We’re staying 2 weeks in Comporta, Portugal, one and half hour south from Lisbon. I can’t describe how happy I am to hear portuguese again…but what is really exciting is to find this kind of place in Europe. Comporta is rustic, a landscape mostly untouched by men, long empty beaches, a rice paddy land, surrounded by sand dunes…paradise.
The area is well looked after, mainly because much of it is a highly protected nature reserve. Therefore the natives and visitors have kept this slice of the Alentejo astonishingly preserved and pristine.
A stylish crowd hang out at Comporta, they are connected Lisboans, Parisians and Brazilians. French designer Jacques Grange, German artist Anselm Kiefer and model Farida Khelfa all have houses here; the Casiraghis, Sarkozy and Carla come often, as well Mick Jagger. They move around in beat-up golf buggies or Mini Mokes, or on sit-up-and-beg bicycles.
Houses don’t have fences or gates, and it’s an invitation to socialize with the neighbors, who come in just to say hello bringing boxes of wine (our thanks to Marquês de Valada) or to invite you to amazing lunches and dinners…
Next Summer, if you want to come to the last Wild West of Europe, get all the addresses here by Condé Nast Traveller .