"Alentejo" the hidden gem of Portugal
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This weeks edition takes us to Alentejo a true hidden gem in Portugal. We take a short journey with the wonderful Angelic, Co-Founder of Portugal based Destination Management Company "Blue Sky" which is a full-service inbound agency for Portugal mainland, Madeira and the Azores. So over to Angelic with the down-low on the amazing region of Alentejo.
Portugal has so much to offer and you feel that wherever you are, you are walking through history.
A few weeks ago, I went down to Alentejo for a few days to get away from everyday life, to explore and look at new potential new hospitality venues for when the world again opens up.
I have explored Alentejo many times before and yet every time I visit I'm blown away with the magic of the region. Alentejo is simply a region of unparalleled beauty and authenticity.
On the way down to the interior of Alentejo, I stopped for lunch at Comporta Café, a hidden pearl that reminds you more of being in the Caribbean than in Portugal, with the white sandy beach as far as your eye can see (actually its 70km of beach all the way down to Sines).
The fastest way to Comporta is to drive a short distance south from Lisbon towards Algarve, you turn off at Setubal approx. 40min from the airport. You take a "big car ferry" that runs every 15mins during the summer and every half an hour in the low season.
Next stop, Troia which is a peninsula located next to the Sado River estuary. This area is made up of a small resort with a few notable hotels, Troia Design 5* and Aqua Luz 4*, both located in the little community overlooking the bay and mountains of Arrabida and Setubal. Troia also has a world-class golf course design by Sir Robert Trent Jones Senior (Troia golf is listed as one of the “Top 100 Golf Resorts in Continental Europe).
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Comporta is located 12km south from Troia and the area once belonged to the King of Portugal. Since the 1950s the area has been owned by the Espírito Santo family (Portugal’s equivalent of the Rockefellers), who in the 1990s, began inviting some of their celebrity and royal friends to the area, including Princess Caroline and Prince Albert of Monaco, Comporta has always had a bit of luxury feel, and has even been compared to a mini-version of the Hamptons.
Comporta has a wide selection of fun activities to try like; horse-riding, golf (Troia), taking surfing lessons, go biking or hiking along the coast, watch dolphins, and