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Portugal's delightful and lively capital city of Lisbon experienced a recent rejuvenation after hosting the 1998 World Expo. The ancient buildings along Lisbon's streets date back to the city's days as one of the world's greatest maritime powers, and Lisbon's friendly locals, vibrant nightlife, and cheap cost are irresistible to visitors around the world.
Lisbon's Portela Airport is the largest in Portugal, and receives several daily flights from destinations throughout the world. The airport also serves as one of the major Lisbon car hire hubs. Exploring by cheap car hire in Lisbon is especially recommended for those wishing to explore the city and surrounding Portuguese countryside at their own pace.
A recommended first stop for those touring Lisbon by car hire is Castelo de São Jorge, which provides breathtaking views of the city's skyline and overlooks the narrow cobbled streets of the city's oldest district, Alfama, as well as Lisbon's famous Romanesque cathedral. Another historic Lisbon district worth exploring is Baixa, which was devastated during a 1755 earthquake.
More Lisbon attractions easily accessible by Lisbon hire car include the shopping district of Chiado, the Tejo riverfront lined with elaborately tiled buildings, another unforgettable city view from the Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara, the Cristo Rei statue, and the Bairro Alto's pulsating nightlife.
The city of Belém, just a short drive west of Lisbon by hire car, features two monuments to Portugal's maritime glory, the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos monastery which survived the 1755 earthquake, and the more modern Museo do Design. Another popular daytrip by Lisbon low cost hire car is the World Heritage site of Sintra, where royalty once relaxed among the surrounding hills and forests.