Praia da Luz to Porto de Mós is a coastal trail hike for any adventurous soul. This cliff walk is part of one of Portugal’s long-distance trails, the Fisherman’s Trail, and according to Condé Nast Traveler, the trail is among the six most beautiful coastal trails in the world!
The 13th section of the Fisherman’s Trail is 11 km in length and runs from Praia da Luz to Lagos. However in this post, I’m going to share what you need to know about hiking Praia da Luz to Porto de Mos.
Distance: 4 km one-way; Time: 1.5 hours one-way; Elevation: 100m; Difficulty: Easy
- Carry water!
- It’s forbidden to camp along the trail. Look for authorized campsites.
- Dogs must be kept on a leash.
- Avoid walking near the edges as the cliffs are always eroding.
How To Get To Praia da Luz
Praia da Luz is located in the Algarve region of Portugal. It’s a 10-minute drive from Lagos, and it’s only an hour drive from the Faro airport.
The Fisherman’s Trail: Praia da Luz to Porto de Mos
The Fishermen’s Trail or Trilho dos Pescadores, is a 226.5 km long-distance coastal trail in Portugal from Lagos in the Algarve to São Torpes in Alentejo. The trail is part of Rota Vicentina, a collection of hiking and cycling trails in the southwest of Portugal.
Hiking Praia da Luz
The hike from Praia da Luz to Porto de Mos starts near Luz Beach, which is the main beach in town. If you continue walking east along the beachfront, you’ll see the last road that curves to the left towards the cliffs.
The road will take you up a cobblestone street through a residential neighborhood. At the end of the road, you’ll see the trail just up ahead.
Hiking The Cliffs
From the bottom of the cliffs, you can see the Geodésico da Atalaia, also known as ‘The Monument’ at the top of the cliffs. The trail is marked with blue and green trail signs. You can follow the marked track to the left as you ascend the trail to the top.
The ascent to the top of the cliffs is about 100m and even though it looks like it’ll take 40 minutes to reach the top, it actually only takes about 10 minutes.
A Panoramic View of Praia da Luz
As you continue walking along the path towards the ocean, you will reach an incredible viewpoint of Praia da Luz and surrounding areas of the Algarve. Keep an eye out for the famous Black Rock or Rocha Negra. This is also a great spot to watch the sunset!
Praia de Porto Mós
If you continue hiking along the coastal path, you’ll reach Praia de Porto Mós. This beach is beautiful and the views from the cliffs are incredible.
I definitely recommend spending some time at the beach or even getting a snack at one of the local shops.
Porto de Mós to Lagos
If you want to keep hiking along the beautiful coast, the path continues for another 7 km all the way into Lagos.
On the other side of Porto de Mós beach, you will have to follow an ascending road for 400 m before turning right and walking through the neighborhood until you find the walkway leading to Ponta da Piedade.
Highlights along the path to Lagos include the Ponta da Piedade lighthouse, Dona Ana Beach, Fort of Ponta da Bandeira, and the bridge of Matina de Lagos. The 13th section of The Fisherman’s Trail ends (or starts) at the Lagos train station.
Answering Your Questions
When is the best time to hike from Praia da Luz to Porto de Mós?
The best time to hike this section from Praia da Luz to Porto de Mós is between September and June. In July and August, it can be very hot and there’s almost no coverage along the way.
What do you need to pack?
Make sure to carry water, but there are places to get food and drinks in Luz and Porto de Mós.
How do you get back to Praia da Luz?
If you don’t want to walk back to Praia da Luz from Porto de Mós, there is a local bus you can take for around €2. You can also hire a Bolt driver.
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