The original Comporta cabanas where homes for the local fishermen which were arranged in such a way that each cabana had its own use. There would be a cabana for sleeping, (Generally, all of the family together), and individual cabanas for the living and kitchen areas.
These aesthetically beautiful homes were built in a truly environmentally friendly manner, sitting directly on top of the sand and constructed with local reeds which were harvested on the shores of the Estuary and pinewood which was cut from the local forests.
Nowadays, one has a choice of materials, however one of the best cabana styled properties is Casas na Areia (House on the sand) which was designed by Aires Mateus the much acclaimed Portuguese architect and built by a truly traditional and meticulous tradesmans family, Antonio and Vitor Pinela.
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