As you arrive, you walk up to the house along a magnificent sensory path fringed by rosemary, lavender, swab grass, germander and shady trees.
The spacious villa is built using local materials in Comporta’s style with beamed ceilings and thatched roofs, inspired by the region's fishermen huts. It features three double-bedroom suites, one bedroom with a double bed and another with twin beds, with these two rooms sharing a bathroom. Plus there are several decked shaded terraces.
We love the open-plan living room and kitchen, which opens to an outdoor seating and dining terrace.
The decoration by Barracuda Interiors offers an eclectic mix of Portuguese regional crafts, late-20th-century furniture and highlights the collection of exquisite objects related to the sea - a reflection of the owner’s passion for the ocean (read our interview).
The owner worked on this project alongside Nuno Lopes, the architect behind some of the most beautiful houses in Comporta and Melides.
The perfumed garden was conceived by landscaper Charlotte Van Houtte.
There’s a huge beautiful fresco on the wall above the kitchen by artist Austin Redfield Tondini (Redfield & Dattner).
A 12 x 4 metre infinity pool, which can be heated on request.
You can buy local fruits and vegetables just a two-minute walk from the house.
Bear in Mind
One of the bedrooms is set in a lovely bungalow which is separate from the main house, behind the pool area.
The minimum stay is seven nights in the high season and five nights during the rest of the year.
Mosquitos can be a nuisance in Comporta during dusk and sunset in the hot summer months. The house is equipped with mosquito netting on all windows.
“I was immediately captivated by Comporta's wild and authentic beauty.”
I went to Faro at the end of 2013 and discovered the beauty of the Ria Formosa Natural Park with its unique coastal lagoon. A few months later, I visited Comporta during a storm and torrential rain. I was immediately captivated by its wild nature, the splendid rice fields, the storks perched on the chimneys, the breath-taking deserted beaches, and of course, the masterful Atlantic.
My source of inspiration was the typical Comporta fisherman's cabana. These huts, thatched with rice straw with horizontal half-timbering, sublimated by the greatest decorators Vera Iachia and Jacques Grange. The villa is a few steps away from Pego and Carvalhal beaches, both popular for surfers. Being connected with the ocean was essential. You can see the sea on the horizon and hear the rolling of the waves.
“I dreamed of this house as an ode to the ocean, which echoed my unique marine collection.”
First, I dedicated this house to the sea, the marine mammals and the colony of dolphins living in the nearby Reserva Natural do Estuário do Sado. I dreamed of this house as an ode to the ocean, which echoed my unique marine collection. These fascinating objects and shells convey strong emotions of immensity and fragility and carry the story of the marine fauna, a passion I’ve had since childhood.
I had the great privilege of growing up in the marine world and getting close to marine animals. I support associations such as the WWF, Parley for the Oceans (United Nations, NY, 2015, COP21) and the MARLANDS project – a new initiative that brings artists and scientists together to find solutions for ecological and social issues across the Mediterranean.
I wanted this house to feel as if it had always existed with an authentic, simple, natural and mineral energy in each room. Nuno Carvalho is a local builder who has the traditional know-how of these cabanas, and the architect Nuno Lopez did a fantastic job of its design. It’s as wonderful to come to in summer as in winter.
While in Comporta, I met the interior designer Alexandre Neimann of Barracuda Interiors, who promotes the wellness and knowledge of traditional craftsmanship. We mixed vintage furniture and tapestries of mine with 20th-century decorative art pieces. Most of the lamps and tables were designed by Alexandre. His eye and his creations are now recognised internationally.
Alexandre had the idea of creating a spectacular fresco in the living room, and a friend of mine introduced me to Redfield & Dattner, Maison de Peinture – a Parisian studio specialising in creative custom hand-painted walls.
The idea was to give the space some extra soul by capturing the beauty of Comporta's nature and, above all, the life of the ocean and its fauna and flora. It also includes references to Cocteau and surrealism.
Austin Tondini, the artist, spent a week in the house, immersing herself in its atmosphere before creating this unique piece of art.
To the unique beaches!
Pájaro Rebelde in Seville. I discovered this Casa Boutique recently. It’s a little Andalusian paradise in a traditional Sevillian house.
The villa offers plenty of areas in which to laze around and appreciate the surrounding nature. The 12 x 4 metre swimming pool can be heated on request and there are four yoga mats and five bikes (one electric) for guests to use.
The beaches of Pego (1km) and Carvalhal (1.6km) are within walking distance from the villa. Sal Restaurant on Pego Beach was awarded the title of “World’s Best Beach Restaurant” by Condé Nast Traveller in 2021.
The surrounding villages, including Carvalhal Village (1.8km), the self-named Comporta Village (11km) and Melides (22 km) are easily reached by car and are part of this region’s idyllic scenery. Having a car is highly recommended to explore and make the most of what Comporta has to offer.
Read on to discover our tips on what to see and do in Comporta. For more recommendations, check out our article Our Insider’s Guide to Comporta in Portugal.
Watch the video above which we did with Condé Nast Traveller. In it we talk about Foz do Douro - the seaside neighbourhood in Porto where we grew up. check out the Full article on their website.
Casa Marítima is a five-bedroom holiday home located 11km from the tranquil fishing village of Comporta and 22km from Melides, on the Alentejo coast of Portugal.
The closest airport is Lisbon Portela Airport. From there you can take a taxi (Uber, Bolt etc. widely available) – or the hotel can arrange a transfer for you.
Lisbon (LIS) – 130km
Faro (FAO) – 200km
Porto (OPO) – 405km
Driving from Lisbon airport takes about 1h20 minutes. Hiring a car is highly recommended if you wish to explore the region, the beaches and the villages nearby.
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