Villages in Comporta
There are seven Villages in Comporta Portugal plus nearby Troia and the towns of Grandola and Alcacer do Sal.
Comporta Village Portugal
Comporta Village is traditionally Portuguese with a large international influence throughout the summer.
Located at the base of the Troia peninsula in the municipality of Alcacer do Sal, Comporta is found within one of the most privileged regions of Portugal along the Alentejo Coast.
Comporta can trace her history to Neolithic man and was once a strategic outpost for the Roman Empire who fished and salted their catch prior to sending throughout the rest of their empire.
Comporta was once a hub of agricultural activity with workers brought in from all over Portugal to work her lands throughout the seeding and harvesting seasons.
Nowadays, the area is still a hive of agricultural production with her best crops now being those of rice and vineyards, although of late, many new crops are being cultivated on lands owned by the largest land owner in the area the Herdade da Comporta who also produce some fine wines including red, white and rose.
Comporta Village occupies an amazing position at the side of the Sado Estuary and is only a ten-minute walk from Comporta Beach. Many of the beaches in Comporta have been awarded the prestigious Blue Flag and Gold Standard Awards year after year.
The parish is home to around 1500 inhabitants which includes Brejos da Carregueira, Cambada, Carrasqueira, Comporta, Figueiral, Moitinha, Murta, Possanco, Torre, and Torroal.
Comporta Portugal has always been a centre of attraction for the wealthier Portuguese families with many owning a holiday home. Many foreign nationals have also purchased property here with many of them choosing some of the spectacular larger estate type properties.
The two golf courses which are planned for the near future are Comporta Dunes and Comporta Links. Comporta Dunes is under construction and should be ready sometime in 2020/2021.
Restaurants in Comporta Village
There are quite a number of restaurants in Comporta Village itself and quite a few dotted around the estate.
One of best the restaurants in Comporta is Dona Bia where you are guaranteed some of the finest fish in Portugal. Prices are reasonable when compared with many of the restaurants that are located within a typical tourist destination such as the Algarve.
Other excellent restaurants in Comporta include Sao Joao, Cavalariça and Gomes, whilst Eucalyptus Cafe is the perfect place for breakfast.
If you wish to enjoy a romantic sunset dinner on the beach then may we suggest Comporta Cafe Restaurant where you’ll be delighted with an array of aromatic shell and seafood dishes and should you have a sweetened tooth, then desserts that are out of this world.
Within Comporta village you’ll find a number of local boutiques and decoration shops where you will be able to purchase everything you require for your stay or home.
Some of the shops in Comporta worth visiting include Lavanda, Rice, TM Collection, Cote-Sud, Fio d’Agua, Vintage Department and Loja do Museu do Arroz.
Things to do
There are a variety of activities to pursue including horse riding, fishing, hunting, sailing, cycling, golf, birding and many others throughout the different seasons.
Comporta Beach is a short ten-minute walk from the village, crossing the main road and meandering through the dunes or car park. The beach provides two great restaurants, Comporta Cafe and Ilha do Arroz.
Brejos da Carregueira Comporta
Located just off the N261 between Comporta Village and Carvalhal.
Brejos is one of the most sought-after locations in Comporta for vacations and second homes and is surrounded by rice fields and pine forest with an enjoyable 20-minute walk to the beach
Much of the land in Brejos was once occupied by local residents who took advantage of the Portuguese revolution in 1974 with many building their private homes within this estate.
Over the last 20 years, many of these homes have returned to their legal owners who have then for the most part have built their typical Comporta holiday home
The Portuguese are the main residents with the French coming a close second whilst Belgians have a reasonable presence with a few Spanish, German and British nationals.
Brejos da Carregueira de Baixo also has an almost private beach which can be reached by traversing the rice fields and pine forest prior to arriving at the coast, although you will need a private pass to get through the barriers if you are travelling by car.
This Comporta village is also the old hangout of the Espirito Santo banking family and provides private access to the beach.
