Discover Portugal between the waves of the Atlantic coast and crystal clear waters of river beaches

Comporta is more than just one of Portugal’s main beach destinations. It is a pure refuge at the gates of Lisbon. Just 14 kilometers from Comporta beach and eight kilometers from Carvalhal beach, comfort, luxury, tranquility and sustainability are the perfect complement to discover the Sublime Comportaawarded a Gold Key in the 2024 edition of the Boa Cama Boa Mesa Guide.

Very close, in Quinta da Comporta – Wellness Boutique Resortalso awarded a Golden Key, the outdoor swimming pool heated to around 30 degrees just requires a clear sky to be a must at any time of year.

Then set off in search of nature, the sea and experiences with your feet in the sand, to Melides and Lagoa de Santo André. As a couple or as a family, one of the accommodation options in the region is the Reserva Alecrim EcoSuite & Glampingin Santiago do Cacém.

Reserva Alecrim EcoSuites & Glamping

Heading to the Algarve, we make a stop in Portimão and at the centuries-old guardian of Praia da Rocha: the Bela Vista Hotel & SPA, a mansion from 1918 that was converted into a landmark hotel. In terms of gastronomy, the chef João Oliveira designs sublime dishes, with refined technique and flavors that linger in the memory and have won several awards. Vista Restaurante was distinguished with a Golden Fork by the Boa Cama Boa Mesa Guide in 2024.

Between Tavira and Cacela Velha, in the Cumeada area, discover Inn. An extension of the Agricultural Pension, it inherited the philosophy of an elegant refuge, in a more intimate and romantic version. Another option is accommodation Porch Conversationswhich invites you to enter a parallel, uncomplicated and unhurried world.


With your eyes on the cliffs and the good surprises that the sea can offer, set off to discover the Algarve coast. In Albufeira, there are different boat trips and complementary activities promoted by AlgarExperience. In Lagos, you can discover world-famous sands between the cliffs, such as the beaches of Dona Ana, Estudantes, Camilo, and Porto de Mós. The route leads to Ponta da Piedade, where walkways were recently built. Right on the Alentejo coast, the Ecotrails invites you to discover all the biodiversity of the Mira River and discover the different scenarios that vary depending on the tides.

Then stop at the table Celso’s Tasca. Dedicated to traditional Portuguese flavors with careful dressing, it is a place for socializing, gatherings and sharing. In Sines, it is worth a visit Bejinha, a restaurant right next to the Sines fish market, where fish is the king of the menu. In the Algarve, the generosity of the ocean and the rias are pillars of the region’s gastronomy. The sea-flavored menus suggest traveling through the region, from snack to snack, with a mandatory stop at Rui Seafood Restaurantin Silves.

Rui Seafood Restaurant

In the interior of the Algarve, in the heart of the historic area of ​​Loulé, find the restaurant CaféZïque. Opened in 2020, it has the sea, the Ria Formosa and the mountains as sources of inspiration. Returning to Alentejo, you will discover the river beach of Azenhas d’El Rei, bathed by the Alqueva. With my eyes in the water mirror, I know Raya restaurantintegrated into the project Terramaya regenerative agriculture production farm.

Middle Cuts

Also in the Central Interior of Portugal, there is a world of river beaches that deserve to be explored without rushing and where the natural beauty and freshness of the waters stand out. In Penhas Douradas, at 1437 meters above sea level, Vale do Rossim is an option worth considering. On the Seia side, reference to the Loriga river beach, with small pools formed between the rocks and a stunning view of the mountains. In Cortes do Meio, in the municipality of Covilhã, there are 12 natural pools to enjoy the clear waters of Ribeira de Cortes, some close to the road and easily accessible.

The Boa Cama Boa Mesa program in SIC Notíciasproduced by PopUp Alive, premiering on Saturday, June 8, 2024 (11:35 am) and will be repeated throughout the week. This is the fourth episode of the thirty-fifth season of Boa Cama Boa Mesa programs.

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