Car hire Algarve - Portugal
Portugal stradles the west coast of the Iberian Peninsular next to Spain. Portugal has a long coastline facing the Atlantic Ocean and fabulous beaches and sunny weather make it an attractive holiday proposition. Attractive towns and ports along with tasteful new resorts and the natural beauty of the landscape add to the atmosphere. The wide choice of bars, cafes, restaurants and nightclubs cater for all tastes whether the tourist want local flavours or more conservative ones. Sports, such as tennis and golf as well as ski-ing and sailing also attract tourists.
Portugal has three main tourist areas and car hire Portugal is avaiable throughout the Algarve;
The Algarve is on the southern coast of Portugal with over a 160 km of beautiful sandy beach lined coast. The lovely countryside is full of vegetation and colourful flowers. There are numerous characterful villages and the newer developments blend in with their surroundings. The Algarve has a large choice of bars, cafes, restaurants, shops and sporting activities. It is no surprise to find that the Algarve is such a popular destination.
Praia da Luz is a picturesque village with a large bay in the west of the Algarve. Praia da Luz has some historical buildings and is a lovely resort. A nature park is located nearby as are the resorts of Burgau and Lagos. In a car hire from Faro airport the transfer takes about 2 hours 45 mins.
Praia do Vau is a quiet resort in the western part of the Algarve with a good beach. Praia do Vau has a few restaurants and bars and the nearby Praia da Rocha has a few more as well as a beach with fantastic cliffs. If you take a car hire from Faro Airport or a car hire from Praia da Rocha the exploration of this area is easy. Faro Airport is about 2 hours from Praia da Rocha and you can hire a car on arrival at Faro Airport and collect it in the arrivals terminal.
Albufeira is about an hour to the west of Faro Airport and has become a thriving area of the Algarve. Albufeira was originally a fishing area but its great beaches has seen it grow to include all manner of cafes, bars, restaurants and discos. Within the Albufeira area are the resorts of Acoteias, Vale de Parra, Areias de Sao Joao and Praia dos Aveiros. It is possible to get a car hire from Albufeira or a car hire from Faro airport.
Alvor is a lovely resort with a village feel. It has a wide beach and a port with cobbled streets leading to the town. Alvor has a good choice of eateries with seafood a speciality. With a car hire from Faro Airport it takes about 2 hours to get to Alvor.
Vilamoura is a purpose built resort with a marina and seafront. Vilamoura has sophisticated shops and restaurants and is known for its sporting facilities. Golf , Tennis, horseriding and sailing are very much on the agenda. Car hire from Vilamoura or car hire from Faro Airport is available to make the most of all that is on offer.
Armacao de Pera has the longest beach in the Algrave.The promenade at Armacao de Pera has numerous bars, cafes and restaurants and is a popular resort. A car hire from Faro Airport will allow you to explore the region and Armacao de Pera is only an hour and a half away.
Faro Airport serves all the resorts of the Algarve and has flights from all the UK airports and other European Airports. Faro Airport is used to accommodating the large volume of tourists flying in and out the region and has all the necessary facilities. Car hire in the Algarve is available from most of the resorts. Car Hire from Faro Airport is also available.
Lisbon & Oporto
The Lisbon & Oporto area is on the west coast facing the Atlantic Ocean. The Lisbon Coast is historical area with lots of Forts, Palaces, interesting buildings and magnificent scenery. Lisbon is the capital of Portugal and worth a visit. Hire a car at Lisbon airport, and you will be ready to drive offf as you step off your flight! Oporto is perhaps the most beautiful area of Portugal with Pine forests and charming villages. Oporto itself is on the cliffs overlooking the Douro River and is a city of culture, style and history.
The main resorts are:
Esposende was a small fishing village and has now developed into a larger beach resort which retains its sense of history. Esposende is about half an hoyr in a car hire from Lisbon Airport Povoa de Varzim has a lovely sandy beach and is only 20 mins in a car hire from Lisbon Airport. Estoril is a smart town with a casino and golf courses. Estoril also has an Esplanade and some beautiful gardens. The Formula One Grand Prix at Estoril is probably it's biggest claim to fame. Estoril is about half an hour in a car hire from Lisbon Airport. Cascais and Costa da Caparica are also popular resorts and only about 45 mins in a car hire from Lisbon Airport.
Car Hire from Oporto Airport is available to visit many of the fabulous sights in the region.
Madeira is an island that is south west of the Portuguese mainland and still 550 km from the coast of Africa. Subsequently Madeira is blessed with a sub tropical climate. Madeira is lush and green with many varieties of flowers such as orchids and jasmine, making Madeira a lovely place to visit. The Ocean is a deep blue colour and great for swimming, but there aren't many sandy beaches. Most hotels and villas have swimming pools to enjoy the view and the sunshine. There is plenty to see and do in Madeira and some great vantage points. A car hire in Madeira is highly advisable to enjoy all the sights. Funchal is the capital of Madeira and is picturesque city. Next to the mountains Funchal has some interesting and steep streets with a great atmosphere. There are plenty of things to do in and around Funchal and lots of places to eat. Other resorts in Madeira include Calheta, Sao Goncaio, Garjau, Santa Cruz and Machico. The Airport in Madeira is Funchal Airport, although it is about 45 mins from Funchal. Funchal Airport efficiently looks after the needs of all the visitors to Madeira and has all the necessary facilities.Car Hire at Funchal Airport is easily arranged so that you can enjoy the whole of Madeira.