Top things to know about Faro
- There are dozens of car hire companies in and around Faro airport and some real bargains can be found, especially with our local partners.
- Prices start from as low as £2 per day depending on the time of year and type of vehicle. For example, a Peugeot 108 or similar in November time will be around £2.50 per day whereas a Ford Focus in summer might be closer to £30.
- With such a wide range of car hire companies in the area it’s vital you choose a reputable and reliable provider. We carefully select our local partners and you’ll have the chance to see customer ratings for each company when you are making your booking through Enjoy Car Hire.
- It’s important to have a good idea of what you want from your hire vehicle, particularly in terms of size. Think carefully about how much luggage you’ll have and what type of journeys you plan to make.
- It’s a good idea to book extras in advance so your rental is ready to go the moment you collect it. You can add things like infant and child seats, Sat-Nav when you make your booking through Enjoy Car Hire.
What Do I need to know about Car Hire in Faro Airport?
Faro Airport (FAO)
FAO is the gateway to the Algarve region of Portugal. It handles around six million passengers each year. Airlines operating routes here include British Airways, easyJet and Ryanair who have several of their planes based out of Faro.
About Car Hire Companies in Faro Airport
Car hire can be arranged in the airport but booking in advance with Enjoy Car Hire has several advantages; you will get the best price, avoid long queues and be able to order all the extras you need before you arrive. Because it really is the hub of the region it’s usually cheaper to arrange collection of your vehicle from the airport rather than a hotel or other accommodation, eliminating the need to book separate transfers if your next destination is outside of Faro.
When you book your rental through Enjoy Car Hire you can rest assured you will be hiring from one of our carefully selected partners, meaning your trip can run as smoothly and stress-free as possible. Our partners in Faro include:
- MasterKings a local, reliable car hire provider with head offices based in Faro.
- Centauro a well-established and trusted international brand. They specialise in holiday car hire throughout Portugal, Spain and Italy.
- Drive On Holidays another Portuguese provider with excellent customer ratings.
Guide to the Algarve
A Potted History
The Phoenicians, Carthaginians and Romans all had settlements in the Algarve region and form part of its rich and varied history. It was from the 8th Century the region began to develop into size and shape we know today. In this period, it was a Moorish kingdom, and formed the Western most point of their Iberian empire. In fact, the word Algarve comes from the Arabic name Al Gharb, meaning ‘the West’. Traces of Moorish culture can be seen in the Algarve today, most notably in the architecture such as the flat roofs and tall chimneys.
In the 12th Century, the Christians began to capture parts of the Algarve and expelled the Moors. The region was eventually incorporated into the Kingdom of Portugal and by the 15th century was contributing to the strong seafaring tradition of the nation, including shipbuilding in Lagos. Sagres was the home of Prince Henry the Navigator, a key figure in the early days of the Portuguese Empire and initiator of the age of discoveries.
About the Algarve
The Algarve sits at the southern end of Portugal and is an extremely popular destination for tourists from all corners of Europe and beyond. Whether you’re looking for an action-packed adventure holiday, or days of bliss by the pool there is something for you here. With plenty of shops, restaurants and bars, towns such as Albufeira, Faro and Lagos serve as excellent base locations. From one of these you can explore everything the region has to offer.
The sea, and exploration has contributed enormously to the essence and identity of Portugal. The Algarve is no exception, with over 155km of coastline, you will find the spirit of the sea wherever you go in the region. Technically the sea along the Algarve coast is the Atlantic Ocean (the Mediterranean really starts at the Strait of Gibraltar) but the two bodies of water meet and mingle all along the Iberian coast.
Things to do in and around the Algarve
This region of Portugal is synonymous with golfing, there are hundreds of top-courses attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. You may not be Tiger Woods, but it would be a shame to miss out on this fun Algarve past-time. There are some excellent, family-friendly courses for golfers of all skill levels, including Laguna Golf Course, Vilamoura.
The Algarve has become increasingly known for its high-quality wine output. Some of the best Portuguese growing conditions are in this region. British pop-legend Sir Cliff Richard has a vineyard in Guia, which you can visit for tastings. Speaking of wine, let’s talk about cork. Almost half of the world’s cork is produced in Portugal, travel north to the Evora region for a cork farm tour, a fascinating and unique experience.