When looking for holiday accommodation in Brejos and due to the demand for the summer season, we recommend you book your early.
Gervasio is one of the oldest establishments in Comporta, where many children of the local and international gentry frequent throughout the summer
Gloria is an established restaurant and bar which caters to both the locals and tourists alike.
Carvalhal Village Comporta Portugal
Carvalhal is located between Comporta Village and Grandola on the N261.
Gaining international fame due to the influence of Kiefer, Starcke, Louboutin, Cinzano, Broglie, to name a few.
Carvalhal village boasts a main high street where antiques, furniture, decoration and clothes shops are found. You will also find a number of typical bars, cafes and restaurants that serve traditional and modern plates with great local wines.
The local community bring life to the area throughout the year, whilst in summer, they are joined by foreign visitors whose company creates a livelier buzz.
There are two beaches in Carvalhal Praia do Pego Beach and Praia do Carvalhal Beach. Both beaches have superb restaurants including Dinis and Por do Sol in Carvalhal and Sal at Pego Beach.
Both beaches consistently win the Gold Standard and Blue Flag awards, and both provide showers, bathrooms, car-parking and disabled accessibility.
Local industries include agriculture, livestock, fishing, timber and more recently tourism.
Carrasqueira Village Comporta Portugal
Carrasqueira is a traditional village in Comporta Portugal located along the banks of the River Sado Estuary.
A large proportion of the area is agricultural land which is owned by the Herdade da Comporta.
Many believe that HdC took its roots from the House of Espirit do Santo whom after the revolution in 1836 were granted rights for many thousands of acres in Comporta Portugal.
The agricultural land in Carrasqueira was always worked by migrant labour who increased in numbers when it was time to harvest the crops.
Over the years, they eventually settled the land, living within the traditional “Fishermen Cabanas” which can still be seen today.
Many of these homes have been restored or newly rebuilt and those which are still in a state of disrepair are now protected.
The migrant workers during the periods between the 1940’s and the 1970’s, numbered in the thousands, and it wasn’t until the advent of the mechanical farm that these numbers would reduce significantly.
Today in Carrasqueira, there are still a number of local inhabitants whom till the land they lease from Herdade da Comporta and many a small fishing boat can still be seen casting their nets over the Sado.
These fishing boats can be seen at one of the oldest moorings in Portugal, “Cais Palafitico.”
Due to recent developments along the Troia Peninsula, many of the younger villagers have given up their parent’s professions and taken to working within the tourism sector.
This increase in disposable income is reflected in the small amount of new construction that Carrasqueira is now seeing.
Many of the properties that are for sale in Carrasqueira are still located on land owned by the Herdade da Comporta and can only be bought with their permission.
Carrasqueira boasts a main high street where most of the commercial activities are found which includes restaurants, bars, cafes and a couple of small general stores and supermarkets.
Possanco Village Comporta Portugal
Many years ago, the agriculture and fishing industries in Possanco used to attract migrant workers from all over Portugal to seasonally work these lands. Possanco would have housed a few families who cultivated the fields around them.
When the master plan of the area was redesigned, the landowner Herdade da Comporta (Espirito do Santo) and the local town council decided to urbanise this area.
This newish hamlet is now a small development of approximately two hundred country homes and is surrounded by the protected reserve with many vantage points where one can still see the Estuary.
It is highly unlikely in the near future that any further development will take place which makes Possanco an ideal country residence.
The hamlet has benefited from a modernisation and new infrastructure.
Possanco Comporta is a very personal hamlet where everybody is known by name. and many residents still leave their front doors open and their cars unlocked.
When the development is finished, Possanco will become a lovely country hamlet juxtaposing the Estuary.
You may reach Comporta Village in Portugal and Beach within five minutes by car.
There are no condominiums in Possanco, just family homes that are ideally suited for this quiet family community.
Muda Village Comporta Portugal
A tiny hamlet that lies on the road between Comporta and Bicas on the way to Grandola.
This hamlet is made up of around 30 small houses and country estates and was once where the travellers exchanged their horses for their horse drawn carriages.
