An hour south of Lisbon, a secret oasis of unspoiled beach and sweet cafés emerges from the forests of pine – the ideal destination for some R&R. Tiny Comporta is a protected nature reserve, complete with acres of bright green paddy fields and foliage-covered sand dunes stretching to the Atlantic. The village shops are high quality, but few in number with gems such as the market, Gomes, and upscale home and clothing shop Côté-Sud. Enjoy morning classes at the local yoga shala in the rice fields, lunch at beach cafes, hours of cycling and swimming and dinners back at your villa. While there are plenty of activities on offer, from surfing to croquet, the emphasis in Comporta is on relaxation, so come prepared with a book, a hat and the intention to unwind.
For a restful stay among the natural pine, cork and olive forests of Comporta, Sublime is a boutique hideaway that lives up to its name. 14 rustic white bedrooms and several cabana villas are nestled within the log cabin inspired hotel, merging nature with nurture. Enjoy contemporary design details throughout the property, from wooden accents to Balinese artifacts. Amenities like the heavenly pool, all natural and organic spa and on-site restaurant and bar ensure that you don't have to go far for total comfort. Mere minutes away, the vast expanse of pristine sandy beaches waits for you to explore.
Comporta’s food scene is laid-back and local, with just a few cafés outshining the rest. From the Peninsula of Tróia, Comporta Café offers superb views of the ocean and a relaxed, yet upscale setting. Begin your meal with a starter of chickpeas, fresh feta and white port before enjoying local steamed clams, delicious fish and rice dishes similar to paella and pitchers of sangria to share. At sunset on the weekends, live DJs will mix up beachy hits as guests are encouraged to spill out onto the sand with cocktails in hand.
Museu do Arroz: The oldest restaurant in Comporta, this is a local institution. Enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail looking onto the rice fields before enjoying delicious, expertly prepared traditional fare.
Sal: Located on the quiet Praia do Pego, Sal is the perfect spot to enjoy a relaxing breakfast or lunch looking out onto the white sands and breaking waves.
Restaurant Dona Bia: A casual and charming restaurant with simple decor and spectacular seafood plates. Call ahead to avoid waiting in long queues.
A truly one-of-a-kind experience, riding horses on the beach in Comporta will be a highlight of your trip. The stables, Cavalos Na Areia – Portuguese for “horses in the sand” – are professional and friendly with over 50 ex-competition horses to choose from. Based on your experience, instructors will match you with one of the beautiful and well-trained steeds before you head out on a 90-minute adventure. Most trips involve riding along the beach and dunes, but if you prefer one over the other, they are happy to oblige. For the more experienced riders, be sure to let your instructors know if you would like to go faster; the horses are more than ready to kick things into high gear.
Comporta Yoga Shalla: For a truly relaxing escape, book a class or two at Tomás Mello Breyner’s wonderful yoga school set in the middle of a tranquil pine tree forest.
Shop Côté Sud: Amazing boutique shop where you can find unique treasures from kaftans and sandals to homeware and decor.
Casa de Cultura: Exhibiting art works and selling clothes, shoes and accessories, this is a vibrant concept store showcasing local Portuguese talent.