more. Michelle and William, the owners, have official schedules of all the markets in the apartment and Google Maps of all destinations worth visiting.
The Algarve has the best golfing climate in europe and Santa Luzia is only at 8 km from the Benamor top range golf courses and facilities. To the west you have Vale do Lobo, Quinta do Lago. To the east Quinta a cima and Quinta da Ria within a 15 min drive.