Alentejo: 10 reasons for you to visit this corner of the litoral of Portugal!

We had been planning to explore the Alentejo region in Portugal for some time but had not done yet. Last week, inspired by the article 52 Places to Go in 2017, published by the New York Times, we finally decided to pack our bags and make our first trip around the region.

The Alentejo is divided into four distinct regions: Alto and Baixo Alentejo, Alentejo Central and Alentejo Litoral.
In this first trip we chose to explore a little of the Alentejo coast and the (still) undiscovered Comporta Region, mentioned by the American newspaper.

The summary of the trip? Beautiful and almost deserted beaches, charming villages, bucolic landscapes and a sunset to remember!

This article, unlike the detailed texts I usually write, is intended to be just a photographic record of what we saw in just two days exploring the Sado Estuary Natural Reserve on the Alentejo coast.

May it be an inspiration for you to take a little time to visit this beautiful corner of Portugal. We’ll be back, for sure, during the summer!

10 reasons for you desire to visit the litoral of Alentejo

#1 Comporta Beach

Located in the south of the Tróia Peninsula, Comporta Beach marks the boundary of the Sado Estuary Natural Reserve. There is a relatively large parking area and a wooden platform of approximately 500m that takes you to the sea. There are a just a few restaurants and during the summer it is possible to relax on the beach chairs available on the beach.

Praia da Comporta / Comporta Beach (Alentejo, Portugal)

Praia da Comporta / Comporta Beach (Alentejo, Portugal)

Praia da Comporta / Comporta Beach (Alentejo, Portugal)

#2 Aberta Nova Beach

This is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful beaches in the area! A trail surrounded by beautiful scenery takes the visitor to the sea. The beach has only one bar with a stunning view of the sea and the the blue turquoise of the water is incredibly beautiful.

Natureza / Nature (Alentejo, Portugal)

Praia da Aberta Nova / Aberta Nova Beach (Alentejo, Portugal)

Praia da Aberta Nova / Aberta Nova Beach (Alentejo, Portugal)

Praia da Aberta Nova / Aberta Nova Beach (Alentejo, Portugal)

#3 Melides Beach and Lake

Frequented by those who like sports (surf, bodyboard and paragliding) the beach is one of the most popular in the area. It is also considered the longest beach in Portugal. Next to the beach you will find the Melides Lagoon, which also has a nice view (rice paddies and small islands) and extends to the village of Melides.

Praia de Melides / Melides Beach (Alentejo, Portugal)

Praia de Melides / Melides Beach (Alentejo, Portugal)

Praia de Melides / Melides Beach (Alentejo, Portugal)

Praia de Melides / Melides Beach (Alentejo, Portugal)

#4 Costa of Santo André Beach

Located in the municipality of Santiago do Cacém, the Costa de Santo André Beach has a much larger structure, a large parking area and a few bars and restaurants. Next to the beach there is a very beautiful lagoon called Lagoa de Santo André, which is frequented both by families and windsurfers, due to its calm waters.

Praia da Costa de Santo André / Costa de Santo André Beach (Alentejo, Portugal)

Praia da Costa de Santo André / Costa de Santo André Beach (Alentejo, Portugal)

Praia da Costa de Santo André / Costa de Santo André Beach (Alentejo, Portugal)

Praia da Costa de Santo André / Costa de Santo André Beach (Alentejo, Portugal)

#5 Carvalhal Beach

Carvalhal Beach also offers a very good area for visitors. There is a large parking lot and two restaurants facing the sea. During the summer, parasols and beach chairs are provided for the comfort of sunbathers. The sunset there is also fantastic!

Praia de Carvalhal / Carvalhal Beach (Alentejo, Portugal)

Praia de Carvalhal / Carvalhal Beach (Alentejo, Portugal)

Praia de Carvalhal / Carvalhal Beach (Alentejo, Portugal)

Praia de Carvalhal / Carvalhal Beach (Alentejo, Portugal)

#6 Calm villages

Between one beach and another, you pass through small typical villages of the Alentejo Region, with white houses and super quiet streets.

Alentejo (Portugal)

Alentejo (Portugal)

#7 Bucolic Landscapes

The pine trees and the rice paddies fill the eyes of those who visit the Alentejo Region.

Natureza / Nature (Alentejo, Portugal)

Natureza / Nature (Alentejo, Portugal)

Natureza / Nature (Alentejo, Portugal)

Natureza / Nature (Alentejo, Portugal)

#8 Cozy and charming Hotels

Still little explored by tourists, this region of the Alentejo coast does not yet have a very large range of accommodations. However, the few that exist offer much comfort and tranquility to visitors.

Hotel (Alentejo / Portugal)

Hotel (Alentejo / Portugal)

#9 Regional Cuisine and the Wine

Have you heard of Alfarroba, Pão-de-João Carob or Figueira-de-Pythagoras? I also had not, until I found it on the menu of the Restaurante Celeiro a dessert called Carob Cream. The fruit is typical in the region and has the same flavor as cocoa. Besides carob, you can taste delicious seafood, cheeses and of course a good Alentejo wine!

Culinária Regional / Regional Cuisine (Alentejo/Portugal)

Culinária Regional / Regional Cuisine (Alentejo/Portugal)

#10 Carrasqueira’s Palafitte Dock

The Carrasqueira’s Palafitte Dock, is considered a masterpiece of the popular architecture. The Dock was built out of irregular timber stakes, apparently frail, from the 1950’s and 1960’s, and serves as a pier to the fishing boats that anchor there. It’s said that this one of the most visited places in the region. Unfortunately we couldn’t see the sunset there but it must be a nice show.

Cais Palafítico da Carrasqueira / Carrasqueira's Palafitte Dock (Alentejo, Portugal)

Cais Palafítico da Carrasqueira / Carrasqueira's Palafitte Dock (Alentejo, Portugal)

Cais Palafítico da Carrasqueira / Carrasqueira's Palafitte Dock (Alentejo, Portugal)

Cais Palafítico da Carrasqueira / Carrasqueira's Palafitte Dock (Alentejo, Portugal)