Rent Car In Portugal To Really See The Country

Posted by on April 6, 2012 | No Comments

The Republic of Portugal lies on an oblong shape of land on the Iberian Peninsula, west of Spain. There are five regions in the Portuguese mainland. These are the Algarve, Alentejo, Lisbon, Central Portugal and Porto. Two archipelagos are located off the west coast of the country – the Azores (Acores to the locals) and Madeira. Wherever you plan to go, there are companies where you can rent car in Portugal, even the islands. You may also be able to hire GPS and cell phones.

When you hire a vehicle, you have a fascinating country at your disposal. Portugal has been populated since prehistoric times. It joined the European Union (EU) in 1986 and it has been ranked 19th best quality of life in the world by the Economic Intelligence Unit. It was among the twelve founding members of NATO (the North Atlantic Treaty Organization).

Oporto (Porto to the natives) is Europe’s second largest city. Located in the north of the country, you can get close to Mother Nature in its natural parks and take the family to the Serra do Geres. Alternatively, take a tour of the wine lodges of Gaia.

Central Portugal is home to glacial lakes and water sports. There is also whitewater rafting, rock-climbing and abseiling. Adrenalin junkies will find a home paragliding in Linhares.

Lisbon (or ‘Lisboa’ to the locals), an alpha city, is the country’s capital. It is unusual in that it contains both a river as well as a stretch of coastline. Just outside the city is Estoril, home of the Formula One Grand Prix racing circuit. Time your visit carefully and you can see the race. Lisbon is also grate for golfers, with three courses on the Costa Azul (‘coast of blue’).

Time passes slowly in Alentejo, mainly because of the searing heat. Drive to Evora to explore the nation’s Roman roots. Don’t leave without exploring the sheer cliffs and tiny beaches. At the southern tip of the country the Algarve has coastline and sunny beaches to the east and south. It is the most popular tourist destination in the country. Its beaches are some of the best in the world and explain why the natives live their lives outdoors.

Madeira and the Azores, the archipelagos off the western coast, both have facilities where it is possible to hire automobiles. Madeira Natural Park happens to be the most sizable evergreen forest in the world, not to mention a spectacular firework display on New Year’s Eve. The Azores (or the Acores) comprise nine separate islands. Here you can watch dolphins, go mountain climbing or swimming and diving.

One feature of motoring in Portugal that every driver needs to know is the use of electronic tolls on some highways, mostly in central and northern parts of the country. These may be paid by one of three types of electronic equipment: temporary device (ideal for short stays), electronic license plate and a black box that can be obtained from a toll entity (perfect for long stays in the country).

If you want a Portugal car rental right now, we are going to give you some information.

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