Who does not enjoy a few days of beach and sun to shake off the cares of everyday life? On the other hand, a real relaxing holiday wouldn’t be the same without experiencing something new.
Many exciting destinations can only be reached by taking small side roads, which is best done in a hire car from Porto. If you want to discover Portugal far from the madding crowd, a hire car is the best option for your holiday.
If you wish to drive to the dream beaches on the Algarve in your hire car, we recommend taking a little extra time to enjoy the drive along the splendid coastal roads that leave Porto. There are not only beaches to stop off at, but also tranquil fishing villages such as Carvoeiro and Tavira. A trip to Lisbon is also a good option. Discover Portugal first hand and close up.
Vasco da Gama or Ferdinand Magellan
Even today the spirit of great navigators and seafarers such as Vasco da Gama or Ferdinand Magellan can still be felt in many places. It was the courage and seamanship of these explorers that brought prosperity to the country.
If you want to discover Portugal with all its facets, you should hire a car for your holiday. Experience the country close up and enjoy authentic Portuguese hospitality.
To get to the south of the country in your hire car picked up in Porto take the A1 and A2 via Lisbon. The entire southern coast is worth exploring - there are dream beaches with blue water waiting to be discovered. Famous destinations include the caves and grottos of Ponta da Piedade, near Lagos.
By car from Rio Miño to Serra da Estrela
Because of its many historical buildings, the town of Porto, situated at the mouth of the Douro is often referred to as the City of the Baroque.
Churches and cathedrals, lively squares and small streets characterise the old town. If you come to Porto by car, you can also enjoy cruising the Avenida dos Aliados.
Trips to Rio Miño, the river which forms the border with Spain, and to Serra da Estrela Natural Park should also be on the itinerary. The breath-taking landscapes of northern Portugal, its splendid castles and forts as well as the many leisure activities guarantee an unforgettable holiday.