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Overview

Introduction

The Pearl of the Atlantic

The lush, sub-tropical island of Madeira has much to offer the independent traveller. The sheer diversity of scenery on an island of such manageable size makes it the ideal holiday destination.

Madeira is famous for its abundant vegetation: bananas, oranges, lemons, melons, avocados, passion fruit as well as bougainvillea, jacaranda, orchids and the national flower, the Bird of Paradise.

Funchal, lying on Madeira’s south coast, is the island’s capital and location of the majority of hotels, museums and historic buildings. Old streets are lined with beautiful houses perched on low cliffs and backed by green terraced mountains.

Deep ravines, winding roads, cultivated fields falling into the sea and an abundance of Mediterranean and tropical plants are typical features of southern Madeira. The charming fishing village of Camara de Lobos, a favourite spot of Winston Churchill is one of the few places on the island which has remained untouched by the passing of time. Further west is the scenic viewpoint of Cabo Girao, famed as Europe’s second highest sea cliff (more than 500 metres above sea level) and the coastal town of Calheta immersed amongst flourishing vineyards and banana plantations.

The interior is a region of high peaks and deep ravines covered in lush green vegetation. The Serra de Agua mountain range offers nature trails for walkers of all competence levels.

The North of Madeira is an area of rugged beauty covered by green forests, terraced vineyards and small cultivated fields. One of the most spectacular views is from Sao Vicente to Porto Moniz, a narrow road carved into sheer cliffs passing through tunnels and countless waterfalls. Remember to take a swim in the natural sea pools carved from the volcanic rock at Porto Moniz.

Car Hire

MADEIRA - Car Hire Terms & Conditions 2024

Included in your RODAVANTE car rental

  1. Unlimited kilometres.
  2. Super Collision Damage Waiver (SCDW). This will exempt the driver of excess payable in the event that the vehicle is damaged or stolen. This insurance does not cover damage to the tires, wheels, mirrors, windows, head/rear lamps, windscreen and any other glass.
  3. Theft Waiver (TW). In the event of theft of the rental car this insurance covers the full value of the vehicle. This insurance does not cover damage to the tires, wheels, mirrors, windows, head/rear lamps, windscreen and any other glass.
  4. All local taxes, airport surcharges and VAT at 22%.
  5. Third party Liability Insurance. This covers any third party in the event of an accident.

Not included and payable locally (optional)

Please note that you do not have to purchase these extras. However, should you decide to do so, these will be noted on your car rental agreement and are payable locally. Prices are subject to change without any previous notice.

  1. Any additional drivers (only lead driver included in price) are payable locally at 20.40 Euros per rental.
  2. A one-way fee of 20.40 Euros is applicable locally when the vehicle is picked up and dropped off at two different locations.
  3. The desk at Funchal Airport is open 7 days a week from 08:00 to 23:59. When collecting or returning a vehicle out of normal hours there is an out-of-hours charge of 54.30 Euros which will apply if the car is picked up at the airport after midnight.
  4. TCDW insurance - This covers damages to tires, wheels, mirrors, windows, head/rear lamps, windscreen and any other glass. The amount payable locally per day is 9.50 Euros (Group A, B & C); 11.60 Euros (Group D); 12.90 Euros (Group E); and 16.30 Euros (Group F).
  5. Personal Accident Insurance (PAI). This insurance is optional and payable locally at 6.70 Euros per day if required. Please check with your insurance company prior to departure to see if you will be covered.
  6. A grace period of 30-minutes is given after the stipulated return time. The first extra hour is charged at 20% of one day rental. After that a full day is charged.

General Notes

  1. The designated driver will be required to leave a credit card imprint to cover local extras or any excess charges in case of an accident. Cars are delivered with a ¼ tank and asked to return the car with the same amount of petrol. Please note that the credit card needs to be in the name of the designated driver.
  2. A full UK or EU driving licence, held not less than two years prior to rental, is required. Other driving licences must be accompanied by an International Driver's Permit or confirm with Rodavante acceptance of a specific one.
  3. Minimum age is 23 years with a current driving licence for at least one year (all vehicles). Maximum age is 80 years.
  4. Driving is on the Right.
  5. We are not liable for any police or traffic fines incurred by clients.
  6. The client is responsible for key loss or fuel exchange.
  7. We can request but not guarantee a particular make of car.
  8. Child seats on request and payable locally at a rate of 8.20 Euros per day. Mandatory for children aged 12 or under or if height is less than 135cm. Height and age of child required.
  9. These conditions also apply to car hire already included in the cost of our holidays.
  10. Distances are relatively short and the majority of roads are good. Some roads can be precipitous with hairpin bends.
  11. GPS (Navigation System) equipment is available on request at a cost of 9.50 Euros per day.

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Alternative excess cover that can be purchased directly online and will cover clients for a year for any vehicle you hire in Europe.

Excess Car Insurance (optional)

More people are now purchasing Excess Insurance before they travel, finding it better value if renting for more than 7 days, or hiring a car abroad more than once a year.

A number of companies such as www.insurance4carhire.com offer this product. This insurance covers not only the insurance excess but also the underside of the car, windows and tyres. Please ensure you have all necessary receipts before you leave the country should you need to make a claim, as you will have to pay and claim it back on your return to the UK.

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