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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Madalena, Pico Airport Car Rental
Mini
Renault Twingo or similar
Renault Twingo
  • 4
  • 1
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
Ilha Verde
$25.02 / per day
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Madalena, Downtown Car Rental
Mini
Smart for 2 or similar
Smart for 2
  • 2
  • 1
  • 2
  • A/C
  • Man.
Autatlantis
$25.11 / per day
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Madalena, Downtown Car Rental
Mini
Toyota Aygo or similar
Toyota Aygo
  • 4
  • 1
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
Autatlantis
$29.29 / per day
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Madalena, Downtown Car Rental
Economy
Ford Fiesta or similar
Ford Fiesta
  • 5
  • 3
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Ilha Verde
$33.80 / per day
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Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Madalena, Downtown Car Rental
Economy
Nissan Micra or similar
Nissan Micra
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Autatlantis
$34.07 / per day
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Madalena, Pico Airport Car Rental
Mini
Citroen C1 or similar
Citroen C1
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Autatlantis
$35.26 / per day
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Madalena, Downtown Car Rental
Economy
Renault Clio or similar
Renault Clio
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Autatlantis
$36.76 / per day
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Madalena, Downtown Car Rental
Economy
Toyota Yaris or similar
Toyota Yaris
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Autatlantis
$36.76 / per day
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The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 04:58 on 2019-12-14. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Language
Portuguese
Currency
EUR
Country code
351
Average car rental length
2 days
Economy car rental price
$50.18 / per day
Traffic direction
Right-hand
Speed limit out of town
90 - 100 km/h
56 - 62 mi/h
Speed limit within town
50 km/h
31 mi/h
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%
Rating
9.5

Why rent a car in Madalena?

The island of Pico might be small, but the more you explore it, the more it has to offer. Known as Ilha Preta or the Black Island, it boasts a proud maritime heritage, vast vineyards, rugged beaches, the highest mountain in Portugal, and other stunning scenery at every step of the way. Getting a rental car is your best bet to see it all. 

Madalena Car Rental

Top ways to enter Madalena

  • Pico Airport: A small, but cozy international airport, as of July 2019, Pico-Madalena has flights to and from Lisbon, Ponta Delgada, and Lajes Terceira. Like from anywhere else on the island, travelers can enjoy an impressive view of the nearby Pico Mountain immediately after arriving. Located on the island’s northwestern coast, the airport is 8km (5 miles) northeast of Madalena, the island’s main settlement, which can be reached in about 10-15 minutes.
  • By ferry: It is possible to fly to another international airport on one of the nearby Azores islands and then take a ferry to Pico. Some of the islands are directly connected to Pico while from others, you might need to take two ferries. Some airports near Pico include Horta Airport on Horta, São Jorge Airport on São Jorge, Lajes Airport on Lajes Terceira, Flores Airport on Santa Cruz das Flores, and Ponta Delgada João Paulo II Airport on São Miguel. It’s also important to look up the ferry schedule in advance as the services are much more frequent during the spring and summer months. 

Useful city facts

  • Pico enjoys a Mediterranean climate with warm winters and hot, but tolerable summers. The average high temperature is 25°C  (77°F) in July, the warmest month, and 16°C  (61°F) in January. Summers are relatively dry, but there is quite a lot of precipitation in autumn and winter, especially from November to January.
  • Pico is the youngest of the nine Azores islands. It was created in a volcanic eruption about 300,000 years ago. Although there are some legends and relics that might indicate an early human presence on the island, virtually nothing is known about these alleged first inhabitants. The island was settled by the Portuguese in the 15th century who initially didn’t live there permanently and used Pico’s green pastures and mild climate for grazing cattle and sheep. The first villages on Pico appeared around 1540. Today, the island’s population is about 14,800.

Top destinations and activities

  • Whaler’s museum. Known as Museu dos Baleeiros in Portuguese, this museum is dedicated to whaling which for centuries was one of the most important sources of income for Pico’s inhabitants. The museum consists of three 19th century whaler houses, exhibits of original whaling boats, as well as the Whaler Art exhibition. You can combine a visit here with also seeing the Maritime Shipbuilding Museum and Sperm Whale and Squid Museum. One of the very few whaling museums in Europe, it is not to be missed.
  • Wine museum. If whaling was the largest industry for Pico inhabitants in the sea, vineyards were where most of those who stayed on the land worked. This cozy museum honors the island’s winemaking heritage, focusing on different types of grapes grown on the island as well as on harvesting and wine storing techniques. Unlike whale hunting, viticulture is still an active industry on Pico, and you can afterward drive to see the vineyards and meet their owners.
  • Pico saltwater swimming pool. Claimed by many to be the largest man-made saltwater swimming reservoir in the world, the pool is a stunning place to visit. Inexperienced swimmers should stay near the coastal cliffs, but the swimming pool is a place that everyone can enjoy. Located in the village of Ribeiras, it is about a 45-minute drive from the island’s largest town, Madalena.

