Oporto Airport Car Rental
The North of Portugal can really be considered the cradle of the country, which was born right here in XII century; for this reason, even though the centre of power has been later moved to the South, this region is still particularly important from the historical and cultural points of view.
A vacation in this area of Portugal can reserve true surprises and booking a rental car is the best choice to fully understand the territory and its beautiful cities; once landed in Oporto Airport, you can pick your rental car up, booked thanks to the service offered by RentalUp, and in about 15 minutes you will have the possibility to reach the city centre.
The wineries and the old town
Oporto is the second city in Portugal. Its origin dates back to 4000 years ago and it is, indeed, one of the oldest settlements in the whole Europe.
Tourists arriving here are fascinated by its old town, but also by the wine companies of Vila Nova de Gaia, the birthplace of the wine Porto, that is beyond of the impressive Dom Luis I. In this land, after all, the names of the big production companies, such as Taylor, Graham, Calem and Ferreira, are clearly visible to all with big white signs on the typical red roofs and of the sails of the traditional barco rabelo on the pier.
The heart of Oporto is the old town, on the northern bank of the river. A labyrinth of high houses with red shingles that extends until the district of Ribeira, along the Douro, which are alternated by workshops; a picturesque zone where you can walk aimlessly, enjoying the tortuous alleyways, often uphill, the small squares and the courtyards where the women, wearing large skirts, sell fruits, vegetables and sardines, surrounded by the washing lines.
Must-visit places in Oporto
The tour continues along the bank of the Douro, walking to discover the city. From Avenida Dr Alfonso Henriques you can reach the Sé, the Cathedral with the gates offering a pedestrian area; it is an austere building, built in XII as a worship house, but that played also the role of a fortress. This explains the presence of bastions and squared towers at the sides.
In the XVII century, the interiors were decorated according to the baroque style, creating a particular overall effect. Moreover, you cannot miss the Church of Saint Francis, considered among the most beautiful ones in the whole of Portugal, within which there are many golden artworks.
The tour continues until you get to the Museum de Soares dos Reis and to Palàcio da Bolsa, once seat of the Parliament and now hosting exhibitions about the history of the city. You should visit also the train station, built on the ruins of an ancient convent, where today you can admire the murals of azulejos, realized with tiles and recalling important moments of Oporto.
What to visit in the surroundings of Oporto
With the car rental service at Oporto Airport you can easily go out of the city and enjoy other wonderful pearls of Portugal. For example, a few km far from Oporto there is the Fortress of Santa Maria da Feira, a typical medieval village, that hosts a splendid re-enactment in old-fashioned clothes, every June.
Reachable in about one hour by car with the car rental service at Oporto Airport, you can also visit Guimarães, one of the oldest cities in Portugal.
European Capital of Culture in 2012 and candidate as UNESCO Heritage, it has always been considered, perhaps, the most important city in Portugal from a cultural point of view.
Car Rental with no credit card at Oporto Airport
Thanks to RentalUp, you can pick your rental car up at Oporto Airport, also if you do not have a credit card!
In a few minutes, you can search and choose place, date and time of pickup and delivery. By applying the “with no credit card deposit” filter, you will get a list of cars that you can rent with no credit card. Choose the one you prefer at the best price offered by one of the partners of RentalUp!
You can pay with debit card (Bancomat, Visa Electron, Mastercard Debit) or prepaid card: the car rental service at Oporto Airport with no credit card is affordable to everyone!