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Car rental Lisbon

Lisbon is the capital and the largest city of Portugal, lying in the western Iberian Peninsula on the Atlantic Ocean and the Tagus River. It is the seventh-most-visited city of Southern Europe, also the wealthiest in Portugal.

Explore Lisbon with the comfort of car rental

Public transport covers most of the city, but when you rent a car in Lisbon it can easily bring you to its nearby small towns, rural areas and some of its beaches that are hard to reach by public transport. Below is a great self-drive itinerary with car hire in Lisbon, taking about 9 days 8 nights, starting from Lisbon to Porto and back to Lisbon. If you make use of car rental in Lisbon, you can leisurely tour through the sunny plains of the Alentejo, the mountains of Beiras, the vineyard terraced slops of the Douro River Valley and Minho rich in history and tradition. Lisbon-Evora-Estremoz-Marvao (day1-day2)- Castelo de Vide-Sortelha- Belmonte(day 3)- Guarda, Viseu, Lamego and Amarante(day4)- Guimaraes, Braga, Ponte de Lima and Viana do Castelo(day 5)- Porto (day 6)- Aveiro and Coimbra(day 7)- Fatima-Batalha-Alcobaca-Nazare-Obidos-Lisbon (day 8- day9).

Some things to keep in mind parking your rental car

Car rental in Lisbon is popular among tourists, but parking your rental car can be a bit tricky. With narrow, winding streets built on steep hills, on-street parking spaces are rare in the city of Lisbon, especially in the popular downtown Bairro Alto, Baixa and Chiado areas. But there is a large network of underground multi-storey car parks available for a reasonable fee between 18:00-06:00 and during the weekends, which greatly benefits tourists using car rental in Lisbon. Roadside parking must be paid for at the parking meters designated by blue pavement signs. Many underground car parks have signs outside indicating the available spaces. It is usually paid at a cash desk or pay station before returning to the car and leaving. Never risk parking illegally as it would bring a fine and lots of procedural hassles, especially for the tourist using car rental in Lisbon.

Portugal's climate

With a subtropical-Mediterranean climate, Lisbon has warm summers and mild winters. The average annual temperature ranges between 17 °C to 21 °C during the day and 13 °C at night. Its summer lasts about 6 months, from May to October.

Sightseeing

A few of the most prominent tourist attractions include: Castelo de Sao Jorge , offering one of the best views of the city; Convento do Carmo, now an archaeological museum, displaying items discovered from across the world; Se de Lisboa, the cathedral of Lisbon, a mix of original Roman construction and later Gothic and Neoclassical styles; Maritime Museum, one of the best maritime museums in the world that tracks the history of Portuguese naval domination; Torre de Belem, the most iconic place in Lisbon, listed on the UNESCO world heritage list; Coach Museum car, displaying the world's largest collection of coaches and royal vehicles.

Events & festivals

The Lisbon Fish Festival, celebrating the huge gastronomic fish tradition of the city; Indie Lisboa, Lisbon's biggest film festival, aiming to launch and promote the new films and directors on the contemporary international scene; Jazz em Agosto , held in Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation's open-air amphitheater in August, is the stage for many renowned Jazz musicians and big feast for the Jazz fans.

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Tips and experiences for Lisbon

Our customers rated Lisbon with an average of 9.4 based on 17 ratings, and these are the most recent tips, experiences and highlights.

05-03-2017
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Visit Evora, Óbidos, Guimarães, Porto and Coimbra. So many historical information on those cities
04-01-2017
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If renting a car, it is usefull to rent a GPS. Portugal has inumerous alternative roads and GPS can save you money, for instance avoiding tolls (which are complicated to pay in Portugal).
10-08-2016
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Lots to do, lots to see. Great food and easy to get around.
19-02-2016
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it´s a Wow! I higly reommend
26-01-2016
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Sugiro que conheçam previamente os hábitos dos motoristas nativos. Por vezes, não respeitam os limites de velocidades nas estradas.
19-01-2016
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Lisbon is great, there are lots of bars and restaurants to check out and everything is relatively cheap
29-06-2015
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Go outside Lisbon and see the rest of Portugal!
21-06-2015
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visit Obidos, Tomar, Bathalia, Alcobaca, Combra, Caves like Mira de Aire, St. Antonio, Alvados, then beches like Vieira, Pedro de Moel, Foz d'Arelhio and so on. Portugal has a lot of wonderful places.
28-05-2015
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Lisbon is good place to visit. Prices are not so expensive. And people are kind.
28-05-2015
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enjoy local food and local shops
29-04-2015
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Go to Belem
15-04-2015
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Don't book your city tour bus with "city sightseeing"
13-04-2015
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Spend as much time in Lisbon as possible. The city is amazing!
09-04-2015
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Surfcastle and Lisbon
06-01-2015
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Beware of narrow and unpaved roads in rural areas (e.g. Mertola)
07-11-2014
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Great coastlines/beaches. Natas with breakfast. Good red wine.
14-10-2014
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we go to sagres in the algarve very quite and nice place. lisbon is very nice.