Our Insider’s Guide to Comporta in Portugal
We enjoy Comporta for the pine-scented wilderness, laid-back beachy vibes, excellent food and gorgeous boutiques.
We enjoy Comporta for the pine-scented wilderness, laid-back beachy vibes, excellent food and gorgeous boutiques.
This is our Our Insider’s Guide to Comporta in Portugal, which also includes the best hotels to stay:
- What's Comporta about?
- Boutique Hotels in Comporta
- Handpicked Holiday Villas in Comporta
- Awesome Things to Do in Comporta
- Great Places to Eat in Comporta
- Cool Boutique Shops in Comporta
Comporta is a region located between the municipalities of Alcácer do Sal and Grândola, on the Alentejo coast of Portugal. It’s only a 90-minute drive from Lisbon, although you’ll feel a world away.
Forming part of the nature reserve of the Sado Estuary, Comporta has a remarkable diversity of natural systems with long stretches of beach, windswept dunes, scenic pine forests, salt marshes and rice paddies which become a vibrant green in June. The region is visited by over 200 bird species from all over the world, and you will for sure see many white storks, the emblem of Comporta.
This wild and unspoilt part of Portugal attracts an in-the-know international crowd, including renowned artists, designers, and A-listers. However, Comporta still manages to pull a mellow, low-key beachy vibe. After all, it’s said this is where people come to be anonymous, and it’s okay if you don’t fancy dressing up for dinner.
There are a few villages in Comporta, including the self-named Comporta Village, which are easily explored by car at short distances and are all part of this region’s idyllic scenery (note that due to the spread-out nature of the region, having a car is essential to explore the best of what Comporta has to offer).
The region is well preserved for two main reasons, which we will try to summarise quickly. Firstly, much of Comporta sits in a strictly protected nature reserve; Secondly, since the 1950s much of it was privately owned by a single Portuguese family, the Espírito Santo’s, and only a few private holiday homes existed. But in recent years some of the land has been sold and the area has now opened up to high-quality, sustainable tourism.
In 2014 Sublime Comporta was the first hotel to open in Comporta. Since then, a few others have followed.
Despite all of this, construction is still strict, and thankfully development is not allowed within 500 meters of the beach. The architecture of the new builds continues to be primarily influenced by the huts of local fishermen and farmers, with thatched roofs and wooden and reed walls. The décor is often rustic-chic with all the modern comforts, coining the term Comporta Style.
Read on to discover our top picks of Boutique Hotels and Villas in Comporta.
Sublime Comporta is a wonderful luxury retreat surrounded by nature, offering rooms plus cabana-style suites and villas with private pools and cosy fireplaces. It’s located near the idyllic beaches of Comporta, Carvalhal and Pego.
Quinta da Comporta
Quinta da Comporta is a five-star boutique hotel idyllically located in the heart of Comporta’s nature reserve, near the white sandy beach of Carvalhal.
Spatia Comporta offers rooms and villas set in pristine woodland, blending naturally into their surroundings. All rooms have a large floor area of more than 40 square metres, using glass and wood to create a smooth flow between indoor and outdoor areas. There’s a restaurant, outdoor swimming pool, a bar and shared lounge area.
If you want to stay in Comporta without breaking the bank, then B.Hostel might be for you. This nine-bedroom boutique hostel offers simple and stylish accommodation. Breakfast is included, and there's an open-plan shared kitchen, a large living room, and a garden with a small pool. You can rent each room individually or the whole building.
This stunning five-bedroom holiday home with a dreamy infinity pool and a lush garden is located near the beaches of Pego and Carvalhal, in Comporta.
Casas de Arroz
These four architect-designed ‘huts’ (houses with thatched roofs inspired by local fishing huts) in Possanco can be rented independently or all together. There’s a shared infinity pool overlooking the rice fields and wild meadows. Cabin rental in Comporta can’t get much better than this.
Flor de Arroz
This gorgeous boutique stay offers a two-bedroom villa with an adjacent two room cabin, accommodating up to eight people in total. Flor de Arroz is located at the foot of the magnificent rice fields of Comporta in Lagoa Formosa.
Manos 114 is a cosy three-bedroom villa located in Comporta, just a five-minute drive from the beaches of Carvalhal and Pego. Surrounded by pine trees, this is the perfect place to relax and to enjoy morning and evening walks. The villa is a perfect retreat all year round, including in winter by the fireplace.
