Car hire in Madeira
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Review of Ewa Ziętek-Biel about our office at Madeira Airport -Funchal Powered by Google™
Have booked he car via application which is easy and intuitive. The stiaffwas friendly and helpful, spoke good English. The car I got was better than I ordered. Return was fast. As it is Madeira, the location is on a steep street - be careful;-)
Review of Bogdan Cupcea about our office at Madeira Airport -Funchal Powered by Google™
Very smooth process. Had full insurance and did not have to worry about scratches. No deposit for premium package. Also received a free upgrade to a bigger class, although we did not ask for it. Great service!
Review of Stacey Smeltzer about our office at Madeira Airport -Funchal Powered by Google™
We recently just traveled to Madeira for the first time and I had trouble at first finding a rental car. I got lucky with Centauro, and their car service went above and beyond our expectations. My husband and I are not very good manual drivers and they were willing to provide us with an automatic for a small daily fee (six euros to be exact extra a day) which on this island if you are not a good manual driver then get the automatic. The staff here is very friendly, helpful, and very accommodating. The process from the airport to checking out with our rental car was so smooth and easy. We highly recommend this car rental company and if we go back to Madeira we would only use them as they left a wonderful first impression. When it comes to renting cars on an island such as Madeira, Grand Canary or Ireland. We always purchase the full insurance. Costs a little more for the rental, but then you aren't charged any extra hidden fees for scratches etch. Those that are frustrated with extra charges in other reviews is simply because they opted not to get the full insurance and so therefore you will run into such issues even if you took pictures. You are renting a vehicle ( a depreciating asset) therefore its going to come with a cost as you are putting miles on it and driving it on narrow winding roads etch. Be willing to pay for the time and mileage put on a vehicle that isn't yours. I recommend get the full insurance and you won't have any hidden costs or issues.
Review of Alena I about our office at Madeira Airport -Funchal Powered by Google™
We use Centauro services 3 times. Before that, we booked a car in Andalusia and Sicily. Before going to Madeira we saw some bad reviews. But we know from experience that Centauro is professional, honest and has great fast service. And we were not mistaken this time, booking a car in Madeira from Centauro. The entire service from airport transfer, picking up the car and finish to returning - it was great. I recommend to order Muito obrigado Centauro. Good luck with your work. See you next time :)
Review of Jan Pirič about our office at Madeira Airport -Funchal Powered by Google™
There is nothing to complain about, very quick handover and return of the car. Car is in good condition, clean and working. Prices are one of the best in Madeira. Shuttle bus from the airport takes about 5 mins to get to the rental. We had Fiat Punto and I must say, it has very weak engine. I recommend to book a bit higher (compact) car for Madeira's steep hills. PS: when returning the car, the control was about 30 seconds. Some people here write it took 30 mins and looking for small scratches. That is not true, even in rental agreement you can see the circle showing how big the scratch should be to get them take care about it.
How to locate the Centauro Rent a Car car hire office at Madeira Airport -Funchal
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However, on this page you can download a map with instructions for collection and return of your Hire car.
Opening hours and contact
From Monday to Sunday from 07:00 to 23:00.+351308810777
Rúa 24 de Julho nº 9 (ER237) Machico
Agua de Pena, Santa Cruz, Madeira, 9200-229
Maps & instructions for collection and return
Once you have collected your luggage, come out of the terminal building, and turn right. Continue along the walkway for about 50mts and on your right is the 'Go to coffee & Food'. Here you can wait for the Centauro Rent a Car Shuttle which comes every 10-15 mins.
General information and further assistance from the Centauro Rent a Car car hire office at Madeira Airport -Funchal
Road assistance for breakdowns or accidents
Phone number: (+351) 308 810 816
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Information about Centauro Rent a Car car hire company at Madeira Airport -Funchal
If you hire a car with Centauro Rent a Car at Madeira airport you can be assured of the best service and a fleet of cars that are renewed on a yearly basis. You can also add to your reservation other extras that you may need such as additional drivers, GPS, full insurance with no excess, child seats, etc.
With your rental car in Madeira you can explore some beautiful locations which have guaranteed good weather most of the year.
Your car hire is waiting for you at Madeira airport!
At Centauro Rent a Car we offer a wide selection of cars available to hire at Madeira Airport -Funchal which is renewed yearly.
Our range of cars at Madeira Airport -Funchal includes economical, family, convertibles, automatics, vans, minibuses…
What to see, do and visit in Madeira and the surrounding area with your car hire
Funchal airport is the main airport in Madeira and the main connection between the paradise islands of Portugal and the European continent.
It was renovated in 2003 and currently has direct connections with Portugal from Lisbon and Porto airports, just a 1.5-hour journey away as well as the main airports in Spain such as Madrid, Barcelona, Seville, Alicante, Mallorca, Valencia or the Canary Islands such as various European capitals.
The airport is located just 16km from Funchal and we recommend hiring a car from the airport so you can travel around the island and discover the tropical landscapes, numerous cliffs and the paradise beaches the island has to offer.
Madeira tourist information
The archipelago of Madeira is formed of the island of Madeira and the island of Porto Santo, as well as two groups of uninhabited virgin islands recognised as nature reserves.
