Christopher Wise

Planning a side trip from Lisbon? Pristine beaches, rustic restaurants, and chic villas are drawing travelers to the scenic town of Comporta. 

Kevin Raub

The boho paradise of Comporta—the seaside stomping ground of designers like Christian Louboutin and Philippe Starck—has long been one of Europe’s best-kept secrets. Just a 90-minute drive from Lisbon, the village sits at the foot of the Tróia Peninsula, a sandy 10-mile strip of land between the Atlantic and the Sado River estuary.

Stay

Check in to Casas na Areia (villas from $600), a hideaway of four thatched-roof cabanas with beachy, minimalist furnishings. Or rent one of the sophisticated villas at Sublime Comporta (villas from $670), where a barn nestled amid cork trees and vineyards has been revamped into the town’s most stylish digs (at least until the Aman arrives).

Eat

For dinner, order the exquisite grilled fish and squid-ink rice at Sal (entrées $13–$50), or dig in to fresh-caught seafood at O Dinis (Carvalhal Beach; entrées $12–$26).

Drink

Stop by cocktail stand Chilli Pepper Bar (Largo de São João) to toast your good fortune for getting to this gem of a Portugese town ahead of the curve.

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