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Albufeira car hire tips

  • Where to pick up your car

    The most popular car hire location in Albufeira is right near the small seaside town of Oura, just off the M526

  • Top car rental brands

    The most popular car rental brands in Albufeira are Thrifty, Guerin, Drive4Less, Budget and Keddy.

  • Local currency

    Euro (EUR)

  • Average temperatures

    Warmest month: July (23°C)
    Coldest month: January (12°C)

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Hire a car in Albufeira

Albufeira has staked its claim as the largest and most popular resort town in the Algarve.

Its central location along the coastal region has made it a desirable base for those wanting sun soaked summers. Maybe it's the city’s layout – divided into the Old Town and The Strip – which sees the town attract two very different types of tourists – families and stag and hen party-goers.

If you’re seeking a chilled, tranquil break, Albufeira is not the spot. The town is filled to the brim with clubs, English restaurants and Irish pubs. But there's no complaining about its glorious beach weather!

A quiet day trip

Alte

Less than 30 km inland from Albufeira, yet off the well-worn Algarve tourist trail, Atle is a quaint traditional village. Huddled in the mountain foothills, the town’s narrow cobbled streets and white-washed houses are a charming treat.

The village is famous among the Portuguese for its natural spring waters. On its eastern side, you can discover the historic Fontes Pequena e Grande - small and big fountains. Throughout the centuries, the fountains have proven to be the ideal place to gather and relax.

You will also find beautiful natural waterfalls in Alte. The Queda do Vigário also known as Vicar’s Falls is located at the mouth of the Alte River. Its 24 metre drop and hidden cave provide a quiet cooling point during the hot summer months.

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The ultimate Algarve road trip

  • Faro Airport FAO

    The main airport in the south of Portugal, popular with tourists seeking sunshine.

  • Car hire pick up point

    Car hire agents are located within the terminal or at car park P4.

  • Tavira

    This small town is a diverse and cultural hotspot with Portuguese and Spanish influences.

  • Loule

    This busy market town is an entertaining commercial hub. Visit in February to enjoy the colourful Loulé Carnival.

  • Paderne

    Off the typical tourist route, the town boasts a 12th century castle and filly intact Roman bridge.

  • Silves

    Here you will find an ancient moorish castle and one of the country’s best-preserved Moorish forts.

Top driving tip

The Algarve Highway

The A22 runs along the coast and is the main motorway connecting the Algarve region. It is one of the most direct routes to take between towns, but it is tolled. There are no manual toll booths on the highway, only electronic gates, so check how you pay these with your car rental agent.

If travelling between Faro airport and Albufeira, exit the A22 at the Boliqueime (exit 11) and continue on the EN125 for a shorter drive.