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Comporta: The Next Great Beach Destination

On the beach at Comporta

By Ann Abel

There are a handful of places that defy certain rules of economics: the Hamptons in the ’70s, St. Barth in the ’80s, José Ignacio and Trancoso in the early 2000s. These are places where people who have a great deal of wealth go to spend a few days as if they had none at all. Where boldface names trade their Berlutis for Havianas and sit drinking cheap, local beer with weathered old fishermen. Where everyone gets to be themselves, forgets about being “on” and stops being a socialite. Where everyone takes off the mask.

A villa at Sublime Comporta

The next of these places is Comporta, a cluster of coastal Portuguese villages about an hour’s drive from Lisbon … continue reading


Ann Abel has been a travel writer and editor for 14 years, including several as a senior editor at ForbesLife. She writes for Forbes, Departures, Conde Nast Traveller, Robb Report, Afar, National Geographic Traveler, Islands, Hemispheres, Brides, Modern Bride, , Well + Good NYC, and other print and online publications.”In the name of lifestyle journalism, I’ve gotten a tattoo in Bora Bora, been bitten by a massage therapist, and flown small aircraft above three continents.” She lives in Lisbon.

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