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£24 per day*
* Rates are based on a 7 day rental from 29/08/2017-05/09/2017 at Faro
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Hertz at Faro

The city of Faro, capital of the sun-drenched Algarve, is a perennially popular part of Portugal, sitting on its southern tip. It’s where many holidaymakers first touch-down when they visit the region, but it’s also a destination in its own right, one that straddles the world of modern tourism while retaining its own unique and historical character.

The Cidade Velha – or old town – is a place of charm, perfect for days spent browsing interesting shops, dining on local fare and delving into the area’s heritage. Classic squares, old churches, chapels and archaeological museums – there’s so much more to this area than beaches.

We’ll get you in the right car for you and out on the road as quickly as possible so that you can enjoy all that Faro, the Algarve and Portugal have to offer.

 

Pickup Locations Faro

  • Faro Airport

    Opening hours: Mo-Su 0600-2400

    Address: Faro International Airport

    Phone: +351 219 426 300

  • Montenegro-Hertz Building

    Opening hours: From 1 April until 31 October: Mo-Su 0800-1900
    From 1 November until 31 March: Mo-Su 0800-1800

    Address: Estrada do Aeroporto,
    Algarve

    Phone: +351 219 426 300

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Driving in and around Faro

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The roads of the Algarve are considerably quieter than in the bustling cities of Lisbon or Porto and if you want to get out into the more remote and quiet parts of the area, car hire in Faro is essential.

Seat belts are compulsory, cars drive on the right and speed limit signs will be in km/h. If you have children under 12 years of age, they must be taller than 150cms in order to sit in the front passenger seat.

The main road running east to west across the Algarve is the A22. To the west lies Vilamoura, Albufeira, Portimao and Lagos and east of Faro, it runs all the way to the border with Spain.

Please note that it is a toll road and must be paid for. National roads are smaller, and tend to go through towns rather than around them, but are free to drive on.

The N125 leads straight from Faro Airport and follows east, hugging the coast. If you wish to go west on it, initially take the IC4 north-west and then you can drive the N125 all the way to the far south-west of the country.

If you’re intending to visit Lisbon, follow the A22 west and then the E1 north, before taking the A2 west to the city.

Faro itself is pleasant to drive in, although at peak holiday times it can be best to park up just outside the busiest and most built-up areas and walk the last few hundred metres.

A quick guide to Faro

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Faro retains its Portuguese atmosphere and the cut and thrust of a real city. Part of that is down the preservation of the interesting architecture, but also due to the presence of thousands of students who ensure the city buzzes day and night.

Wandering the old town

Dating back well before Roman occupation, Faro’s place in history is writ large in its architecture. Remains of Moorish buildings sit next to 18th century Portuguese relics.

The old city walls enclose Faro, making it a great place to park up and walk about in. Medieval arches separate different sections of the Cidade Velha, opening up onto ancient tree-lined squares.

Somewhat more macabre but equally fascinating is the Capela dos Ossos. This bone chapel is lined, in geometric patterns, with the bones and skulls of monks which were exhumed in the 19th century. The ossuary is open six days a week to visitors, and sits close to the beautiful Carmo Church. With its twin belfries, this early 18th century church is petite and pretty, and a study in contrasts next to its neighbour.

Beach life

Among the many beaches in the area, Praia de Faro is perhaps the best of them all. Close to the city itself you’ll find 5km of soft sand on what is technically an island. To one side is the sea, on the other a lagoon. Watersports are popular here, and you’ll find plenty of vendors for jet skis, windsurfing and the like.

West of Faro, Praia da Falesia is even longer. Close to Vilamoura, it’s popular with both tourists and locals, with cliffs along the back, shallow waters and beach restaurants. Many people walk from town to town along the beach, and there’s a hiking trail behind the cliffs if you want to wander among the pine trees.

Filling up in Faro

Eating and drinking in the Algarve is reasonably priced, and while many places cater directly to tourists, you’ll find plenty of restaurants and cafes that serve more traditional Portuguese cuisine. Fish and seafood are almost always on the menu – after all there is some 200km of coastline on your doorstep.

It’s traditional for waiters to bring the ‘couvert’ to your table. This may be bread, olives, pate or crudités and, while you may not have ordered them, you will have to pay the small charge for them if you eat them. Portugal is the home of spicy piri-piri seasoning, usually on chicken, and you’ll find plenty of places serving ‘frango’, often on a rotisserie.

Close to the cathedral, Faz Gostos is an acclaimed place where you can sample rock lobster bisque, smoked duck magret and oven-baked salt cod with corn bread. End your meal with a traditional Trouxa de Ovos before walking it off as the sun sets on the old town.

Faro is a place of rich tradition, guaranteeing a warm welcome to visitors whether on a city break or a week on the beach. Car hire in Faro will let you enjoy it all, and also get out to visit the rest of the wonderful Algarve. 

** When the booking is cancelled within seven days of being made.