Campo de Arroz
Campo de Arroz is a beach house with an inviting swimming pool located in Comporta’s magnificent rice fields near the beautiful Carvalhal and Pego beaches. It features a house and a garden cabin, which can be rented either together or separately, and accommodate up to 10 people.
Casa de Cantoneiros
This pretty holiday home in Comporta has six en-suite bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, a garden and a heated salt-water swimming pool. The villa is a ten-minute drive from the beaches of Comporta, Pêgo, Carvalhal and Aberta-a-Nova, and a five-minute walk from the village of Muda.
Nestled in the peaceful hamlet of Brejos da Carregueira de Cima, this four-bedroom villa offers a stylish design aesthetic, with microcement flooring throughout, exposed concrete ceilings and large windows. The outdoor terrace with a raised swimming pool makes this a perfect setting for a relaxing getaway with all your favourite people.
Casa Branca na Muda
An industrial-style six-bedroom villa nestled in the peaceful village of Muda, minutes from the best beaches in Comporta. Enjoy spectacular views in a stylish space, with wall-to-wall open views of the countryside. This home was custom built and furnished with great attention to detail.
Casa dos Brejos
This luxurious six-bedroom villa comprises handcrafted wooden structures that sit atop shimmering sand, with a beautiful pool at its foot. The kitchen offers original, striking touches with its black cabinets, glossy tiles, and an angular island.
Cabin in Comporta
This stylish modern cabin in Comporta has spectacular views and is within walking distance to the beach and the village. The house has two bedrooms, one with a double bed and the other with a bunk bed - ideal for a family with kids or a couple. A swimming pool is a recent addition.
Precious House in Comporta
Precious House in Comporta is a modern, well-designed three-bedroom villa in Comporta, surrounded by a natural landscape of pines and eucalyptus. The house comprises three bedrooms, two bathrooms, laundry space and an open plan kitchen to a 60sqm living room. There’s a 12-metre lap pool and a sun deck.
Those are what we consider to be some of the Best Boutique Hotels and Villas in Comporta right now. For more click here.
Read on for our top picks of Awesome Things to Do in Comporta.
Holiday Home in Carvalhal
Praia do Carvalhal and Praia do Pego
There are plenty of paradisiac beaches to be explored in and around Comporta
An important thing to bear in mind is that Comporta is seasonal, with some eateries and shops only open during the summer months. Also, some restaurants are not open every day, so we recommend that you check beforehand.
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Relax and enjoy the surrounding nature 🌾
People come to Comporta to switch off and relax. The fresh air, the surrounding pine and cork trees, the rice paddies, the dunes, the sea... it's all wonderfully good for the senses.
Hit the Beach 🏖️
Comporta boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in Europe, stretching 60 km of coastline with white sandy beaches. Do not let the crystalline waters mislead you. This is the Atlantic Ocean, and the water can be pretty refreshing (that is, in a cold kind of way) with an annual average of 17°C. But it goes down a treat during those hot Alentejo summer days.
The three main beaches in Comporta are Praia da Comporta, Praia do Carvalhal and Praia do Pego. Each has a restaurant or two, toilets and lifeguards during the summer season.
If you feel adventurous, you could explore other lesser-known beaches, such as Praia dos Brejos and Praia do Pinheirinho towards Melides, but these are harder to reach with some walking involved, plus we don't recommend fully relying on the GPS.
Horse Riding with Cavalos na Areia 🐎
Go horse riding along the rice paddies, through the pine forest and the dunes until the beach is reached. Experiencing this slice of paradise on a beautiful horse is hands down one of our top favourite things to do in Comporta.
Cavalos na Areia
Enjoy a yoga class at the beautiful Comporta Yoga Shala 🧘
This seasonal (May to October) shala is located in the middle of a pine tree forest, with bright green rice fields on your horizon, ending with infinite dunes. They offer yoga classes, sound journeys, ceremonies, ecstatic dance, rituals, therapies, etc.
Surf and SUP with Surf in Comporta 🏄
Take a surf lesson or hire some equipment with Surf in Comporta, located in Carvalhal Beach. They also do interesting SUP tours, such as through Carvalhal’s dreamy rice fields.
