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Car Rental in Algarve Portugal - Rent a Car to Explore.

Cliffs on the beach in the Algarve, Portugal
The Algarve is rich in culture and diversity. If you are looking for fast paced resorts or a calm tranquil setting either is attainable. The entire region is approx.5400sq km and is graced with over 100 different beaches.

If you are into nature the choices are many from the Ria Formosa to Monchique mountain, from Caldeirão mountains to Sagres cape, in fact there are over 30 hiking trails (as per official Turismo de Portugal guide books).There are over 30 courses dotted throughout the region.

Although the permanent resident population is under 500,000 people, the area receives more than ten fold that amount of visitors in tourism each year. The busiest times of year tend to be July/August. It is imperative that you make your Algarve Hotel booking and Algarve Car Hire in advance to avoid disappointment.

What to See and Do in The Algarve

Lagos - The old inner city inside the remnants of a protective wall. You'll find winding streets barely wide enough for small cars, quaint shops and wonderful restaurants. Portugal has an impressive history, and this is reflected in the surviving buildings in the marina town of Lagos. Take a break from the sun by visiting the cool, historic churches of Santa Maria of Misericrida, Santo Antnio and So Sebastio and then relax at the marina a great day out.

Loul - Many of Louls most impressive buildings were destroyed in the Algarves great earthquake of 1755, but sections of the castle, dating back to the 12th century, remain. Loul is inland from the Algarve coast, so its a great opportunity to take a short drive inland particularly on Market Day, when the town is busy and full of life.

Faro - Most tourists fly into Faro and drive straight out to their holiday destination. Few bother to come back during their stay and take a look at the historic buildings and fascinating museums in the town. As the Algarves capital, there's a lot to see within its medieval walls, including the Roman-Gothic cathedral and the Infante Dom Henrique Museum. Get to Faro before your flight home to catch it at its best.

Sagres - At the most south-westerly point of Europe and is commonly known as the end of the world by locals. Its best to visit Sagres when the weather is good, but walking out to the rocks jutting into the Atlantic on a rainy, blustery day really makes you feel at one with the elements, and its worth the drive along the Algarve coast to get there.

Silves - The red stone castle. The road there is narrow and winds through some rural areas, but it is definitely worth a half day trip if you like castles. Silves is a beautiful historic town, with Phoenician, Roman and Moorish influences making it a great day out. It boasts what is probably the most intact castle in the area, and its cathedral was built on the site of a Moorish Mosque. Narrow streets and hidden cafes make Silves a real must visit destination.

Monchique mountains - a beautiful area covered by eucalyptus forests with wonderful fresh smell, small waterfalls in winter. You will find great hiking trails and unexplored quiet fields.

The view from the Foia peak is absolutely amazing, you can see both south and west coasts and even see the swell! Maritime adventure and sports such as wind surfing, kite and board surfing and boating are popular.

A car is often the best way of seeing the Algarve, owing to the limited public transport services. Algarve Car Rental can be hired at Faro Airport and in other towns and cities in the Algarve. Most car rental companies stipulate a minimum age of 21.

Prices start from about €30 a day for a small car during the summer but can be as low as €5 a day outside the holiday season. There is often a wide range of cars to choose from.

The Algarve has a good network of roads, but be aware that some country roads are little more than dirt tracks. Roads are generally well maintained, however, road markings may randomly disappear (in this case stick to the right as far as possible - a favourite Portuguese habit is to overtake, still they are mindful.

After many years, the A22 (IP 1) motorway was finally completed in 2007, which goes from Bensafrim in the west all the way to Monte Francisco on the Portuguese/Spanish border. The Algarve, like the rest of Portugal and mainland Europe, drives on the right.

Petrol stations are found all over the Algarve. All stations will sell standard unleaded (95 RON) and super (97 RON) and diesel. Some stations sell LPG (GPL) as well. Unleaded petrol is known as gasolina sem chumbo and diesel gasoleo.

Petrol prices in Portugal are high in comparison to other European countries but the freedom of being able to enjoy all the Algarve has to offer and make the most of your time makes the slightly higher price worthwhile. Search and compare prices and make your car rental booking now.


Algarve car rental is useful at Portugal's most popular holiday destination with so much to explore. There are glorious clean beaches stretching for 200 km along the southern Portugal coast, the cool, un-polluted water, and the fact that it is relatively cheap, very safe and overall welcoming. English is spoken at most resorts.

Should you decide to rent a car in the Algarve to explore it all, you will find it a very worthwhile experience as there is a spectacular coast to explore with scenic coastal towns, resorts, golf courses and paces of natural beauty to stop for to enjoy.

The Airports serving the Algarve is Faro Airport for tourist arrivals from which it is advised you collect Algarve car rental reservations rather than using public transport form the airport to the coastal towns on the Algarve for pickup of your rental car. 

When making your car hire reservation for this holiday destination, you can search for car rental at Faro Airport with our car rental comparison engine to find the best prices for your rental car.

Our prices are fully inclusive, so the price you are quoted is the price you pay at the rental desk upon pickup of your rental car. No nasty surprises.

We have a full range of rental vehicles available to rent - mini, economy, compact, premium, luxury, convertible, suv's, 7 seater hire, minibus rental from international car rental companies and local car rental agencies. Make your reservation in advance, ensuring the cheapest deal.

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