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Portugal is an epic country to explore and possibly one of the most beautiful countries in Europe, where there are so many places that are diverse and absolutely unique. With all of Porto's stunning cobbled streets, the spectacular coastline near Lagos, and the palaces of Sintra, and we could go on ... but the fact is that there are so many incredibly beautiful and best places in Portugal to discover. Portugal is located in the southwest of Europe, a fifth of the Iberian Peninsula that it shares with Spain. Portugal has its own language, its own culture and cuisine. The shape of Portugal is rectangular, the longest distance from north to south is 561 km, and the widest distance from east to west is 218 km.Portugal is divided into regions, each with unique characteristics, history, landscapes and gastronomy. The regions are from south to north: Algarve, Alentejo, Lisbon and the Lisbon coast, Extremadura and Ribatejo, Beiras, Douro and Tras-os-Montes and the Miño.
What are the best spots to hire a car in Portugal?
At Orbit Car Hire we have a wide range of car rentals to offer in all categories available to book online in all regions of Portugal. It is important to choose the vehicle that will suit your trip the best, you will not be disappointed to explore the countries biggest pearls:
Algarve car hire
The Algarve is located on the Portuguese coast and is a region with many soft sandy beaches and picturesque fishing villages. This is one of the most popular places in Portugal for visitors seeking sun, sea and sand. The Algarve is truly one of the best places to visit in Portugal, especially because of its natural beauty.Once you are there, head to the island of Tavira for a beach retreat, or visit the Costa Vicentina Natural Park to stroll along the scenic cliffs that seem measured by the sea. Alternatively, take a boat trip to Benagil Cave or explore the stunning area around Lagos or Sagres. For a quieter beach, head to Praia do Amado on the west coast of the Algarve. The best way to get to the Algarve is by car. Even if you rent a car in Lisbon you will only spend about 3 hours to get to Sagres.You can also easily reach Faro by train from Faris to Faro, but the situation with public transport in the Algarve is quite limited. So If you rent a car it is a straight road down the motorway into the Algarve and it is quite easy to get around Portugal. you can also fly directly to Faro airport and hire a car there.
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There was a rich man Carvalho Monteiro who decided to build an incredibly opulent palace with gardens full of hidden tunnels and secret shit! These beautiful gardens are located in Sintra and offer a variety of fascinating structures. Most famously, there is an underground tower with a spiral staircase, the purpose of which is unknown. The gardens themselves have been designed to represent ancient secret orders such as the Knights Templar and the Masons.You can spend several hours wandering the gardens and exploring the enigmatic tunnels. If you look closely, you might even find an Indiana Jones-style stone revolving door.Sintra is also home to three different palaces, of which the Palácio da Pena is probably the most famous and most photographed. It is located on a hill next to the city and is easily visible from afar. It dates back to the Middle Ages and has distinctive yellow and red walls and domed towers that make it look like a fantasy castle. This is in contrast to the Moorish castle on another nearby hill with its fortified stone walls and massive battlements. It also offers beautiful panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.
Coimbra is home to one of the oldest universities in Europe, the site of which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The old university campus appears palatial and includes a ceremonial hall, a chapel and an absolutely impressive library.The nearby botanical garden and the science museum are also worth visiting. Ii would also be worth going up the clock tower. If you are lucky, you will see students from the adjacent sites in their traditional black uniforms. The neighborhoods around the university are a bit shabby and covered in graffiti, although the lower part of Baixa near the river has a lot of charm. Some travelers make Coimbra as a day trip from Porto or Lisbon, or to split the trip between these cities.
Sierra da Estrela
If you are not only looking for beaches or cities, but also fresh mountain air, head to the Serra da Estrela, the highest mountain range on the Portuguese peninsula. A few times a year, the Serra appears on Portuguese television with headlines such as "snow in Portugal". You can see that there is often snow in the fall and winter. The fluid landscapes and scenic roads of the region may not be as good as other European mountain ranges, but they make for a relaxing trip. The area also has its share of cute villages and its own cultural quirks, like a famous cheese and even its own breed of dog. A popular hike leads to the Poco de Inferno waterfall and is well signposted and when you have finished hiking in the Serra, you can relax in the Manteigas thermal baths.
This small fortified cobblestone town near the Serra da Estrela has an interesting history. It is home to a community of crypto-Jews, descendants of Jews who were forced to hide their beliefs during the great inquisition. They pretended to have converted to Christianity publicly but continued their traditions in private. Secretly, the community slowly began to differentiate itself from others in its practices. The Belmonte Jewish Museum gives you an interesting insight into this history. Belmonte is also a lovely place to visit for at least one afternoon to see its many charming houses, gardens with orange trees, a small castle and several other local museums.
The small town of Évora sits in the middle of the hot and dry Alentejo region of Portugal, which is full of cork oaks and vineyards. Évora is primarily of historical interest, with landmarks such as several churches and cathedrals, two museums containing religious artifacts, and the crumbling columns of a Roman temple. It is a wonderful city that is indispensable for any road trip in the Alentejo and is even worth it on its own. The city center, which is partially separated by an old wall, has bright white traditional houses with yellow outlines on the edges and window sills. Be sure to visit the Chapel of Bones, once created by monks to commemorate the impermanence of the human condition. The entire chapel is adorned with bones, skulls, and even entire skeletons that hang on the wall.
