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        About Córdoba

        Córdoba is a city in southern Spain, more specifically in the province of Andalusia. It is the third-largest city in this Spanish province and the eleventh largest in Spain. It is also the capital of the province of the same name, Cordoba. The city has an extremely rich history, first, it was an Iberian city, then a Roman one, and in the Middle Ages, it was the capital of the Islamic Caliphate. Today, all the remains of these past civilizations and cultures are visible through the monuments and architecture that you can admire in this beautiful city. It is interesting to note that Cordoba was the most populous city in the world in the 10th century. It was also the intellectual center of Europe as a lot of attention was paid especially to mathematics and astronomy.

        If you have decided to take the road trip through Andalusia, or perhaps even a road trip through all of Spain, be sure to visit Córdoba as well. Take at least a couple of days to see and get to know the city, because, in addition to top-notch museums and galleries where you can learn about the city's rich history and landscape, Cordoba also offers a large number of architectural sights that you should not miss. At the same time, there are a large number of beautifully landscaped parks that are a real feast for the eyes and a true oasis of calm where you can relax and refresh yourself under the treetops and surrounded by other plants after the intense adventures that the city has to offer. Not to forget the Guadalquivir River, which is also something special. Along the river, you can see many picturesque mills for grinding grain, which date back to the Moorish period and are now set up for tourist purposes. In the city, besides the architecture, you can also feel the spirit of Spanish tradition, which is reflected in the bullfights. For this purpose, you can visit the spectacular arena where the bullfights took place.

        If you have decided to visit Andalusia in May, be sure to stop in Cordoba as well, because in May it hosts the Feria de Los Patios, the festival around flowers that is celebrated nowhere else in the country.

        Basic info and car hire in Córdoba

        • Location: Andalusia, Spain
        • Population: 325,708 
        • Official language: Spanish
        • Currency: Euro
        • Weather:   Mediterranean climate
        • Holidays in Córdoba: Find more information about public holidays in Spain here.
        • Internet coverage: Hotels, bars, restaurants, and cafés offer Wi-Fi.
        • Road conditions:  Most roads in Córdoba are in good condition.
        • Car hire in Córdoba:  The most common pick-up point for vehicles in Córdoba is Córdoba Railway Station and Cordoba Las Quemadus. 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 Córdoba!

         Driving in Córdoba

        To drive a car in Córdoba 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 Córdoba, 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.

         One thing: for those not used to roundabouts: There are a lot of them in Spain! And the following rules apply: The driver who is already in the roundabout has the right of way unless there is a traffic light at the roundabout that regulates the flow of traffic. Before leaving the roundabout, you should put on your right turn signal to indicate that you are leaving the roundabout.

        If you are caught speeding in Córdoba, the Spanish police act very quickly, and the lack of Spanish is not considered an excuse. The police do not mind that you are a tourist on holiday, and fines are often issued immediately unless you can prove that you are a permanent resident in Spain. If you receive a fine, make sure the officer gives you an official receipt and if you pay immediately, the fine is usually reduced by 20%.

        The Spanish law on the use of indicators on motorways is strictly enforced. You risk a fine if you fail to signal before overtaking and after overtaking if you move back into the adjacent lane. Traffic coming from the left always has the right of way. If you see a solid white line in the middle of the road, do not cross it. Continue until you either see a dotted white line or look for a sign that says "Cambio de Sentido" where you can safely and legally turn around.

        • 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 license holder.  
        • Additional papers:   Identification(passport), a valid driving license, 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, you must 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 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:  Parking is prohibited in Spain in all areas where the curbs are marked yellow. The parking spaces marked in blue usually have a parking meter and you must buy a parking ticket to park in these spaces. You will usually find a machine nearby where you can purchase your parking ticket. Most of these blue areas have a parking limit of 2 hours, but this is displayed on the machine.

        Car Hire in Córdoba

        Most popular car hire at Córdoba

        The most selected hire car in Córdoba is Ford Fiesta, with Renault Clio and Seat Ibiza also being a popular option. The most popular car types in Córdoba are mini, economy, and compact.

        Popular Driving Routes

        Popular One-Way car hire from Córdoba

        Want to rent a car for a one-way trip? No worries! Orbit Car Hire offers a variety of one-way Car Hire options in many locations outside of Córdoba. One-way car rental is ideal for cross-town or cross-country travel, saving time by not returning to your original location. Start your reservation with Orbit Car Hire and find great options on one-way car hire at locations across the Spain.

