In the vastness of the rice fields, this bucolic Alentejo village hides this white and blue town surrounded by endless white sand beaches, the perfect haven of peace for those seeking a simple life. Located on the estuary of the Sado River, the landscape is virgin and wild, contrasting the intense green of the rice fields with the arid forests of uncorked cork oaks, the long white sand dunes with crystal clear turquoise waters. You come to Comporta to rest and connect with nature. There is hardly any accommodation, nor great plans in sight, because everything takes place between the desert beaches and the houses. Getting up early is a pleasure, the day is enjoyed, until the sun goes down and the mosquitoes appear, which makes only a few truly love this virgin land. Piluca Hueso, creator of Rue Vintage 74 shares her favorite addresses so you can spend a few perfect days.
SECRETS OF THE ALENTEJO
Two venues and two photographers
As if the clock had stopped, in this little fishing port suspended between the sky and the sea, you will travel back in time and you will be trapped by its magical sunset. Of incalculable beauty for its decadence and multicolored sunset, Andy Mumford with an impressive handling of light, has known how to tell it like no one else.
Pictures of Andy Mumford.
“I try to pass through this place once a year. It gives me great peace to sit on a dock and contemplate the landscape and its light. " - Piluca
GALÉ BEACH -
It is a beach far from the Comporta area, but it is worth a trip for its orography of fossil red sandstone cliffs and large majestic dunes. As the sun sets, the land turns ocher and red, a wild beach treat.
Photos Rodrigo cardoso for Condé Nast TRAVELER.
A rural paradise with all the flavor of the Alentejo surrounded by cork oaks and cows. A slow pace of life with the purest design. A contemporary redefinition of country life.
“We met in Carvalhal 6 years ago, and its objects changed my way of understanding ceramics forever. Anna works with ceramics and intervenes with fabrics and metals.
Let's say you “sew” pottery, an art you've never seen before. The result? Simple but at the same time very rich pieces, with meticulous work on everyday objects. " - Piluca
The new collection of jugs and objects from Anna Westerlund It will be available very soon on RV74.
AT CAPUCINE & NACHO'S HOUSE
They do everything with an inordinate love and passion. Parisian Capucine based in Madrid with her fashion and decoration project Frenchy and her husband Nacho Juanvelz, owner of the Charrúa and Cannibal restaurants in Madrid and La Coruña, dedicate all their free time to their Alentejo house in Melides, to make Tribu their most aspirational and exciting personal project.
“Being in Tribu is connecting with many places, it has a lot of Portugal, but also a lot of Uruguay and France. The light and the landscape catch you at this peak in Melides. But the best thing about this refuge are them, their simplicity, their honesty, their hospitality and affection when they receive you at home. " - Piluca
BOUTIQUES HOMES & AIRBNB (DISCOVER THE MOST BEAUTIFUL HOUSES)
