Car Hire Funchal Airport
Find your perfect hire car at Funchal AirportArrive at Funchal Airport and head to the Avis desk where professional staff will arrange your rental car. A world of sightseeing opportunities beckon in Funchal and the Madeira landscapes.
Plan your journey from Funchal AirportThe Portuguese island of Madeira is a stunning place to explore. From Funchal Airport (also known as Madeira Airport) it's just a 20-minute drive, taking the VR1 route, from Funchal itself. This cosmopolitan capital city offers visitors the chance to enjoy fine dining, spectacular beaches and numerous cultural experiences.
Funchal’s Old Town is a maze of cobbled streets, historic monuments and beautiful buildings, some of which date back to the 15th century. It’s a vibrant area with numerous shops, bars and restaurants.
Many of the island’s beaches have black sand, reminders of its volcanic origin. But there are also long, golden stretches that have been created using imported sand. The clear waters provide ample opportunity for those wishing to try scuba diving or snorkelling.
Praia Formosa is the largest free public beach on the island and is situated just west of Funchal. It’s a Blue Flag-certified beach, with facilities including a car park, sporting activities and a children’s play area.
If you’d like to explore cultural pursuits then Funchal has various options; the Contemporary Art Museum in the Old Town is not to be missed and has a collection of works by well-known Portuguese artists. Those wishing to find out more about the island’s past should check out the Madeira Story Centre, which recreates the history of the island through interactive exhibits and displays. A trip to Funchal’s delightful Botanical Gardens, with 2,500 types of flowers and plants, is also a must.
Hire an Avis car and explore Funchal and the rest of Madeira in style and comfort.
Beyond Funchal AirportThe island of Madeira is simply beautiful; blessed with dramatic mountains, and landscapes dotted with flora including bougainvillea, lilac jacaranda trees and scarlet poinsettias, it’s easy to see why it’s often referred to as the ‘Floating Garden’.
São Vicente Caves
No trip to Madeira is complete without a day at the Grutas de São Vicente. Just a 40-minute drive from Funchal Airport, via the VR1 and ER104, this is the largest cave system on the island and offers you the chance to hike through eight volcanic tunnels where you can see small lakes, stalactites and unusual volcanic patterns.
Madeira has an abundance of nature reserves, forests and parks. Ribeiro Frio Forest Park is around a 30-minute drive from Funchal Airport travelling on the ER101, VE1 and 103, and offers visitors the chance to enjoy beautiful gardens and nature walks. The park is surrounded by a variety of plants and trees and you can venture into the Laurisilva of Madeira, a forest boasting spectacular flora and fauna. The Ecological Park, located north of Funchal in Pico do Arieiro, is also worth visiting. It has rare trees such as Mountain Ash, Canary Laurel and Lily of the Valley, all situated in 1,000 hectares of spectacular surroundings.
If you’re travelling with children to cater for then drive for 25 minutes to Santana and discover Madeira Theme Park. A fantastic entertainment park and exhibition centre dedicated to history, science and the traditions of Madeira, it offers a fun-filled holiday experience with attractions such as a maze, a boating lake and a replica train.
Discover the delights of Madeira at your own pace by hiring your car at Funchal Airport. Cruise around Madeira and see what the island has to offer.