Designer's Den: Comporta, Portugal

Area Daily explores the southern beach town

Comporta, Portugal

What do you get when you mix miles of pristine beach, pine forests, rice fields, and the tranquility of a fishing village? Comporta, Portugal.

Located about an hour south of Lisbon, the rustic beach town is an oasis for those looking to get away from the madness. Instead of chain stores, large overcrowded restaurants, and mega hotels, you’re greeted with a handful of refreshing boutiques, casual eateries offering the fresh catch of the day, and renovated cottages that reflect the natural landscape.

The town is popular with designers like Christian Louboutin although finding a reasonably priced, boho chic rental is a breeze. We also like the converted masonry buildings at CasasNa Areia. The contemporary two bedroom cottages, set in the sand, create a delicate balance between the natural landscape and modern architecture.

Be sure to feast on fresh seafood and local dishes while overlooking the sea at Praia do Peixe, located on picturesque Pego beach. For something more upscale, head to Museu do Arroz, a converted factory in town, for delicious rice dishes. Watch for their summer parties out on the terrace. Grab a post sun cocktail on the beach at Ilha do Arroz, a laid back lounge with a chill vibe.

Save some time to check out the fashionable boutiques which carry a curated collection of clothing, accessories, and housewares from local and international artisans and designers.

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