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Rent a car in Lisbon and explore this amazing city and region of central Portugal. As the national capital, Lisbon offers plenty of cultural and historic interest. See all the city's best sights, enjoying fantastic food and doing some shopping. Also head out and explore the gorgeous surrounding towns at your leisure. From the 'Versailles of Portugal' at Queluz to the fairytale hilltop castles of Sintra, there's plenty you can see with a Lisbon car hire.

It's your choice: Where to go in Lisbon

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.

Things to do in Lisbon

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.

Important info about Lisbon

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.

Weather in Lisbon
Country Portugal
Language Portugese
Currency Euro
Time-Zones WET (Western European Time)
Capital Lisbon

Good to know

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.

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What to visit around Lisbon

There are plenty of great excursion ideas to choose from when you rent a car in Lisbon. Stick around the capital and see the historic sights of Sintra and Queluz, or drive around the stunning Peninsula of Setúbal, where lush forests meet white sand beaches.
Further afield, you can even take a day trip to the country' second-biggest city, Porto, which is a three-hour drive away. Or why not choose a designated driver and tour the port wine caves?
There are a number of excellent ones to choose from, including the Ferreira Caves. They offer an insight into the history of this beloved dessert wine. Évora, 90 minutes' drive to the east of Lisbon, has incredible ancient ruins, including a Roman temple built in the 1st century AD and the prehistoric Almendres Cromlech standing stones.

What to bring to your friends from Lisbon

The Portuguese capital is an excellent place to pick up great gifts and souvenirs of your trip. You'll find specialist port wine boutiques around central Lisbon, where you can pick up superior bottles at much better prices than back in the UK. Other traditional gifts include ceramic tiles, which you'll also notice adorning many a house around town, as well as bottles of good-quality olive oil. If it's the day before you head back and you need something last minute, grab a box of pastéis de nata (Portuguese cream tarts). The Fábrica de Pastéis de Belém close to the Jerónimos Monastery is the best place in Portugal to get them, although virtually every café sells them. Cork, a local product, boasts an eco-friendly edge. You'll find plenty of cork gifts, from handmade bags and jewellery to unique postcards.