When referring to Muda, nowadays, most people refer to the huge land mass behind this hamlet which houses some of the finest estates in Comporta.
Muda is the most exclusive country estate area of Comporta and is actually closer to Pego Beach than the much-privileged area of Brejos da Carregueira de Baixo.
This area of Comporta is where most people search for a large country estate.
The land was sub-divided by the Herdade da Comporta in the early 2000’s and property sales have boomed ever since
Unless you buy property within Muda Reserve, it is very difficult to find land here unless you are prepared to be a farmer or hotelier.
Muda is also home to the much-sought hotel Sublime Comporta which after its initial success is now planning to expand its hotel rooms, services and country villas, which are for sale.
Restaurants to try including Sem Porta and Food Circle which are both located within the hotel.
Sol Troia Portugal
Not too long after the ’74 revolution when many of the wealthier Portuguese families for fear of their safety fled to foreign shores, Sol Troia became the private “playground” for a number of the elite from Arab society.
As the area near Comporta became more popular, parcels of land were sub-divided until it became what it is known as today, Sol Tróia Mar and Río Private Condominium.
Sol Tróia has always been a privileged area to own Portugal Property and over the years has blossomed into a private estate with mature gardens full of indigenous plants and shrubbery.
Pavements are lined with palm trees and her flowers portray all year round, whilst the gardens are kept in immaculate condition and the lakes provide an oasis in the sun.
Sol Troia is situated at the centre of the Troia peninsula and lies almost equally between Troia and Comporta.
Approximately eighty percent of the condominium juxtaposes the Atlantic Ocean with the remainder on the Sado River and Estuary.
Thus, the estate is divided by a single carriageway which runs the whole length of the peninsula.
The gated condominium has twenty-four-hour security and patrols, a small supermarket, a number of boutiques and a couple of cafes.
Throughout the summer you are able to enjoy your lunch or dinner at the members club and take refreshments at the shore.
Sol Troia boasts some of the most beautiful beaches to be found anywhere in Portugal.
The peninsula stretches approximately seventeen kilometres’ from north to south and from east to west is at some parts up to one and a half kilometres wide.
Soltroia is an idyllic location just off the coast of Setubal and is only a forty-five-minute drive from Lisbon, the capital of Portugal.
She is also home to over one hundred different species of birds and is residence for a much-loved pod of dolphins.
Due to her incredible beauty and charm Troia has become a privileged destination for the rich and famous and is the perfect place for that deserved relaxation or for those of us who enjoy any number of outdoor pursuits.
Troia now boasts a golf club and Championship Course, marina, three luxury hotels, tourist apartments, spas, and casino.
Throughout the seasons you may enjoy sea and river fishing, sailing, wind surfing, kayaking, golf, sailing, running or cycling.
You may also stroll at your leisure many of her stunningly beautiful trails.
Troia Village Portugal
Troia Portugal lies at the tip of the peninsula which measures seventeen kilometres in length by one and a half in width at its widest point and is an idyllic location just off the coast of Setubal and overlooked by the Serra da Arrabida Nature Reserve.
You may reach Troia by ferry from the city of Setubal which is a twenty-five-minute crossing if you’re taking the car or 10 minutes if you use the catamaran as a pedestrian.
Alternatively, you can be drive via Alcacer do Sal and Comporta village or Grandola and be in Troia within one hour and twenty minutes after leaving Lisbon.
Troia Portugal is a stunning area of natural beauty and is home to over two species of birds, much fauna and a much-loved pod of dolphins.
Due to her incredible beauty and charm Tróia village has become a privileged destination for the rich and famous and is the perfect place for that deserved relaxation or for those of us who enjoy any number of outdoor pursuits.
The Peninsula now boasts the Troia golf club, marina, three luxury hotels, spas and casino and throughout the seasons you may enjoy sea and river fishing, sailing, wind surfing, sun worship, kayaking, sailing, running, cycling and stroll at your leisure many of her stunningly beautiful trails.
