Collect your hire car at Faro airport and soak up the atmosphere in the enchanting old town and outdoor cafés of one of Europe's most popular yet laid-back destinations, with the sandy beaches of the Algarve a short drive away. Book car hire Faro airport
Why hire a car at Faro airport?
The heady climate of this sunshine stretch is no place to sit on a sweaty bus. Hire a car and explore all the Algarve has to offer, from hidden gems to tourist hot spots.
That all-important first mile:
driving out of Faro airport?
Hire cars at Faro airport are handily located at a roundabout that leads to the N125 and N2 motorways, meaning you can head straight to various Algarve destinations without having to battle your way through the city.
Faro airport's car hire desks are easy to spot as you enter the arrivals hall.
The Algarve is known for its delicious red wines - look out for smooth and fruity offerings from the vineyards that surround Lagos.
There are cashpoints in both the arrivals and departures halls for you to withdraw holiday funds, plus a post office for immediate 'wish you were here?' messages home.
Faro's not the largest airport so it's more about snacking than full-on dinner. There are self-service restaurants and a food court if you're really famished, but these can be pricey.
Hankering after a jet-set lifestyle? Get your holiday off to a lazy start with the airport's porter service. Prices start at seven euro, so start assembling your posh luggage.
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Faro itself is a quaint historic town well worth an afternoon meander, but it is the holiday resorts of the southernmost region of mainland Portugal that attract people to this sun-drenched corner of the world. From the cosmopolitan city of Portim?o to the architecturally attractive town of Tavira there's something for everyone, plus plenty of sun.
Lagos combines all that's special about the Algarve coastline, from dazzling beaches to quaint promenades, plus enough military history to keep Dad quiet for an hour or two.
Famous (or infamous) for its nightlife, Albufeira is all about late-night reveling once the sun has set. After a hard day's tanning by the pool or honing your swing on the golf course, grab your dancing shoes and party Portuguese style.
Stretching along 37 miles of coastline, the wide marshes and salty waters of this sprawling wetlands area make a great habitat for an array of animal and bird life. Grab your binoculars and follow one of the hiking trails through the park.