This article is part of our latest special report on Waterfront Homes.
Portugal is no stranger to tourism — or to an influx of vacation home buyers from all over Europe, the United States and beyond.
They come for the year-round temperate climate, with mostly sunny days; excellent, fresh food; a high quality of life; and a diversity of attractions including beaches, historical sites and pursuits such as golfing, surfing, boating and hiking — and affordable prices, compared with similar destinations in Europe.
The Algarve in southern Portugal is the most popular spot in the country when it comes to vacation homes and is favored for its many beaches and dozens of golf courses, said Patrick Bonnet, the marketing director for Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Portugal Property. But home buyers who want to avoid the crowds that the region has become synonymous with are setting their sights farther north on another coastline called Comporta.
Part of the Alentejo, a southern wine region about a one-hour drive from Lisbon, Comporta is an area that includes a village of the same name. The landscape is flat and rugged, almost wild, and framed by a beach that stretches for more than 30 miles. Rice fields, pine trees, agricultural farms and sand dunes are everywhere.
Muda Reserve. Composed of 175 villas with private pools and 50 larger farms (prices for villas begin at $1.3 million), Muda is under construction and will also include a restaurant, church and co-working space, according to Vanguard’s head of communications, Duarte Zoio. All of the farms have been sold, he said.
Vanguard is also building two more nearby properties that will have homes and hotel rooms as well as a golf course on each, he said.
Cavalariça, for example, one of Ms. Champalimaud’s recommendations, serves elevated interpretations of local dishes such as clams in chicken broth with coriander butter and a cured fish with an avocado purée.
One of the most significant indicators that Comporta is coming into the mainstream may be the opening of Sublime Comporta Beach Club, on Carvalhal beach and part of the Sublime Comporta resort.
“Five or 10 years ago, the concept of a beach club in Comporta was completely foreign and would have had people talking in surprise,” Mr. Barreto said. “These days, no one really blinks an eye.”