Located approximately 500 miles off the west coast of Portugal is the stunning volcanic island of Madeira, which has a wide variety of historic and cultural attractions. The island is a popular holiday destination with fun activities and year round warm weather. One of the best ways to see the island is by cheap hire car in Madeira.
Funchal is the capital city and located along the spectacular south coast and accessible by car rental. The city has a magnificent mountain backdrop covered in thick green forest. Inside the city centre the streets are lined with lush gardens and have a wide selection of things to see and do such as visit the numerous museums and galleries.
Funchal has a fantastic atmosphere with a host of live music clubs, trendy discos and alfresco bars. The capital is well known for its world-class selection of restaurants serving flavours and cuisines from around the world including Chinese, Japanese, Thai, French, Italian and local Portuguese.
There is a good choice of accommodation across the island, with hundreds of resorts and hotels ranging from five-star to one-star. Madeira has fantastic fresh seafood which is taken advantage of by the countless seafood restaurants. Popular seafood dishes include barbequed garlic prawns and codfish cooked in tomato sauce.
By Madeira hire car you can see much more of the island than if you were to rely exclusively on public transport. There are hundreds of attractions, villages and lookouts located all around the island. Taking a full day to explore Madeira by hire car is recommended.