Coming from Lisbon towards inland, Serra de Grândola reveals the diversity and wealth of the region with its vast heritage of cork trees, pastures, and pinewoods. This is the entryway to the coastal Litoral Alentejano.

Here is where Alentejo meets the ocean and where the sand takes over the plains, unveiling secluded and untouched beaches. At Comporta, nature takes over and surprises with its range and diversity. The warm colours of the sunset and the silence of each end of the day are as beautiful as the ocean and the rice fields. Its past is marked by the strength of the working people, present in everything and everywhere -- hospitality, cuisine, culture, and serenity.

Places like Alcácer do Sal, Santiago do Cacém, Grândola, Melides, and Cercal are mandatory stops and where you’ll fall in love with this region. 

Here is where Alentejo meets the ocean and where the sand takes over the plains, unveiling secluded and untouched beaches. At Comporta, nature takes over and surprises with its range and diversity. The warm colours of the sunset and the silence of each end of the day are as beautiful as the ocean and the rice fields. Its past is marked by the strength of the working people, present in everything and everywhere -- hospitality, cuisine, culture, and serenity.

Places like Alcácer do Sal, Santiago do Cacém, Grândola, Melides, and Cercal are mandatory stops and where you’ll fall in love with this region. 

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Things to do (3)

Praia do Carvalhal is one of the best beaches in the area for surfing.

Location

Coast

Litoral Alentejano

Know the region

One hour from Lisbon, on the right bank of the Sado River, we come across one of the oldest cities in Europe. With medieval neighbourhoods and a Muslim-style castle, Alcácer do Sal is a historic city that has more to discover than what meets the eye. A visit to the Alcácer do Sal Castle and the Convento e Igreja de Nossa Senhora de Aracoelli (Convent and Church of Our Lady of Aracoelli) is mandatory -- two important monuments that will unveil other must-see landmarks like Pousada D. Afonso II, Cripta Arqueológica (Archaeological Crypt), church Igreja de Santa Maria do Castelo, and Estação Arqueológica do Fórum Romano (Roman Forum Archaeological Site).

The landscape from Alcácer do Sal to Grândola plays a vital role and surprises at every stop. Places like Albufeira de Vale do Gaio and Pego do Altar bring us closer to nature and allow us to unwind.

Outside the larger towns, places like São Martinho, Torrão, Santa Susana, and Melides are proof that even the smaller villages have a story to tell.


Comporta is one of the main reasons why travellers come to this part of the country.


Comporta is one of the main reasons why travellers come to this part of the country. Although worldwide famous, this is still a pristine and untouched region, with its endless sandy beaches. The high-quality hotels and restaurants in Comporta help to wrap it up as a dream destination.

At Museu do Arroz (Rice Museum) in Vila da Comporta get to know the history of the local people, marked by many years of labour in the farms and rice fields. On foot, on a horse, or a surfboard, discover the charming beaches like Praia da Comporta, Praia do Carvalhal, Praia do Pego, and Praia da Aberta Nova.

Reserva Natural do Estuário do Sado (Sado Estuary Natural Reserve) is a few kilometres from Alcácer, alongside the Sado River course. Here you can visit Carrasqueira, a fishing village where fishers split their time between the land and the sea.

In addition to the beaches, the city of Santiago do Cacém is rich in natural, architectural, and archaeological heritage, a treat for every visitor. Wander in the historic centre and visit the Castle, the Igreja Matriz (Mother Church), and travel back in time as you discover an ancient Roman city: Ruínas de Miróbriga (Miróbriga Ruins). 

"The Melides Lagoon stretches to the village of Melides. It’s a unique place with rich fauna and flora. Considered a sanctuary for birds, it’s a resting place for many bird species that live in the area. The lagoon turns pink and, when it’s windy, it becomes as still as a mirror. Horseback riding and water sports like Stand Up Paddle and canoeing are perfect ways to discover the Melides Lagoon."

Accommodations (4)

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Litoral Alentejano
Casas da Moagem
from € 50.00

Luís António Vilhena
L. Vilhena
Casas da Moagem
Accommodation
Litoral Alentejano
Herdade do Freixial

Fernando Cintra do Vale
F. Vale
Herdade do Freixial
Accommodation
Litoral Alentejano
A Serenada
from € 80.00

Jacinta Sobral da Silva
J. Silva
A Serenada
Accommodation
Litoral Alentejano
Monte do Giestal
from € 100.00

Guida Silva
G. Silva
Monte do Giestal

Where everyone feels at home

"People don’t come here looking for a typical Alentejo cuisine experience. They come for the friendliness, the hospitality, and the welcoming people of Alentejo, combined with food that’s both comfort and familiar."
Patrícia Pires da Silva
Ritual Tapas Bar

Guardians (11)

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Litoral Alentejano

Patrícia Pires da Silva e
Luís Matos Lima

Ritual Tapas Bar

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Litoral Alentejano

Gonçalo Pessoa

Sublime Comporta

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Litoral Alentejano

Roman Garcia de Blanes

Casa das Cegonhas

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Litoral Alentejano

Luís António Vilhena

Casas da Moagem

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Litoral Alentejano

Vasco Gallego

Vale do Gaio

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Litoral Alentejano

Guida Silva

Monte do Giestal

Things to do (3)

Thing to do
Litoral Alentejano
Surf in Comporta
from € 49.20

Ana Pinheiro
A. Pinheiro
Surf in Comporta
Thing to do
Litoral Alentejano
Escola de Surf do Litoral Alentejano
from € 20.00

Flávio Jorge
F. Jorge
Escola de Surf do Litoral Alentejano
Thing to do
Litoral Alentejano
Melides SUP
from € 49.20

Ana Pinheiro
A. Pinheiro
Surf in Comporta

Tours (8)

Tour
Escape in Natural Alentejo
4 stops
2 Days from € 172.00
Tour
3 stops
The Excellence of Alentejo Culture
8.5 Hours
from € 75.00
Tour
6 stops
Wine, Food, and Fun
3 Days
from € 228.50
Tour
3 stops
Exploring Alentejo’s Outdoors
5.5 Hours
from € 37.00
Tour
3 stops
Fun in Alqueva
5 Hours
from € 47.00
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