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Hiring a car in Spain

Spain is one of Europe's most popular destinations, boasting sunny weather for the majority of the year and beautiful beaches all along the coast.

The most popular coastal areas in Spain for car hire are Barcelona, Valencia, Benidorm, Alicante and Malaga, while Seville, and Madrid are firm favourites among the destinations further inland.

What you need to know

Spain has a variety of options for car hire across the entire country, with almost all of its airports offering a range of high-quality car hire suppliers at affordable prices.

In addition, all of the nation's major cities have suppliers, so you can be sure that wherever you're looking to collect your hire car, you'll have plenty of options nearby.

Where to pick up your hire car

Spain is a large country, so you can choose the best car hire pick-up location depending on your needs.

You can pick up your car from almost any city in the country. Obviously, the bigger cities will have a much larger number of suppliers, but you can still find great deals for smaller destinations by searching with our car hire booking engine.

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Where to go in Spain

Spain has so many amazing destinations, that you certainly won't be able to visit them all in one trip.

In the south, the Costa Del Sol has some stunning beach locations that you will not want to miss, including Fuengirola, Malaga, Benalmadena and Marbella. Slightly further inland from here, you can visit the stunning towns of Mijas, Ronda, Alhaurin and Ardales.

If you're visiting Barcelona, you might want to take your hire car further north to Lloret de Mar or Girona.

Car hire in Spain

Spaniards, like most Europeans, drive on the right-hand side of the road. The national speed limit is 120km/h on motorways, 100km/h on dual carriageways and 90km/h on single carriageway roads.

A few of the main motorways around big cities such as Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia include toll charges, but the majority of roads across the entire country are toll free.

In more rural and mountainous areas roads are known to often be very narrow and precarious, so for those who aren't familiar with the area, caution is advised.

Longer drives in Spain

There are literally hundreds of places to explore across Spain, so where you choose to go will depend on which area of the country you are visiting.

Inland from the Costa Del Sol, there are some stunning towns and villages in the mountains. In just under an hour you can reach Ardales, which is considered the Lake District of Spain.

Further north, if you drive along the coastline of the Costa Brava, you'll see the stunning Greek and Roman ruins at Empúries, and Salvador Dalí’s former home just outside the picturesque town of Cadaqués.

Top attractions to visit in Spain

Malaga

In the Costa del Sol, Malaga is one of the top destinations visited by tourists around the world every year.

Pescaíto frito (deep-fried fish), porra (tomato and dried bread soup) and ajoblanco (bread, almond and garlic soup) are some of the most traditional dishes in this area.

Seville

Seville has often been touted as one of the best places to eat in Spain - and you really will be spoilt for choice. Carrillada de Cerdo (pork cheeks) is a local delicacy, as is Solomillo al Whiskey (whiskey glazed pork loin).

Barcelona

Barcelona is one of the most visited and well-known provinces in the north of Spain, offering a mix of stunning beaches and tourist facilities, as well as some of Spain's most beautiful architecture.

It is also well-known for its football team, FC Barcelona, which has fans in all corners of the globe.

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