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Key facts for hiring a car in Madeira
Coldest month: January (16°C)
Warmest month: August (23°C)
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There are 7 locations where you can hire a car in Madeira and the most popular one is Funchal Airport.
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Hire a car in Madeira
Madeira is for the intrepid traveller, not the resort-seeking beach enthusiast.
Although contrary to what you may expect from a island off the coast of West Africa, Madeira is a luscious paradise of mountains and woodlands. Known as the “Pearl of the Atlantic,” this tiny island has shaken off its former reputation as a sedate retiree destination, showing visitors the full spectrum of its botanical wonders.
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When in Madeira
Must Taste –
If you're looking for something a little more potent than Madeira's lovely selection of wines, Poncha is the drink to try. The brew is traditionally made with aguardente de cana - distilled alcohol from sugar cane - lemon juice and honey. You can also try a variety of other flavors such as passionfruit.
Must Listen To –
This melancholic music is rooted in 19th Portuguese culture. It is usually sung in and associated with pubs, cafes and restaurants, adding some moody ambiance to your dining experience. On Madeira you can listen to Fado at the Cinemax or the family owned Sabor a Fado.
Must Experience –
These toboggans were first used on the island in the 1850s as the original form of public transport. Made from wicker and wood, the sledges are powered by two carreiros who use their brown boots as breaks. Rushing down steep winding road, these sleds can reach speeds close to 64km/hr.