My summer vacation felt endless. And I guess although I have been only away for 10 days I have seen so much of Portugal and still felt relaxed and recharged while traveling.
Portugal is a natural beauty that is never boring. You drive an hour and find a completely different nature, coastline and climate. Talking about the difference of the west coast for a day surfing at the beach and Lagos at the Algarve, where we strolled around the old town in the evening sun. You have the silence and emptiness of the Alentejo and then there is Comporta. The little village an hour drive from Lisbon, known for their rice paddies (and Mosquitos!), chic Boho stores and the famous stork taking residence on top of the pretty white and blue Comporta houses.
That is from where I am writing you today about out my favourite places.
Come and visit soon before the big hotel chains will open their doors and the storks will leave because the little town of Comporta will get too busy.
Make sure to stay two nights at the Alentejo, a peaceful land strip above the coastline of Comporta. We stayed at the SOBREIRAS ALENTEJO COUNTRY HOTEL, that has a magnificent, refreshing infinity pool and an open garden to get lost with your books.
Take your trainers with you and go for a hike starting in Grândola, called Rota da Serra.
If you prefer to stay closer to Comporta, stay at the SUBLIME COMPORTA, live in the typical Comporta style house and have your meals from the hotel’s organic garden. The houses are set in a pretty pine tree forest and their pool and spa invite you to dreamy treatments.
The best way to get around town or to the beach is by bike. We found this unique E-Bike, designed in a Portuguese kind of design, check out the saddle bags.
If you are planning to dip into the world of Interior while you are vacationing, Comporta is the place to be. Many Paris based Galleries and showrooms have their summer pop up here and Jacques Grange was one of the first to come to Comport and define the Comporta style. Philipp Starck also has a holiday house around and if you are looking for vintage finds with a holiday spirit there are many shops around, like VINTAGE DEPARTMENT.
Make sure to book your dinner table early enough to enjoy the sunset. At the Praia Do Carvalhal O Dinis Restaurant is known for its fish. SAL at the beach is also a good option to meet up at night and if you are tired of fish and sand visit the newly open SALBURGER.
The pool of the Sublime Hotel is one of my favorite places, just spend the whole day dreaming at the pool and hear the Cicadas sing.
The sun going down from O Dinis Beach restaurant
IRMAS postcard from Comporta can be ordered as a limited print