        • Córdoba -Seville (140km with approximately  1,5-2 hours of drive)

        • Córdoba- Cádiz (260km with approximately  2,5-3 hours of drive)

        • Córdoba- Malaga (160km with approximately  1,5-2 hours of drive)

        • Córdoba- Madrid (400km with approximately  4 hours of drive)

        What to see in Córdoba

        Passion and "Duende" of the Andalusian Horse permanent equestrian show

        These are royal stables that have served and still serve as the home of one of the greatest Andalusian treasures - horses. Horses are a strong part of the tradition of this Spanish region and animals that the inhabitants are very connected and proud of. Today, a magnificent exhibition dedicated to these noble animals is arranged in these stables and is a must-see. Here you can also see a magnificent show with horses, where they present you with music and dance, different approaches to the training of Spanish horses, and the show is truly a feast for the eyes. 

        Alcázar fortress of the Christian Monarchs

        It is a fortress that initially served as a residence from which Christian monarchs ruled, later it also served as a court used by religious representatives to conduct court proceedings and eventually also served as a civil prison. Well, today its purpose is touristy and what makes it special is for example the magnificent garden that represents each monarch individually who ruled from this beautiful fortress. Since 1994, it has also been on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

        Great Mosque of Cordoba

        It is located in the historic center of the city and is considered one of the most beautiful Muslim buildings in Spain. It has been built for as many as 9 centuries and this is reflected in the mix of styles that can be admired on this mighty building. Of course, the fact that different religions settled in it also left its mark, and each of them left its mark, today it serves as a cathedral and is considered one of the main tourist attractions in the city. 

        Roman temple

        The ruins that have been excavated and found in the area next to the town hall say that it was a huge temple. Today, a part of these ruins is on display, which has also been restored, and in it, we can admire the architecture that was built to worship Roman mythology and the gods.

        Roman Bridge and Bridge Gate

        It is a magnificent architecture that they believe was built in the period of Augustus and connects the city with the Callahora tower. Throughout history, it has served various purposes, but it has also been the scene of the most iconic battles that took place to defend the city, especially at the time of its creation, as well as later.

        • Visit Cordoba

          Explore Spain 

          Drive your rental car beyond Córdoba

          Andalusia is the second largest autonomous community in Spain and is, among other things, officially recognized as a nationality in this colorful country. It consists of eight provinces and if you have decided to take a road trip through this beautiful country, you will find something in each of them that will fascinate you and that will make you come back here again and again.

          Andalusia offers you everything a traveler could ask for. You have beautiful places with an extremely rich culture and tradition, where you can spend hours visiting different architectural excesses, rich museums, monuments... . You can enjoy various festivals where you will not only learn about culture and tradition but also have the opportunity to meet wonderfully hospitable locals. ... lots of fun and of course the extremely delicious cuisine that this unique landscape has to offer. If you are interested in the Spanish tradition associated with bullfighting, then you have come to the right place, because Andalusia is extremely closely linked to this Spanish tradition, which many reject, while others say that it is an integral part of the identity of the nations that follow the Iberian Peninsula. You can visit the spectacular bullrings that now host various cultural events, and some have been transformed into powerful museums with extremely rich collections that will take your breath away.

          However, if you are not interested in urban centers, but are more of a nature lover, then you are also in the right place because Andalusia offers you beautiful hikes and climbs to different mountains that offer breathtaking views of the surroundings. On the other hand, you also have beautiful beaches that will impress you as well. So, renting a car in Andalusia is the right decision and a road trip through this beautiful country will not leave you indifferent.

          The capital of this region and, of course, one of the most popular destinations in Spain is undoubtedly Seville, which will take you a few days to visit, and you can easily park your car in one of the many car parks in the city. For something a little more fun, but also with plenty of culture and tradition, you'll love Malaga, which offers beaches and attractions as well as plenty of beach fun. It is also worth going to cities like Almeria, Granada, Cadiz, Huelva, Jaén ...

        • Explore Cordoba

          Enjoy the culture in Córdoba

          Where to eat, drink, and party in Córdoba

          The cuisine in Andalusia, as in all parts of Spain, is very varied and colorful. The dishes that are traditional to this region are: Gazpacho, Pescaíto frito, the Jamones of Jabugo, Valle de los Pedroches and Trevélez, and the wines of Jerez, especially sherry.

          One of the most important ingredients of Andalusian cuisine is undoubtedly olive oil, which forms the basis of almost all dishes. Andalusians also prepare fried dishes in olive oil. Of course, Andalusia is also known for the production of high-quality olive oil, which logically corresponds to the high consumption in the kitchen itself. Fish and shellfish also play a very important role in Andalusian cuisine, as they are prepared in a variety of ways here and are real specialties.

