More and more families and friends choose to spend their winter holidays or Christmas Eve and Christmas Day away from home. During this time of year when places are more serene, we suggest one of Portugal’s most exclusive spots, hidden by nature along a gentle sandy shoreline that meets the ocean’s waters. This slice of paradise is named Comporta. In this stunning setting, nature has crafted a mosaic of landscapes that inspires tranquility.
Places for serene stay
In Comporta, there’s a narrative that seems suspended in time. Fishermen’s huts dot the coast and land, like quiet threads weaving the magic of this place. Made of wood and sheltered under thatched roofs, they exude simplicity and elegance. This essence can be found in the houses of Alma da Comporta, an elegant perfection that preserves the region’s spirit, where cozy decoration embraces tradition. For a more contemporary experience, we suggest Sublime Comporta, nestled in the dunes and surrounded by pine trees and cork oaks. Here, magic permeates the rooms, suites, and villas, the latter equipped with fireplaces and private pools. To complement this comfort, there are restaurants where each dish is a culinary revelation. And if the body needs pampering, the spa offers treatments with local products such as sea salt and organic plants. But if the idea is to experience something new, Independente Comporta reveals its splendor in its villas with gardens and pools, all set within a context that preserves local culture. The hotel rooms are embraced by private terraces with loungers overlooking the gardens. Here, the Maroto restaurant delves into the essence of Alentejo to create dishes with unique flavors and enveloping textures. For lighter meals, there’s Boia, a spot overlooking the pool. And if the body craves rest, Aura Spa is a place dedicated to holistic healing, seeking to restore balance and harmony between body, mind, and spirit, leaving stress behind.
At Pego Beach, amidst sand dunes, pine forests, and the serenity of the ocean, JNcQUOI Beach Club emerged. In this place of dining and socializing, the best fresh fish and seafood, prepared with mastery and dedication, are guaranteed. To liven up winter, there will be events and themed parties here that are not to be missed, creating unforgettable memories. A horse ride on the sands or through the incredible landscapes of the rice fields will also be a powerful experience that leaves anyone speechless. Cavalos na Areia offers a herd of gentle and patient horses, adaptable to riders of all levels, including children. This will be an incredible experience to share with family or friends or romantically as a couple. Further on in Alcácer, there’s a story that flows in harmony with the waters of the Sado estuary, the village, and the Cais Palafítico da Carrasqueira, a stunning dock built on stilts. Here, every piece of wood tells a story, and the ocean shares secrets at sunset. For those who appreciate Bacchus’ gifts, Adega Herdade da Comporta is an excellent choice. Each grape reveals the essence of the soil, resulting in unique wines. To complement the tasting, local products such as cheeses, typical jams, and a variety of sausages make this visit a memorable tale. There are also planned activities that can include children. And a visit to the Museu do Arroz (rice museum) is essential to understand the essence of the region’s history.
In the streets of Comporta, there are shopping places waiting to be discovered. Whitewashed houses display exclusive creations, decorative items, or something very special. Starting this shopping journey, let’s go to Fashion Clinic, a three-story space in Carvalhal. Here, exclusive brands found in the Lisbon store are showcased, along with items adapted to the relaxed style of this place, located on the southern bank of the Sado River. There are also decorative items that can serve for home decor or as a gift for someone special. Another novelty of this space is the presence of Pop-Up shops of renowned brands. The store Rice, founded in 2011 by interior designer Marta Mantero, has become a reference in the region for its eclectic and relaxed style, mixing pieces created by national craftsmen and artists with carefully chosen furniture and accessories brands by the owner. Primarily focused on decoration, there’s also a curated selection of clothing and other fashion accessories in line with this enchanted place’s style. When Norwegian Cathrine Austad arrived in Comporta, she was captivated by the village’s charm. Today, Lavanda is one of those places where there’s always something to discover. It offers a selection of clothes with an irresistible bohemian charm and presents a collection of decorative objects that liven up any corner of the house. Cote Sud is also a store that doesn’t go unnoticed, offering exclusive clothing from international brands. This is a perfect store to buy something that will remind you of this idyllic and unique place all year long. In Mercearia Gomes, times have changed, but friendliness, quality, and innovation in products remain. It’s a place that sells almost everything. Here, you can find Russian caviar, scallops, shrimp, and various spices from around the world. There’s also a selection of premium wines that complement any meal of the day, in addition to sparkling wines and champagnes, and many products for a sunset dinner or even for Christmas Eve.
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