Set against a sparkling Mediterranean backdrop, the exuberant port city is just a short drive from the sun-kissed beaches of the Costa del Sol. Hire a car at the airport and follow winding coastal and country roads, taking in breathtaking views at every turn. Book car hire Málaga airport
Why hire a car at Málaga airport?
The airport might be situated just five miles southwest of the city, but relying on public transport to make your way into Málaga can be confusing and time consuming. The A7/E15 coast road runs right in front of the airport, and with Torremolinos, Marbella and Gibraltar to the west and Málaga, Nerja and Granada to the east, you just have to decide where to start your southern Andalucían adventure. Keep cool in the scorching summer months and opt for a car with air conditioning.
That all-important first mile:
driving out of Málaga airport?
Roll out of the car park and onto the A7/E15 coast road, from here the towns and beaches of the Costa Blanca are well-signposted and easily accessible. Remember to drive on the right!
Car hire desks are situated in the arrivals halls of both Terminals 1 and 2.
Vino de Málaga, especially the deliciously sweet Moscatel dessert wine. Other items to look out for include locally made pottery and Moorish-inspired blue-and-white ceramics.
There are several cashpoints in both the arrivals and departures halls, as well as postal and internet services. However, be aware that there are no left luggage facilities.
The recently opened Caviar House & Prunier Seafood Bar at Terminal 3 is currently causing a stir, serving up lobster, oysters and local favourite concha fina clams. Wash it all down with a glass of Spanish cava, of course.
Allow extra time to get to the airport before your departure - the construction of a second runway and engineering works can cause traffic delays.
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White sandy beaches, pristine golf courses, sprawling natural parks and restaurant-studded waterfronts. Stretching along just over 90 miles of Málaga province, the Costa del Sol is a playground for sun-seekers, outdoor adventurers and bar-hopping night owls.
Having so far escaped the tourist boom, Nerja's whitewashed houses, dusty old town and tapas bars are the real deal. Wander along the spectacular Balcony of Europe - a magnificent promenade that runs the length of an imposing cliff edge - and take a peek at ancient cave paintings in the town's enormous natural caverns. Feeling lazy? Slap on the suntan lotion and take in views of the towering Sierra Almijara mountain range from the comfort of your beach towel.
A laidback antidote to the hustle and bustle of the Costa del Sol, Rincón de la Victoria is all about simple pleasures - beachside fish restaurants, palm-thatched sunshades and blue-and-white boats bobbing in the water. Put your hire car to good use and follow one of the area's scenic driving routes - the 47-mile Route of Sun and Avocado passes through seaside villages, Moorish towns and fruit farms.
Pull up in Andalucía's second largest city and you are in for an architectural treat - from the Moorish hilltop fortress Alcazaba to the stunning hotchpotch of styles that is the cathedral. Málaga might have a reputation for being bold and brash, but the Jardines de la Finca de la Concepcion, with its collection of tropical plants from around the world, and the acclaimed Picasso Museum offer spaces for quiet contemplation.