Places to see in Portugal

Sight seeing in Portugal

Santa Barbara’s Church (Boticas):

Santa Barbara’s Church is an example of formal church architecture and used to be the Parish church.

The biggest highlight is a wooden pelican that one can find in the sacristy. People here say the bird pecked a gash in its own breast to feed the baby birds with its blood. In this way, the pelican represented Our Lord, who gave His blood for the people.

You can pick up a car at our Portos office, and get to the region of Botica quite easily.

Passeio Alegre Garden (Porto):

A masterpiece 20 years in the building, it was designed by Emílio David. The palm tree lane, where sometimes the wind takes a walk, is blessed by natural beauty.

The Passeio Alegre Garden has its own personality. Plane trees cohabit peacefully with the disorder of the palm trees that wave with the sensual sea breeze. The araucarias, all “dressed up”, are a daily a festival of beauty.

It is a garden of extreme splendour and beauty, calmly accepting the ocean’s ebb and flow beside it.

After picking up your car at our Portos office, you can easily reach these beautiful gardens.

 Escoural Cave (Montemor-o-Novo):     

 The Escoural Cave, is an important reference point. It is a classified national monument and is famous for its paintings and numerous rupestral engravings. The cave, which was discovered by stone cutters in 1963, is the western most point in Europe with Paleolithic art.

You will need to pick up a car at our Evora office, in order to reach these breathtaking caves.

 Walls from the 17th century (Elvas):     

The 17th century walls which surround Elvas are impressive monuments to the old builders who managed such size and produced such stability.

The walls were provided with three great gates, named Esquina, Olivença and S. Vicente. They used to be locked at midnight and opened at dawn, but in the fifties, with a view to improving communications between the old town and new settlements outside the walls, a viaduct was built and an opening made in the wall.

Our Lisbon Office, will provide you with a car, and directions for getting to Elvas, which is about 200 km to the East, through fascinating countryside.

 Batalha's Baron Square (Abrantes):   

 This is one of the main centres of Abrantes and almost every one that visits Abrantes city has lingered here. The square brings together shops and constant animation, making it one of the most important points of the town.

Pick up a car at our Lisbon office, and get to the region of Abrantes where the natural charm of Portugal takes over.

 National Coach Museum (Lisbon):  

 Considered one of the world's best of its type, the National Coach Museum offers a wide variety of exhibits.

Cars from the Portuguese Royal House, Gala Coaches from the 16th and 19th centuries, cavalry and shooting harness, uniforms of the Royal Household staff, a collection of trumpets and oil paintings of members of the Portuguese Royal Family, are some of the things you can see.

You will find a car at our Lisbon office, and make the Coach Museum part of your exploration of Lisbon.

 Cruz de Portugal - Portugal's Cross (Silves):    

 To the east of the city of Silves, on the way to Enxerim, one can find the enigmatic and beautiful Cruz de Portugal.

This very beautiful cross most likely dates back to the late 15th or early 16th century and was sculpted from white limestone. The style appears to be “florid Gothic”, although some contend that the cross is decorated with Manueline motifs and symbols.

This ancient relic has been classified as a national monument since 1910. It stands about three meters in height, and the minutely detailed sculpturing shows Christ crucified on one side, and in the arms of His mother on the other. You can reach the cross by getting a car from our Monchique office.

 Belém Tower (Lisbon):    

 Belém Tower was built in the Age of the Discoveries (when defending the city was needed), in tribute to the patron saint of the city, S. Vicente.

Its was completed in 1520 and, in honor of the King, features Manueline symbols on its visible foundations with elegant knots, armillary spheres, Military Order of Christ’s crosses and natural objects.

Of these is an example of the first rhinoceros made of stone in all Europe.

The Belém Tower is a symbol of the country’s long relationships with other cultures and civilisations.

It has statutory standing as a “Guardian of Portuguese Individuality and Universality”, a status confirmed when UNESCO classified it “Cultural Patrimony of all Humanity”, in 1983.

Belem is a suburb of Lisbon, and after picking up your car from our Lisbon office, our staff will direct you to the tower, and other attractions around Lisbon.

 Santiago's Church (Alcácer do Sal):  

This church has a single large and typically 18th century nave, The rustic charm of timber and the crafted stone work combine with a typical Portugese exuberence in tile work and paintings.

Timber panelling shows the life of Santiago, and all around are representations of the Virgin’s life, figures of the Apostles, of the Evangelists and of the Holy Bishops, in blue and white tiles from the 18th century.

You get there by picking up a car at our Lisbon office, and heading South.

 Fátima Shrine (Ourém):   

This is a place of pilgrimage where many people re encounter Faith, Life and Hope. Here, you will find the Apparitions of Our Lady to the Three Shepherds (Jacinta, Lúcia and Francisco), whom, with a white rosary beads, asked them to pray for the evils that afflicted the world.

Nowadays, the Fátima Shrine receives in pilgrimage and prayer many thousands of believers from all around the world, especially on the Annual Pilgrimage of the 13th of May.

The Way of the Cross is composed of 14 small chapels that evoke the Lord’s Passion. It starts on the Santa Teresa de Ourém roundabout, passes the Valinhos Monument (that marks the point where the 4th Apparition took place) and ends in the Calvary, a little bit up from the Angel’s Cave – the place where the Three Shepherds received the first and third visits of the Angel, in the Spring and Autumn of 1916.

Minutes after picking up a car from our Lisbon office, you can be under way to the central region, Ourem and the shrine of Fatima.

 Hunting and Fishing Museum (Aveiro):     

 Located in Infant D. Pedro Park, this museum brings together a rich and varied collection in fauna. A visit is really advised for lovers of this kind of art.

You can make the museum a first stop after picking up your car from our Lisbon office.

Using rental cars to travel Portugal
We have extensive car hire coverage of Portugal, from major cities in the north such as Lisbon and Porto, to Faro and Barga in the central regions, and Coimbra and Evora in the south.

This allows us to supply hire vehicles for people on holiday who wish to take in the country’s attractions and places to see.

We offer instant online quotes and bookings and one way rentals throughout the whole of the Portugal, including city and airport locations. We can offer great deals to both business travellers and holiday travellers.