You might have heard that Madonna has a thing for Portugal, so much so that she moved there. While Mads flies the A-list flag, the country has in fact drawn many a celeb to its shores. And there’s a little pocket where they all love to hang – Comporta, around a 90-minute drive south of Lisbon.
Why Comporta, you ask?
Well, for starters, it’s a rather nice place. There’s bluer than blue water, whiter than white sand, and green rice paddies and pine forests that seemingly go for days. It’s also a chic spot that attracts in-the-know designers and architects, meaning it has a modern creative edge that isn’t so common in other small beach towns in Portugal.
But the real attraction for these highbrow folk is Comporta’s relative seclusion. While backpackers and day-trippers can load onto a bus and descend on the Algarve’s beaches, such as Lagos, en masse, Comporta is essentially cut off from the public transport network. Only the most committed travellers will take a train from Lisbon to Setúbal, then a ferry to Tróia, then one of the somewhat infrequent bus services to Comporta. Your best bet is to drive.
If you make the effort, Comporta is stunning, and you can horse ride on the beach, take a yoga class amid the rice fields, and visit a dilapidated pier on stilts at Carrasqueira, which is one of the last surviving jetties of its type in Europe and a favourite amongst photographers.
For more, read my article about Comporta in volume 8 of Embraer’s Advantage magazine.
The Portugal Wire is the blog of Australian travel writer, copywriter and photographer Emily McAuliffe.
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