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Hiring a car from Oporto airport

Located on the west coast of Portugal, Porto makes for a quieter holiday destination than the beaches and towns of the Algarve. Here, you can easily find a little slice of paradise to make all your own, whether that means a beach, secluded bay, or cafe where the only voices you’ll hear are Portuguese speaking ones.

Why hire a car at Porto Airport?

That all-important first mile - driving out of Porto airport:

60-second guide to Oporto airport

In its own head...

"We're the stylish, scenic city that hustles and bustles along the banks of the river Douro and brings it to life."

...but more realistically

The riverside setting and old-style industrial backdrop lend the city a unique Dickensian charm.

The vibe

Tourists go to Lisbon to party and Porto to relax. Expect the atmosphere here to be an informal, laid-back one.

The natives

Porto is used to receiving visitors; pull up a seat in any street café and enjoy the hospitality.

The weather

As with all European countries, the further north you venture the more layers you'll need. Add to that a nippy Atlantic breeze and you'll be reaching for your scarf and gloves outside of summer. Britons will feel at home.

The local speciality

Porto's speciality is tripe. And that's no insult - the city's most popular cuisine is cow intestines cooked every which way. For the faint hearted there's the 'Frenchy', a cheese-covered meat sandwich.

The celebrity

Porto is the birthplace of various Portuguese personalities from prime ministers to Olympic athletes. It is also the place JK Rowling once called home.

Did you know?

The city’s medieval centre is recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a history dating back as far as the 4th century.

They say...

“As the provincial capital and university seat, Porto has its own artistic treasures -the city beats with a sense of industriousness.” – Frommer’s

Oporto airport Q&A

Where are the car hire desks?

You can collect your car keys from the Porto Airport car hire desks located on the ground floor in the main terminal.

What should I buy at duty free?

Once you’ve checked in and arrived in the departure lounge, pick up a mini Barcelos Rooster, it is one of the emblems of Portugal and makes a colourful fridge decoration to remind you of your stay.

Are there any cashpoints?

You’ll find cash machines throughout the airport and a bank for currency exchange too.

Where's the best place to eat?

There’s plenty of choice for places to eat at Porto airport including snacks, hearty meals and a self-service buffet.

The secret tip

Porto is known locally as a town for quality food but be careful what you order, the Tripas à moda do Porto is a traditional and very popular tripe dish. If you fancy something a little less controversial, try the Francesinha, a stacked sandwich of meats and cheese which has been ranked as one of the best in the world.

Oporto airport the gateway to...

Porto

Distance: 9 MILES

Visit this bustling city for a taste of both modern and historical Portugal. The cathedral, palace, and walled remnants of 15th Century life are recognised as World Heritage Sites, while the arts galleries, music venues and trendy restaurants are cultural markers of a very modern city.

Peneda-Gerês National Park

Distance: 61 MILES

If what you need on holiday is the chance to escape the rat race then head straight here. Put your camping gear and walking boots in the hire car and drive out to the only national park in Portugal for some peace and quiet. There are six campsites and plenty of varied hiking trails which will take you along paths of varying difficulty, past ancient farmhouses, waterfalls and woodlands.

Aveiro Lagoon

Distance: 48 MILES

If the beaches and national parks become tiresome, take a break and head out onto the Aveiro Lagoon. This is one of the last remaining coastal marshes in Europe and attracts exotic birds like pink flamingos to its shores. Leave the rental car in town, rent a boat or canoe and spend the day on calm waters.

Oporto airport the gateway to...

Porto

Distance: 9 MILES

Visit this bustling city for a taste of both modern and historical Portugal. The cathedral, palace, and walled remnants of 15th Century life are recognised as World Heritage Sites, while the arts galleries, music venues and trendy restaurants are cultural markers of a very modern city.

Peneda-Gerês National Park

Distance: 61 MILES

If what you need on holiday is the chance to escape the rat race then head straight here. Put your camping gear and walking boots in the hire car and drive out to the only national park in Portugal for some peace and quiet. There are six campsites and plenty of varied hiking trails which will take you along paths of varying difficulty, past ancient farmhouses, waterfalls and woodlands.

Aveiro Lagoon

Distance: 48 MILES

If the beaches and national parks become tiresome, take a break and head out onto the Aveiro Lagoon. This is one of the last remaining coastal marshes in Europe and attracts exotic birds like pink flamingos to its shores. Leave the rental car in town, rent a boat or canoe and spend the day on calm waters.