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Nestled in the far southern corner of Portugal, the Algarve is a popular coastal resort region for continental Europeans. This region is home to some of the most beautiful beaches of Portugal and a history dating back to the Romans and Moors. Self-driving is the best way to explore these spots, but visitors should not forget to compare car hire rates when hiring a vehicle.
Faro Airport provides air links to the Algarve and is located just west of the city centre of Faro. Cities are spread out along the Algarve coast and relying on public transportation to visit these can be difficult. Taxis can get expensive so most visitors opt to use car hire in Algarve to best explore this region.
There are plenty of options when it comes to car rental in the Algarve. The main city in the region, Faro, offers the most options. But most cities and towns in the Algarve will have at least one or two companies to choose from. Leading rental companies such as Avis, Budget, Hertz and Sixt have desks at Faro's airport.
Driving is easy in the Algarve as the roads are well-maintained and simple to navigate. However, some of the coastal roads can be narrow and require defensive driving, especially with oncoming traffic. Public transportation options can be limited outside the city centre and service is sparse during the weekends.
The beaches in Albufeira are considered to be the best in the region, attracting visitors from all over Europe. However, for a day away from sun and surf, head for the historic city of Lagos. Steeped in Roman and Moorish history, some fascinating buildings can be seen here. With a vehicle it is also possible to explore the stunning nature reserve area along the coast of Faro.
The peak tourist season in the Algarve is during summer, running from June to September. Although summer is popular, temperatures can easily rise into the 40s (°C), which is very hot. In comparison, winter temperatures hover around a pleasant 25°C during the day and low teens at night.
The following questions and answers are a selection of the most popular questions. If you do not find the answer to your question, have a look at the Frequently Asked Questions page or contact us.
Yes, we offer a guarantee of the lowest price - because we compare various retailers, we can always offer you the best price in town.
To pick up your car, you will need your voucher, passport, driver's license and a credit card. It is very important that your driver's license and credit card are in the same name as the main driver. Keep in mind that the local rental company will reserve a certain amount on your credit card as a deposit. This requires the PIN code for your credit card. If your driver's license is foreign (for example, in Chinese), you must bring a translation with you. Only your original passport and driver's license will be accepted - a copy is not sufficient.
In general, our rates are all-inclusive. Should there be any additional costs, our booking department will get in touch with you before issuing the invoice. Should you object, you can always cancel your reservation with no obligations attached (at least 48 hours in advance).
In general, Liability Insurance, Fire Insurance, All-Risks Insurance and Theft Insurance are included in the cost of your rental car.
Only rental companies with a high level of customer satisfaction are eligible to be included in our Worry-Free selection. This rate includes excess cover and unlimited kilometres. Your vehicle will be provided and must be returned with a full tank of fuel. With a vehicle from our Worry-Free selection, you can travel with peace of mind and no hidden costs.
You can cancel your reservation through "My Account". We recommend contacting us by phone if your changes to your booking or cancellation takes place at short notice (48 hours or less).
Most reservations will receive confirmation within minutes after payment takes place. We recommend contacting our Booking Department for last minute reservations (pick-up within 48 hours).