AdvertisementHerdade da Comporta in PortugalThe name Comporta, roughly translated, means a gate that holds back water, a lock. Regulars will tell you that the best way to experience Comporta is to rent a house. The Herdade da Comporta has rigorous planning restrictions on what can and can't be built within its jurisdiction. Then there's the Beach Villa (from £2,660 per week), all slatted wood and smooth stone, a curving deck and panoramic rooftop pool. At Praia da Comporta, Comporta Café and Restaurante Ilha do Arroz stand guard.