Comporta, Portugal

August 16, 2023

There is definitely a reason why Comporta keeps showing up as a must-visit destination. It’s only an hour from Lisbon, there are beautiful hotels, chic shopping, delicious restaurants and gorgeous beaches….and it’s not crowded !!! Austin and I were in complete shock by the lack of crowds here. We live in a tourist town and each year we’ve seen less and less of an “off-season”, so it was incredible to be able to enjoy the beach and towns without long wait times, fighting traffic, and an influx of people. Also, the weather was perfect?! It almost sounds too good to be true, but it was warm and sunny with a nice ocean breeze during the day and it cooled down at night which was perfect for layers and not getting too hot. I could go on and on, but to sum it up, we loved Comporta and I would get there before the word really gets out because it’s amazing! Now, here’s a quick recap of what we did while we were there.

We stayed at Quinta da Comporta and can’t say enough great things. The rooms and bathrooms were spacious and also had a nice outdoor lounge area. The grounds are stunning, overlooking rice fields with a working farm and quintessential blue and white buildings mixed in with lots of natural woods. There’s a delicious restaurant on property open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The dinner scene was super lively and had lots of non-hotel guests visiting as well (I can only assume because it’s such a good spot!). There was a sushi pop-up while we were there, so we got our fix and it was so tasty! There’s also a pool bar and restaurant serving build your own salads and lighter bites; perfect for hanging outside or by the pool. The spa was stunning! There was a great sauna, steam room, and an indoor/outdoor pool with jets. We loved utilizing these facilities and wished we would have had time to book a treatment, but it was so nice to be able to use the amenities without a spa appointment.

Where we ate
Restaurante Sal – we had a beautiful table outside overlooking the sunset, so the ambiance is definitely a 10/10. The food was great as well. Austin and I shared a whole fish, you can pick out which one you want (they are all caught fresh) and order sides a la carte. It was exactly what we wanted for a dinner overlooking the ocean.
Sublime Beach Club – literally a stones throw away from Restaurante Sal, so again, views are perfect. The interiors are chic and it’s definitely a vibey scene, which is fun! We loved our food, too.
Mercearia Gomes – this is a darling spot in the heart of Comporta. A perfect stop for when you are out shopping around town. It’s connected to their gourmet grocery store and they also have a bakery and floral arrangements you can buy. It’s just the most quaint little spot.

There is lots of shopping in Comporta. Tons of gorgeous curated boutiques featuring hand painted ceramics, kaftans, swimwear, home goods, you name it. The town of Comporta is small, so it’s easy to walk around and check them all out. Here are the ones I loved there:
The Life Juice / Manumaya – Made with Love / Briffa / Fio d’Agua / Lavanda / Rice / Coral 

Our hotel was about a 10 minute drive from Comporta in Carvalhal. It’s a small town, but about a 5 minute walk to some amazing shops. Here are the ones I loved there:
Fashion Clinic Comporta (a must!) / Stork Club / Caju / Our hotel also had two great shops; one more fashion focused and another with artwork and antique ceramics. 

I would love to come back and spend a week soaking up all Comporta has to offer, but our first little visit did not disappoint!