Tourism in Comporta, Portugal
Comporta is a quaint village that lies just behind the Atlantic Ocean in Alentejo. It is often been referred to as the Hamptons of Portugal and is becoming known as a high-end tourism destination. The benefit of visiting Portugal is that everything is reasonably priced no matter where you are. Comporta / Melides is a place you will want to discover!
Have you ever wanted to explore a place but have put it off, and now it’s overrun with tourists? I can see Comporta in Portugal heading in that direction, because it can only be kept secret for so long. You will hear of Madonna and other celebrities frequenting the area whilst they may still stay anonymous.
If you are looking for high-end tourism in Portugal, Comporta is the place to go. Comporta is also compared to St Tropez in the south of France or Ibiza in Spain and many people flock to Comporta because of the relaxed vibes and the place to go if you want to lay low.
Small villages encompass this particular region in Portugal, and it is often referred to as an undiscovered haven. There is more wildlife than people here, which makes it a sanctuary for nature lovers.
Why Visit Comporta?
Comporta is praised for its pristine beaches and whether you are looking for a laidback experience under the sun or a livelier day at a beach bar, there is fun for everyone. Why not check out the coloured flamingos and go bird watching? Comporta is home to a diverse crowd of birds and other wildlife.
Comporta, Portugal is a high-end tourism destination for many apparent reasons. You have many delightful 5-star restaurants, which offer fresh daily seafood. I would recommend dining at Museu do Arroz, which is situated inside a former rice factory. If you want a view of the ocean while dining, check out Comporta Café on Praia de Comporta, as this place serves lunch and dinner with stunning views overlooking the ocean.
It wouldn’t be high-end tourism if you didn’t have a variety of luxury places to stay. Of course, there are budget options, but, if money is not an issue, then pamper yourself and choose a contemporary beach house. Fishing huts are a neat option, too, for a more budget-friendly stay.
Comporta is not well-established as the place to go for adventure; However, you can still find some if you go looking. One adventure is horseback riding along the beach, which is not just your average horseback riding adventure, as you start at the rice fields and end on the beach.
The main adventure in Comporta is definitely just exploring the area and indulging in the incredible gastronomy here. Take in and appreciate the atmosphere and spend your time relaxing and wandering through the boutique shops at Casa da Cultura.
Beaches in Comporta & Melides
The beaches along the coast from Comporta to Melides are some of the most beautiful beaches in Portugal. This coastal area is known for its natural landscapes, traditional villages, and peacefulness. The main attractions, of course, are the beaches that stretch the coastline of over 60 km in length. The beaches in Comporta and Melides are covered with fine white sand, alongside the blue and green ocen that stretches further than the eye can see. The dunes are covered in vegetation, which is any nature lover’s paradise.
This area of Portugal is great for fishing or simply sitting on the beach and watching for dolphins to pass by. You do not want to miss the sunset, so pack a lunch and plan to stay. Let’s take a look at the beautiful beaches you do not want to miss, from Comporta to Melides.
Beaches in Comporta
Comporta Beach – Praia da Comporta
If you are looking for a trendy beach around Lisbon, this is the place to be seen. Comporta Beach is definitely one of the most beautiful beaches in the whole country. There are a couple of different restaurants to choose from, as well as a bar that offers drinks and cocktails during sunset. During the summer months, you can rent a mattress to relax on. If you plan on driving to the beach, there is a car park that will cost five euros.
Pego Beach – Praia do Pego
You might recognize Pego Beach because it was featured in the Condé Nast Traveller magazine. Pego Beach is known for its lovely beach but more so for the delicious restaurant ‘The Sal.’ This restaurant was voted as one of the ten best places in the world. Many people also consider Pego Beach to be one of the top beaches in Europe. Depending on the weather you might witness a few kite-boarders on the water. This beach is great for swimming and body-boarding.
Tróia Galé Beach & Tróia Beach
Tróia Galé Beach is one of the best beaches to take your children to. If you don’t want to worry about big waves and your children enjoy swimming, I highly recommend and encourage you to enjoy this beach. There are many places where you can enjoy food, ice cream, and drinks by the sea. You can also rent sunbeds and umbrellas during the summer months. Troia beach is supervised by lifeguards during the summer months, for everyones safety.
