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Portugal is a fantastic holiday destination, with beautiful beaches, lovely countryside, delicious food and dynamic cities. It also has some fascinating architecture and art, and an interesting colonial history - all easily explored by budget car rental.
The main draw for visitors to the region is no doubt the stunning Algarve coast, which has plentiful resorts, quaint little fishing villages and world-class golf courses in abundance. Faro is the main city, with some very worthwhile architecture and sightseeing. But of course its the turquoise waters and beautiful coastline of places such as Praia de Marinha and resorts such as Albufeira that tourists flock to, and its easy to see why.
The capital, Lisbon, which was regenerated to its former glory for the World Expo in 1999, has some gorgeous architecture dating from the 16th century. The oldest parts of the city, the quaint Baixa and Alfama districts, retain their medieval charm, cobbled streets and famous tiled walls.
Lisbon also has great nightlife bars, nightclubs and world-class restaurants. The Bairro Alto area is a vibrant hub of activity at night with wonderful restaurants, lively bars, entertainment and market stalls. For really amazing shopping then the Chiado area should be your port of call or investigate one of the citys wide range of museums with your cheap car hire in Portugal.
Porto where Port, the countrys most famous product, is produced is a nice city with plentiful atmosphere and a good base to explore the surrounding wine country in your Portugal car hire. You can also get out into rural Portugal by visiting the Douro Valley and further north the Costa Verde.
If youre all beached out, then the Algarve also has some great towns. Lagos is worth a visit by cheap car hire, with lovely beaches and plenty of entertainment. Portimao has a good tourist links, and Vilamoura has a quaint marina and great golf.