Funchal, the capital of Madeira
The island of Madeira’s capital is the beautiful city of Funchal, an ancient coastal city founded by the Portuguese in the 15th century. In the shape of an amphitheatre, it stands at the foot of the mountain, from where its historic centre looks out to the sea. The island was coveted by the French Corsicans in the 16th century; in the 17th century, English merchants contributed to the good name of Madeira wine and various members of the nobility sought relaxation and well-being on the island in the 19th and 20th centuries.
What to see in Funchal
The city of Funchal was founded in the midst of the conquest of America and the Catholic influence on the city left a mark which draws our attention to the freshness of its contrasts.
In Sé cathedral, you can enjoy an interesting harmony between Flemish, Hispanic-Gothic and Manueline style and its impressive wooden curved ceilings, one of the most beautiful in Portugal (15th century). During your visit to Santa Clara church and monastery, you will be surprised by the presence of typical Portuguese tiles combined with the Hispanic Mozarabic style or, in the case of São Pedro church (17th century), marvel at the beautiful masterful structure with almost all of its walls covered in tiles.
To make the most of your visit to Funchal, we recommend driving to the cable car connected Funchal with Monte, a smooth 15-minute journey where you can enjoy impressive views of the city with the blue sea in the background which will leave you speechless.
Walks through Santa Catarina park, along cobbled paths with many plants from around the world and the presence of a wonderful lake home to swans and ducks, as well as a visit to the Madeira botanical garden, an exotic garden covering over 35,000 square metres and home to 2,000 plants, century-old dragos, palm trees, Madeira orchids and flowers in countless colours, are must-dos during your visit to the island’s capital.
Visit Madeira’s most beautiful cities by car
The lush beauty of Madeira lies in the contrast between its dense tropical vegetation, its volcanic mountains and its impressive cliffs by the sea where, in most cases, you can access the beach through the use of a type of lift.
Travelling around Madeira by car is the best way to discover the gems of this impressive island popular with everyone.
Nature can be enjoyed in its purest state in the presence of the many levadas, walking trails through areas of immense beauty which were formerly created to transport water and supply the island’s plantations. Today, they are one of the major active tourism attractions and a must-do for hiking lovers who can enjoy over 2,500 km of levadas by the sea or trails through caves culminating in breathtaking waterfalls. Some of the unmissable levadas are the levada of Caldeirao Verde, on the outskirts of Santana or the levada of Ribera de Janeila starting in Porto Moniz.
Some of the other towns we recommend visiting with your hire car on this beautiful island are Cámara de Lobos, a small fishing village where you can visit the cliffs of Cabo Girao, the second highest in the world, with a spectacular viewpoint with a glass bottom so you can look out over the precipice under your feet and emerge unscathed. After being impressed by its views, we recommend a visit to its winery to try some traditional Madeira wine.
The bucolic village of Santana is the perfect place for stepping back in time and imagining what the island’s traditional houses would have been like, known as Palhocas, with traditional architecture and reed roofs.
In São Vicente, you can discover the enigmatic caves known as "Grutas de São Vicente", where you will find out how the volcanic island of Madeira was formed. This town is also a paradise for active tourism and one of the most visited spots on the island by sea adventurers, a haven for surfing and kite surfing.
Further north on the island and somewhat distant from the capital Funchal, there is Porto Moniz, with its rich cultural heritage. Its natural pools formed of lava rocks open onto the immensity of the sea, an idyllic place for relaxing and enjoying the wonders of nature. Take a trip to the Levada do Moinho, where the colours of nature really reveal themselves along a 7km trail which culminates in a precious waterfall with lagoons for cooling down; we guarantee you’ll enjoy the experience. Don’t miss the forests of Laurisilva, a Unesco World Heritage Site, which are another must-see site in Porto Moniz.
A visit to Porto Santo is a must during your holiday to Madeira despite being located on another island of the archipelago; it is just 2 hours away and its fantastic landscapes are worth the trip. The best option is for you to take the ferry departing Funchal for Porto Santo; you’ll arrive at an authentic destination for relaxation and the most paradisiacal Caribbean style beaches, without have to travel state side.
The best option is to take the ferry departing Funchal for Porto Santo; you’ll arrive at an authentic destination for relaxation and the most unspoiled Caribbean-style beaches, all without travelling to American shores.
Madeira, also known as the Pearl of the Atlantic, enjoys warm weather all-year-round with temperatures ranging from 17 to 24 degrees and delights lovers of the sea and active tourism, as well as visitors looking for a holiday with mild temperatures.
Madeira’s beaches are volcanic with rocky shores, coarse black sand and clear waters on the edge of the Atlantic ocean; there are even some natural pools formed from the solidified lava where you’ll experience the sea in its most natural state.
Travel around the island of Madeira with your hire car to enjoy the best beaches. Funchal is home to Formosa beach, formed of sand and rock, with great nightlife and a wide range of bars and nightclubs; Ribeira Brava beach, formed of black sand and warm crystal waters, is ideal for family tourism. The beautiful Jardim do Mar beaches, popular with surfers due to their massive waves, or the Porto Moniz beaches, with their natural pools, are some of the unmissable beaches to visit during your holiday to Madeira.
But if you are looking for heavenly beaches, there is no doubt that the Porto Santo beaches are the most beautiful, with over 9km of golden sands and therapeutic properties for combatting rheumatism and bone diseases. There are many beaches to visit in this area including Calheta beach, the most beautiful of all the natural pools, Cabeco beach, the most therapeutic or Penedo beach, the most well-known.