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About Málaga

Málaga is the capital of the province of the same name, located in the Spanish autonomous region of Andalusia. It is the second-largest city in Andalusia after Seville and the sixth-largest city in Spain. Considering that the origins of the city date back 2800 years, it is considered one of the oldest cities in the world. It was founded around 770 BC by the Phoenicians as Malacca. From the 6th century BC, it was under the rule of ancient Carthage, but after 218 BC as Malacca, it was under the rule of the Roman Republic and later the Roman Empire. In the 8th century, it was conquered by the Berbers, who renamed it Mālaqah (مالقة) and ruled it for 800 years. In 1487, during the Reconquista, it came back into Christian hands. At the same time, Málaga is also the southernmost major city in Europe. Because of its location, Málaga has a subtropical Mediterranean climate with very warm winters. In fact, Málaga has the warmest winters in Europe. Between December and February, the average daytime temperature is 17 degrees Celsius. The bathing season lasts from April to November. Málaga is also the birthplace of Pablo Picasso, which you are sure to notice as you stroll around the city. A visit to the city is a special experience. Archaeological finds and monuments from the Phoenician, Roman, Arab and Christian periods have transformed the historic centre of the city into an open-air museum that displays a rich history.

Of course, Málaga is the perfect destination to enjoy the beach. There is a huge range of water sports, beach parties, bars, clubs, restaurants, and generally everything that fun-loving tourists could want. Málaga has no less than 16 beaches and each of them offers you what you are looking for with 300 days of sunshine a year. Well, despite all these beautiful beaches, it would be a shame to miss the rich historical and cultural offer of the city of Málaga. Take the combination of sea and culture and add a lively atmosphere, lots of tapas served in the bars, fashionable neighbourhoods like Soho, areas like the port that have been remodelled to offer a more modern image, and monuments with centuries of history, and the result is an exciting city that everyone will want to discover.

When you come to Málaga, you must definitely visit destinations such as: Soho Málaga - the Art District, Alcazaba Fortress in Málaga, Parque de Málaga Park, Málaga Cathedral, Pompidou Centre Málaga, Collection of Russian Museum in Málaga, Carmen Thyssen Museum in Málaga, Picasso Museum Málaga, Málaga Roman Theatre

Basic info and car hire in Málaga

  • Location: Spanish autonomous region of Andalusia
  • Population: 578,460
  • Official language: Spanish
  • Currency: Euro
  • Weather:   Subtropical Mediterranean climate
  • Holidays in Málaga: For public holidays in Spain click here
  • Internet coverage: Hotels, bars, restaurants, and cafés offer Wi-Fi.
  • Road conditions:  Most roads in Málaga are in good condition.
  • Car hire in Málaga:  The most common pick-up point for vehicles in Málaga is Málaga 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 Málaga!

 Driving in Málaga

Driving in Málaga is much less wobbly than in big cities like Madrid or Barcelona. Nevertheless, you must strictly follow the traffic rules and, of course, be careful enough. Caution is not superfluous especially because most of the year Malaga is flooded with foreign visitors who stroll through the streets while driving leisurely, so the traffic is relatively quiet.

To drive a car in Málaga, 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 Málaga, 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 millilitre 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.

The A7 motorway runs parallel to the sea all along the Costa del Sol, from Málaga to Algeciras. So any time you want to get from one coastal town to another, you can drive along this A7. Also, you can opt for its newer version, the toll road AP -7 or the 'Autopista del Mediterraneo'. When you leave this motorway, the rule of thumb is that it's busy on the seaside and quieter on the mountainside. And of course, the further inland you go, towards or over the mountains, the emptier the roads are. This makes for great driving experiences!

  • 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, 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 actually compulsory, but we strongly recommend you have it with you, just in case).
  • Children in the car:  If you are travelling 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 in the blue zone (the regulated parking on the side of the road) is generally the cheapest way to park your car in Malaga. These parking areas are marked by blue lines on the street and by parking ticket machines on the pavement. There is a charge for parking in these areas from 9 am to 2 pm and from 5 pm to 8 pm on weekdays and Saturday mornings. Most of Malaga's city centre is pedestrian-only, so most of the blue zones are a little way from the main attractions.

Car Hire in Málaga

Most popular car hire at Málaga

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

Popular Driving Routes

Top One-Way car hire from Málaga

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 Málaga. 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.

  • Ronda - There are several public car parks, mostly in the north of the city. Once parked, you can explore the town on foot. Of particular interest are the Mondragon Palace, built-in 1314 by King Abomelik, and the small historic bullring.

  • The Montes Nature Park Malaga-One is one of the most spectacular routes on the Costa del Sol. From Málaga, take the A7000, which runs along the eastern side of the Montes de Málaga Natural Park. Once you reach the village of Colmenar, head west on the A356 to Casabermeja. The return journey is quicker as you can use the main A45 motorway. There are several country restaurants (Ventas) along the route that serves good tapas at very reasonable prices.

  • Water routes - If you want to combine a drive, stunning scenery and lots of water, then El Chorro reservoir is the place for you. It is located just an hour's drive from Malaga Airport in the hills and is an impressive sight when you reach it. The reservoirs cover a huge area between the mountains and are a must-see on any road trip.

