It is between the Atlantic Ocean and the Sado River estuary, just an hour from Lisbon, that we find Comporta's paradise. In this small village, luxury and tradition coexist side by side, come and check it out with the tips from All About Portugal. Among the charming white houses with blue details, you can choose more typical or more luxurious restaurants and accommodation, for all tastes and all budgets.
When we look at what to see in Comporta, its paradisiacal beaches and the enchanting and magical Carrasqueira Stilt Pier immediately come to mind. But Comporta is much more than that, linger over its typical village, with just 600 inhabitants, where the predominant activities are still agriculture, fishing and the rice industry. Its gastronomic richness is another point worth exploring carefully, on a journey of tastes and aromas that will delight you. Don't forget to try the eel stew and the fish pasta.
It is said that one of the most beautiful sunsets in the country can be seen at the Carrasqueira Stilt Wharf, come and check it out and let yourself be dazzled!
Carrasqueira Stilt Pier
At the top of what to see in Comporta is undeniably the mythical Carrasqueira Stilt Pier, with its sturdy wooden bridges based on piles. This network of walkways was built by fishermen over the mud from the salt marsh that enters the River Sado, in order to reach their boats more easily, witnessing today the struggle of man against the silting of the River Sado. A truly photogenic painting, especially if seen at sunset.
Integrated into Herdade da Comporta, this museum operates in the building of the old rice husking factory, dating back to 1952. Here you can learn about the history of rice farming in the region, through photographs, films and several machinery, such as silos, bagging wheels and storage tanks rice. Highlight is his restaurant, with the same name, where the star, as expected, is the rice.
Herdade da Comporta Winery
In this traditional winery you can taste wines from Herdade da Comporta, unique and distinguished by their aromatic qualities, characteristics resulting from the climate influenced by the proximity of the sea. In a space that combines typicality and tradition with touches of modernity, visitors can also take a behind-the-scenes tour of wine production, with a tasting of regional products.
Península de Troia
Located south of Setúbal, between the Sado estuary and the Atlantic, the Troia Peninsula is an authentic natural paradise, which charms everyone who passes by. Among the wonderful white sand beaches, Serra da Arrábida also stands out, a paradise for hikers. You can also choose other activities, such as boat trips with dolphin watching or horse riding on the beach.
It is at the southern end of the Troia Peninsula that we find the beautiful and extensive Comporta Beach. It is a preserved natural place, that aims the dune vegetation and the pine forest that surrounds it conservation. It offers good conditions for surfing, kitesurfing, windsurfing and sport fishing. In the surrounding pine forests and rice paddies you can also indulge in birdwatching. Don't miss this beach, which was once considered the most chic and refined in Europe.
White sand dunes as far as the eye can see and a paradisiacal calm sea are the hallmarks of the magnificent Pego Beach. Surrounding it, a dune system of great scenic and environmental interest. It is very popular for sport fishing, hosting some championships. It is worth visiting the restaurants of proven quality that exist here, serving typical Alentejo dishes.
Situated in a small fishing village with a harbor, Carvalhal Beach is located next to Pego Beach and they are both protected by a dune system. Surrounding it, the pine forests and rice fields create a truly welcoming and relaxing environment, which goes with the ocean quietness, making it perfect for a relaxing day.
As gastronomy is one of the region's attractions, be sure to visit emblematic restaurants, such as A Escola, Dona Bia, Retiro do Pescador and Gomes - Casa de Vinhos e Petiscos.