Located on the Alentejo coast near Alcácer do Sal, one hour from Lisbon, the history of Comporta is inseparable from Herdade da Comporta, the largest agricultural producer in the region. Comporta became known for rice, with around 1100 hectares of rice fields, but also for fishing and salt.
In 1925, Herdade da Comporta was sold by Companhia das Lezírias do Tejo e do Sado to the British company The Atlantic Company, and thirty years later to the Espírito Santo family. With the construction of infrastructure, schools and social housing, what is now the village of Comporta took shape.
In recent decades, Comporta, which they now call "the Hamptons of Europe", has gained notoriety as a premium and sustainable destination, as described by The New York Times.
In addition to the designers and artists who live or work here - Christian Louboutin, Philippe Stark, Pierre Yovanovitch, Jason Martin, Monica Bellucci, among others - Comporta is now famous for its beach, its proximity to nature and the "Comporta style" - at sometimes called hippie chic, a certain style of local design and architecture with influences from the Alentejo, ecology and traditions of the land.
The beach, with a blue flag, is long and very beautiful: on the edge of the Sado Estuary Natural Reserve, it is a preserved natural space, with the original vegetation in the dunes, surrounded by pine forest. On this wonderful beach it is possible to take a horse ride to watch dolphins.
The sea has enough waves for kitesurfing, and some competitions are held here. The water temperature in summer is around 17-19º C (65º F). It is possible to rent awnings / parasols. Along the beach there are showers, bars, restaurants and ample parking.