There are an extremely low number of full-time residents with her numbers only swelling in the summer months.
The neighbourhoods along the peninsula are Vilas do Mar, troiaresort, troia vila and Soltroia.
Troiaresort is a recent luxury development positioned at the tip of the peninsula with stunning views to the Serra da Arrabida, the Atlantic Ocean, the Sado Estuary and distant views to the city of Setubal.
Sol Troia is situated at the centre of the Troia peninsula and lies almost equally between Troia Resort and Comporta village.
Approximately eighty percent of the condominium juxtaposes the Atlantic Ocean with the remainder on the Sado River and Estuary; thus, divided by a single carriageway which runs the whole length of the peninsula.
Grandola is both a town and municipality in the district of Setubal with a total area of three hundred and twelve square miles and a population of approximately fifteen thousand inhabitants.
The municipality is composed of the following five parishes: Azinheira dos Barros e São Mamede do Azinhal, Grandola, Melides, Santa Margarida da Serra and Carvalhal.
Grandola traces her history from the Bronze Age through Roman occupation up until modern day times and was an important outpost for the Roman Empire which included large scale fish salting and preservation complexes.
The Kingdom of Grandola had a population of forty-five inhabitants, with an additional two hundred occupying the surrounding countryside.
Grandola was given a Town Charter at the request of the Duke of Coimbra by King Joao III.
This Charter was successful in contributing to the growth and development at that time of this somewhat small-scale settlement.
A communal wheat granary was established in order to support and feed the local population with many of the poorer inhabitants made up of the local agricultural worker.
Grandola was under the protection of the Dukes of Aveiro which then passed to the Dukes of Cadaval and the Marquises of Ferreira.
Great change was to occur with a marked movement from agriculture and fishing to newer small industries such as mining and cork cultivation.
Present day Grandola
The town is typical of the Alentejo in that it is set within the surrounding countryside including agricultural plains, fields of ageing cork and more recent eucalyptus and pine trees.
It is extremely hot throughout the summer months with temperatures reaching 45 degrees Celsius and as low as freezing point in the winter.
Grandola is best known as the birthplace of the 1974 revolution which ousted the then fascist dictator Salazaar. Known as the Carnation Revolution it gained worldwide renown as a revolution that succeeded without the firing of any weaponry.
This Revolution is best remembered by the folk song written by Zéca Afonso in the 1960’s. “Grandola, Vila Morena” was his tribute to the comradeship and social conscience of the local working population.
The song was used as the command signal to commence the peaceful revolution on the eve of the legendary 25th of April by the Captains of the military who lead this bloodless coup d’état.
White sandy beaches
Grandola boasts some fifty plus kilometres of incredible shoreline which stretches from Troia at the tip of the peninsula all the way down to Melides.
The Sado estuary and surrounding areas are home to as many as two hundred different varieties of birds throughout the year and is a wildlife haven for birders.
Local fishermen head out to sea each day to catch a plethora of fish and shellfish including sea bass, red mullet, cuttlefish and sole.
Activities around Grandola include skiing, kayaking, surfing, swimming, walking, jogging, windsurf, scuba diving, hunting (boar, rabbit, hare, quail, wild pigeon) and fishing (on and offshore).
The area of Grandola has some great dining establishments with many arguing that the gastronomy here is the finest in all of Portugal, whilst the local production of quality wines is undisputed.
Grandola boasts cork, oak, pear, orange and many other varieties of trees and shrubbery which are local habitat for many species of fauna.
The handicraft industry in Grandola includes wrought iron, weaving, tapestry, wooden furniture, pottery, cork and leather goods.
The types of accommodation vary from the typical Portuguese Quinta set within the countryside, five-star luxury hotels to beach-side camping sites and village homes.
The surroundings include some of the prettiest parts of Portugal and with the recent multi-million Euro investments within the local tourist industry and infrastructures, it is sure to be one of the ‘hottest’ areas to visit and own property in Portugal.