Praia da Comporta, in the Alentejo region of Portugal, was voted the most chic beach in Europe. The conclusion is from the Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia

The options for finding a luxury beach are increasingly limited when choosing a new, less frequented VIP spot without leaving the Iberian Peninsula due to the arrival of the massive exodus of tourists in search of the sun.

Nonetheless, Portugal increasingly stands out as the country with the best beaches in the Iberian region. And little by little, the new jewel in the crown is gaining ground: the unusually exclusive Praia da Comporta, close to the village of the same name, just an hour away to the south of Lisbon.

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This small town, located at the southern end of the Tróia peninsula, which has less than 1500 inhabitants, is home to one of the most beautiful beaches on the peninsula. They are wild white dunes protected by law and that follow the ecological philosophy of hotel management.

European society personalities such as Christian Louboutin, Jacques Grange, Philippe Stark, Anselm Kiefer or Carolina de Monaco have their own traditional “comporta hut” here because they use the saying “to live happily, live hidden”, although obviously not in the coastline of the more than 60 kilometers of protected white sands that border the beautiful estuary of the River Sado.

Comporta Beach

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This is an Oceanic Beach in the northern hemisphere bathed by the Atlantic Ocean, located on the coast of Portugal, in the municipality of Grândola.

The beach has a very extensive sand with about 3.1 kilometers. It is a little far to the west of the village of Comporta. The dune system is in excellent condition, extending for half a kilometer from the bathing area to the opposite side of the so-called Tróia Peninsula. The landscape of the spring is filled with vast rice fields belonging to Herdade da Comporta.

And what about the village? This humble conglomerate of houses can at first be confused with any other in the south of the country until you enter and find exclusive designer stores with scarves up to R$ 1,280.00 or dresses up to R$ 5,122.00, as well as items for sale of caviar, Himalayan pink salt or French cheese and champagne. It is important to note that these stores are open to the public only in spring and summer, and on some weekends in autumn.

If you want to enjoy the splendid sunset and the excellent sunrise of Comporta, you can stay in some of the few authorized establishments. Sublime Comporta reinvents the traditional fisherman's houses in a luxurious version. Property opened in 2014 and designed by José Alberto Charrua and Miguel Câncio Martins, it is known for the Buddha Bar and for having been frequented by the American painter, photographer and filmmaker Man Ray.

The Ecochic management model prevails in the area, in part because it is protected by the Portuguese government. Other non-premium alternatives are the ecological hotels Las Casas na Areia or Cocoon Lodge, authentically integrated with the Alentejo's nature.

How to get to Praia da Comporta

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There are three ways to get to Praia da Comporta from Lisbon: by ferry, train or car. The journey by train or ferry takes an average of 2h17 and costs from R$ 72.00. By car you should spend R$ 95.00 on average and it takes about 1h13 minutes to reach the destination.

By car, there are two options: on the A2, passing through the 25 de Abril Bridge, or on the A12, exiting through the Vasco da Gama Bridge. The distance to be covered is 121 kilometers and 125 kilometers, respectively. The route has tolls and the best route will depend on where you are staying in Lisbon.

The beaches in the region are crystal clear with moderate waves, although it is also advisable to go further south, to Praia do Pego, as it is more oceanic, ideal for water sports. Likewise, the region is full of cork oaks, vineyards and rice fields. It is precisely this cereal that made the Rice Museum, which has a magnificent esplanade high above the rice fields, built in an old rice factory.

Another of the local attractions is riding one of the many horses through the arboreal hills, crossing rice paddies and fine sand dunes. And if at the end you taste a delicious octopus salad with light squid, all washed down with a local rosé wine, you can consider yourself in paradise.

And to soak up the aromas of this indomitable Atlantic region on your way out, don't forget to take a perfume from the Comporta brand, designed by lawyer and perfumer Pedro Dias, nicknamed Evangelista das Essências. In this select line, Dias wanted to catch the scent of the sea breeze, the white sands and the vast rice fields on those ethereal summer nights. With eloquent names such as Sela, Muda, Mosquito, Palafitico, Dona Bia or Areia Salgada, these fragrances can only be purchased in Portugal and at the Le Secret du Marais store in Madrid, or through their own website.

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