Car Hire in Portugal
In Portugal we offer cheap car hire for all popular tourist destinations such as the Algarve and the main airports, Lisbon and Faro. Driving Southern Portugal is generally flat including the Algarve area. Northern Portugal has a more mountainous driving landscape to explore.
The capital of Portugal, Lisbon, is the oldest city in Western Europe. Use our website to book car hire for your self-drive tour of Lisbon. Explore the Belém district of Lisbon. The Torre de Belém - a fortified lighthouse - was built in part to defend the Mosteiro do Jerónimos, a beautiful monastery now home to many artefacts and the Maritime Museum and the National Archaeological museum. Opposite the monastery are the gardens and fountain laid out during WW11. Belém is also the original 'home' of the Pastéis de Belém - a visit to the Fabrica de Pastéis de Belem is highly recommended. Try the delicious flaky pastry filled with creamy egg custard served warm, from the oven with a cup of 'cheia', Portuguese expresso coffee! The best way to explore Portugal is by hire car, then you are free to drive wherever you like.
A short drive north of Lisbon is Sintra. The mountains around Sintra are home to the old Castle of the Moors, the Pena National Palace, Sintra National Palace and Monserrate Palace. The town boasts fine buildings including the Quinta da Regaleira - a palace and chapel, with beautiful parklands, fountains and lakes.
Take your hire car further north along the coast is Ericeira, in the municipality of Mafra. This town is a burgeoning tourist destination, especially its surfing beaches. Driving the N116 outside Ericeira is Sobreiro de Mafra home to a model village, Aldeia Miniatura. Well worth an hour browsing the miniature houses and glimpsing life in rural Portugal.
Self-driving inland from Ericeira there are many historic buildings to see including the 'Lines of Torres Vedras' and the keep tower of the Moorish Castle which once dominated the town. There is also a two storey Aqueduct which spanning over 2 km.
A 'must' place to go in your rental vehicle is Buddha Eden, (Garden of Peace) at Carvalhal. Established in 2001 by Comendador José Berardo, 35 hectares of garden are home to unique structures and monuments. Views are spectacular as is the house. Theier 'café' has a wide choice of food and the shop sells local wines from the Bacalhoa Winery.
Drive 13 km North of Buddha Eden is Obidos, a beautiful ancient fortified Moorish city with over 1200 years of history. A walk through the very narrow streets of Obidos takes you past many tourist shops selling local crafts; pottery and Ginja, a local morrello cherry liqueur speciality often served in a small chocolate cup. You can take a carriage ride and see the local area from a different view along the aqueduct or through the historic town.
Porto, 240km North of Obidos, on the Douro River Estuary is Portugal's second largest city. Giving its name to Port wine, the historic city also boasts Porto Cathedral. Nestled among the side streets on Rua das Carmelitas is Livraria Lello Bookshop, which opened its doors in 1906. This little bookshop and its staircase are reported to be the inspiration for JK Rowling's Harry Potter Study! Cruises lasting about 45 minutes are frequent along the Douro River. Over the river is the Port House Caves area. Caves are open daily for tours and tastings.
Portuguese cuisine is mainly Mediterranean but is also influenced by its exploration of other continents. The use of 'Piri-Piri' is popular, as is cinnamon and vanilla. Many dishes use Bacalhau, Portuguese for cod, and chouriço (chorizo) sausage. A popular soup is Caldo Verdo, made with shredded kale and potato.
To book cheap car hire to explore Lisbon or Faro, Portugal, use the quoter on this page to see prices from a choice of Portugal car hire suppliers.