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Hiring a car in Portugal

After a leisurely round of golf, sit back, listen to some Fado and sip some Port. Portugal isn't just a haven for aspiring Jack Nicholsons, this sun-kissed country has something to offer everyone. Book car hire in Portugal and see for yourself. Be aware of the age restrictions when booking cheap car hire in Portugal as it varies between suppliers.

60-second guide to Portugal

In its own head...

Portuguese people are the friendliest people in all of Europe - that’s why the tourists come back, because we make them want to.

...but more realistically

It's true, the people of Portugal are incredibly friendly and will make you feel right at home as soon as you arrive. It's considered good grace to show your appreciation so smile and say 'Obrigadinho' if you're male, or 'Obrigadinha' if you're female.

The vibe

Portugal is used to tourists, so the coastal towns in particular have a relaxed vibe. In the cities, expect that relaxation to be cranked up a gear into more of a celebratory, party atmosphere.

The natives

The people of Portugal pride themselves on being hospitable, caring, and putting the family first. If you’re travelling with yours expect a hearty welcome and an invite for dinner. If you’re travelling alone, you might be adopted.

The weather

The many coastal towns of Portugal stay generally dry and hot throughout the year and so hiring a car with air conditioning is recommended. To the north, and inland towards the Spanish border, it’s common to see snow during the winter months.

The local speciality

With so much coastline it’s not surprising that seafood is a traditional and popular dish. Order the caldeirada, a hearty fish stew, to try a little of everything.

The celebrity

Maybe all that sunshine helps to grow strong talented athletes? Portugal has given the world Christiano Ronaldo, Eusébio da Silva Ferreira and Luis Figo.

Did you know?

Portugal is the largest producer of corks in the world.

They say...

Cities with ancient and contemporary attractions, colourful medieval villages, charming seaside towns, ancient castles, romantic palaces, and a rich architectural and archaeological heritage. Go Lisbon.

Top destinations

car hire in Lisbon

Young, cultural and lively. Portugal car hire is a must as there's plenty to see in and around Lisbon.Jump in, hit the accelerator and drive up the coast to the seaside towns of Cascais and Estoril. Worn out your bucket and spade? Take the car a little further north and visit Sintra's castle atop the mountain.

Top driving tip

The policeman is pointing at you for a reason - ignore him and you'll lose your license.


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car hire in Porto

Budget flights run daily from the UK to this ancient port in northern Portugal.Find cheap car hire and really explore the region. We've plenty of locations to pick up your hire car, so it couldn't be any easier.Make sure you've got the camera at the ready. Porto's full of history so they'll always be something to snap away at

Top driving tip

Unless you've got around €600 to throw around, don't use your mobile when driving.


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car hire in Braga

Most of the attractions are in the historic centre. You won't be able to park there. Park your car by the castle and walk down.

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car hire in Algarve

The Algarve - a favourite holiday destination among us Brits. But you'll need to get up early to grab a sun lounger in the summer months.Most Brits fly into Faro, put on the bikini and head down to the beach. Great if you like it cosy.Book car hire in Portugal and check out the less crowded spots instead. There're great places like Lagos, Sagres and Albufeira only a short drive away.

Top driving tip

Watch your speed, and the hidden cameras.


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