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About A Coruña

A Coruña is a city and municipality in Galicia, Spain. It is also the most populous city in Galicia.
A Coruña has a warm Mediterranean climate. Autumns are usually mild with spring-like temperatures, but winters are often fickle and unpredictable, summers are mostly sunny with occasional rainfall, and spring is usually cool and fairly calm. A Coruña is one of the lesser-known outposts in northwest Spain. The city is a fascinating mix of old and modern, offering vibrant local culture, history, great nature, and irresistible food. The best time to visit A Coruña is August when many festivals are still taking place.

Basic info and car hire in A Coruña

  • Location: Municipality of Galicia, Spain
  • Population: 419,800
  • Official language: Galician and Castilian Spanish
  • Currency: Euro
  • Weather:  warm-summer Mediterranean climate
  • Holidays in A Coruña:   For public holidays in Spain click here: https://www.officeholidays.com/countries/spain/2021
  • Internet coverage: Hotels, bars, restaurants, and cafés offer Wi-Fi.
  • Road conditions:  Most roads in A Coruña are in good condition.
  • Car hire in A Coruña:  The most common pick-up point for vehicles in A Coruña and A Coruña airport. Please note that prices vary frequently. It is best to book a car 3 to 8 weeks in advance of your desired pick-up date - this will ensure you get the cheapest rental rate. Alternatively, it is also possible to find cheap last-minute car hire. Find the best deal on car hire in A Coruña!

 Driving in A Coruña

A Coruña is a relatively small city, so you will probably spend about two days in the city before exploring other cities around A Coruña. One of the most famous is definitely Santiago de Compostela, which is about 74 km south of A Coruna.

To drive a car in A Coruña, you must be 18 years old, have a valid driver's license, and show valid proof of insurance for the vehicle you are driving. In A Coruña, vehicles drive on the right-hand side of the road. The speed limit on the motorway is 120 km/h (75 mph). On normal roads the speed limit is 90 km/h (75 mph), on urban roads, it is 50 km/h (50 mph), and on all other through roads, there is a speed limit sign.
It's good to know that Spain has strict drink-driving laws, allowing only 0.5 milligrams of alcohol per milliliter of blood - stricter than in the UK, where the limit is 0.8. Novice drivers are effectively banned from driving under the influence with a very low limit of 0.1 mg/l. Seatbelts front and rear are compulsory everywhere.

  • Age limits: The minimum age to drive a car in Spain is 18 years. However, most car rental companies require you to be at least 21 to rent a car and at least 25 years to avoid paying an additional young driver fee. 
  • International Driving Permit:  Yes, if you are a non-EU licence holder.  
  • Additional papers:   Identification(passport), a valid driving licence, and valid proof of insurance. (It is advisable to buy insurance at the car hire agency in case your policy doesn't cover you while driving in Spain)
  • Additional requirements:  Glasses (in case you need glasses, it is imperative that you always have a spare pair in the car), light bulbs (are usually already in the car and are provided by the car rental company), warning triangle (2 are required for all vehicles registered in Spain and 1 if coming from abroad), high visibility vest (recently made compulsory)- First aid kit (not actually compulsory, but we strongly recommend you have it with you, just in case).
  • Children in the car:  If you are traveling with children under 12 or less than 135cm tall, you are required by law to have a child seat in your car. If you do not have your own, most car rental companies will provide one for a fee. However, it is advisable to request such a seat before collecting the vehicle, otherwise one may not always be available.
  • Driving side of the road: Right
  • Lights:  Check that all lights are working, clean, and correctly aimed.
  • General speed limits:  The speed limit is 50 km/h in cities, 90 km/h on rural roads, and 120 km/h on the motorway.
  • Parking suggestions: For on-street parking, blue lines indicate that it is a zone where you must pay to park. You can buy your parking ticket from a parking ticket machine. There are often 'free periods' in these zones, but these vary from area to area. If the lines are yellow, parking is not allowed, while white lines mean free parking. Make sure you park in legal spaces. Otherwise, you could be fined or have your car towed away.

What to see in A Coruña

A Coruña is known as 'Glass City' because of its unique architectural style, in which galerías - closed glass balconies - are placed on the sides of the buildings. Most of them date back to the 19th century and stand out for their patterns, colors, and decorations.

The Tower of Hercules is the only fully functioning Roman lighthouse in the world. It was built in the 1st or 2nd century AD. Thanks to its historical and architectural interest, the Tower of Hercules was included in the World Heritage List UNESCO in 2009.

The Praza de María Pita is a charming little square in the heart of the old town. The 16th-century statue of the Galician heroine of the same name is the focal point of the square. The square is surrounded by classic lampposts and there are benches under trees at each corner.

  • Explore A Coruna

    Explore Spain 

    Drive your rental car beyond A Coruña

    Since Spain is such a wonderful, colorful and charming country, and you have decided to explore Galicia, you are sure to have a great time driving over the long Galician roads and visiting many different towns and villages. As you drive, you will enjoy the views of this enchanting landscape around you. In any case, you must visit the city of Santiago de Compostela, the capital of the autonomous community of Galicia. It is best known as the destination of the Way Saint James, one of the most important Catholic pilgrimage routes since the 9th century. In 1985, the old town of the city was declared a World Heritage Site UNESCO.

