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Armacao de pera fishermans beach with line up of fishing boats Your Gateway to Portugal & Algarve


You will find as with the rest of Europe Portugal provides allocated parking for disabled by following sign, however if it has a 6 digit number & letters this is for a vehicle with that number plate and parking is forbidden

Miles  Kilometres
 10      16.1

 20      32.1

 30      48.2

 40      64.3

 50      80.4

 60     96.5

 70    112.6

 80    128.7

 90    144.8

100   160.9

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At the Pump

Gasalina 95 leaded Petrol

Gasalina 98 unleaded Petrol

Gasoleo Diesel

Ar (air)

Agua (water)

Accident black spots in Portugal

Driving Notes for Portugal

Driving age is 18, Children under the age of 12 forbidden in front seat unless 150cm tall,Reflective jacket must be carried and worn outside of vehicle on breakdown , red warning triangle  must be carried and displayed


In Portugal if you have and accident you are required to stop at the exact scene Tel 112 (Police)if it is a hire care you should also have Emergency Tel:number with you Hire agreement if not the police will arrange tow away, do not move your car as it will be measured for a police report (see above for detail)

Tel: 808 502 502 (open 8am-8pm

ACP (Automóvel Clube De Portugal)


Vehicles drive on the right in Portugal. As does most of Europe, vehicles coming from the right have priority and at intersections.
You will find since the year 2005 the Algarve has seen many new roundabout spring up so new they are not even on most satellite navigation systems junctions with roundabouts, vehicles already on the roundabout have right of way. When entering a motorway you must slow down or stop you do not have the right to pull straight out
Road signs comply with international rules.

Compulsory papers:
-  Driving licence
- Motor insurance certificate
- Vehicle registration or equivalent
- Vehicle logbook
Speed limits
50 kph - in built-up areas
90 kph - on normal roads
100 kph - on roads restricted to motor vehicles
120 kph - on motorways

It is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol level of 0.5 grams per litre or more.
On the spot fines are issued and you will always be given a receipt
All occupants must wear seat belts.

You must stop at zebra crossing
In Portugal it is forbidden to use a mobile phones while driving, unless you’re using hands-free equipment such as Bluetooth

You will find road rage does not exist in most of Portugal but often lack of indicators is common so patience is a must

The common mistake most people make whilst on holiday is the crossing of single or double white lines

Car rentals / ownership

There are car rental services at airports, international rail stations and in the main towns and cities. Drivers with mobility difficulties, or anyone who prefers to, can rent automatic or adapted vehicles. Most offer free child seat, it is wise to note any damage on a vehicle before you sign a the agreement and drive off as it can be hard to prove the damage was already there, you must also have a approve florescent jacket and it must be worn if you break down and get out of the vehicle
To rent a car you must:
• Be at least between 21 and 25 years old, depending on the company’s rental policy.
• Show identification (identity card for EU citizens or a valid passport for other nationalities).

Driving Laws for Portugal >>

Motorway Tolls  >>

Algarve has 8 black spots on the EN125

Official statistics show the IC19 connecting Lisbon-Sintra

LIVING IN PORTUGAL For those of you who plan to live over here and buy a car the following is the norm Cars in Portugal tend to be more expensive than in other European countries but they do hold there value when it come to resale new cars are exempt from MOT for the first 3 years then every 2 years up until the car reaches 8 years old then inspection is every year unlike the UK the owner of the car in Portugal normal partakes in the inspection, most cars insured in Portugal automatically come with road side assistance

Official statistics showed 8 Black spots for the EN125 in Algarve Portugal, But in 2011 a new toll was introduced on the A22, this will put more traffic on the EN125, so Drive with care/attention

Free Travel on A22

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Information on Paying on Tolls in Portugal

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