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Faro is the capital of Portugal’s Algarve. With winding cobbled streets and a busy marina, it is made for idle wandering, but hire a car and venture outside the city and you’ll find a country made for exploring.
From great surfing beaches to hills and vineyards, Portugal crams a lot in, so get a hire car in Faro and begin your adventure.
Fly to Faro Airport, which is just on the outskirts of this southern city. The drive into the city is well signposted and takes about 10 minutes. Lisbon Airport is a two and a half hour drive of 170 miles.
There is a choice of companies that can provide a rental car in Faro. Hertz and Thrifty are some of them and most can be collected at Faro Airport, or in town. If you're driving on motorways, bear in mind that the green lanes are reserved for drivers who use the automatic payment system.
On your first day with the hire car, try driving west to the old city of Albufeira. Half an hour’s drive from Faro (less than 30 miles), the beaches are beautiful and sandy and the water is calm and clear. Praia dos Pescadores, or Fisherman’s beach, is surrounded by seafood restaurants, a great spot to try Portugal’s most famous fish – the sardine. Another 50 minutes along the A22 and you get to Luz, an area popular with tourists. The beaches are sheltered and family-friendly and there are long promenades perfect for an evening stroll.
Tavira, a half-hour drive east of Faro, is the picture postcard version of Portugal. A pretty fishing village with terracotta tiles and quaint old churches, Tavira lies on the edge of Ria Formosa Natural Park, meaning it has been protected from development. It is also the place to get the boat to Ilha de Tavira, an idyllic sandy beach where flamingos are often seen wading. If you are around on a Saturday try the morning market at Loule for some souvenirs. It’s a drive of 20 minutes, or 10 miles, inland and there are plenty of shady plazas and cafes for those who are less keen to mooch. Midweek there is also a popular municipal market, which mainly sells food. The photogenic stalls are laden with fresh fruit and vegetables, Portuguese cured meats and cakes.
Further afield, Lisbon is a drive of two and a half hours from Faro, or 172 miles. It is a fairly easy drive up the E1 road and there are numeroUSA car parks. Lisbon is a compact city full of fun stuff to do. There are often fiestas that bring with them a constant sense of celebration and a lively nightlife, and the beaches are plentiful. Whether you want to relax or try some water sports, there is something for every visitor.
Some of the motorways are tolls, so have change handy in the car and if you are travelling with children under 12 years old bear in mind that they shouldn’t sit in the front seat.
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