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Car Hire in Madeira.

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Marvel at Madeira.

A beautiful island floating in the middle of the Atlantic, Madeira has plenty to offer holidaymakers from all walks of life! Drive along the coast and discover secluded coves, rocky beaches, and charming fishing villages where you can find numerous restaurants serving the freshest seafood. If you’re in a hurry, you’ll find numerous tunnels which make it easy to navigate Madeira’s mountainous terrain by car. 

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With so much to see and do, a hire car is a fantastic way to get around and make the most of your time here as there’s only a small distance to cover. Pick up a rental car in Madeira’s capital, Funchal and in one trip you can laze on the beach, walk in the mountains, and explore the towns.

Choose Zest Car Rental for your holiday

Zest Car Rental provides a fresh approach to hiring a car in Madeira. We’ve simplified our booking process and to make things even better, we don’t charge any amendment or credit card fees so you know exactly what you’re paying for.  

We ensure we only work with high quality and reputable suppliers at every location we serve. So whether it's just the two of you, or if you're travelling with family and friends, you can choose from a wide range of vehicles for your rental in Madeira.

Should you have any questions at any time, our UK based head office is open 6 days a week. We also operate an emergency 24/7 back up telephone service. So rest assured, we’re always at your service and are even open on Bank Holidays should you need us.

Every so often, accidents occur and to protect you we provide breakdown assistance throughout Madeira as well as offering top-up insurance to ensure you’re protected.  

Getting around

With numerous hire car locations available throughout Madeira, we can arrange a vehicle virtually anywhere. A relatively small island, Madeira is primarily served by the main airport; Funchal Airport. Due to its popularity, it is often referred to simply as Madeira Airport. Its proximity to the capital Funchal naturally makes it a very convenient choice for tourists and is close to the Tropical Palace Gardens, Botanical Gardens and the famous cable car to Monte.

There is also the small neighbouring island, Porto Santo, which is just a short ferry trip from the mainland. You may opt to fly into Porto Santo Airport on the north east side of the island, hire a car and explore the surrounding areas. You could also plan a day trip or two on Madeira itself.

Whichever airport you land at, there is plenty waiting to be discovered across this beautiful island, affectionately nicknamed the 'Floating Garden of the Atlantic'.

Exploring Madeira

There's a wide variety of exciting things to see and do on this famous volcanic island, from natural sights to city fun! Venture to Ribeiro Frio located on the edge of the aptly named Riberio Frio Natural Park. This is a great place in which to enjoy the natural surroundings with wonderful views at every turn and plenty of fresh air.

Journey to Porto Moniz on the northwest coast of the island. The area is famed for its natural, salt water filled lava rock pools, which are wonderful for swimming. In good weather it gets quite busy as it's a popular choice for families but there are changing rooms, lockers, and even lifeguards here as well as a snack bar. Afterwards, why not visit the aquarium to see some of the local species of fish up close.

Located north of Funchal, the Caves of Sao Vicente make a really popular and interesting day out and are easy to reach with your own transport. Enjoy a tour of these fantastic volcanic caves and lava tubes and learn all about the mammoth eruption 400,000 years ago which resulted in the birth of the island. It's an interesting option for adults and children alike.

Madeira golf courses

As is the case with mainland Portugal, Madeira boasts a number of challenging yet enjoyable golf courses across the island. Whether you’re a regular player with a handicap or simply fancy having a go at a new sport, why not visit the 18-hole Palheiro Golf Club in Funchal or Santo da Serra Golf Club. Whichever course you choose, fabulous views are guaranteed. For more information, make sure you read our guide to golfing holidays in Madeira.

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