SEE NORTHERN PORTUGAL
Hire a car in Porto and see the surrounding areas at your own pace.
Book your car hire with British Airways - in partnership with Avis - and enjoy these great benefits:
On holiday in Porto, see the surrounding cities and sights by hiring a car and discovering them at your own speed. Our car hire, in partnership with Avis, means that you can enjoy great savings when you book a flight + car together.
With our fantastic rates and great benefits, booking a car with British Airways is simple and rewarding. Take advantage of 24-hour customer support – all you need to worry about is planning an unforgettable itinerary. Make sure to take a trip to nearby Aveiro, whose famous canals see the city compared to Venice. Or travel down to the Portuguese capital Lisbon, and spend a night taking in its legendary nightlife. Just north of Porto, visit the medieval delights of Braga, and its suburb Guimaraes, a stunning UNESCO Heritage site. Portugal is a beautiful country waiting to be explored.
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Take a trip to Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, to experience the contemporary culture and vibrancy that has come with the recent renaissance. Perched on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, this unique city will enchant you with its bleached limestone buildings, intimate alleyways and easy going charm. Lisbon is a three-hour drive from Porto – a short stay will give you plenty of time to see the sights at your own pace.
An hour’s drive from Porto is Aveiro. Known as the ‘Portuguese Venice’, because of its canals, bridges and painted boats called moliceiros – which are similar to the Venetian gondolas. Hop in the car and explore the stunning sandy beaches of Sao Jacinto, Barra and Costa Nova. This stretch is referred to as the Silver Coast due to its beautiful and clean coastline. Our car hire gives you the opportunity to see it all.
Approximately a 40-minute drive away, Braga is situated in the Cavado Valley of Northern Portugal. A university town that is both ancient and modern, where pedestrianised ancient lanes reveal elegant plazas and spectacular baroque churches. As the oldest Christian city in Portugal, Braga may be well-known for its spirituality, but the old centre is now packed with cafes, boutiques, restaurants and bars. Beyond the city, you’ll find the magnificent hillside sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Monte.
Just 30 miles north of Porto is Guimaraes. Situated in the wine region of Minho, this is one of the most historic cities in Portugal and well worth a visit. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2001 and named as the European Capital of Culture in 2012, its history may be vast but the city is young in spirit. Admire the cities squares and monuments as you drive – with Mt Penha providing a picturesque backdrop.
Thought of as one of Portugal’s most beautiful cities, Viana do Castelo is famous for its monuments, amazing views of the Lima River and surrounding natural beauty. Just an hour from Porto, this northern Portuguese city is situated in the Minho-Lima sub region. Hire a car and combine hours spent in the medieval centre, with days exploring the stunning beaches which are just outside the city. If you have time, it is also a great base for visiting the lower Lima Valley.