Comporta, Alcacer do Sal, Portugal.
Comporta is located at the base of the Troia peninsula in the municipality of Alcacer do Sal in the district of Setubal and is one of the most privileged beach area settings within Portugal.
The village occupies an amazing position at the side of the Sado Estuary and is only a five minute walk from the famous beach which takes her name. Many of the local beaches are continually awarded the prestigious Blue Flag Award year after year.
The parish is home to around 1500 inhabitants and includes Brejos da Carregueira, Cambada, Carrasqueira, Comporta, Figueiral, Moitinha, Murta, Possanco, Torre, and Torroal.
Once a typical hub of agricultural activity with workers brought in from all over Portugal to work the lands throughout the seeding and harvesting seasons. Nowadays, crops include rice and grapes, under the guidance of the largest land owner in the area the Herdade da Comporta, some decent wines are being produced, whilst multiple French and Portuguese companies are planting lettuce, broccoli, tomatoes, sweet potatoes and many other varieties of fruit and vegetable crops.
Comporta can trace her history to Neolithic man with the area also being a strategic outpost for the Roman Empire who used to salt their fish here before shipping to the rest of their domains.
Due to this glorious and privileged location many of the wealthier Portuguese as well as foreign nationals purchased property with many of them choosing some of the spectacular larger Quinta type properties.
There are a variety of activities to pursue including horse riding, fishing, hunting, sailing, diving, cycling, golf and birding with each season offering something new.
The beaches in Comporta are some of Portugals most stunning places to relax. The golden beaches along the shore make this a beautiful holiday destination where you may visit beaches at Troia, Soltroia, Comporta, Brejos, Carvalhal, Pego, Raposa, Pinheirinho, Aberta Nova and Melides.
A commercial community in Comporta, Carrasqueira and Carvalhal for ladies and gent's apparel and accessories including news agents, banks, pharmacies, supermarkets, hardware stores, furniture, decoration and more.
The restaurants in Comporta offer some of the best gastronomy throughout Alentejo and you will be delighted and pleasantly surprised with the variety and quality of fish, shellfish and meat dishes available. All of the restaurants are good, however some of them are exceptional.
Brejos da Carregueira de Baixo
Brejos da Carregueira, Comporta, Portugal.
Brejos, an exclusive beachside condominium is one of the most sought after locations in Comporta with a limited number of private residences and a couple of restaurants, which still today (2019) are run by local families.
Brejos da Caregueira is located just off the N261 between the villages of Comporta and Carvalhal and is positioned amidst the Herdade da Comporta rice fields, pine forests and a short walking distance to the spectacular beaches located along the stunning Comporta Coast.
The land was once illegally occupied by local residents and those who came from far who took advantage of the Portuguese revolution in 1974 who built multiple homes on this private estate. Over the last 19 years many of these properties have returned to their legal owners who then for the most part rebuilt typical but luxury holiday homes.
The higher echelons of Portuguese society and mainly French foreign nationals own their second homes in Comporta, Portugal.
Carvalhal, Grandola, Setubal.
Carvalhal Portugal is a parish located within the municipality of Grandola which also incorporates both Comporta and Troia. Carvalhal the village is located just to the side of the Atlantic Ocean and grew up along with the local industries of agriculture, wood and tourism. Carvalhal boasts some of the most pristine beaches in Portugal, many of which have earned the Gold Standard award including Praia do Carvalhal and Praia do Pego. The parish of Carvalhal is probably most famous for its Roman ruins positioned along the Troia peninsula and today benefits from the local production of both rice and wines.
Carvalhal Village is approximately 3 kilometers from the beach and due to the expansion of the local tourist industry is now starting to benefit from the influx of the tourist Dollar. Carvalhal property prices are fair when compared with the luxury developments in Troia, however because of the limited availability of housing stock, prices are on the rise. Although limited, you can still find a number of properties that are in need of repair, however unless you are willing to meander through the halls of the planning department and hire local builders you may decide to opt for a newly constructed property first.
Carrasqueira, Alcacer do Sal, Setubal.
Carrasqueira, is positioned within the Sado Nature Reserve located on the banks of the Sado estuary. A large proportion of the Reserve is agricultural land which is owned by HdC (Herdade da Comporta, Portugal) which many believe took its roots from the House of Espirit do Santo whom after the revolution in 1836 were granted the land rights for many thousands of acres.
The agricultural land in Carrasqueira and estuary were always worked by migrant labour who over the years settled the land, living within the traditional organic “Fishermen” Cabanas which can still be seen today. In fact over recent years these homes in many instances have been restored and those which are still in a state of disrepair are now protected.
The migrant workers during the periods between the 1940’s and the 1970’s, numbered in the many thousands, and it wasn’t until the advent of the mechanical farm that these numbers would reduce significantly. Today in Carrasqueira, there are still a number of local inhabitants whom till the land they lease from HdC and many a small fishing boat can still be seen casting their nets over the Sado and out into the Atlantic Ocean as can be witnessed from the shores of Praia da Comporta
Due to the recent developments along the Troia Peninsula coastline associated with tourism many of the younger villagers have given up their parents professions and have taken to working within the tourist sector. This has meant a rise in disposable income which is reflected in the small amount of new construction that Carrasqueira is now seeing and the rise in property prices.
Many of the properties that are for sale in Carrasqueira are still located on land owned by HdC, and can only be bought with their permission. A small rental fee is paid to HdC each year for the land that the property occupies and in many instances it is possible to lease even more land for private use.
Muda, Grandola, Setubal.
