Campervan Hire Portugal
Portugal has a lovely countryside, a fantastic coast, quaint villages and a unique culture ― all of which are ideally visited on a self-tour. Portugal Motorhome hire is a great way to do this, and there are plenty of facilities available, some of which are free. The roads here are ideal for exploring the country and the motorhome rental selection is good.
Although sometimes overlooked by travelers, Portugal is fast becoming a popular motorhome holiday destination. It allows visitors to not only travel the popular areas along the coast, but to explore the less traveled areas of the north and south tips of the country.
Should you need another reason to choose Portugal camping along the coast and in the woods and forest are free of charge! Restrictions do apply during months of July and August when camping on beachfront is prohibited in Algarve.
Recommended Motorhome Drives in Portugal
Lisbon to Geres:
This is one of Portugal’s most popular drives from the capital city to Peneda-Geres National Park. Stay at Parque Munic de Campismo to visit the ancient city of Coimbra, stop in the wine region of Vila Real at Parque de Camp de V Real and explore the park from Parque de Cerdiera. Peneda-Geres National Park is the only national park in Portugal and is the Norte region. Shockingly there is signs of life here dating back to 6000 B.C.
The area itself has several different trails and relatively well-marked signs for the best camping. While making your journey, try and stop to see the magnificent Pitões das Júnias, the ancient monastery. Castro Laboreiro Calcedónia can also be seen here. Some of the other things that are worth noting here are the great waterfalls that many people travel for hours to see. See the waterfalls near the Vilarinho das Furnas village.
North Central tour:
Taking you from the coast to the mountains through a number of historical towns. From Lieria, drive east along highway A23, west on E80 and south along the Silver Coast back to Lieria. Stay overnight at Parque de Campismo de Ortiga or Parque Camp Municipal da Guarda, among other sites.
The North Central tour includes over 6 different regions and over 10 different unique cities. Lieria itself, the starting point, is perfect for people who love ancient history. It’s presence has been well known since around 400 B.C., but still dates back earlier. One of the sights that is worth checking out is the Castle of Leiria, with a history so long that you’d need an afternoon to just get a grasp of all that has happened within the castle walls. The Centro region itself, where Lieria is located, hosts ancient ruins like Conímbriga and historic towns like Sortelha.
South interior scenic route:
From Setubal, visit Serra de Arabalda National Park then continue east on highway E90. Head towards Evora along the E802 to Mertola. Finish in Setubal by driving north on highway A2. Rest overnight at Campsite Orbitur Evora, Campismo Serro da Bica or another site. Setubal is 40 kilometers (25 miles) south of Lisbon and is where the journey begins.
Setubal is known for the fishing industry and was a large contributor to Portuguese sardines, though not anymore. Most people who visit this area don’t skip out on seeing the glorious Serra da Arrábida mountains. Mértola is a smaller city with a larger history. Some of the main things people see and do in this area is go to the highest point of the town, Castle of Mértola, and learn about why such a small city has such a vast history. A little known fact is that this city was also under Islamic rule at one point in history, which helps contribute to what makes this cities story so fascinating.
The Portuguese Weather
Portugal is one of the warmest countries in Europe. It is defined as having a Mediterranean climate due to its location along the Atlantic Ocean. The only exception is the mountainous interior region close to Spain, which is wetter and cooler than the rest of the country.
There is little or no snow in the winter, except in the northern region, such as in Vila Real, and at high elevations in the mountains. Summers can get extremely scorching in central cities like Évora, while in west coast cities like Lisbon the ocean breeze keeps things cooler, yet still hot. Portugal’s Azores and Madeira islands have a subtropical climate, making them wet and warm throughout the year.
Driving in Portugal
The main roads are in good condition, but caution should be taken on secondary roads.
National roads and motorways:120kph
0.5 per cent, with extremely high fines to be paid on the spot by law breakers.
Driving is on the right, roads are patrolled and speeding is not tolerated. Beware of locals driving fast and ignoring lane markings.
Compare the price for Campervan Hire Portugal
We can deliver budget campervan hire deal in Portugal. However, we also have available a wide selection of luxury motorhomes from top suppliers. These suppliers include Indie Campers, Pure Motorhomes and McRent.
Campervan hire Portugal provides an easy way to tour Portugal. Many campervan rental suppiers are located at the key locations. They all offer a slightly different choice of camping vans and extras. All offer free unlimited miles, but some may charge for one way rental. To get the best deal use our friendly booking engine below to find a deal that matches with your budget and requirements.
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