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Behavior: nobody in sight within an hour of Lisbon

An hour from Lisbon, just where the Tróia peninsula merges with the continent, Comporta is emerging as an exclusive paradise where the hotels are respectful of the environment, the kitchen is kilometer zero and the beaches are deserted and wild. This is luxury made in Portugal.

Would it be possible to find today an intact piece of coastline just an hour from a European capital? The answer is yes, in the freguesia (parish) of Comporta, on the Alentejo coast from the district of Setúbal (Portugal). A unique territory, known by most travelers cool of the world, which keeps its beaches immaculate and where happiness consists in surrendering to nature in its purest form. Here the spirit eco-chic is more than an adjective, it is a vital attitude. The secret: simple and authentic hotels and an honest, perfect and in tune gastronomy With the surroundings.

We tell you some of his secrets


In Na Areia houses you will feel like nowhere communion with the environment: the floor of its four houses is the sand of the natural dunes. A smart way to revisit the 'first line' concept without altering the landscape and without having to give up the attention of a design hotel (from 500 euros per day. Minimum three days / eight people).

In the same line of twinning with the environment Cocoon Eco Design Lodges offers 300,000 m² of land in a forest interior of pines very close to the beaches of Carvalhal and Pego. Contemporary design, its goal is maximum comfort without damaging the environment: serve as an example your 'biological' pool without chemicals in the water (HD: from 90 euros). Also next to Praia do Pego, Aberta Nova and Carvalhal, you can rent the impressive 3 Bicas house (8,100 euros a week in summer / six rooms / up to 14 people)

Casas Na Areia: revising the 'first line' concept © Casas Na Areia


Ilha do Arroz (Praia da Comporta, from 25 euros) is the 'house on the beach' of the owners of the Rice Museum. In Ilha the salads, clams and affordable fresh dishes accompany the beach landscapeOn the other hand, in the Museum, rice with seafood, octopus, cod or fresh fish lives up to its name. It is an old rice packaging factory and overlooking the rice paddies, so ask for a table on the terrace, refresh your lunch with a branca sangria and don't miss the twelve rice (rice pudding) for dessert. At the table top, liqueur (mint) liquor.

In the Carvalhal beach, O Dinis Restaurant, also known as Dos Pescadores, with authentic fresh salt fish and fried choco. Accompany them with a refreshing pink of Comporta.


During the day, in Behaves Coffee you can take a caipirinha and accompany it with fresh fish and rice dishes, but after 12 at night everything changes and the dj becomes the owner of the premises (during the months of July and August it opens until four in the morning).

Comporta Café, for day and night © Comporta Café


The equestrian championships have special importance and tradition in Comporta, in fact, this year, between July 5 and 10, the European Jumping Championships of the Children, Youth and Young Riders categories will take place. Far less competitive and more delicious are horseback riding on the beach; Ask for information at your hotel.

The impressive house 3 Bicas © 3 Bicas


We still don't know if your arrival will be immediateBut the truth is that there are two golf courses planned: Comporta Links, a Par 72 designed by Tom Fazio, and Comporta Dunes, a Par 71 designed by David McLay Kidd. The latter will be accompanied by an exclusive and luxurious Aman hotel.


From Lisbon, you have to cross the 25 de Abril bridge. In Setúbal you take a ferry with the Atlantic Ferries company (2.90 euros; cars, 12.90 euros; free bicycles) to the marina of Tróia. Travel the 20 kilometers of endless beach of the peninsula and You will know that you have arrived in Comporta when this sand tongue merges with the continent.

Behavior: nobody in sight © Pedro D'Orey

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