Explore the Algarve with Faro Car Hire Comparison

Book a cheap car hire Faro Airport deal and be ready to explore all the the amazing Algarve has to offer as soon as you land.

One of the most popular destinations on Portugal’s Algarve coast, Faro has long been popular with visitors from Ireland and Northern Europe. The city of about 40,000 is people is known for its great beaches and nightlife.

It also makes a great base for exploring the region and there are several options for day trips when you book a Faro car hire deal.

Visit Quarteira

Quarteira, located on the coast east of Faro, has become one of the most popular resorts in the Algarve and also offers some excellent golf opportunities. In addition to the usual beach attractions, the town is also famed for its market held every week.

The market is a great place to buy locally made souvenirs, including lace and leather goods, and pottery.

Quarteira also holds a daily fish market, where some of the freshest seafood on the coast can be purchased. It’s a delightful place to spend the night if time permits.

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Parque Natural da Ria Formosa

One of the best places to escape the beach crowds is at the Parque Natural da Ria Formosa, one of Portugal’s most beautiful natural areas. Birds migrating between Europe and Africa stop here regularly, making it an ideal destination for bird watchers.

The park can be enjoyed by hiking along one of the many trails, or from a boat tour through the scenic salt marshes and waterways.


Olhão is a picturesque fishing port, located west of Faro, and in many ways is more reminiscent of Morocco than Portugal. The square, white houses give the town a distinct Moorish look, and one of the best ways to enjoy a spectacular view of the area is from the top of the bell tower attached to the parish church. The port is protected by several large sandbanks, which can be reached by ferry or water taxi.


One of the most historic cities in the Algarve, Silves is located about 40 miles from Faro. The area was once dominated by the Moors, and reminders are everywhere; not to be missed are the medieval castle and cathedral, one of the few Gothic structures in Portugal to still have its tombs.

Silves also has a pleasant old quarter, with shops, bars and restaurants as well as some delightful walks along the river. Although the town is lively year round, July sees the 10 day Silves Beer Festival.

You can easily reach all of the above destination when you avail of our cheap car hire Faro prices here at carhirecomparison.ie.

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More great road trips with Faro Airport Car Hire

There are several scenic drives worth taking when you hire a car at Faro Airport. One of the best is inland to the quiet village of São Brás de Alportel.

The drive goes through pine forests, and orange and almond groves to the town, which is well known for its profusion of flowers. Sao Bras also boasts a picturesque old quarter, with narrow streets and squares and the town is surrounded by beautiful countryside.

You can also visit two other countries easily on day trips from Faro. Seville, one of Europe’s most beautiful cities is about a two hour drive. This Spanish city is famous for its elegant architecture and Flamenco dancing. You can also get a cheap car hire Seville Airport quote.


The British territory of Gibraltar is one of the UK’s last remaining dependencies, and the biggest attraction in this tiny country is the huge rock, with its famous apes. Legend has it that if the apes disappear, so will British rule. There is certainly no shortage of locations to visit in this part of the world.