Sally is a key member of the MoneyMaxim editorial team. She is a frequent hire-car user and often goes on holiday with her family. With an interest in getting great value for money, Sally shares her hints and tips for travelling and insurance.
There have always been good reasons for choosing Portugal for your holidays but now with discounts of up to 10% available* right through the summer on car hire in Portugal through our sister site Clarify Car Hire, it could be the favourite destination of 2017.
With its bountiful supply of beautiful beaches, its vast and varied scenery and cocktail of culture, Portugal is popular with families, couples and friends as a place to relax and benefit from the country's glorious weather.
But now there is even more of an incentive to visit Portugal! In January the Algarve came top in the Post Office's annual Holiday Costs Barometer. Taking into account the prices of 8 common tourist purchases including a meal for two and suncream, the Algarve proved to be the cheapest destination world wide. Add on to this the savings we can offer you on your car hire and perhaps you will have money spare to enjoy even more of Portugal.
It is easy to see why the Algarve is an attractive proposition for a holiday. Its diverse regions cater for many different tastes. From the upmarket Vilamoura to the reasonably priced Quarteira, from the party town of Lagos to the more subdued Tavira, there is something for everybody.
Fly into Faro Airport and hire a car and the Algarve is there for you to explore. Visit the Parque Natural da Ria Formosa just outside Faro where they even look after recuperating birds, create a splash with the kids at the Aquashow waterpark or taste any of the amazing seafood served at restaurants around the coast. One of Clarify Car Hire's exclusive on-airport suppliers is offering a reduced rate on car hire in Faro for bookings made from today (21/03/17) until 31/03/17.**
For the more energetic - hike, cycle or ride horseback along the Via Algarviana, a 3000km nature trail. It is divided into 30km sections so you can dip in and out as you please. Golf courses are plentiful so no excuse for letting your handicap slip whilst you are away. Fancy getting out on the water? Try kayaking or Portugal's Atlantic coastline can offer fantastic waves for surfing.
Unwind as you stroll along the pretty streets of Tavira, learn about the history of the Algarve at the Museu de Portimao or gaze at the fascinating interior of Faro's cathedral. You could even visit a Fado bar to listen to this traditional slow-beat music played on guitars and the pear-shaped Portuguese guitarra.
Portugal is full of opportunities. Book a car hire in Portugal for this summer and save 10%*. Please be aware that there are tollroads in Portugal.
* Offer is for bookings made between 21/03/17 and 31/03/17 for pick up between 17/04/17 and 31/10/17 with Centauro through Clarify Car Hire. Offer is for Portuguese and Spanish destinations.
** 10% off pick ups made between 21/03/17 and 30/06/17. 5% off pick ups between 01/07/17 and 31/08/17. These offers include car hires on the island of Madeira.
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