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Top tips for renting a car in Costa del Sol
If you want to hire a car on the Costa del Sol, you need to ensure you have the right documentation with you so that you can finalise your rental agreement. To hire a car in Spain, you must provide a valid driving licence that you have held for at least one year. On top of that you must have a credit card to arrange the necessary payments and you may be asked to show your passport and an International Driver’s Permit (IDP), which can be applied for in UK post offices.
Once you’ve collected your car, take a few moments to become accustomed with the local roads and driving laws. Like in most countries, not wearing a seatbelt while driving is against the law and you could receive a 200 € (£170) fine for this violation; this also goes for other passengers in the vehicle. If you’re travelling with young children, and they’re under 150 cm in height they cannot sit in the front passenger seat, and they must be seated in a child seat. Regarding parking in urban areas, most streets have parking restrictions which are indicated by a blue sign, while most restrictions stop after 20:00 for 12 hours.
Most car hire companies in Spain will allow you to take your car across the border into Portugal or France and other EU countries further afield. However, it’s likely you will incur additional insurance charges for this requirement. Furthermore, driving to Eastern Europe in a car you’ve collected in Spain has particular requirements and may not be permitted at all by the rental company. It’s best to check your options and the chosen supplier’s specific policy regarding crossing borders.
FAQs about renting a car in Costa del Sol
Though Spain has great train and bus links across the country, the area of Costa del Sol is much more accessible by car via its array of coastal roads and well-connected mountain roads. Between the major coastal urban areas of Malaga and Marbella you have a stunning drive ahead of you, both with sea views and mountain views depending on your preferred routes. Hiring a car is a great way to explore this region, you have plenty of freedom and you can save time not having to rely on train or bus schedules, which can become expensive depending on how many trips you take. The coastal road A7/N340 or the alternative AP-7 toll road can take you from Malaga city all the way to Manilva on the border with Cadiz in around one hour and 20 minutes.
Like most countries, there can be a knack to driving in certain areas and drivers new to the roads may need to get accustomed to the driving style of the locals. Around the Costa del Sol this is no different, but don’t be alarmed as the roads in this part of Spain are of a high standard and are not too dissimilar to major roads in the UK. One thing to keep in mind are Spanish roundabouts, which are a relatively new concept in Spain. Local drivers tend to drive on the outside lane of roundabouts, regardless of whether they’re turning off or not. Also, many drivers forget to give way to traffic on the roundabout, so be careful of any cars turning onto the roundabout without allowing you past first. In addition, take note of the new speed limits that came into force in 2021. Urban roads are 20kmh (12mph) for one-way single lane roads and 30kmh (19mph) for roads with a lane in each direction. For motorways and dual carriageways, the speed limit is 120kmh (75mph).
If you’re looking to rent a car on the Costa del Sol, you’ll need to be at least 21 years of age, and for some car hire companies you must be 23 years old or older. In most circumstances, drivers under the age of 25 will need to pay an additional fee known as a ‘younger driver’ surcharge. Normally this would be a daily charge that is added onto the cost of the entire rental period. To ensure you’re aware of your chosen car hire company’s policies, make sure to check their terms & conditions when booking your vehicle online through KAYAK.
On average a rental car in Costa del Sol costs ₪84 per day.
Mini (Fiat 500 or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Costa del Sol.
In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Firefly (₪16/day), Centauro (₪16/day) and Delpaso (₪17/day).