The Algarve is the most southern region of Portugal and has 16 municipalities and the capital of the region is Faro. Driving in the Algarve, Portugal's southernmost region, offers the opportunity to explore beautiful coastal landscapes, charming towns, and cultural attractions. Here's what you need to know:
Driving in the Algarve:
Road Network: The road network in the Algarve is generally well-maintained, and major highways are in good condition. The A22 motorway (also known as the Via do Infante) runs east-west across the region, connecting major towns and providing quick access to the coast.
Driving Side: Portugal, including the Algarve, drives on the right-hand side of the road.
Road Signs: Road signs are clear and usually in Portuguese and English. They provide directions to major towns, attractions, and services.
Toll Roads: Some roads in the Algarve are tolled, including the A22 motorway. Some rental car companies provide electronic toll payment devices, while others require you to pay tolls in cash. Check with your rental provider for their policy.
Places to Visit in the Algarve:
Faro: The regional capital, Faro, is known for its historic old town, charming streets, and cultural attractions.
Albufeira: A popular coastal town with beautiful beaches, nightlife, and a historic old town.
Lagos: Famous for its stunning beaches, rock formations, and vibrant nightlife.
Portimão: Home to beautiful beaches like Praia da Rocha and water sports activities.
Silves: A historic town with a well-preserved Moorish castle.
Tavira: Known for its picturesque riverfront and Roman bridge.
Sagres: Located at the southwestern tip of Portugal, it offers rugged cliffs, beautiful beaches, and historical sites like Fortaleza de Sagres.
The nearest airport to the Algarve region is Faro Airport (FAO). It's well-connected to major European cities and serves as the main gateway for travelers to the Algarve. From Faro Airport, you can easily pick up a rental car and explore the region.
The Algarve is one of our most popular car hire locations and the airport terminal can be very busy in the peak summer months so a good idea to save time is to send the driver ahead whilst you are waiting for the luggage carousel to complete all the paperwork.