Made up of seven sleepy villages, this laid-back, low-key beach destination is the antithesis to the Algarve. An hour and a half's drive south of Lisbon, Comporta has a 12km stretch of pristine sand among what are arguably some of the best west-coast beaches. It's long been a favourite holiday destination among locals, with landscapes of rice fields, pine forests and thatched cottages. The area has a hippy-chic atmosphere and simple charm. Pay a visit to Sal restaurant for divine fresh fish, or splash out on dinner at Quinta da Comporta.
Stay: Sublime Comporta