Madeira is a year round island offering you a lovely subtropical climate which only varies by a few degrees from summer to winter. Never getting too hot at an average of 25 degrees in summer and going down to 20 degrees in winter. As a result of the climate, you will be treated in Madeira to exotic flora, beautiful landscape, majestic mountains and plenty of festivals and culture in the cities and towns as well as an abundance of beaches. It is a great place for a holidaying year round for nature lovers, adventurers, those looking for activity in the form of hiking and walking as well as all forms of water sports and boating or for a relaxed holiday at a slow pace in a beautiful place.
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Madeira is a sightseer’s heaven with so many pretty fishing villages, beaches, cliffs, forests and views to explore and experience. Car rental is very straightforward and Madeira is easy to navigate by car despite the mountains as they have engineered tunnels to make driving a pleasant experience rather than the hairpin bends and narrow mountain roads that you would expect from a volcanic island. Car Booker works with all the car rental brands on the island and looks at their most up to date prices and offers, bringing you the best deals for your rental car on Madeira. Because we compare all the prices, we save you up to 30% on your booking. Search and save now on your rental car.
In Funchal visit the botanical gardens, Funchal market, the Topical Palace gardens; travel up by cable car and back on the famous Toboggan! Try Old Blandy’s Wine lodge for lovely wines and some impressive vintages. Go whale and dolphin watching. Trips leave twice a day and they bring you to Cabo Girao, the highest cliff in Europe where you can snorkel and swim around. For walks and hikes, Paul da Serra plateau is the highest point on the western side of the island and you can start the Levada walks here. A great way to experience Madeira’s beauty up close is in the Laurissilva forests. Also try your hand at sailing, fishing, surfing and diving the Garajau coast, an underwater reserve.
Outside of Funchal, there is a lot of exploring to do. You can get into your rental car and drive all over island, venturing north to experience spectacular valleys and cliffs or head south on the coastal road for a prettier setting where the roads are lined with flowers. Either way, you will find lovely little fishing villages where you can enjoy the fresh catch of the day, or happen upon sheltered little coves and rocky beaches. Because it is a volcanic island, a lot of beaches have black volcanic sand, but don’t let that put you off; the water is crystal clear and not so cold. To experience golden sand, you will need to venture to Calheta and Machico where they have brought the sand in especially.