For family groups there is no end to the fun on offer. Waterparks including Aqualand and Zoomarine are great for kids and adults alike. Don’t restrict yourself to inland water-fun though, get out to sea on one of the many boat trips available throughout the Algarve. From dolphin watching to fishing trips, most harbourfront areas of Algarve towns offer a wealth of affordable options. If you’re feeling more adventurous you’ll be interested in the many watersport opportunities available, for beginners and the more advanced alike. Check out Algarve Watersport based in Lagos for some great opportunities.
Eating out in the Algarve
Quinta da Saudade, Guia, Albufeira. It’s worth the effort of travelling little outside main-town Albufeira to visit this charmingly authentic restaurant. Serving high quality local and Mediterranean cuisine and wines at medium-range prices. Perfect for adult groups and couples. Address: Vale de Parra, Guia, 8200-423 Phone: +351 968 842 700
La Forchetta, Faro. When looking for somewhere to eat with the kids you won’t go far wrong with simple but delicious Italian food. La Forchetta sells a range of pizza and pasta dishes which will go down a treat with the whole family. Address: Largo de São Pedro nº 54 8000-381 Faro Phone: +351 912 980 617
São Gabriel If you want something really special, look no further than São Gabriel. Half way between Faro and Vilamoura this Michelin star awarded restaurant is a treat for the serious foodies out there. Especially recommended is the delicious and not unaffordable Sunday lunch menu. Address: Estrada Vale do Lobo Quinta do Lago 8135 Almancil Phone: +351 289 394 521
Where to stay in Faro
Faro is a small town that many travellers often bypass for other locations around the Algarve where they can play golf or have the choice of amazing hotels. Faro town is however a great place to explore and one night in one of the very few hotels can be a great way to relax.
The name says it all, it is right in the centre of the town and linked to the bustling side streets that host numerous bars, clubs and restaurants in the evening. Directly facing the harbour the hotel has a great restaurant that serves local classics and great wine.
This hotel is a favourite because of its view of the harbour and the boats that have moored up. With not only a great restaurant overlooking these views it also has a rooftop bar with a swimming pool which makes it very popular with guests in the summertime.
Hotel Ibis - Montenegro area
This one is the budget option, just outside of town and right next to the airport and is used for travellers who may want to fly in late or fly our early. A short drive to the town centre no more than five minutes and close to the big shopping Mall in Faro it is a great cheaper option to stay. The added advantage here is that it has a large swimming pool area out the back where you can quietly relax before exploring further afield.
FAQs about car hire in Faro
How much does it cost to hire a car in Faro?
In the winter season it can be as cheap as £2.20 per day but in the summer prices start at £6.50 per day.
What is the cheapest car hire in Faro?
The cheapest car hire with Enjoy is usually SurPrice car rentals, but you’ll find all the options on our website which are calculated daily..
What is the maximum speed limit in Faro?
The speed limit on the motorways is 120 KM/H (74 MPH), 80 KM/H on the main roads, 50 KM/H in built up areas and 25 KM/H on school roads.
How old do you have to be to hire a car in Faro?
The legal driving age in Portugal is 18, however the car hire companies have their own rules, and often add a surcharge for under 21s or under 25s.
How much will it cost to hire a BMW in Faro?
You can hire a BMW 3 Series from £22.19 per day in Faro.
How much does it cost to hire a Transit van in Faro?
You can hire a Ford Transit van from £19.17 per day in Faro.
How much does it cost to hire an economy car in Faro?
You can a Ford Fiesta or similar from around £3.20 per day.
How much does it cost to hire a car in Faro for a week?
You can hire a car in Faro for a week with Enjoy from as little as £17.96 in the winter (£2.57 per day).
Which car hire companies are at Faro airport?
How much is 120 KMH in Miles per hour?
120 KM per hour is 74.6 miles per hour
How much is 1 Euro in British pounds?
1 Euro (EUR) is equal to roughly 89p however this fluctuates daily depending on the exchange rate.
How much is £1 GBP in Euros?
£1 (GBP) is equal to roughly 1.13 Euros however this fluctuates daily depending on the exchange rate.
How far is it from Faro Airport into Faro city centre?
Faro Airport is 6 km from the town centre and you can drive it in roughly 10 minutes.
What water parks are there in Faro?
Popular water parks in Faro include Aqualand and Zoomarine.
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