Where to stay in Comporta and Melides

Comporta, on the western coast of the Portuguese region of Alentejo  had been a carefully guarded secret over the last few decades, when just a few insiders and jetsetters knew about it. The wild and mostly untouched landscape, the endless sandy beaches, the lush green rice fields and little fishermen’s villages have recently come to the attention of the rest of the world. Still intact, it is definitely time to pay it a visit before it changes too much.
There are no large resorts or hotels in the area (yet). Most places to stay are chic and stylish hotels such as the Sublime Comporta Country Retreat & Restaurant and the Quinta da Comporta, or they are beautifully decorated villas within endless pine forests or romantic former fishermen’s cottages in the sand dunes near the beach. We have carefully selected only the best boutique hotels in Comporta as well as only the most beautiful villas and authentic holiday homes near the picturesque village of Melides for you. Have a look.

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Comporta – half nature refuge, half hip destination

The small towns of Comporta, Carvalhal and Melides are known for their 50 km long, beautiful and almost untouched beaches (Europe’s longest) spreading from the Troia peninsula all way down to Sines. Comporta is located on the southern shores of the Sado estuary with its green rice fields and endless pine forests, close to the natural park “Reserva Natural do Estuário do Sado“, where you can come to observe the wild dolphins. It is home to the famous “cabanas”, restored former fisherman’s cottages built with straw, luxury holiday-rentals and boutique hotels.
25 minutes south of Comporta we come across Melides in the Sierra de Grândola. A former pirate's refuge and later a fishing port. It is a quiet village with typical Alentejo white and blue houses. Here the landscape changes, leaving behind the sand dunes and pine trees to find hills covered with centenary cork oaks and meadows full of wild flowers. On the way to the beach we pass a beautiful lagoon, habitat of numerous bird species, and access can be made by cart or dirt road for those who want to be isolated. Melides gives us more tranquillity, more tradition and more smell of earth.

Beaches and restaurants in Comporta and Melides

Best beaches in Comporta:

Praia do Pêgo e Praia do Carvalhal – Carvalhal:
A “chic” beach with a bit more people during high season. The restaurants “Sal”, “O Dinis” and the “Sublime Beach Bar” on the beach, are quite expensive. The bars are a bit less expensive and have good music.

Praia da Comporta – Comporta - same as Praia do Pêgo

Praia da Aberta Nova:
This beach is a relatively empty beach a few kilometres north of Melides. There is a small bar. The ocean is a bit wilder than in the beaches of Comporta and Carvalhal.

Praia da Vigia:
This beach is almost always empty and lies on the northern margin of the Melides lagoon. You will have to walk the last 300 meters to the beach. There is no bar, so bring a picnic basket.

Best restaurants in Comporta and Melides:

O Fadista – in Melides:
Great local food – reservation recommended

Cavalariça – Comporta:
Elevated Portuguese traditional cuisine

Vila Marisco – in Grândola:
Fish dishes, meat and Alentejano dishes. Simple, but very good. Nice terrace.

Ti Lena – in the village of “Deixa o Resto”:
Best meat in the region (entrecote from Galicia). Good gin bar and relaxing location. The entrecôte costs around 27,00 € but is more than enough for 2 persons.

Dona Bea – Comporta – about 1 kilometre before you reach Comporta (from the South):
Excellent. Fish dishes and Alentejan food. Make reservation.

A Talha – Grândola:
Very good. Traditional Alentejan cuisine. A bit more pricey.

Casa de Pasto – Grândola:
Simple and very good. Traditional Alentejan cuisine. Moderate prices.

As Trés Irmãs – in Isaías (on the road leaving Grândola in direction of Alcácer do Sal):
Best take away chicken and bifanas.

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