More Beaches to Consider:
Soltroia Beach – Praia Soltroia
Beach of Brejos – Praia dos Brejos
Galé Beach – Fontainhas – Praia da Galé – Fontainhas
Soltroia Beach – Praia Soltroia
Carvalhal Beach – Praia do Carvalhal
Aberta Nova Beach – Praia da Aberta Nova
Beaches in Melides
Melides Beach – Praia da Melides
Melides Beach is rather unique because it separates the lagoon and the sea. Whether you want to relax or play some beach volleyball, this is a beach you do not want to think twice about visiting. Melides Beach is great for surfing and taking in all the views. Make sure you pay a visit to Melides to enjoy all the beautiful white houses in the village.
Vigia Beach – Praia da Vigia
Vigia Beach is opposite the lagoon, which is a great place to visit if you are looking for clear water. Paragliders are extremely fond of this beach due to the high escarpment for gliding. Make sure you pay a visit to Vigia Beach in order to take in all the beautiful views of Alentejo.
Gastronomy in Comporta
Let’s dive deeper into the Gastronomy in Comporta and Melides and decipher which restaurants are worth checking out. But before that, let us take a look a a few traditional Portuguese menu items.
- Portuguese Cod Fish
- Caldo Verde
- Portuguese Sardines
- Chicken Piri-Piri
- Portuguese Cured Ham (Porco Preto)
- Pastel de Nata (dessert)
These dishes will allow your taste buds to experience what local Portuguese families eat quite regularly. It’s always fun and exciting to dive into the culture that you are visiting or moving to and eat and drink the local dishes that the authentic Portuguese families are serving. It might look a little different than the way you prepare your food at home—but be a little adventurous!
Traditional Portuguese Food
Portuguese codfish can be prepared over 365 different ways, which is a different way for every day of the year if you fancy it that much. Many people eat it salted, and if you are looking for it at the supermarket, it should be called Bacalhau.
Caldo Verde is one of the most popular dishes in Portugal and comes from the north. It is a soup that is mainly eaten in the winter months, however, you can enjoy it year-round. This soup includes a dark green cabbage that cannot be found easily outside of Portugal. Therefore, you will notice that the color of the soup is dark green. You will enjoy flavors of potato, sausage, and olive oil amongst the green cabbage. This is a must-try!
Portuguese sardines are a summer favorite for the majority of the Portuguese people here in Portugal. It is a very popular dish at many of the festivals across Portugal.
Chicken piri-piri, came from Portuguese voyagers who traveled through Africa and discovered a spicy chili pepper, which was known as the piri-piri pepper. Now you can find chicken piri-piri throughout Portugal, and it is mainly served with fries or chips.
Porco Preto is a cured ham that is a favorite here in Alentejo, Portugal. You will find Porco Preto in tapas and find other authentic dishes throughout the different areas of Portugal.
Bifanas is a glorified sandwich, which is the national sandwich of Portugal. These sandwiches are pork-based and are served on crispy bread. The pork is marinated in white wine, garlic, and paprika to produce the delicious taste.
The Best Tart with a Coffee
You have to try the Pastel Nata and forget about your dient for one moment. Pastel de Nata is made differently depending on the pastry shop that you go to. However, it is an egg tart that is creamy, sweet, and can be a little tart, but you will likely be addicted after the first bite. Many Portuguese people enjoy this tart with a cup of strong Portuguese coffee to start their day.
All of these lovely food options can be found in Comporta & Melides, and I highly recommend enjoying each one of them at some point.
Restaurants in Comporta
- Cavalariça Comporta
- Sal Restaurant
- Museu do Arroz
- São João
- Piadinas Zanotta
- Comporta Café
Restaurants in Melides
- Tia Rosa
- O Fadista
- Flor do Sal – Closed
Now, go out and indulge in some great Portuguese favorites based on the opinions of people who are born here and opinions from other travelers.
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