Watch Dolphins and Flamingos with Vertigem Azul 🐬
Get aboard a catamaran sailboat to spot dolphins and flamingos along with the magnificent landscapes of Arrabida, Troia’s Coast and the Sado’s Estuary.
Admire port Palafítico da Carrasqueira at sunset 🌅
This pier, built on irregular wooden stilts, dates back to the 1950s and 60s and it’s where the local fishing boats moor. We adore this work-of-art of popular architecture.
The food in Comporta is seriously good, with much of the produce being sourced from local organic farmers and fishers. We are drooling just thinking about it. The following are our favourite places to eat in Comporta.
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Sublime Comporta Beach Club
For a meal at the beach in style, you have Sublime Beach Club in Carvalhal Beach. Giant prawns, zingy oysters, tuna tatakis, lobster rolls and so on.
Sublime Comporta Beach Club
Sublime Comporta Beach Club, Carvalhal Beach
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This is our favourite restaurant in Comporta for a classic traditional Portuguese meal. The filetes de peixe galo com arroz de coentros e amêijoas (battered fish fillets with clams and coriander rice) are something else.
Creative small dishes for sharing, plus yummy cocktails in a former stable. Even though it’s hard to pick, Cavalariça Comporta is probably our favourite restaurant in Comporta.
Jacaré da Comporta
Italian food and a cool vibe. A little bit on the pricey side, but delicious.
Cavalariça da Comporta and Jacaré da Comporta, both in Comporta Village
Gomes Casa de Vinhos & Petiscos
This family-run restaurant is located right in the heart of Comporta Village, with outdoor tables in a charming public garden. They serve tasty petiscos (Portuguese-style tapas) and a great selection of wine. Think regional artisan cheese, bolinhos de bacalhau (codfish croquettes) and stuffed meats such as chorizo.
Food Circle - Sublime Comporta
Sublime Comporta’s farm-to-table fine dining restaurant is located in the middle of a garden, with 12 diners sitting around a semi-circle table watching the chefs in action. This is a fantastic experience for those in the mood to splurge on their taste buds.
Mar d'Arrozal - Quinta da Comporta
This is Quinta da Comporta's farm-to-table restaurant. Chef João Sousa creates tasty seasonal dishes with locally sourced ingredients. We only came here for lunch but very much enjoyed our tuna burgers, the chilled vibes and the magnificent view over the rice fields. The restaurant is right next to the hotel’s 40 meter-long solar heated infinity pool overlooking the rice fields.
Mar d'Arrozal, Quinta da Comporta's farm-to-table restaurant
Self-described as ‘The mighty tiny bar of Comporta’. Breakfast, healthy juices, summer lunches, local wines and sunset cocktails.
This food-truck restaurant has been serving fabulous burgers in Carvalhal since 2014. Picnic tables are spread on a sandy courtyard with a beachy fun atmosphere. Opened during the summer season only.
Although Comporta Village is tiny, it's home to a delightful array of boutique shops. Something to bear in mind is that most shops close at lunchtime and reopen later in the afternoon. Here are some of our favourite shops in Comporta.
Rice - Marta Mantero
Marta Mantero is a renowned Portuguese interior designer. In 2012 she opened her store Rice in Comporta, where you can find exclusive interior design pieces and accessories carefully curated by Marta.
This shop in Comporta was opened in 2010 by Cathrine Austad, a Norwegian who fell in love with the region. They sell handmade Portuguese House linen and lined baskets, unique furniture, plus women's and men's clothing with a flair of bohemian chic.
A Loja do Museu do Arroz
Not to be confused with the museum and restaurant which are located at the entrance of Comporta Village - the shop is located in the centre, in the square Largo de S. João. They sell a wonderful array of bohemian-beach chic wearables and furnishings.
The place to buy Comporta Style beachwear and home décor textiles. Top-quality swimwear, cotton tunics, bohemian-chic dresses, straw hats, pillows, etc.
This gourmet grocery store in Comporta Village is a gem. It’s small but mighty. Here you will find a bit of everything. From artisan cheese and cured meats to Portuguese pastries and an impressive variety of spices (at least for Portuguese standards).
Quirky boutique shop selling a bit of everything, from ceramics to artworks, bijuterie and unique tablecloths. Most of the pieces are handmade in Portugal.
The store/gallery of interior designer extraordinaire Jacques Grange and gallerist Pierre Passebon.
And that's all for now!
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