Luxury holidays in Melides

What is there to do in Melides, you ask? That’s not really the point – this rustic patch of Portugal’s Alentejo region turned to tending olive groves and vineyards long ago and hasn’t really had an update since then, so you have miles of desert beaches to play on, pristine pockets of nature to bike or ride through, and small villages for fresh-as-can-be seafood stops, but not a whole lot more. However, with exclusive creative communities (the lively Melides Art complex) and modernist hotels popping up, plus a lot of love from celeb sorts who’ve snapped up property, slow-travel-promoting Melides could be stepping up a gear. But, go now, while there’s still nothing to blissfully do.

When to go

Peak season is July and August in Melides, but for months either side you’ll have sunny days and serene beaches.

Getting there

  • Planes

    Lisbon’s Humberto Delgado is the closest airport, about an hour’s drive away.
  • Trains

    Grândola is the closest station serving the region, a 30-minute drive away; trains arrive here direct from Lisbon’s Entrecampos station in just over an hour.
  • Automobiles

    Melides most charming bits are to be found far away from each other; this remote robustness is the bulk of its appeal, but it does mean you’ll need to hire a car.