          Much attention is also paid to desserts. Desserts are based on a strong tradition and history, which is also linked to the influence of the Islamic world, known for its delicious desserts.

          Of course, like everywhere else in Spain, you can not miss the wonderful tapas that are available at every turn and are extremely tasty snacks when you are walking around the city and want to quickly refresh yourself with a glass of drink and delicious tapas.

          Wine lovers will also be delighted. Wine is really special and an integral part of the tradition here. They pay a lot of attention to the grapes themselves, which they then use their traditional methods to make top-quality wines that are known all over the world. You will not regret it if you decide to visit one of the many wine cellars or simply take part in a wine tasting in one of the local restaurants. You will enjoy it.

        Best restaurants in Córdoba:

        Adarraga

        Sibuya Urban Sushi Bar Cordoba

        Restaurante Damasco

        A Mortero

        Bodegas Mezquita Ribera

        Taberna Casa Pedro Ximenez

        FAQ

        What you need to know about renting a car

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        How to make a booking with Orbit Car Hire?

        You can easily book your vehicle with Orbit Car Hire. First, you have to choose the date and location of your rental in our booking form. In the next step, you can pick out the vehicle you want from the list provided. After filling out the personal information form there is a step where you choose the payment method and you simply fill in your credit card information. In the end, you can print out your voucher, which is needed at the time of pick-up.

        What are the charges for security deposits?

        Every car rental has a security deposit policy. You will find the information about the security deposit while booking the vehicle or on your voucher. 

        What if I would like to change my booking?

        If you need to change your booking you have made through Orbit Car Hire please contact our customer support team at customerservice@orbitcarhire.com or by phone at +354 823 0165. You can cancel your booking free of charge at least forty-eight hours before your rental is due to start. For further information please read the Terms of Use. 

        How do I cancel my booking?

        You can cancel your booking free of charge at least forty-eight hours before your rental is due to start. For further information please read the Conditions of Use. Our customer service team will address your requests in due time:

        When do I pay for the rental car?

        You pay a small deposit when making the booking as a guarantee. The remaining balance is paid when you pick up your rental vehicle. Please keep in mind that the payment at the counter is paid in local currency. 

        What is included in the price?

        Most of the reservations made by Orbit Car Hire include unlimited mileage, local tax, mandatory fees, and collision damage waiver. In steps 1 and 2 in the booking process or on your voucher, you can see all the details about your booking inclusions.

        Are there any hidden fees?

        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 about 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.

        What is a voucher and why do I need it?

        A voucher is a document that confirms your booking, the price for your booking, and the payment of your booking. It is mandatory to have your voucher with you at the time of pick up. If you do not have the voucher with you at the time of pick up, the vehicle provider may refuse to release the vehicle to you or can change the price of the rental.

        What is an airport or premium location fee?

        Premium location/airport fee is a fee that covers the location service costs. This fee is usually included in the price but may still occur at some locations and is charged locally.

        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.

        How do I find cheap car hire?

        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 Alicante!

        How many countries do you compare to?

        We at Orbit Car Hire compare car hire prices in over 140 countries, including popular destinations within Europe such as Portugal, Spain, Turkey, Greece, Cyprus, Iceland, Croatia, Malta, France, Slovenia, Germany. 

        What currency should I use to pay for the car?

        You can pay the confirmation fee on Orbit's page in EUR, GBP, ISK and USD. When you pick up your car hire you will pay the remaining balance in the currency that is in the country of pick up. 

        Can I rent a car from inside the terminal?

        You can hire a car from inside the terminal. When you compare our offers, you can filter "In Terminal" to see all the offers we have that are inside the terminal. 

        What is the cheapest car to rent?

        The cheapest car to rent is the Fiat 500, Volkswagen Up and Fiat Panda. 

        Can I add an additional driver to my booking?

        You can always add an additional driver to your booking when you are finding your deal on Orbit Car Hire. If you have already made a booking, you can contact us to add the additional driver. You can also add an additional driver to your booking when you pick up the vehicle. 

        What payment methods are accepted

        You can pay with a debit card and credit card when making a booking with Orbit Car Hire. We accept Mastercard and Visa. 

        Can I drop off my car at a different location?

        Yes, you can. When you look for car hire deals on our webpage you can press "Yes" to "Different drop off location" and you will see all the best deals for one-way car hire. 

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