Portugal is home to the Westernmost point of Europe but its interest certainly does not end there. From the vibrant capital of Lisbon to the southern coastal resorts and the famous northern wine regions there is a lot to visit in this country. Hiring a car in Portugal is the ideal way to see as much of the country as possible. Take a trip from Lisbon to the UNESCO world heritage site of Porto, or explore the many small towns of the Algarve or the mountainous Douro region in the North.
Portugal has a varied terrain with long stretches of coast to explore as well as hilly regions in the north. Rent a car in Portugal and you will be able to explore this varied terrain with ease as both North and South are well connected. The Douro region in the North is known for its mountainous territory as well as its famous Port wine while the south is more touristy with well-known resorts such as the Algarve situated there. There is enough in Portugal to entertain tourists, no matter what their interests.
You can drive a vehicle in Portugal providing you are over 18 years of age and have a valid driving license. Drivers who have held their licence for less than a year must display a special yellow ‘90’ disc in their vehicle which is obtained from the Portuguese motoring club. A warning triangle and reflective jacket must also be kept in the car in case of breakdown. Portugal has a driving speed of 50 km/h in built up areas, 90 km/h on open roads and 120 km/h on the motorway. Drivers intending to use motorways should be aware that many are toll roads so keeping change within easy reach is recommended.