  • Visit A Coruna

    Enjoy the culture in A Coruña

    Where to eat, drink, and party in A Coruña

    Galicia is known for its food, with famous recipes such as Pulpo á Feira (octopus), but you can also try culinary experiences unique to the region, such as the ritual before drinking the famous Queimada, eating in a Pazo or country house, or seeing how the Percebeiros collect shellfish on the coast

    A walk through the historic center of A Coruña, Santiago de Compostela, or Vigo is a treat for all the senses. In these old-fashioned streets, you will find traditional taverns offering the best tapas at every turn. Some of the neighborhoods are famous, like the market of A Pedra in Vigo. But it's best to enquire about the local specialty in each place and find a sunny sidewalk café where you can try it.

    Best restaurants in A Coruña:

    El De Alberto

    Terreo Cocina Casual

    Deabejas

    Jamoneria La Leonesa

    Peculiar

FAQ

What you need to know about renting a car

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What do I need to rent a car in Spain?

credit card in the name of the main driver needs to be presented. A security deposit may be required while renting a car so the credit card must have sufficient funds. You can find details about the security deposit listed while booking the vehicle as well as on your voucher. It is important to have a valid driving license with the name of the main driver as well as additional drivers when it applies. An International Driving Permit is required in addition to a National Driving License if the National Driving License you or any of the Additional Drivers hold is not clearly identifiable as a Driving License, eg, it is in a non-Latin alphabet (eg Arabic, Chinese, Cyrillic, Japanese). It can also depend on the country or car rental company you are renting with. If you have found a car on our website, you can press the rental terms link from the supplier for more information about driving license requirements. You will need to have identification with you such as a passport and ID cards. When you pick up your rental car you need to have your voucher with you.

How old do I need to be to rent a car in Spain?

The minimum age to rent a car is 21 years old and with some suppliers for people over 75 years of age. Young driver surcharges may apply to many car rental companies for people under 25 years of age.

Do I need car insurance in Spain?

Insurances are very important when renting a car and can be different between countries. When renting a car in Spain with Orbit Car Hire the prices will include mandatory insurances in the country.

Do I need a credit card to rent a car in Spain?

In most cases, a credit card is required to be presented in the name of the main driver. A security deposit may be required when renting a car so it is important to have sufficient funds on the credit card. When searching for a car at Orbit you can see credit card requirements from all our suppliers.

Do I need an international driving license in Spain?

An International Driving Permit is required in addition to a National Driving License if the National Driving License you or any of the Additional Drivers hold is not clearly identifiable as a Driving License, eg, it is in a non-Latin alphabet (eg Arabic, Chinese, Cyrillic, Japanese). It can also depend on the country or car rental company you are renting with. If you have found a car on our website, you can press the rental terms link from the supplier for more information about driving license requirements.

How do I find the cheapest car hire in Spain?

You can find cheap car hire by comparing prices with all major car rentals at Orbit Car Hire. A good idea can be to book in advance as the prices can increase closer to the travel period. 

What is the cheapest rental car in Spain?

You will find the mini car category or economy cars to be the cheapest car categories. Vehicles such as VW Up, Fiat 500, and Fiat Panda often provide the best prices. 

What is the best car rental company in Spain?

You may find excellent service provided by companies such as Europcar, Enterprise rent a car, OK rent a car and Centauro. 

What types and makes of rental car deals can I find in Spain?

You will find car types such as mini, economy, compact, Full-Size, and luxury cars. Popular rental cars are VW Up, Fiat Panda, VW Polo, Nissan Micra, Fiat 500.

Does my rental car have unlimited mileage when I book it for Spain?

Most car hires in Spain offer unlimited mileage in their offers

What is Premium Coverage and how does it work?

Premium Coverage is an optional service by Orbit Car Hire which, if accepted, covers your financial accountability for damage or theft to the hired vehicle. This is not insured with a car hire company that reduces the excess amount, but a cover that refunds you in case the car hire company charges you for damage or theft. With this option, you will be reimbursed up to 3000 EUR. For more information, you can read the Terms and Conditions or contact us.

Are there any hidden fees in my Spain car hire?

There are no hidden charges! All mandatory surcharges and fees are presented in the 3rd step of the booking process and our Terms and Conditions. Please note that additional charges may apply for some rentals in case of:

  • Out of hours surcharge (when picking up the vehicle out of office hours),
  • One way fee (when returning the vehicle at a different location),
  • The service charge for fuel (prepaid fuel policy),
  • Young/senior driver fee (this condition is set by the car hire company and is usually not in relation to the regulation of the specific country),
  • Excess and deposit amount (before hiring you to need to make sure your credit card limit is high enough for the deposit amount to be blocked which usually equals the excess amount or higher).

We advise our clients to read the Terms and Conditions carefully before the rental to avoid any surprises. Our knowledgeable customer service agents will gladly help you with any questions via phone, email, or live chat during our opening hours.

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  • OK Mobility
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