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Phone: 00351 289580500
Fax: 00351 289587780
Offices in Lisbon Porto Faro Airports, all Algarve resorts, Portugal and Spain.
North: Braga, Porto Airport, Porto, Aveiro, Figueira da Foz, Coimbra, Leiria
Center: Lisbon Airport, Lisbon, Cascais, Sesimbra
South Algarve: All the main resorts as,
Armacao de pera
Praia da Rocha
Madeira: Funchal (Airport), Funchal
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Welcome to Portugal
Portugal, in Southern Europe, shares the Iberian peninsula at the western tip of Europe with Spain. Geographically and culturally somewhat isolated from its neighbor, Portugal has a rich, unique culture, lively cities and beautiful countryside. Although it was once one of the poorest countries in Western Europe, the end of dictatorship and introduction of Democracy in 1974, as well as its incorporation into the European Union in 1986, has meant significantly increased prosperity. However it may be one of the best value destinations on the Continent. This is because the country offers outstanding landscape diversity, due to its North-South disposition along the western shore of the Iberian peninsula. You can travel in a single day from green mountains in the North, covered with vines and all varieties of trees to rocky mountains, with spectacular slopes and falls in the Centre, to a near-desert landscape in the Alentejo region and finally to the glamorous beach holidays destination Algarve. The climate, combined with investments in the golfing infrastructure in recent years, has also turned the country into a golfing haven. Portugal was recently named "Best Golf Destination 2006" by readers of Golfers Today, a British publication. Fourteen of Portugal's courses are rated in the top 100 best in Europe. If you want a condensed view of European landscapes, culture and way of life, Portugal might very well fit the bill. Portugal car hire - autocar-hire.com
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Roads are generally good, and you can reach almost all major cities with ease, either by motorway or by good, modern roads. The biggest cities are well served by modern highways, most have tolls, and you can travel the full North-South length of the country without ever leaving the highway, if you choose to. However, some secondary roads are ill-treated and may be dangerous if proper care is not taken. Also, Portuguese driving can seem erratic and, frankly, scary to the uninitiated. The country shares with most southern european countries something that the successive Portuguese governments have been trying to fight: terrible road behaviour from some drivers. In order to fight this, road laws changed recently in order to punish with great severity speeding, driving without license, driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics, etc. From someone on a motor touring holiday in late 2006: The most obvious bit of selfish driving is overtaking. You can be on a 2-lane toll highway and be unable to see any other traffic except the car you're overtaking at 30 kph over the speed limit and the car about 6 feet from your back end flashing its headlights to get past you. "Letting on" manners when slip roads come on to fast roads are also pretty poor. On other roads, you'll get used to two classic Portuguese experiences: suicidal overtaking attempts and the resultant absurdly overdone signs indicating when you can and can't overtake - sometimes all of 5 yards apart, and the "penalty stop" traffic light as you enter the 50 kph zone in each small town, with camera to decide whether you're over the speed limit. Rather absurdly, once you're through this, you can go as fast as you like - we never saw a second penalty stop signal. Someone really should add up the cost of all the no-overtaking signs and tell Portuguese drivers how many they must be paying for each.
Arriving in Portugal
Portugal Car Hire - autocar.hire.com - Almost all major full price airlines fly to Portugal - British Airways, Air France, Lufthansa, besides the country's own TAP Portugal. However, there are some cheap fares to be had from the no-frills airlines, like Aer Lingus, Monarch, easyJet and Vueling who have recently started flying to Lisbon Airport, Porto Airport and Faro Aiport at good prices. There are three international airports in the mainland: Lisbon/Portela, in the north of the city, and not far from the center, near Loures; Porto/Pedras Rubras/Sa Carneiro, also north of the city and relativelly close to it, in Maia; and Faro,in the Algarve. The Madeira and Azores Islands also have international airports,Madeira/Funchal; Ponta Delgada - Sao Miguel island. From the United States, US Airways offers many flights to Portugal via Philadelphia, SATA INT./AIR AZORES, from Boston, an Providence(seasonally), TAP/Air Portugal from Newark.
What to see in Portugal - autocar-hire.com
If you are into visiting beautiful monuments and enjoy remarkable views, then Lisbon, Sintra, and Porto are the top three places, and all of them are well worth a visit. The most popular beaches are in the Algarve, which has stunning coastlines and gobs of natural beauty. The water along the southern coast tends to be warmer and calmer than the water along the west coast. For surfing, or just playing in the surf there are great beaches all along the west coast,near Lisbon. Portugal Car Hire - autocar.hire.com For nightlife Lisbon, Porto and Alfufeira, Algarve are the best choices as you have major places of entertainment. Portugal Car Hire - autocar.hire.com If you want to spend your holidays in the countryside, you might want to visit Viana do Castelo, Chaves, Miranda do Douro, Douro Valley, Lamego, Tomar, Leiria, Castelo Branco, Guarda, Portalegre, Elvas or even Viseu And even if you wish to observe wild life in its natural state, Madeira and Azores Islands are places to remember, not forgetting of course the Natural Reserve of Peneda-Geres, Douro Valley and Serra da Estrela. Portugal Car Hire - autocar.hire.com.