Car Hire In Murcia
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Murcia is the capital of the Autonomous Community of Murcia and the seventh-largest city in Spain with 442,573 inhabitants. It is located in the southeast of the country on the Segura River. Murcia is the perfect place to relax, both for those who enjoy walking around the city and sightseeing and indulging in the excellent cuisine and for those who like a more active vacation. Everyone can find something for themselves here. As in many other Spanish cities, Murcia hosts various festivals that are well worth a visit. The most famous festival takes place in spring, namely the Fiestas de Primavera.
Thanks to the favorable climatic conditions, it is possible to visit Murcia almost all year round, as there are hot summers and mild winters with little rainfall. You can visit the city on your own, but there are also plenty of guided tours you can book. Besides exceptional architecture like the many baroque churches, there are also buildings in which you will recognize the rococo, Moorish gardens ... In addition, Murcia is also rich in museums that have very rich collections worth seeing. Among the places of interest that you should not miss are: San Pedro del Pinatar, Cartagena, Águilas, Los Alcázares, Archena, Cabo de Palos, Caravaca de la Cruz, Santiago de la Ribera, Lorca, Mazarrón, Murcia, La Unión.
The Segura River divides the city into two parts, the older northern part and the more modern southern part of the city. Silk is still produced in the northern part of the city, a tradition that dates back to Moorish times. Murcia is also known for the cultivation of vegetables, fruit, wool, leather, furniture ...
Of course, we must not forget the Costa Cálida, as the coast of Murcia is called, with long sandy beaches that offer many activities for enterprising tourists. And an interesting fact: Murcia has more than 3000 hours of sunshine a year. However, one of the most popular places on the coast is La Manga del Mar Menor.
Basic info and car hire in Murcia
- Location: South-eastern Spain
- Population: 447,182
- Official language: Spanish
- Currency: Euro
- Weather: hot summers and mild winters with little rainfall
- Holidays in Murcia: For public holidays in Spain click here
- Internet coverage: Hotels, bars, restaurants, and cafés offer Wi-Fi.
- Road conditions: Most roads in Murcia are in good condition.
- Car hire in Murcia: The most common pick-up point for vehicles in Murcia is Murcia 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 Murcia!
Driving in Murcia
To drive a car in Murcia, 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 Murcia, 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 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 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 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 clearly displayed on the machine.
Car Hire in Murcia
Most popular car hire at Murcia
The most selected hire car in Murcia is Ford Fiesta, with Renault Clio and Seat Ibiza also being a popular option. The most popular car types in Murcia are mini, economy, and compact.
Popular Driving Routes
Popular One-Way car hire from Murcia
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 Murcia. 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.
- Murcia-Elche (57km with approximately 40-60 minutes of drive)
- Murcia-Alicante (81,5km with approximately 55-70 minutes of drive)
- Murcia-Albacete (144-182km with approximately 1,5-2,5 hours of drive)
- Murcia-Valencia (227-235km with approximately 2-2,5 hours of drive)
What to see in Murcia
Church of San Nicolás de Bari
It is in the Baroque style and dates from the Muslim period. It stands on the site of a mosque, which was converted into a church after the reconquest. The new building was begun in 1736 under the direction of the architect Fray Antonio de San José. The church has the plan of a Latin cross, with side chapels and two doors. The main façade is a jewel of Baroque art, thanks to the diagonal arrangement of the pilasters and the arching of the cornice and cornices.
The Cathedral of Murcia
Murcia Cathedral has many Renaissance and Baroque elements, although its interior is essentially Gothic. It was built in 1394 on the site of a former mosque. The interior is Gothic. The facade is Baroque and was built to a design by Jaime Bort. The 95-meter-high tower was built over more than two hundred years with the help of many different architects.
Archaeological Museum of Murcia
The museum houses one of the most complete collections of Iberian archaeological finds from various sites in the Murcia region. The permanent exhibition consists of a total of 16 rooms that offer a journey through prehistory, from the Palaeolithic Age to the Bronze Age. In addition, there are numerous examples of Iberian art. The visit is complemented by a temporary exhibition space on the theme of archaeology and educational workshops that are open all year round.
After the foundation of the city of Murcia (825), it served not only as a fortress but also as a prison and granary for the peasants. It had huge underground reservoirs that allowed the garrison to last for a long time. The walls are made of massive layers of mortar and the ground plan adapts to the topology of the terrain, extending over two terraces at different heights.
The Floridablanca Garden is located in one of the most typical neighbourhoods of the city. The garden is a result of the romantic style of the 19th century, the last remnants of which are the large ficus specimens that line the central path. The garden is now an avenue that leads from the entrance closest to Camachos Square to the statue of José Moñíno, Count of Floridablanca, a work by the Italian S. Baglietto, erected in its current location in 1849.
Drive your rental car beyond Murcia
Once you have visited Murcia, rent a car and explore the area. You will not regret it! The roads offer you a wonderful experience with beautiful views and a great number of sights. Some suggestions:
The spa town of Archena, a place with important archaeological finds, is located in the heart of the vegetable-growing region of Murcia, surrounded by the mountains of the pretty Valle de Ricote and 23 kilometres from the city of Murcia. The region is famous for its thermal baths and the healing properties of its waters. In addition to the thermal baths, Archena also has many beautiful places for walking, especially along the river Segura. With average temperatures of 18ºC, it is a good place to visit at any time of year.
Caravaca de la Cruz
The beautiful town of Caravaca de la Cruz is located in the northwest of the province of Murcia. In the houses that surround the castle, you will find beautiful examples of the Murcian Renaissance. One of the most important features is the castle that rises above the townscape of Caravaca. It is of Moorish origin and was enlarged in the 15th century under the patronage of the Knights Templar and later belonged to the Order of Saint James. The 14 defensive towers serve to protect the shrine of the Santísima Vera Cruz, which was built in its centre in the 17th century. The façade built a century later, is in the Baroque style. The site is Historic-Artistic Monument and houses the Museum of Sacred Art and History.
Lorca was declared a Historic-Artistic Monument in 1964 and is known as 'Baroque City' thanks to the important Baroque monuments in its historic centre. The town received the Europa Nostra Award award for its heritage conservation efforts with the restoration of six churches in the historic centre after the 2011 earthquake. The town was also shortlisted for the European Commission's EDEN (European Destinations of Excellence) program, in recognition of its sustainable tourism offer.
The town and port of Mazarrón, in the heart of the Costa Cálida in Murcia, offers visitors a rich artistic heritage and a range of interesting leisure activities on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. The bay of Mazarrón is protected by the last foothills of the Sierra de la Almenara, a mining area since Carthaginian times.
Enjoy the culture in Murcia
Where to eat, drink, and party in Murcia
Murcia has rich and varied gastronomy. This is mainly due to the many ingredients you will find in the region, many of which are unique, such as the rice from Calasparra, the seafood, and fish from Mar Menor or the fruit and vegetables from 'La Huerta'.
Murcia is famous for its fertile soil and is often referred to as 'the vegetable garden of Europe'. One of the most famous dishes is the creamy Pisto Murciano, a kind of ratatouille made of onions, peppers, tomatoes, and aubergines. Murcia also owes its culinary richness to a variety of different cultures that have influenced us as we have passed through. For example, thanks to the Muslim community, La Huerta Murciana has developed, an important pillar of our gastronomy.
Best restaurants in Murcia:
El Pilon de la Negra
The Agus Gastromusic
Wakea Poke Burger Murcia
What you need to know about renting a car
What do I need to rent a car in Spain?
A 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 Portugal 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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