Nestled between Lisbon and the Alentejo, the Comporta region has long been a secret summer holiday location of Portugal’s oldest families. It is now popular with artists and trendsetters alike, attracted by its understated stylish atmosphere but the area remains unspoilt. Our range of Comporta luxury holiday rentals are mostly located around the beaches of Carvalhal and Pego and a little inland in Muda.
The coast offers a stunning expanse of unspoilt sandy beaches that seriously rival those of the Algarve in beauty, as well as having far fewer crowds, all set within a picturesque rustic scene of fishermen thatched cabanas, rice farming and quaint wooden boats. This is an uncomplicated place for enjoying the simple things and your holiday at a slower pace. Pick a beach-chic accessory from one of the local trendy boutiques, sample the superb local gastronomy or sip a sundowner during a stunning beach sunset.
Set within a protected nature reserve where the Sado River meets the Atlantic ocean, the region has an abundant bird life with hundreds of storks building their nests in almost every chimney and electric post possible; but mosquitoes also exist, although we think this is a small price to pay for all the charm.
For some family holiday fun, you can go horse riding, book a surf or stand-up paddle lesson, play a round of golf, hire bikes to cycle from beach to beach, or go wild dolphin watching on the Sado estuary.
There is a good choice of reasonably priced local restaurants to choose from and in the hot summer months, there are parties galore hosted by hip beach clubs; but if you prefer a quieter holiday and somewhat cooler temperatures, book your vacation outside the summer season.
Comporta’s neighbour the Alentejo, has an outstandingly beautiful coastline and massive prairie landscapes somewhat reminiscent of the African plains and no less beautiful. We feature both rural and coastal Alentejo holiday villas.
At least 100 kms of the Alentejo coastline form part of the Costa Vicentina natural park. Washed clean by Atlantic tides the beaches are wild and rugged, perfect for surfing and full day family picnics. Inland the countryside is ideally suited to nature walks, horse riding and bird watching, with bursts of wildflowers in the spring and golden-red sunsets in the summer. The province is also dotted with sleepy whitewashed villages and castle towns, rich in history and ancient traditions, as well as boasting two UNESCO World Heritage Sites (Évora and Elvas).
Both Comporta and the Alentejo regions have an excellent choice of wines for you to try during your stay as well as a range of local arts and crafts, to take back home as gifts!