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Beautiful beaches, a nature park and a historic walled city all await you in Faro, the Algarve region’s capital. The city is perfect for exploration on your own with its charming cobbled streets, Neoclassical architecture, vibrant cafes and pedestrian shopping streets. If you want to explore more of the Algarve–and you should–it’s best to hire a car.
Set out on the road and soon you’ll find some of Portugal’s finest vineyards, outstanding golf resorts, hiking trails and historic sights. There’s an easy-going vibe in Faro and across the Algarve–people are warm and friendly–giving the region an authentic Portuguese feel.
Faro Airport serves the entire Algarve region and is the starting point for most visitors. Some nearby destinations include Tavira, Estoi, Vila Real de Santo Antonio and Lagos.
Since Faro is a very popular destination for holidaymakers, it’s a good idea to book your car hire from one of the companies located at the Faro Airport ahead of time. This is particularly important during the busier summer months.
You can choose from mini, economy and compact models ideal for 2 to 4 people, midsize, standard and full-size models for 4 to 5 people and vans for larger groups. Alternatively, an SUV may be a wise choice for more active travellers, while a convertible is an exciting choice for those who want to feel the sun on their face and the wind in their hair.
Car hire companies located at Faro airport include Sixt, Europcar, Avis, Budget and National, to name just a few. Make sure to reserve any accessory you might want, such as a navigation system or child seat, when you book your hire. Note that children under the age of 12 and below 150cm in height cannot ride in the front seat.
The car hire company should provide you with the car’s logbook, known as the livrete, and the registration documents, both of which are required by Portuguese law to be in the vehicle whenever it is being driven. Don’t forget to inspect your vehicle for previous damage before leaving with your rental.
To hire a car, select your pick-up and drop-off locations (Faro Airport is the most common pick-up location for visitors to the Algarve) and dates. You can also use Expedia’s filter tool to find the ideal car that meets your needs at the best price. You can then choose from the available offers and add any accessories you want to include. There are no hidden fees when you book with Expedia. The price you see is the price you pay.
Start your Algarve holiday by spending some time checking out Faro’s many charms. You can even tour the city aboard a segway. You can also experience Faro’s lagoon and see the city from the water on a pontoon. Of course, Ria Formosa Nature Park, with its traditional fishing communities and migratory birds, is not to be missed.
Then, you can hop in your hire car in search of the many other destinations and attractions in the Algarve Region. For beach lovers, there’s Vilamoura, Santa Luzia, Albufeira and Praia da Rocha. If culture and history is your thing, head to Vila Real de Santo Antonio, which resembles Lisbon on a smaller scale, or to Lagos. Golfers will enjoy Vilamoura and Quarteira while surfers should head toward Sagres. Wine lovers can embark on a premium wine tour from Albufeira.
Vehicles travel on the right side of the road in Faro, and speed limits are 50 MPH in town, 55 MPH on standard roads and 75 MPH on motorways and toll expressways.
You will need your hire confirmation if you booked online, credit card in the driver’s name and driving licence from your country of origin.
Most companies require that you return your hire car with a full tank of petrol, but it’s always best to ask.