In recent years, Lisbon has experienced a tremendous resurgence, some even say it has undergone a complete transformation. While some tourists only visit for a weekend, it will probably take at least 3-4 days to get the most out of Lisbon and its surroundings as there are so many things to do in Lisbon. If you like to get lost on purpose, this is the right city for you. The center is built around seven hills and offers wonderful views from almost every corner. Rather than trying to check the standard boxes, try to explore Lisbon on foot and not make too many plans. During the summer months, especially July and August, Lisbon can be very crowded, especially in the popular areas of Alfama and Baixa. The favorite times in Lisbon are from April to June and from September to October, when the weather is nice and it is not so crowded.
Porto is a bit different from Lisbon. Aside from rivalries in the city, it is worth heading north to see Porto and the surrounding Douro wine regions. Porto has a charming and unpretentious atmosphere that showcases its artisan past while maintaining a lively cultural scene. The Ribeira River neighborhood is a fascinating place with its medieval streets jutting out from the quays and the narrow, colored tiled facades that emerge like a picture book about the port's old storage warehouses.nAbove it rises the domed iron bridge Dom Luis I, which connects the hill on one side of the river with the hill on the other. It is an amazing place that I don't think you can compare to any other place in Europe. Porto is a bit grainy than Lisbon with some abandoned buildings, although its recent discovery as a city break destination has prompted a lot of new investment. You can see the main attractions in about two days, although you can spend much more time using it as a base to explore the area.
Interesting facts about Portugal
- It is one of the best places to surf in the world
- Portugal is the oldest country in Europe
- Portuguese is the official language of 9 Countries
- Portugal has one of the oldest universities in Europe
- Portugal is now a republic, but used to be a kingdom
What to keep in mind when renting a car in Portugal?
The minimum age to rent a car is 21 years old and with some suppliers for people over 75 years of age. Young driver surcharges may apply for renters between 18-20 years old. This information is visible in the search engine with Orbit Car Hire. Accidents are something we do not control, therefore it is important to keep in mind what kind of coverage you have. At Orbit Car Hire you can buy additional coverage so you can travel around the Island without worry. In Portugal you drive on the right side of the road like in all European Union. For the countries that drive on the left lane, this can be confusing but good to know before you begin the journey.
What you need to know about renting a car
What do I need to rent a car in Portugal?
A credit card in the name of the main driver needs to be presented. A security deposit may be required while renting a car so the credit card must have sufficient funds. You can find details about the security deposit listed while booking the vehicle as well as on your voucher. It is important to have a valid driving license with the name of the main driver as well as additional drivers when it applies. An International Driving Permit is required in addition to a National Driving License if the National Driving License you or any of the Additional Drivers hold is not clearly identifiable as a Driving License, eg, it is in a non-Latin alphabet (eg Arabic, Chinese, Cyrillic, Japanese). It can also depend on the country or car rental company you are renting with. If you have found a car on our website, you can press the rental terms link from the supplier for more information about driving license requirements. You will need to have identification with you such as a passport and ID cards. When you pick up your rental car you need to have your voucher with you.
How old do I need to be to rent a car in Portugal?
The minimum age to rent a car is 21 years old and with some suppliers for people over 75 years of age. Young driver surcharges may apply to many car rental companies for people under 25 years of age.
Do I need car insurance in Portugal?
Insurances are very important when renting a car and can be different between countries. When renting a car in Portugal with Orbit Car Hire the prices will include mandatory insurances in the country.
Do I need a credit card to rent a car in Portugal?
In most cases, a credit card is required to be presented in the name of the main driver. A security deposit may be required when renting a car so it is important to have sufficient funds on the credit card. When searching for a car at Orbit you can see credit card requirements from all our suppliers.
How do I find the cheapest car hire in Portugal?
You can find cheap car hire by comparing prices with all major car rentals at Orbit Car Hire. A good idea can be to book in advance as the prices can increase closer to the travel period.
Are there any hidden fees in my Portugal car hire?
There are no hidden charges! All mandatory surcharges and fees are presented in the 3rd step of the booking process and our Terms and Conditions. Please note that additional charges may apply for some rentals in case of:
- Out of hours surcharge (when picking up the vehicle out of office hours),
- One way fee (when returning the vehicle at a different location),
- The service charge for fuel (prepaid fuel policy),
- Young/senior driver fee (this condition is set by the car hire company and is usually not in relation to the regulation of the specific country),
- Excess and deposit amount (before hiring you to need to make sure your credit card limit is high enough for the deposit amount to be blocked which usually equals the excess amount or higher).
We advise our clients to read the Terms and Conditions carefully before the rental to avoid any surprises. Our knowledgeable customer service agents will gladly help you with any questions via phone, email, or live chat during our opening hours.
What is the cheapest rental car in Portugal?
You will find the mini car category or economy cars to be the cheapest car categories. Vehicles such as VW Up, Fiat 500, and Peugeot 108 often provide the best prices.
What is the best car rental company in Portugal?
You may find excellent service provided by companies such as Europcar, Enterprise rent a car, OK rent a car, Centauro, Guerin, SadoRent and AirAuto.
What is Premium Coverage and how does it work?
Premium Coverage is an optional service by Orbit Car Hire which, if accepted, covers your financial accountability for damage or theft to the hired vehicle. This is not insured with a car hire company that reduces the excess amount, but a cover that refunds you in case the car hire company charges you for damage or theft. With this option, you will be reimbursed up to 3000 EUR. For more information, you can read the Terms and Conditions or contact us.
Does my rental car have unlimited mileage when I book it for Portugal?
Most car hires in Portugal offer unlimited mileage in their offers.
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