Muda is a tiny hamlet that lies on the road between Carvalhal and Bicas on the way to Grandola. This little hamlet is made up of around 30 small houses and farm land and was once where the travellers exchanged their horses for their horse drawn carragies. When referring to Muda, nowadays, most people refer to the huge land mass behind this hamlet which houses some of the finest estates in the area.
Muda is the most exclusive country estate area of Comporta and is actually closer to the elitist beach area of Pego than the much privileged area of Brejos da Carregueira de Baixo. Muda is the area where most people search for a large country estate and ever since the land was sub-divided by the Herdade da Comporta, Portugal in the late 1990's early 2000's property sales have boomed. In fact it is very difficult to find land here unless you are now prepared to open a company for agriculture or tourism.
Muda is also home to the much sought hotel Sublime Comporta, Portugal which after it's initial success is now planning to expand its hotel rooms, services and country villas which will be for sale.
Possanco, Alcacer do Sal, Setubal.
Nowadays and only recently the major protector of the reserve, Herdade da Comporta(Espirito Santo) and the local town council decided to urbanise this tiny hamlet and have brought into fruition a development of approximately two hundred homes.
This little urbanization is completely surrounded by the protected reserve with many vantage points where one can still see the Sado River and Estuary. It is highly unlikely in the near future that any further development will take place which therefore makes property in Possanco an ideal country residence that seems to have benefited from a little modernisation of the infrastructure.
Possanco is a very personal hamlet where everybody is known by name and where many residents still leave their front doors open and their cars unlocked. When the development is finished, Possanco will become a lovely country hamlet juxtaposing the Estuary and being but a mere ten minute drive from the Atlantic Ocean and the beaches of Comporta, Portugal.
Horse Riding in Comporta
Beach and Countryside
Imagine for a moment, the skies without clouds are clear Comporta blue; you are free and at one with nature. The vast Atlantic Ocean gently whispers her tales as the wind blows a warm summer’s breeze across you bow. You are enticed to trot and then to gallop the sandy shores as the sun’s rays carry you off in a dream like state along the Alentejo coast. Of course you are Horse Riding in Comporta.
Horse Riding along the Alentejo Coast
Marvel at the scenery as you gallop through the private 18,000 plus hectare Herdade da Comporta Estate encountering mature pine forests, pristine beaches, the swirl of the Atlantic Ocean and the stillness and calm of the Sado Estuary. Enjoy the sport of King’s, bridle your horse and ride like the wind through this privileged and paradisiacal area of Portugal. The intensified colours of blue and green encapsulate the sky with the sea as bird songs call out from within the tranquility of nature’s heart.
Trails, Stabling, Training, Packages
As a beginner or experienced rider you may ride with confidence any one of the selected thoroughbred polo horses that have been bred and trained to the highest standards. Your instructor and gentleman Jose Ribeira was “born in the saddle” and counts over fifty years of horse riding experience including such disciplines as show jumping, long distance riding, racing, dressage, haute ecole and was trained under the master horseman Guillerme Borba. At Horse riding in Comporta, Portugal your skilled and multi-disciplined instructor Jose Ribeira will take you on a journey that will stay with you for many years to come.
Horse Riding Activities
The recently added activity of horse riding in Comporta will enable you and your family to enjoy the warm summer days whilst taking in the amazing scenery that surrounds you as the wind bristles past and the sun sets yonder. Horse riding in Comporta, Portugal offers many types of activities and services including horse classes, stabling, horse hire, corporate (Team Building) packages and a variety of treks which include beach, paddy field or pine forest scenery where you will enjoy deserted and wild beaches, open countryside or wildlife treks along the Sado.
Stable your Horse
The Herdade da Comporta Estate is a renowned area for traditional fishing, pristine coastline and her umbrella pine forest set against the stunning backdrop of the Serra da Arrabida nature reserve where your sights may also include dolphins, storks, the heron, waders, ducks and more. Comporta and her surrounding villages offer tantalizing traditional gastronomical delights including fish, shellfish, venison, organically fed beef, lamb or pork; all of which which may be accompanied by the superb and locally produced wines from the Alentejo area which are without doubt some of the finest wines in the country.
Fun for all the Family in Comporta
Comporta is located 100 kilometres south of Lisbon with the average car journey taking approximately one hour. You may also arrive by ferry from Setubal which offer both foot passenger and vehicle passage.
Herdade da Comporta, Portugal
Herdade da Comporta, Alcacer do Sal, Setubal.
The Herdade da Comporta Estate is the largest land owner in Comporta and has for many years been at the forefront in the promotion of environmental protection in harmony with sustainable low-density high-end real estate in Comporta, Portugal along the Alentejo Coast.
Mission and Values
To rehabilitate the area’s natural patrimony whilst generating a strong and fluid regional economy that integrates creativity, sustainability and the catalyst for enhanced education, local commercial development, job creation and excellence in the preservation of nature and man’s relationship with her.
To create a diverse local economy that produces new agricultural activity including the increased production of rice, vineyards, grass and honey, whilst embarking on an ambitious project in the cultivation of a more diversified organic and biologically produced crop.
To respect the local history and culture whilst modernising production and labour activity, yet combine a humble and simplistic lifestyle within a first class development that offers unrivalled quality and service.
To produce sustainable leisure and commercial activities that is borne out of ecological awareness whilst improving the conditions and livelihood of the local population and her visitors.
To maintain where possible the typical architecture in the form of environmentally friendly homes such as the typical fishermans cabana which is made from straw and wood and may be seen throughout the entire Comporta estate, Portugal.