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There are 3 car hire locations in Faro, and the most popular is Faro Airport.
Coldest month: January (12°C)
Warmest month: July (24°C)
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Hire a car in Faro
Easily reached by plane, many travellers pass through Faro on their way to coastal resorts. But there’s so much more to this Portuguese hub than just a stopover...
Faro is regarded as the gateway to the Algarve, Portugal’s southernmost coastal region. While most of the city was destroyed by the Great Earthquake of 1755, a well preserved medieval centre still remains – making it all the more impressive.
The pedestrian-friendly streets will guide you to a wealth of museums and cathedrals, and whether you’re looking for secluded lagoons or lively beaches, there is a piece of sun-kissed scenery for everyone.
Discover the Algarve
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The main toll road which you will come across in the Algarve is the A22. This wasn’t always a toll road, but fees were introduced in 2011. As this road was converted to a toll route, it’s useful to be aware that there are no toll booths for paying.
Don’t worry, there are a few other ways to pay these toll fines. The first is to get an electronic device from your car hire company which will charge your credit card when you use a toll road. Alternatively, you can pay at a post office 48 hours after using the route.
Use the N-125 if you want to avoid tolls altogether. This road runs adjacent to the A22 and can get you to all the popular stop offs along the coast, too.
- Remember to bring sunglasses with you, as the sun’s glare can be quite exhausting as a driver.
- You may find crossroads with traffic lights on dual carriageways.
- Go for a car with air conditioning in the summer, you’ll need it!
- Choosing a manual car if you can drive one will save you money.
Head away from the coast
The ultimate Faro 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.
Vilamoura – 26km
Popular holidaying area known for its beautiful marina and beach.
Portimão – 56km
Port town with good shopping facilities and an interesting selection of buildings to admire.
Lagos – 31km
Famed for the Ponta de Piedade rock formations – the perfect place to watch the sunset.
Sagres – 33km
At the south westerly tip of Portugal, visit Cape St. Vincent to feel like you’re visiting the end of the world.
Algarve road trips
N268 to Sagres
Although the Sagres Peninsula is on the other side of the Algarve to Faro, Portugal is actually pretty small so you can be there in a few hours.
Head out onto the N268, make the most of the refreshing sea breezes and take some epic photographs.
Albufeira to Ferragudo
Drive along the coast winding through the small villages and you’ll stumble upon the most wonderful view points to look out to sea, as well as cosy beach coves.
Some potential places to stop: Arrifes Beach, Nossa Senhora da Rocha, Marinha Beach and Arco Natural.
N122 from Castro Marim to Alcoutim
Head north along the hilly Spanish border and embrace the countryside.
Greenery, rivers and not a soul in sight – there may not be many stops along the way, but the drive itself is pretty delightful.