Comporta

“Carefree and Casual in Comporta.” - Reviewed by Lisa

  • Lisa says: “So cool, so easy-going – but so down-to-earth.”
  • Miguel says: “Sophisticated chill.”
  • Aaron says: “One big kids’ playground! No worries about the kids roaming with their buddies from one place to another. Complete freedom – loved it!”

Comporta is hard to describe because it doesn’t actually compare with anywhere you may have visited before. This enchanting seaside village on the Troia peninsula has its own pace and unique charm which we all fell for immediately.

Days here are unhurried. It’s an easy, breezy, barefoot and blustery existence. The focus is the beach. And what a beach! Twelve km of uninterrupted mellow yellow, fine and powdery sand.

This is rice-paddy land – great fields of rice stretch all the way to the coast, sheltered from the stiff Atlantic breezes by sand dunes.

Homes are totally unique to this area of the world – your usual concept of a home does not apply here. Homes in Comporta are clusters of small, low-built, thatched cabanas with cobalt Comporta blue shutters, doors and window frames. These quaint cabanas make use of beams of wood from nearby pine forests and are lined with tightly-packed grasses from the riverbanks. You will not find any gates, tarmac, nor high walls. You will find, instead, sandy tracks leading from one cottage enclave to the next.

In the local beach bars and restaurants, you’ll rub shoulders with A-listers from the international worlds of art, fashion and European commerce. Comporta has been found only by a knowing few, but it is about to become less of a secret.

LOCATION

  • 120 km (about a 1-1/2 hr drive) south of Lisbon

EXPERIENCES

  • Golf – Two championship golf courses can be found approx. 20 min away from Comporta: an 18-hole golf course in Tróia and a 27-hole course between Carvalhal and Melides.
  • Water sports – Kite-surfing, wind-surfing, swimming, kayaking, fishing, yachting
  • Nature – Take a bird-watching cruise complete with binoculars and a guide who will introduce you to the abundant bird life in the area. Or, enjoy a day of relaxation on the water as you go dolphin watching in Setúbal Bay and Arrábida.
  • Sightseeing – Comporta offers a number of interesting cultural experiences, including:
    – Cultural tours of the villages of Alcácer do Sal, Arrábida, Azeitão and Lagoa de Albufeira;
    – Walking tours of the rice fields, salt flats and Sado River;
    – Jeep tours to the nearby region of Alentejo and the typical Alentejan village of Grândola;
    – Or take a fascinating canoe tour of the ancient Roman ruins located on the Tróia peninsula.
  • Horseback riding – Discover the idyllic village of Comporta, its amazing beaches and green rice paddies on horseback. The horses are well-trained and suitable for riders of all ages, even children.
  • Spa services – Pamper yourself by scheduling an invigorating yoga session or relaxing massage.
  • Lazing on the beach – Pack up your beach umbrella, spread out your towel and spend the day enjoying the dazzling sandy beaches.