Flying to Lisbon's airport, Portela (also sometimes called Humberto Delgado), brings you into the centre of the city, so you'll be able to start your Portugal driving holiday in no time. If you choose to stay within the capital itself, you can easily head to the nearby beaches in your car.
Estoril, which boasts a casino and posh villas, is one of the local favourites.
Cascais, with a buzzing vibe and plenty of restaurants and bars close to the water, is the most popular beach.
For a calmer experience with your family, head to Parede beach, which is compact, quiet and beautiful.
Venture to Sintra and stop at Queluz along the way to see a magnificent 19th-century palace amid manicured gardens.
Climb the hill to the top of Pena Palace in Sintra and you can look out across the sprawling forests of the Lisbon region.
If you're into sightseeing, many of the best historical points are within close reach of each other in the old part of town. From the top of São Jorge Castle, you'll get superb views across the city.
See Carmo Convent, which was built in the early 15th century and features an archaeological museum.
Head out for dinner in Lisbon and try beef steaks cooked atop stones on your table, or perhaps some of the nation's favourite fish, sardines or bacalhau (codfish). Vegetarians and vegans can also find plenty to eat in this cosmopolitan capital.
When taking a break from driving, party lovers can lose themselves among the winding streets of the Bairro Alto district, home to a multitude of bars and clubs. For something a bit different, drive to nearby Cascais and browse its great little boutiques offering wine and other gifts.
Lisbon is one of the smaller European capitals, with around 500,000 inhabitants. Within the city itself, you can easily walk or get around using the trams, including tram 28, passing through Baixa, Graça and the other main districts.
Renting a car in Lisbon gives you the freedom to go further, taking day trips to the nearby beach towns and Sintra, or perhaps up the coast to Peniche, which is excellent for surfing.
Food is a vital part of Portuguese culture, and when driving on holidays to Lisbon you should take the time to stop at the cafés and restaurants. Order a 'bica' (Portuguese espresso) to perk yourself up during your road trip in Portugal. Locals' command of English is excellent, and they're often delighted to welcome travellers to their beautiful city.
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When you opt for a Lisbon car rental, you'll find driving there far less hectic than in London or Paris. With few inhabitants, the city centre rarely has difficult traffic. Whereas weekdays can be busier at 7-9 AM and 5-7 PM, even then it shouldn't take you long to get to where you need to go in Lisbon. The motorways, which are excellently maintained, have speed limits of around 120kmph (50kph in the city and 90kph on open roads). You'll drive on the right in Portugal, and can get behind the wheel from the age of 18. – depending on the car rental. The blood alcohol limit is 0.05% or 0.02% for new drivers.
You'll need your driving licence, passport, MOT licence and insurance documents – and of course your car rental voucher. Also pack a GB sticker, warning triangle, reflective jacket, headlamp converters and a spare bulb kit.