What you should know before hiring a car in Funchal
|Funchal city centre|
|Cristiano Ronaldo Madeira International Airport (FNC): 9 mi from city centre|
Car hires in Funchal: practical information
Where to rent a car in Funchal
Medeira is an island paradise, Funchal its main city. Chances are if you're reading this you've already booked flights to Funchal and are on your way to wrapping up your trip planning by looking for cheap car rentals in Funchal. Find a car hire Funchal Airport, there are a number of car rental companies to choose from including Hertz, Europcar, Roavante, Avis, Sixt, Auto Jardim and Guerin.
Try car hire Funchal city and you won't be disappointed. Sixt, Wind Car-Rent, Rent a Car Futuro and Budget are all located near the coast and particularly close to the harbour.
Driving in Funchal: parking and other tips
As far as parking goes in Funchal you'll find that hotels are the best bet to find centrally located lots for cheap, even if you're not staying in that hotel. A number of hotels in Funchal offer parking to their guests and even non-guests including Reid's Palace Hotel, The Vine, Hotel Porto Santa Maria and Hotel Orquidea. Other places with free parking include Tivoli Ocean Park and the Pestana Casino Park.
Apart from hotels you can also easily find car parks, mostly underground, in Funchal. They're usually only packed on major holidays so you shouldn't have any trouble unless you're on holidays in Funchal for New Year's with a rent car.
Road trips from Funchal: what to do, what to see
Machico is a small town on the island of Madeira. There is one week a year that this town explodes in population. That week is in August when the town of Machico hosts its annual food festival. It's the best opportunity to take a wide selection of traditional Madeira dishes.
Paul do Mar
Paul do Mar doesn't have much but it does have all the holiday amenities you could dream of. The surfing and bodyboarding here is excellent. The village may be small but it has its own signature drink. Ask for anything made from local passion fruit juice.
Porto Santo is a small island just off the northern coast of Madeira and is a great spot for a beach break in a more relaxed and tranquil environment. The island is particularly known for its great restaurants. Take your cheap car hire in Funchal to the port and then take a ferry across.