Traditionally, getting an RV rental in Portugal isn't something you find a whole lot of visitors doing. In the past, that was understandable, simply because of how difficult it was to get an RV rental in Portugal for an affordable price. Now, however, it's a lot different. With Campanda providing great options on RV rentals, there's absolutely no reason for a visitor to decline to rent one. Typical tours of this Iberian country usually insulate visitors from a lot of things, thinking they may not enjoy it. For the adventurous among us who want to experience the real feeling of trekking through Portugal and seeing everything it has to offer, an RV rental in Portugal is just the thing to expose the inner beauty hiding within the country. If you haven't rented an RV before, Portugal is probably one of the best destinations to start out because of how relaxed the driving pace is. The freedom that an RV offers to a visitor is unsurpassed, not to mention it allows you to set your own pace. Stay for as long or as short as you want at a location without having to worry about hotel rooms and booking extra days. It's really a unique experience discovering the Portuguese countryside in an RV. A road trip is the most exciting way to explore the countryside of a country like Portugal.
Portugal has a lot of attractions that it can boast about. It's been a prominent part of European history for hundreds of years, establishing its own national and cultural identity separate from that of its larger neighbor Spain. Even so, Portugal has a lot of breathtaking sights that date back to Roman times. Between its cathedrals and quaint towns, this country is one that makes you fall in love with it over time. After spending a short stay there, you wonder if you could have made it last longer. There's too much for you to see on just a single trip to the country, and by the time you leave, you're already planning your next one.
The sprawling city of Porto (famous for its port wine and its football team) is as good a place as any to start off your road trip across Portugal. This city encompasses a very large area and as you can see from walking the streets, was a settlement long before city planning was even a consideration. When visiting this city, it is recommended that you park outside and walk the streets since they are narrow and are poorly designed to fit an RV. If you're trekking through Porto, it would be remiss to not check out the double-arch metal bridge named Ponte Dom Luis which allows free foot traffic between Porto and the neighboring Vila Nova de Gaia.
Sintra is one of those locations that a lot of visitors overlook because they either haven’t heard of, or don't understand the natural beauty of the area. Situated relatively close to the capital of Lisbon, Sintra is a vast panorama of rolling hills with royal retreats and villas scattered around it, making it a place where there's always another surprise around the corner. A notable spot within Sintra is Pena's Palace (reminiscent of the German Neuschwanstein in architectural style). Constructed in the mid 1800's, it served as a summer retreat for Portugal’s royal family. In addition to Pena's Palace, there's also the Castle of the Moors which looms over the area as it is situated on the highest hill in the region.
Lisbon is one of the more popular destinations that you'll find tourists heading for, simply because of its fame. It's among the most welcoming cities in the world, even though you might need to be properly fit to truly enjoy it. Portugal's largest city winds upwards over seven steep hills, adorned by quaint shops and Gothic cathedrals, standing next to one another as if it was the most natural thing in the world. The old Moorish district of Alfama even boasts cobblestone roads - a throwback to the ancient days when the Moors held this part of Portugal as their own. Lisbon is definitely a stop to add to your itinerary for your RV rental in Portugal.
Because Portugal's camping culture is far more muted than its European neighbors, it’s very easy to find great camp sites for parking your RV rental in Portugal. This is also a good reason why Portugal is a great place for first-time renters to experience an RV vacation. For the most cost effective locations, keep an eye out for signs indicating municipal camping sites. These are maintained by the government and offer a plethora of amenities that would make your stay in the RV a comfort. There are also privately owned campsites that you can enter, but these may cost a bit more than the municipal sites. It is likely that they might be better outfitted and offer more amenities.
Unlike a couple of their European neighbors, Portugal doesn't have a terribly strict camping law. This might mainly be because camping is only now becoming a pastime that people are willing to take part in. As such, you can pull your camper into many areas that aren't explicitly marked as camping areas, just so long as you aren't a nuisance to anyone else. A good example is along the Atlantic coast where you can park your RV for some sun and sand and relaxation without having to worry about paying camping fees or a fine for parking in a bad spot.
Most visitors who enlist an RV rental in Portugal usually say that when they're ready to leave, they feel a certain sorrow parting with such a wonderfully rich country. Portugal is one of those places that people leave with a plan to come back, not only because there’s so much more to see, but because Portugal grows on you. The beautiful weather combined with the rich culture and deep history make it a visit that people make more than once in their lifetime. Indeed, it is said that once you visit the Iberian country, you start to fall in love with it. There's no better way to fall in love than getting an RV rental in Portugal. Check out Campanda today to get an idea of what sort of vehicles we can offer you for your trip through Portugal!