Traffic and parking tips

  • You can only enter the roundabout after giving way to cars already on it.
  • The car’s documentation and proof insurance always have to be inside it at all times.
  • Drivers can only use a mobile phone if it is a hands-free or an earpiece.
  • The legal alcohol limit is 0.05% for experienced drivers and 0.2 for novice drivers.
  • Safety cameras are in use.
  • When parking in a street, your car must be parked facing the direction of travel.

Toll roads

There are no toll roads on Pico, but some motorways are subject to fees on mainland Portugal. See Portugal’s official toll road website for maps and fees.

Ideas for a day-trip

  • Mount Pico (Montanha do Pico). Mount Pico is not only Portugal’s highest mountain, but it is also an active volcano. The last volcanic eruption, which was relatively small and harmless, occurred in 1963. Pico, like the rest of the Azores islands, is located at a meeting point of the tectonic plates of three continents - Africa, Eurasia, and North America. A fascinating place to visit, Mount Pico is just 15km (9 miles) southeast of Madalena and can be reached in about 20 minutes. Despite the island’s small area (it is just 46km (29 miles) long and 16km (10 miles) wide), there are a number of other volcanic structures on Pico including Topo Volcano, the volcanic complexes of Lajes, Madalena, and Calheta de Nesquim, most of which you can also visit.
  • Gruta das Torres. A lava cave formed by a lava flow about 1,000 years ago, Gruta das Torres is the most impressive of 17 caves on Pico. At a length of 5.2km (3.2 miles), it is also the longest in the Azores. Tourists can visit Gruta das Torres, but be sure to look up the opening times on the Azores Nature Parks official website as they vary depending on the season. Gruta das Torres is just 7km (4.3 miles) south of Madalena and can be reached in about 10 minutes.
  • São João Mysteries Forest Park. In 1718, a volcano erupted in the south-central part of Pico. The farmers were so surprised by the red lava rivers that destroyed their gardens and even a local chapel that they named the area ‘Mysteries’. Nowadays, the place has been turned into a forest park with paths still corresponding to where the lava rivers flowed 300 years ago. A calm natural area that is home to many different types of trees and birds, São João is the perfect place for a day outdoors. Just 24km (15 miles) southwest of Madalena, the park can be reached in about 30 minutes.

Most popular rental types and cars

The most popular rental car type in Pico is the Citroen C1, and many travelers also pick the Toyota Yaris and the Peugeot 108. The most popular rental car types are mini, economy, and compact.

Further destinations

  • Faial island. An even smaller island northwest of Pico, Faial punches way above its size when it comes to landmarks and things to do. Faial Caldera and Capelinhos Volcano are its two greatest natural attractions, and you can also go scuba diving in the Atlantic or join a whale watching tour.
  • Sao Jorge. Like all of the other Azores islands, Sao Jorge has rugged cliffs, volcanic landscapes, and stunning beaches that visitors can explore. But Pico’s northeastern neighbor is also a foodie destination - famous for its cheese, corn-bread, yam, sweets, and, of course, delicious seafood, it is the place where to eat in the Azores.
  • São Miguel. Known as the Green Island, São Miguel is the largest of the nine Azores sisters. The region’s capital and largest city, Ponta Delgada, has beautiful churches and an impressive museum about nature and oceanography, while the rest of the island offers hot springs, geysers, mountain forests, river valleys, and stunning lakes. 

Note: It is possible to take a ferry from Pico to Faial, Sao Jorge, Flores, São Miguel, and other islands in the Azores, but it’s important to look up the ferry schedule and book the tickets in advance - some routes are not active during the winter months, so you might need to either fly or take connecting ferry rides.

While it is possible to bring a rental car on some ferries, many rental car providers won’t permit it, so it’s important to ask them in advance. A better plan can be to drop off your car in Pico, go as a passenger, and then pick up a new rental car at the port of your destination.

