With your own car

If you come to Portugal with your own car, you have to be aware of the toll roads in Portugal. Most highways require toll. Some use gates. In that case do not use the green lane (via verde) but draw a ticket and pay when leaving the highway at the gate. Others highways have electronic toll (without gates). Here your license plate is scanned and various option to pay exist. Visit the site  “tollcard.pt” for more information.

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Vakantiewoningen B&B glamping autohuur fietsen Portugal

Car hire

There are many companies that rent cars, sometimes it can be cheaper to book a car with your flight, sometimes not. It is worthwhile to compare the prices here and there and certainly to make a reservation on time, so don’t wait too long!

Below we explain the possibilities and give tips. Renting a car works as follows.

Rent locally in Alcobaça

And be picked up at the airport / be taken to the airport Lisbon

Because of quite some unpleasant experiences with car hire at the airports, we have organised a different concept for our guests together with a local car hire company in Alcobaça. Our local car hire company will pick you up at the airport and you will get your rental car in Alcobaça, near our holiday accommodation. You return the car, in Alcobaça and he brings you back to the airport on the day of departure. So relax, no long queues and no frustration at the counter.
Also important: We have arranged that you do not need a credit card!

Below is an indication of the local rental prices. The final price will be determined by the number of days, times, period of the year and availability in their fleet.  Child seats for in the car can be organized seperately at Casa Cantiga and will be taken by the car supplier.

Our local car hire company is not the cheapest, but in terms of service and convenience unbeatable. In addition, no surprises at the counter. We stand for that. Ask for a price via the form below.

Of course, you have unlimited mileage and “all risk” also means “all risk”. You can’t buy off your own risk and damage will be dealt with in consultation without exaggerating from the rental company’s side. The pick-up and drop-off costs per one-way trip for 1-4 persons together €90 and for a group of 5-8 persons €120. After your price request you will receive the final price for the combi car + pick up/drop off.

Via the form below you can make a price request in English (or Portuguese 😊) and contact Nelson or Cecilia.  Further communication is by email or phone.

Request price from our local car rental

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Car rental at the airport

At the internet you find many car rental companies. There are companies with their “own cars” where you rent directly (for example Sixt, Avis, Budget) . There are also broker companies who purchase “availability of cars” at the companies who owns the rental car (for example Sunny cars, etc.). In this case you rent your car at e.g. Sunny cars and pick them up at e.g. Sixt.

Sometimes you have to pick up the car directly at the airport, in other situations a few km outside of the airport. You can use their  free shuttle bus from the parking to / from the airport. Attention in case of early / late flights. The shuttle bus is not driving always and outside some hours you need to organise a taxi yourselves. Please check before you book!

Advises: At the counters of the rental car companies, often are long queues. If you arrive one should already go to the counter while the other one is waiting for the suitcases. Besides pregenant women or families with small kids often can use the priority lane. Just try!


In case you rent a car directly at the companies with “own cars”, you organise your insurance with them. In the other case, you often can organise a cheaper all risk insurance directly at the broker, like Sunny cars where our customers have positive experiences.
Still you need to use your credit card with a quite high deposit for damages at the company that delivers the car. They also push often to add extra insurance, while this is not necessary.

Toll roads

Portugal has many highways with electronis toll, next to highways with toll gates. At the counter you have to decide to rent or not the electronic toll payment service. The fixed costs for usage are different at various car rental companies but not cheap. You are not obliged to take this service (but they will push you to take it). You can prevent to use toll roads or if you do not use the service and still drive toll roadsm, you can pay afterwards at the postoffice. If you forget to pay, the rental car company will charge you with the toll costs and extra administrative costs.

In case you leave Lisbon to Casa Cantiga, via A1, you have toll road with gates where you can draw a ticket and pay. You do not need the electronic toll service. Around Porto, you hardly have possibilities not to get highways without electronic toll.

Credit Card and drivers license

To rent a car at the airports you ALWAYS need a credit card and drivers license, both in the name of the driver of the rental car. Most companies also require that the credit card needs to have the same name as registered on rental contract as main driver.
If you do not have a credit card, use our local car rental service, described above

Child seats

If you travel with small kids, child seats are required and can be rented at the car rental. Often this is expensive, while you also often can take your own child seats for free or low fee into the plain. Casa Cantiga also has some child seats available . They are from 3 years old and up to availability. Please make a request during your reservation!

Based upon our guests experiences, we advise you our local car rental service or in case of renting at the airport, use Sunny cars:

By plain, by car or by rental car to Casa Cantiga !

You can enjoy and relax in one Casa Cantiga´s holiday Portugal accommodations. The set up is small scale and child friendly. We have a holiday villa, various holiday apartments, holiday houses and camping pods with a private or shared (heated) swimming pools, close to the sea at the Costa da Prata. This is the stunning coast line beween Lisbon and Coimbra.

Be surprised by the Portuguese hospitality, child friendliness, culture and nature at the Silver coast of Portugal. We like to welcome you in our holiday Portugal accommodations “between sun and stars, mountains and sea”

Casa Cantiga resort

Casa Cantiga child friendly holiday park  is close the Alcobaça and Nazaré. We have 10 holiday accommodations with each their own privacy, child friendly facilities and close to the Atlantic Ocean, the Silver coast. The holiday resort is situation on the countryside and you have a nice view to the Serra dos Candeeiros,a small mountain over looking over the landscape.

At Casa Cantiga you can relax and enjoy in or next to the heated swimming pools, the lounge terrace or in the hammock between the olive trees. The weekly pizza evening assures conviviality. The kids have their outdoor play garden and indoor play area with ping pong, treehouse, sandpit, trampoline, etc. You can enjoy the many birds singing in the morning or our garden with  cork trees, olives trees, a mega pine tree and many fruit trees.

Beach apartment SolMar

Next to Casa Cantiga resort, we have a beach apartment directly at the sea. The beach apartment SolMar is situated in a tiny coastal village, some 25 km from Casa Cantiga resort, 10 km north of Nazeré.  You will have your own large roof terrace with typical Portuguese BBQ. You have a stunning view to the beach and sea while you a chilling or taking your sun bath in privacy.

Quinta do Carmo

In another village close the Alcobaça, we also rent out 3 holiday accommodations at Quinta do Carmo,  owned by hospitable Portuguese family. A beautiful Portuguese villa Casa da Joana as well as 2 ECO lodges, wooden houses. The quinta has 2 swimming pools