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Rent a Car Portugal - Travel Guide

Rent a Car Portugal

 

Portugal 

 

 

  • - Official name: Portuguese republic
  • -  Form of government: republic
  • - Area: 92,391 km ²
  • - Population: 10,605,870 inhabitants
  • - Official language: Portuguese
  • - Religion: Roman Catholic 84%
  • - Capital: Lisbon
  • - Currency: EUR
  • - Time zone: GMT +1
  • - Internet domain: .pt
  • - Area code: + 351

 

Geographic location


Portugal is located in south-western Europe, on the Iberian Peninsula. It also includes two island groups in the Atlantic: the Azores (Açores) and Madeira Islands. Mainland Portugal is split in two by its main river, Tagus (Tejo). Other major rivers are: Douro, Minho and Guadiana. The highest point of Portugal is on the island: Mount Pico (2351 m) in the Azores.

 

Neighbors


Portugal is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean in the west and south, and Spain in the north and east.

 

Climate


The climate is considered to be oceanic in the north and Mediterranean in the south. Portugal is one of the hottest countries in Europe, topping the average annual temperature around 13 degrees Celsius in the north and 18 degrees in the south. Atlantic archipelagos of Madeira and Azores have a lower average temperature. In general, spring and summer is sunny, whereas autumn and winter is rainy and windy.

 

History of Portugal

 

The territory of today's Portugal has been occupied since the prehistoric times, and also belonged under the Roman Empire as its neighbor, Spain. Then it fell under the rule of Muslims, and only after the Reconquista a County of Portugal was settled, later to be recognized as an independent kingdom in the 13th century. The maritime success and colonies which Portugal gained in the 15th and 16th century made it one of the most powerful global powers at the time. However, after a succession crisis and several invasions by France and Spain, Portugal lost its position as a global player, and the crisis overseas and colonies gaining independence caused the decline of the Kingdom. After a period of dictatorship in the 20th century Portugal became a republic. Now it is one of the most developed countries in the world and a member of many international organizations as European Union, United Nations and many more. The economy hasn't been progressing much lately, and the car plant owned by Volkswagen is by far the most important investment from abroad.

 

The major cities with our car rental service

 

Lisbon, Oporto, Amadora, Queluz, Coimbra.

 

Portuguese tourism and Tourist attractions


Portugal is the realm where you have endless opportunities to relax in one of the many holiday resorts or explore medieval neighborhoods in cities such as Lisbon, Porto, Braga or Coimbra. When it comes to sport holidays, Portugal is one of the top golf destinations in Europe, but also a paradise for fishing, riding and surfing. Other experiences that you mustn't miss are fairs, where folk music tradition has survived for centuries, port wine or dinners with fish products. Tourists in search of monuments and remarkable beauty should visit in Lisbon, Sintra and Porto, the top three destinations. Do not overlook Guimaraes, Coimbra, Setubal, Braga, Braganca and Evora, as with our car hire you get comfortably anywhere in Portugal.


The most popular beaches are Algave, with gorgeous coasts and other natural beauties. In the south coast water tends to be warmer and calmer than along the Atlantic coast. The best choice for lovers of night life are Setubal, Lisbon, Porto and Algarve. 


Lisbon


Lisbon is located on the west cost of the country, from the Atlantic, where the Tejo river flows into the ocean. the heart of the city is the "Baixa" and "Lower City", the area where the Sao Jorge Castle and the Cathedral Santa Maria Maior are located. The oldest district of the city is Alfama, close to the river Tejo. Other important monuments: Tower of Belém, military construction supervision of entry into the harbor, Jerónimos Monastery, built in the desire of King Manuel I, Castelo São Jorj (St. George Castle), the highest hill of the city, Convento do Carmo.

 

Porto

 

Porto is the second city in size and importance in Portugal. One of the products of a worldwide value is Portuguese wine from Porto. Its name comes from the fact that this famous wine comes from vineyards nearby Porto. You can find our rent a car at the airport Francisco de Sa Carneiro, and easily transport yourself to the most wanted touristic dominants.

Sintra


Sintra has become a major tourist attraction, with many day hikers and car travelers, coming from the surroundings of Lisbon. Sightseeing includes the fabulous Pena Palace, and Castelo dos Moura, with a splendid view over the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, and the summer residence of Portuguese kings - Palacio Nacional de Sintra. Sintra Mountain Range, one of the largest parks in the area of Lisbon, is also a major tourist attraction.

 

Braga


Braga is the oldest town in Portugal, and a very important Christian cultural center. To the main sights belong undoubtedly the Braga Cathedral, Misericordia Church, Saint Paul Church, Museum Medina or Braga Castle.

 

Fatima


Fatima is one of the most famous places of pilgrimage for Christians. It is close to Coimbra - the birthplace of 6 kings of Portugal, where you can also visit University Library and University of Coimbra. In the medieval town, worth visiting is the Church of Santa Cruz (famous sculptures signed by Nicola of Chanterrena) and Monastery Santa Clara-a-Nova.

 

Gastronomy


Portuguese cuisine is diverse. The Portuguese eat more fish, especially dried cod (bacalhau in Portuguese). Other dishes, or say meat products are: feijoada, the Portuges cozido, frango de Churrasco, Carne de Porco a alentejana. Portuguese wines are internationally recognized since Roman times. Some of the best wines are: Vinho Verde, Vinho Alvarinho, Vinho do Douro, Vinho do Alentejo, Vinho do Dao, Vinho da Bairrada and the sweet ones: wine from Porto, and Madeira wine from the Moscatel Setubal and Favaios.



 

 

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