Exploring Portugal with Hertz: Must-See Destinations from May to December 2024

Portugal, a country steeped in history, culture and natural beauty, offers a treasure trove of experiences for travelers. From picturesque coastal towns to vibrant cities brimming with life, Portugal beckons visitors with its charm and diversity.

If you're planning a trip to this enchanting corner of Europe between May and December 2024, here's a guide to some of the must-visit destinations and experiences awaiting you.

May - June: Lisbon and Sintra

Start your Portuguese adventure in the vibrant capital city of Lisbon. Explore the historic neighborhoods of Alfama and Bairro Alto, stroll along the paved streets and soak in the panoramic views from the São Jorge Castle. Don't miss the iconic Belém Tower and the stunning Jerónimos Monastery, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Rent a car in one of the Hertz locations in Lisbon and get ready for a treasured adventure.

From Lisbon, take a day trip to the fairytale town of Sintra, placed amidst lush forests and rolling hills. Discover the enchanting Palácio Nacional da Pena, a colorful palace perched atop a hilltop, and wander through the mystical gardens of Quinta da Regaleira. End your day with a visit to the dramatic cliffs of Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of continental Europe.

July - August: Algarve and Porto

Escape to the sun-kissed shores of the Algarve region, known for its beaches, rugged cliffs and charming villages. Relax on the golden sands of Praia da Marinha, explore the hidden caves of Benagil and take a boat tour along the stunning coastline. For a taste of history, visit the medieval town of Lagos and its picturesque old town. When starting your journey in the Algarve, rent your car in of the Hertz rental locations in Faro, Portimão and Albufeira.

Heading to the north, we suggest the city of Porto, renowned for its historic center and delicious port wine. Explore the winding streets of Ribeira, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and cross the iconic Dom Luís I Bridge for panoramic views of the Douro River. Don't miss a visit to the famous port wine cellars of Vila Nova de Gaia, where you can indulge in tastings and learn about the region's winemaking traditions. Start your itinerary in Porto by choosing one of our car rental solutions.

September - October: Douro Valley and Évora

Embark on a journey through the stunning Douro Valley, Portugal's oldest wine region, renowned for its terraced vineyards and scenic landscapes. Take a leisurely cruise along the Douro River, passing by vineyard-covered hillsides and charming riverside villages. Visit the wine estates for wine tastings and cellar tours and savor the region's delicious gastronomy.

If you are aiming to visit the historic city of Évora (Alentejo region), a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its well-preserved Roman ruins and medieval architecture, pick-up your car at Hertz rental location in Évora and get ready for an amazing time. Wander through the narrow streets of the old town, admire the impressive Cathedral of Évora and explore the eerie Chapel of Bones. Don't forget to sample the local delicacies, including traditional Alentejo cuisine and regional wines.

November - December: Madeira

Round off your Portuguese journey with a visit to the beautiful Madeira Island. Known as the "Pearl of the Atlantic," Madeira offers lush landscapes, rugged coastlines and charming villages. Explore the capital city of Funchal driving a Hertz car and visit botanical gardens, traditional markets and embark on scenic hikes along the levadas (irrigation channels).

From historic cities to breathtaking landscapes, Portugal offers a wealth of experiences for every traveler. Whether you're seeking cultural immersion, outdoor adventure or simply relaxation, a journey through Portugal promises memories to last a lifetime. Pack your bags, rent a Hertz car and get ready to discover the wonders of this captivating country from May to December 2024!

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