Pick up your hire car at Lisbon airport and discover a host of hidden Portuguese gems on the sun-soaked Iberian Peninsula. Car hire Lisbon airport
Why hire a car at Lisbon airport?
With its dilapidated grandeur and thriving bar scene, Lisbon is fast becoming Europe's capital of urban cool, and it just so happens to be a stone's throw from glorious beaches and traditional fishing villages. Hire a car on arrival and combine lazy seaside siestas with party-filled nights.
That all-important first mile:
driving out of Lisbon airport?
Whether you're making the short journey to the Portuguese capital, heading north for a rural adventure or plotting a course south via the Vasco da Gama Bridge, leave the airport and join the Segunda Rua Circular, all routes are clearly signposted from there.
Drivers can pick up their wheels soon after touchdown - car hire facilities are located in the arrivals hall.
Take a taste of your holiday home with you; head to duty free and buy a few bottles of wine from Sintra's Loja da Vinho vineyard. Or, of course, there's always port.
Lisbon airport is fully kitted out with ATMs, which are located throughout arrivals and departures, as well as a handful of banks and bureaux de change.
Lisbon airport will never be a gastronomic destination in its own right, but there are plenty of cafes and bars in which to while away the odd hour. Sample the local pastéis de Belém (custard tarts) in departures and you'll be praying your flight is delayed.
Book a massage at the airport to help you unwind before your flight. And remember, there is a well-stocked pharmacy for all your medical needs while travelling.
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Lisbon is one of Europe's most under appreciated cities, despite being packed full of historic antiquities and youthful pleasures in equal measure. The grandiose party town is set against a beautiful coastline and imposing forests. From walking up mountains and swimming in the sea, to sweating in the disco, there's something here for everyone.
Few palaces conjure up fairytale mystique better than the colourful 19th-century towers of palacio da pena, which overlooks a setting Byron described as 'the most beautiful in the world'. While here, be sure to check out the nearby Moorish castle. Feeling peckish? Sintra's cheesecake is called queijada and can be found in every café in town.
The chic seaside town of Estoril inspired Ian Fleming's cosmopolitan setting for Bond's adventures in Casino Royale. Separated by a stunning promenade from neighbouring Cascais, it's a charming location for a relaxing beach break.
After experiencing the urban delights of one of Europe's coolest capitals, drive to one of the continent's best-loved beach resorts. Spanning the southern part of Portugal, the coastline is punctuated by sandy stretches, limestone caves and grottoes, while inland you'll find nature reserves and vineyards.