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Located on the south coast of Portugal, the Algarve is a popular coastal resort area which is also known as the Costa del Sol of Portugal. The coastal cities of Lagos and Albufeira are considered the best resort cities, and are home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the country. The area is steeped in history and exploring the cultural offerings using car hire in the Algarve is a must.
There is much to see in the Algarve, with most visitors heading to the beaches in Albufeira, the most popular being Praia de Gale (Fisherman's Beach). For a day away from the beach, head to the historic city centre of Lagos. Here, Moorish and Roman influences can be seen, with the main landmarks the Chapel of Santo Antonio and the well-preserved city wall.
Using car rental in the Algarve to explore the numerous coastal resorts including Albufeira, Alfanzina and even as far east as Faro is a must. Children will love a day out at the Albufeira's Zoomarine aquarium and marine centre. To get away from the beach, head into the mountains and visit Monchique. This beautiful town boasts great views of the Algarve from atop Foia Mountain, the highest point in the area.
Best time to visit
June to September tends to be the peak tourist season in the Algarve, when there is the least rainfall and temperatures range between 22°C and 25°C. However, resorts around the coast can get extremely packed during this time. October to January tends to see the most rainfall and is thus not a popular time to visit, but is a great time to beat the crowds.
Car rental in Algarve
Compare car hire rates before travel to the Algarve to get the best offers. There are plenty of car hire companies to choose from, so find the option that best suits your needs is easy. Driving in Portugal is straightforward, both in and out of the cities, as roads are well-signposted.