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    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.

Walk through history

Follow the Levadas

One of the most distinctive features of the island is its system of old irrigation channels, known as Levades. Running through the island’s elevated countryside, they bring water from the mountains in the north to its sun dried plantations in the south.

Constructed by slaves during the 16th century, these man-made rivers meander through the island’s countryside and horizontally around mountains. Follow the narrow paths that run alongside the channels for plunging ocean views. Many also showcase the semi-tropical vegetation of the lush Laurisilva Forest.

The Levadas have become one of the island’s biggest tourist attractions. But with a network of over 2000 kilometres of trails, you don’t have to worry about overcrowding.

When in Madeira

See the island

Ocean vistas

No island trip is complete without some time by the sea. Although Madeira isn’t a traditional sun-bathers delight, you can find incredible ocean views from its rocky coastline and some unique spots for a dip.

At the northwesternmost tip of the island you will find Porto Moniz, famous for its natural rock pools. Warmer and calmer than the rough sea, the pools are framed by volcanic rocks and replenished during high tide.

Though Madeira isn’t a beach destination, its sister island of Porto Santo is. If you’re desperate for some beach time and a scenery change, a two-and-a-half hour catamaran ride will bring you to one of Europe’s best sandy strips. Porto Santo is simply one long beach. The trip there can in itself be an adventure too, with dolphins surfacing on the horizon.

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