Porto Area and Airport Details
Below are a few tips to guide you when driving in Portugal, Algarve.
• License: A valid Driver's License or an International Driving License
• Minimum acceptable rental age of driver: 21
• All Traffic flow: right side of the road
• Emergency National Phone Number : 112
Otherwise signalized here are the following speed limits :
• Built-up areas (Inside Villages, Cities or Towns): 50 km/h = 30 mph
• Other roads (Outside Villages, Cities or Towns) : 90 km/h = 54 mph
• Motorways: 120 km/h = 72 mph
Important Warnings to Drivers
• Documents relating to the car and its Insurance must be kept in the vehicle.
• "On the Spot" Traffic fines can be applied by the
Police and may demand immediate payment either in cash or using a Credit Card.
• Seat belts fitted in back and front of a vehicle must be worn at all times.
• Children under 12 years old are prohibited from
sitting in the front seat and are required to be
fastened in the appropriate style chairs for their
age in the back.
• At the junction of two roads of equal importance,
traffic coming from the right always has priority
unless otherwise signalled.
• Vehicles already in a traffic circle (roundabout)
always have priority over those vehicles about to
enter into it.
• It is against the law to park on the side of any
road facing the oncoming traffic lane. Breaking this
law is very dangerous to other drivers as they will
not be expecting this unlawful movement.
• Vehicles must carry warning triangle sign and a reflector vest.
• Drivers are not permitted to accept or make mobile
phones calls whilst the vehicle is in motion.
• Speed limits are enforced by radar traps, cameras,
and often unmarked police cars.
• A driver's blood alcohol level is not allowed to
exceed 0.05 percent and the penalties are extremely
stiff and high levels of alcohol may include time in prison.
Our experience tells us how important the Weather is
for the planning of your activities, sports, tours
and driving during your stay here in Portugal. The
weather is usually very nice throughout the whole
year, even in the winter (Low Season) the
temperatures can be very welcoming. During the
summer time (High Season) it's recommended that you
protect the inside of your vehicle with an interior
sun protector, this will cool your vehicle and
prevent any possible damage to your luggage if
exposed directly to the sun. During the summer we
also recommend that you always have a small bottle
of water inside your vehicle.
After the long dry summer period (June till
September), the first rains will become a very
dangerous problem for your driving. The road during
the dry summer accumulates oils, tyre rubber and
other particles. When the first rains fall it will
make the road very slippery.
Distances Chart of the Main Towns in Portugal (Click Here)
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