Car Rental Prices in Madalena

  • Station wagons - from $70 per day
  • Large cars - from $56 per day
  • Medium cars - from $66 per day
  • People Carriers / Vans - from $109 per day
  • Premium cars - from $146 per day
  • Small cars - from $39 per day

How can I save money on my rental car?

There are a number of things you can do to get a good rental car deal in Pico. Start with:

  • Compare the rates of different rental car providers
  • Book your rental car well in advance
  • Plan your route before you go
  • Know your fuel and mileage requirements
  • Visit during the month when the rental prices are the cheapest. According to our data, visiting Madelan is the cheapest in January when renting a car is about 57% cheaper than the yearly average and a whole 76% cheaper than renting a car in May. Start your year with a trip to the Azores!

Top 6 Cities near Madalena

  1. Ponta Delgada Car Rentals from $8.96 per day
    256.4 km / 159.3 miles away
  2. Praia da Vitoria Car Rentals from $10.36 per day
    119.5 km / 74.3 miles away
  3. Vila do Porto Car Rentals from $25.02 per day
    337.1 km / 209.5 miles away
  4. Horta Car Rentals from $25.02 per day
    24.2 km / 15.0 miles away
  5. 253.1 km / 157.3 miles away
  6. Velas Car Rentals from $25.02 per day
    26.2 km / 16.3 miles away

Top 8 Locations near Madalena

  1. Horta Airport Car Rentals from $25.02 per day
    24.2 km / 15.0 miles away
  2. 26.2 km / 16.3 miles away
  3. 119.5 km / 74.3 miles away
  4. 253.1 km / 157.3 miles away
  5. 256.4 km / 159.3 miles away
  6. 337.1 km / 209.5 miles away

Map of Car Rental Locations

Which is the cheapest month to rent a car in Madalena?

Car rental prices in Madalena vary a lot according to the time of year. This graph compares month-to-month price changes to help you find the best offer.
Average Rental Price in Madalena
$24.74
January
$37.25
February
$49.49
March
$60.18
April
$102.31
May
$74.89
June
$82.65
July
$86.15
August
$43.86
September
$35.81
October
$53.93
November
$42.54
December
The best month to rent a car in Madalena is January (when prices for an Economy class start from $24.74). This is 57% cheaper than the yearly average and 76% cheaper than renting in May (when rental prices start at $102.31 for a Compact class). Knowing this can help you find the best price.

What’s the usual rental length in Madalena?

Travel lengths vary from month to month: in January, travelers rent a car for an average of 5 days in October, the average rental period is 2 days.
Average Rental Length in Madalena
5
January
4
February
4
March
4
April
4
May
4
June
4
July
4
August
4
September
2
October
4
November
4
December

What's the most popular month to rent a car in Madalena?

While travelers visit Madalena year-round, the most popular month for renting a car is May, and the least popular is November.
Madalena Car Rental Popularity by Monthly Searches
92%
January
109%
February
110%
March
137%
April
180%
May
118%
June
143%
July
102%
August
56%
September
89%
October
30%
November
34%
December

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
Ilha Verde Renault Twingo 3 1 Small cars
Ilha Verde Ford Fiesta 4 3 Small cars
Ilha Verde Renault Twingo 3 1 Small cars
Ilha Verde Ford Fiesta 4 3 Small cars
Ilha Verde Nissan Note 5 2 Medium cars
Ilha Verde Ford Focus STW 5 3 Station wagons
Avis Renault Twingo 3 1 Small cars
Europcar Renault Clio 4 1 Small cars
Ilha Verde Nissan Micra 5 1 Small cars
Ilha Verde Ford Focus 5 4 Medium cars

Our Customers Reviews

Belgium
Ford Fiesta
January 5, 2019
You need a car to visit the Island Pico
United States of America (USA)
Ford Focus STW
September 19, 2018
Pico is an amazing island. Rent a car and just drive around and explore - there are so many options!

Top 5 Suppliers for Madalena in 2019

SIXT
SIXT
Exceptional 9.2
+351255788199
Cais da Madalena s/n
Ilha Verde
Ilha Verde
Exceptional 9
+351292622601 / +351918611765
Cais da Madalena s/n 9950 - 305 Madalena, Pico
Europcar
Europcar
Excellent 8.7
+351292622002
AEROPORTO DO PICO
Keddy
Keddy
Excellent 8.6
+351292622002
AEROPORTO DO PICO
Avis
Avis
Excellent 8.5
+351292622002
Bandeiras, 9950-011 Madalena

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