Algarve Car Hire
The easiest way to explore the region is with Algarve car hire - or, as it's sometimes termed, Algarve car rental.
Selecting a hire car in Algarve should be easy and relatively cheap, with plenty of companies
chasing your custom, wherever your holiday accommodation might be.
Since I'm an advocate of leaving the beaches behind
(however occasionally) it makes sense to see more of
wonderful Algarve via the comfort and flexibility offered by
a suitable hire vehicle.
And, ecological considerations aside, exploring the obscure nooks and picturesque sights of the Algarve is best undertaken in a motor vehicle. (Let's be honest, when it comes to convenience, most of us opt for four wheels!)
your Algarve car hire
choice and get exploring!
Over the course of many Algarve vacations, I took
advantage of many companies offering Algarve car hire - and
usually it was relatively bother-free and enjoyable.
There are pitfalls, however, and you should
remember to check that you have established
exactly how much you will actually pay. One
thing to look for is a definite indication within a
quotation that the price is what you will actually be
I'm glad to report, though, that many Algarve car hire
companies do try to be transparent about what your car hire will cost you...
Just do your homework before you book, then you'll be
able to relax and enjoy that upcoming Algarve vacation. If
you must worry about something, then read up on how to drive
safely in Portugal, which is a subject I deal with further
down this page.
Here's my latest Algarve car hire advice:
Even if you're an 'Algarve car
hire' regular, things change while
you're away. Companies merge or go under, models
on offer aren't the same as last time; or something
else isn't as you expected...
Who needs all the hassle? You're
looking to book your holiday stuff and then forget
about it and get on with things, right? Which is where you can thank
goodness for the Internet -
Whichever genius thought up the
idea of comparison sites should get the
Nobel Prize for Consumer Happiness!
So, where to find an Algarve car hire comparison
Now, you can look up the best deal
while a computer does all the searching for you.
Just use the link below, and - hey presto! - your screen
fills with lists of different models and groups,
all with the relevant details to help you choose
the best deal for your upcoming holiday!
How great is that?
There's tons of choice, but now
you don't have to do the trawling yourself: it's
all done for you, and the details you get are the
latest, hot off the Web!
I don't like to think of myself as
lazy, but this resource gets my vote!
Roll on the next vacation and my
easy Algarve car hire search...
Another useful tip:
It's worth checking the fuel policy for the car hire deal you're considering... Some cheaper deals charge for a full tank on collection of the vehicle and require the vehicle to be returned with an empty tank. If you're going to be driving a lot during your visit, then this might be worth considering. It does save you the bother of 'topping up' just before you drop the car back with the hire firm, but you do need to try to use the fuel you have, since you're not going to be refunded for it, even if it's half full!
For more details, check out www.carhirefaroairport.com - recommended for great deals on Algarve car hire.
Important Information about Algarve Car Hire:
Drivers of hire cars must be at least 21 years old, and some companies impose an even higher minimum age. Cost of hire should include 3rd party insurance as a minimum, but check anyway.
Worthwhile optional upgrades (in a country with pretty appalling accident statistics) are: collision damage waiver and personal insurance - not forgetting theft insurance.
Carry all relevant documents for your Algarve hire car (and for yourself) whenever you are in the vehicle. It's not unknown for traffic police to ask to inspect such documentation.
You'll be safest if you assume (even when otherwise indicated) that vehicles approaching from the right have priority. A vehicle already on a roundabout should be given right of way.
My Top Driving Tips
And don't forget the other stuff you should know before you hit the roads in your Algarve hire car, especially for safe driving and self-protection. So, before you go ahead and select that
Algarve car rental, here's another chance to read...
I hope you'll enjoy using your hire car to explore my favourite holiday region. Do let me know of your most interesting Algarve car hire experiences, (use the form on the Your Algarve Best page), and I'll update things with your topical information.
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