HOUSES NA AREIA (A VERY CHILL EXPERIENCE TO LIVE BARE FOOT)
ALMA DA BEHAVIOR (A SELECTION OF TYPICAL HOUSES AND CABINS WITH A LOT OF CHARM)
GORGEOUS (A SUSTAINABLE PROJECT LOADED WITH SENSITIVITY AND GOOD TASTE, YOUR SPA IS WORTH IT)
VOLTA HOUSE (IF YOU TRAVEL WITH FRIENDS OR FAMILY, THIS HOUSE IS A PARADISE TO VISIT THE AREA)
FIFTH DAY BEHAVIOR (A HOTEL IN A UNIQUE ENCLAVE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE RICE FIELD)
EAT & DRINK
HEIGHT (NATURAL JUICES AND DELICIOUS TOAST)
BE BEHAVE (GREAT BENEDICTINE EGGS)
O'DINNIS (ON THE CARVALHAL BEACH YOU WILL TASTE THE BEST SEA BASS AND SARDINES IN SPETO)
SHAWL (THE MOST ANIMATED IN PLAYA DE PEGO, THE PICAÑA IS VERY RICH. THE WAITS ARE TREMENDOUS, BUT TAKE IT WITH A FRESH WHITE WINE SANGRÍA. IN THE AFTERNOON IT HAS A NEIGHBORING HOUSE WITH MUSIC AND GOOD COCKTAILS)
SUBLIME (ON THE CARVALHAL BEACH FOR SNACKING OR CUP)
SHARE COFFEE (ANOTHER CLASSIC TO ENJOY ON THE BEACH OF COMPORTA)
CAVALARIAS (IN THE CENTER OF COMPORTA, SOME OLD GIRLS TURNED INTO A RESTAURANT WITH A VERY SPECIAL ATMOSPHERE AND SURPRISING DISHES)
JACARE (ALSO IN BEHAVIOR, DECORATED WITH A LOT OF CHARM, BETTER TO ASK FOR TABLE INSIDE. PASTES AND PIZZAS VERY WELL MADE)
DONA BIA (SIMPLE LOCAL TASCA WITH EXCEPTIONAL FISH. HER SPECIALTY IS GRILLING WITH CHARCOAL)
SALT BURGER (AT THE END OF THE MAIN AVENUE OF CARVALHAL, YOU WILL FIND A FOODTRUCK OF EXCELLENT HAMBURGERS ON CROWDED TABLES, FOOTBALLS AND GOOD MUSIC. PERFECT FOR CHILDREN AND FOR THOSE WHO LEAVE THE BEACH WITH APPETITE.
THE STORK (LOCAL TAVERN WITH EXCELLENT GRILLED FISH)
CUP | APPETIZER
GORGEOUS (THEY WERE PIONEERS, AND IT STILL IS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL HOTEL IN THE AREA. THE RESTAURANT CHANGES CHEF FREQUENTLY. WE PREFER IT FOR A DAY APPETIZER OR FOR AN AFTERNOON DRINK AND APPRECIATE ALL THE HOTEL ARCHITECTURE)
FIFTH DAY BEHAVIOR (A DRINK IN THE MAIN COTTAGE TO SEE ALL THE RICE FIELD)
PEGO, CARVALHAL, COMPORTA, ABERTA NOVA AND VIGIA THEY ARE THE MOST RECOMMENDED. THE BEST IS ONCE ON THE BEACH, WALKING AND GETTING AWAY FROM PEOPLE TO BE ABLE TO ENJOY THE PRIVILEGE OF BEING ALONE
PUERTO PALAFÍTICO (OLD FISHERMEN'S PORT, DECADENT AND WITH SOLERA, WITH COLORED HOUSES BETWEEN PANTALANES AND AN UNMATCHED SUNSET. ONE OF THE MOST PHOTOGRAPHED PLACES IN PORTUGAL)
HORSES OF AREIA (THE PLEASURE OF CROSSING THE RICE AND DUNES UNTIL YOU REACH A VIRGIN BEACH FOR AN UNFORGETTABLE HORSE RIDING)
BEHAVE YOGA SHALA (A UNIQUE EXPERIENCE IS EARLY MORNING AND DO YOGA HUGGING THE RICE FIELD AT SUNRISE)
MERCEARIA GOMES (A ULTRAMARINES THAT CONQUERES FOR EVERY CORNER CROWDED WITH LOCAL PRODUCTS)
STORE OF THE RICE MUSEUM (A VERY SPECIAL SELECTION OF DECORATION AND FASHION WITH ETHNIC AIRES)
LAVENDER (MEDITERRANEAN CLOTHING AND DECORATION)
SOUTH SIDE (EXQUISITE SELECTION OF SWIMSUIT)
AT THE ENTRANCE OF THE VILLAGE JUST IN THE BYPASS THERE IS A CHAMARILERO CALLED JULIO, ALWAYS HAS CURIOSITIES, CERAMICS, OLIVE TABLES, DOORS, BALLS TURNED INTO UNIQUE OBJECTS. HE IS A VERY ENTRAINABLE PERSON WHO ALWAYS WAITS FOR YOU AT THE DEVICE