Portugal is a great holiday destination to experience by car, and Europcar has 65 locations spread through all the major airports and around the country, to ensure that where ever you land there will always be a branch on hand to help with all your car hire needs. Each location has access to Europcar's vast fleet of safe, comfortable and modern vehicles, with a choice of models to fit any size of party or budget. Choose from options like child seats, satellite navigation and extra driver cover, and services like 3-step online booking and express pick-up, as well as daily, weekly, monthly, long and short term rental.
From the Costa Verde - the Green Coast - to the islands of Madeira and the Azores, Portugal is not short of world-famous, idyllic vacation destinations. With upwards of seven million visitors every year, the country offers different experiences to suit almost anyone. Up and down the Atlantic coast are ports, steep cliffs and beaches, while east, towards Spain, are more mountainous regions, with plateaus, rivers and valleys. Portugal is popular not only for sun and beach lovers, but increasing numbers of visitors come for cultural, gastronomic and nautical experiences. The major cities of Lisbon, Coimbra, Vila Real, Porto and elsewhere feature 16th century architecture and the 'Soft Portuguese style', while Portugal's rich history in art includes revered names like Nuno Gonçalves, José Malhoa and Columbano Bordalo Pinheiro, as well as modernists such as Maria Helena Vieira da Silva and Júlio Pomar. And don't forget Portugal's almost insane passion for football, which is as strong as it is in Spain or Italy.
The City of Lisbon – The capital and largest city in Portugal, Lisbon is an important destination in terms of finance, commerce, entertainment, the arts and tourism. It's also the oldest city in Western Europe, pre-dating London, Paris and even Rome by hundreds of years. Each neighbourhood feels like an individual village, and the area of Belém is famous for its large concentration of national monuments, which include Belém Tower, the Monument to the Discoveries, Praça Afonso de Albuquerque, Belém Palace and Jerónimos Monastery. The mouth of the River Tagus forms a natural port filled with marinas and hotels for the rich and famous to park their yachts in and stay.
The Algarve – In the 15th century, explorers sailed from the Algarve to discover a brave new world. These days, visitors come from all around to sample its luxury and atmosphere. Sandy beaches spread far and wide, and deserted islands sit just off the coast, while the calm, warm waters encourage swimming and all manor of water sports. Historic cities like Silves and Lagos provide glimpses into times gone past, while Portimão and Albufeira provide the more cosmopolitan pleasures of shopping, fine dining and lively nightlife. The region is also rugged enough to allow satisfying walks and mountain-biking, as well as natural spas and golf courses.