  • Wine Routes- there are many wine routes to explore, one of which is the village of Competa, an hour's drive east of Málaga. Famous for its stunning architecture and local wine, Competa is home to a special type of sweet Malaga wine with its distinctive taste of overripe raisins.

What to see in Málaga

The great cathedral of Málaga

The great cathedral of Malaga, one of the most important architectural landmarks of the city, is popularly known as "La Manquita" or "One-Armed Woman" because of its unfinished second tower. It was built between 1528 and 1782. The building is on the site where a mosque moor was once located. Work began in the first half of the 16th century in the Gothic style, by order of the Catholic Monarchs, and was completed in the 17th and 18th centuries. The interior of the cathedral has Renaissance and Baroque influences. The chapels are also very interesting, such as that of the Encarnación, which gives the cathedral its name.

Alcazaba Fortress in Málaga

This Arab palace-fortress was built in the 11th century by King Badis of Granada. It is perfectly adapted to the contours of the land and makes the most of the height of a hill. It consists of two concentric spaces: the outer part is on a lower level and the inner part houses the palace.

The Parque de Málaga

This park is designed like a landscape, with curved lines that frame and delineate islands of different sizes. Within the park, there are several attractive places: various kiosks and stands, such as the bandstand, and several fountains, such as the one in La Cascada garden, a beautiful Renaissance fountain commissioned by Charles V and called the Swan Fountain or Fountain of Genoa. There are also numerous statues in the garden, many of which are dedicated to famous people from Málaga

Picasso Museum Málaga

The Picasso Museum in Málaga is located in Buenavista Palace, a building representative of Renaissance civil architecture in Andalusia. The permanent exhibition includes a selection of works from the private collections of two relatives. More than 200 works show the different styles, materials, and techniques used by this brilliant artist.

Roman Theatre of Málaga

The Roman Theatre of Málaga is located at the foot of the Alcazaba fortress in the western part of the city. It was discovered in 1951 after lying underground for many centuries. It dates from the first century and was built during the Empire of Augustus. It was used until the third century.

Beaches in Málaga

Of course, we must not forget the beaches and entertainment. Malaga has no less than 16 beaches and, as already mentioned, the bathing season lasts from April to November. So, a visit to the beach in Málaga is something you definitely have to put on your list of things to do when travelling to Málaga. And a tip for some of the best beaches:

Playa De La Malagueta

Playa De El Palo

Playa Peñón Del Cuervo

Playa De La Misericordia

Playa El Salón

Playa De La Carvajal

  • Explore Malaga

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    Drive your rental car beyond Málaga

    Andalusia, a spirited and sunny land in southern Spain, is home to flamenco, bullfighting, and picturesque towns. Its turbulent past, with the long presence of the Carthaginians, Greeks, Romans, Vandals, and, above all, the Moors, can be felt both in its cultural heritage and in the typical way of life of the friendly Andalusians. Once you have arrived in Malaga, take the opportunity to rent a car and get to know the beautiful countryside that surrounds Malaga. Visit the provincial capital of Seville, the ancient Mediterranean city of Cadiz, Cordoba, Granado, Ronda, Carmona.... Do not forget Granada and the beautiful Alhambra - the most beautiful heritage of the Arab culture.

    However, on a foray through the south of Spain, you might also be tempted to jump into English territory. Gibraltar is also worth a visit. Some may be most interested in the duty-free shops, while others will visit the famous Rock of Gibraltar, where there are wonderful walking routes. And then there are the exciting caves of San Miguel, which you should not miss either.

    A Jerez-Another destination near Seville is the coastal town of Jerez de la Frontera, a good choice for those who want to get off the beaten path. This underrated city, often just called Jerez, is bursting with history and culture.

    So, if you choose to rent a car in southern Spain, you will definitely have plenty to do, especially if you have a wonderful experience on the Andalusian roads.

  • Visit Malaga

    Enjoy the culture in Málaga

    Where to eat, drink, and party in Málaga

    Malaga is also known for its music. There is a huge selection of music bars and cafes here and no shortage of nightclubs either. You'll find a great mix of electronic music and DJs as well as live music to suit your musical tastes. Nightlife in Malaga is lively after dark all year round. Around the Plaza del Merced and Plaza Uncibay, where many of the city's bars are located, it is always lively. The streets Calle Granada, Calle Beata and Calle Álamos are also good places to go.

    And a tip for some of the best clubs in Málaga:

    Siempre Asi

    Velvet

    Bubbles

    Pacha costa del sol

    Today, the city of Malaga offers exquisite cuisine that combines what the mountains and the sea have to offer in its dishes. All the city's products combine tradition, innovation, quality, and the best of nature. These characteristics distinguish Malaga's cuisine as one of the best in the country and reflect the quality of life that reigns in Malaga. In Malaga, it is easy to try traditional and local dishes or the most exclusive and refined creations.

Best restaurants in Málaga

Tercer Acto

Spago's - Fresh Pasta

Terra Mia 2.0

La Alacena de Francis

Papa Piquillo

MIMO Vegan Bistro

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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