KILOMETRIC BEACHES OF FINE SAND, WILD OCEAN AND ‘ECOCHIC’ SPIRIT. THIS IS THE BEST KEPT SECRET OF THE ATLANTIC COAST
Until a decade ago, few outside of Portugal had heard of Comporta. Today that is no longer the case. In fact, they have wanted to compare this area of Portugal with so many places in the world (that if Saint Tropez in the 50s, that if the Hamptons, Ibiza or José Ignacio). However, this place has a soul of its own; In addition to having a unique ecosystem (the sea, the dunes, the rice fields and the pine forests), Comporta is an ideal destination to disconnect.
Comporta has emerged as one of the last unspoiled corners of the European Atlantic, a small paradise hanging between the sea and rice fields that has attracted celebrities like Madonna. After decades in anonymity, this parish in the Alentejo region, just over an hour drive from Lisbon, has been dubbed The Portuguese Hamptons for its landscape of dunes and marine vegetation that, thanks to environmental laws, has managed to escape from the massive urbanization to become a secluded oasis for those seeking the tandem of sun and privacy.
It has been precisely one of the most important Portuguese banks, Espírito Santo, creditor of the lands, which has imposed severe rules on real estate companies, offices and individuals who want to build in Comporta. In this way, the area keeps its past perennial: fishermen and farmers’ houses, canals that keep an area that is already dry and arid green, rice warehouses and a clear sea line that allows riding alongside the unruly waters without running into anything. more than nature. In the words of the artist Jason Martin, who lives in this area, we are dealing with “the last Wild West of Europe”. The luxury and the ecological coexist in perfect harmony in this area of 12,500 hectares, between the estuary of the Sado River and the sea, something that the North American Hamptons have not managed to do.