Only one ride from Lisbon travelers are likely to enter the area of Comporta, a picturesque land of paddy fields in Alentejo. Despite the fact Comporta is a small village, the title in sober fact unites six more settlements in the neighborhood, thus providing a wider choice of where to stay and what to see for tourists. Portugal.net, a great travel portal about this country, featured Comporta amongst top places to visit in Alentejo Coast, and it was not for nothing.
For starters, being in vicinity of Portuguese capital with its numerous places of interest and must-see landmarks, Comporta area makes a great spot to rest from urban lifestyle and to enjoy the benefits of countryside. And the latter, by the way, might be perceived at its best. For centuries, local people has been handing traditions of rice cultivation, salt extraction and fishing from generation to generation, retaining racy features of the area. Ultimately, they have created a specific landscape, covered with yellow wildflowers and plains of scarlet poppies with rare cork oaks, and preserved the unique architecture of the area – dumpy little huts, built of pine trees that grew in the local woods, and roofs, covered with reeds from the riverbank. So, the land of Comporta looks indeed racily.
The other thing that attracts visitors is an abundance of local food markets. Harvests of zucchini, broccoli and sweet pumpkin are the source of pride for villagers. When summer season approaches, it is impossible not to notice long rows of farmers’ tables and vendors along the highways, overwhelmed with melons, artichokes and tomatoes. Though, the very highlight of agronomy in Comporta is lemon trees, the braches of which really hang down to the ground because of enormously big yellow fruits. Notwithstanding increasing tourists’ inflow, the fertility of Comporta is not damaged, and, in contrast, lures more and more visitors.
Aside from vast fields of vegetables and rice, the villages of Comporta also comprise a nice reserve. In particular, it unites the areas of Comporta (in this case, the village), Pego, Carvalhal, Carrasqueira, Torre, Bresois and Possanco, and appears to be a conservation area. Everything around is preserved as it is, and tourists are even promised to see flamingoes and storks’ nests on the riverbanks. By the way, no cars or big vehicles and welcomed; villagers and guests get around by bikes or extremely popular buggies, so the virgin beauty of Comporta environment remains untouched and not contaminated.
However, absence of traffic is not the only issue that draws an attention of townies from Lisbon, and even from Paris and London. Many purchase interestingly designed huts of Comporta for summer vacations, and lots of prominent guests might be noticed in the neighborhood. In recent years villagers frequently recognize the faces of Nicolas Sarkozy, the former President of France, and his wife Carla Bruni, and members of royal Casiraghi family. Thus, even celebrities eagerly enjoy countryside beauties of Comporta from time to time.