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Algarve Car Hire - Did You Know?

  • The name Algarve originates from an Arabic word (al gharb) which translates as "the west".
  • The region is home to the Algarve Tiger also known as the Iberian Lynx which is near to facing extinction.
  • Over half of the 140 species of butterfly that reside in Portugal have been recorded in the Algarve region and it is home to a number of very rare and endangered species.
  • There are over thirty golf courses in the Algarve area.
  • In 2011 the Blue Flag was awarded to 69 beaches in the Algarve area for the quality of water, cleanliness, parking places, lifeguards and other services.

Algarve Mini Guide

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The Algarve is the most southern region of Portugal and has 16 municipalities, with an overall population of more than 450,000.  Being the most popular tourist region in Portugal, this area attracts an average of ten million tourists each year, partly due to the picturesque coastline.  The capital of this region is Faro and regions in the Algarve range from bustling busy cities, to quaint traditional Portuguese villages. 

Algarve coast

Temperatures in the Algarve usually range between 15°C and 31°C and never fall below zero.  Traditional Portuguese items can be purchased in one of the numerous pottery and ceramics outlets.  Some of these are workshops, mainly in the towns of Almancil, Porches and Loule.  All types of holiday are catered for in the Algarve, from the old inner city of Lagos, with its quaint winding streets, to the lively bustling nightlife of Albufeira.

What Can I do in The Algarve?
Well known for its many beaches, watersports, boat trips and a wide range of golf courses, the Algarve has plenty to offer besides this. Take some time off from sunbathing to walk the clifftops of the iconic Algarve coastline and see the view from above. There are many marked trails which are great for a couple of hours' stroll. Visit the spa town of Caldas de Monchique which is renowned for its curative spa waters or for nature lovers, there are many choices, from the Ria Formosa Lagoon to the Monchique mountain.  For football fans, the Algarve’s major football stadium is the Estadio Algarve, where SC Farense and Louletano play their home matches.

Algarve Ria Formosa Lagoon

Are There Many Transport Options?
The main airport for this region is Faro International, in the region’s capital and there are buses which run from outside the airport to the local bus terminal.  In addition to this service, the nearest train station is just a short drive away from the airport by car or taxi.  The bus service in the Algarve is a national service and there are express coaches to the main cities.  Also, the train network runs from the east to the west of The Algarve.  There is a wide selection of car hire options in Faro Airport, so why not contact rhinocarhire.com where our Customer Services team will be more than happy to assist you with your car hire plans.

What Are The Food And Drink Specialities of The Algarve?
Fish, seafood and fruit are the popular foods of the Algarve, as is the spicy dish of Piri Piri Chicken.  The Algarve's wines are well renowned in Portugal and Port and Sherry are also local specialities.

Where Can I Stay?
With many hotels, villas and manor houses to choose from, the Algarve’s accommodation caters for all types of holidaymaker and many have spectacular views and easy access to facilities, including golf courses.

Algarve Seafood

Latest Update from Algarve:

13/06/17 – The Algarve has come out on top when a recent study was carried out into the best value destinations for UK citizens to go on holiday. The Algarve has been named the cheapest destination for 2017. 

28/04/12 - Don't forget the opportunity to play golf on one of the region's twenty or more courses. The best time to come for golf is in early spring or late autumn when you can virtually guarantee good weather unlike what you'll get at home!

13/02/13 - The 25th April is Liberation Day in Portugal and all along the Algarve it's celebrated with traditional and modern music, fireworks and street parties. Look out for details of events in your location in the local newspapers or tourist information offices or just head for the sound of the party!

Driving in Algarve

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The Algarve region is undoubtedly the most popular tourist destination in Portugal and on average seven million tourists visit the area every year. The area is blessed with an agreeable climate, stunning beaches and coastline, beautiful scenery and world class golf courses.

However if you travel just a few miles inland you will discover quite a different Algarve, one that has a slower pace of life, is steeped in history and has its own charming traditions. Hiring a car in the Algarve will allow you to take full advantage of what some of these less visited and more remote parts of this region has to offer.

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