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Catered Villas Comporta - Portugal
For the privileged few
Sometimes you find such a lovely place that you do not want to tell anybody else about it: this is the case here. If only we were not in the business of trying to advise our clients on the best destinations to go to, we might be able to keep this secret to ourselves. Comporta is ideally situated one hour's drive from Lisbon and the airport in Lisbon. It is one of a series of rural villages bordering the Atlantic coast on one of its most pristine and unpopulated stretches of beach and is a secondary home to many of Portugal and Europe's leading families.
People sometimes laugh when you tell them that the water here is cold all year round. It is, but this does not seem to have prevented the cream of European society who decamp here because it is a resort that is actually not a resort. You come here to not be seen, not be bothered, and not to feel on display to hoards of tourists. You come here to live in beautiful homes, amidst the coastal forest of the Alentejo region, with little traffic and lots of lovely spots to eat, drink, and sunbathe.
Weekends can be crowded on the Beach but for the rest of the time you will find 80 odd families dividing up almost 50 kilometers of sand. The dunes are protected and the beaches stretch before you as far as the eye can see. There are no tourist facilities but we can organise water-skiing in the estuary of the Tejo, horse-riding, and tennis. A golf course is open to the public in nearby Troia.
Those who come to Comporta should have the idea of absolute relaxation in mind in a setting that is perfect for families. There is little in the way of night-clubbing or other major resort attractions, but there are a few great restaurants and drinking spots. The area is set in the midst of rice growing fields which produce vivid country scenes but also a fair amount of mosquitoes. This is only a problem at sunset and for a couple of hours thereafter; everyone has dinner during this time and seems not to see this as a major issue.