Comporta, in the Alentejo region of Portugal‘s
One of Portugal’s best-kept secrets, Comporta is often compared
to an undiscovered Ibiza
or José Ignacio in
Uruguay. Kept under wraps by the cool crowd, a laid-back
beach-shack vibe has put it on the map as a summer bolthole for
those in the know, who flock here to enjoy the endless white-sand
beaches. The entire area, Herdade da Comporta, is a 12,500 hectare
protected nature reserve which includes seven hamlets nestled among
rolling rice paddies, and is home to wildlife including storks and
When to go?
Portugal has long summers so visit any time between May and
Who to take with you?
Someone who can keep a secret.
Most likely to bump into?
Savvy surfer types and a hip Euro set.
Explore the sand dunes and fishing villages of Comporta by
kayak, bicycle or on horseback. We recommending using the company
Cavalos na Areia, where you can
choose from various different tours and truly experience the area’s
Essentials to bring with you
Mosquito repellent. Comporta is bordered by the River Sago which
is a total breeding ground for the little buggers.
How to get there
Fly to Lisbon
then it’s about an hour and 20 minutes drive south, with taxi
prices varying depending on number of passengers and whether you
choose a public or private transfer.