Perhaps its bad manners to use your blog as an opportunity to post ‘smug shots’ from your latest holiday, but I’m afraid I cant resist. We’ve just returned for a holiday En Famille in a little known corner of Portugal known as Herdade Da Comporta.
Comporta is a string of sleepy fishing villages on the Tróia peninsula, An hour south of Lisbon. The focus here is the beach. And what a beach: wooden boardwalks lead through the sand dunes and out to an endless stretch of perfect white sand and azure waters. The Atlantic sparkles, and foamy waves break gently on the shore. A sprinkling of palm umbrellas, sun loungers and two beach cafes, where people lie on hot-pink bean bags, nodding to chilled-out tunes complete the scene.
There’s not much in the way of hotels in Comporta so we hired a villa for the week. I found Casa nos Brejos on Air BnB – a shiny, modern ‘sugar cube’ house 5 minutes drive from Comporta beach. Huge windows, polished concrete floors, and simple white furnishings all centered around a sunny deck and plunge pool. I never imagined I’d feel comfortable in a minimalist house – far too much pressure to keep things clean and clutter free with two little people dashing around. But actually there is something about the light here, and the views across the pine forests at the end of the garden that is so uplifting and relaxing…. Also there is an impressive provision of built in storage which meant I could just throw all the beach kit inside and slam the doors shut before the sand took over.
So between splashing around the pool and endless hours of collecting shells on the beach we spent a very happy week here in Comporta. It just may be the perfect family holiday… And we can’t wait to come back!