Whether you are heading for the beaches of the Costa del Sol, the history of Granada or the art in Madrid, you can be confident that Spain has a wonderful array of activities to keep you busy and places to visit to ensure even the most demanding holidaymaker is happy. It is a dynamic place to visit, offering ear-pounding nightlife in Ibiza, the astonishing lunar landscape of Lanzarote's volcanos, golf breaks beyond compare along the coast and some of the world's leading adventure theme and water parks in Terra Mitica or Aqualandia waterpark.
Make the most of your holiday with car hire in Spain which will give you both freedom and independence to go where you want, when you want and will save you wasting your valuable holiday time waiting for public transport or organised excursions.
Spain car hire is best organised before you arrive in the country, and many find collecting their car hire from the airport to be the most convenient option. Whether you are heading for a Costa del Sol resort such as Torremolinos, Benalmadena, Fuengirola, Marbella, Malaga or Puerto Banus through Malaga Airport (AGP), the beaches of Costa Blanca and resorts of Benidorm, Torrevieja, Altea, Calpe, Javea or Moraira via Alicante Airport (ALC) or major cultural attractions including Madrid (MAD) and Barcelona (BCN), having a rental car will mean you can see so much more of the area you are staying in.
Spain is also one of the few places in the world where you can ski in the morning on the slopes of Sierra Nevada and sunbathe in the afternoon on the beaches of the Mediterranean and again it's car hire which will prove your best option when switching from snow to sun!
Visitors to Barcelona, who will no doubt be struck by the magnificence of Gaudi's La Sagrada FamiÂlia and Park Guell should not miss some of the other local highlights, including the serrated mountain of Montserrat, home to the celebrated monastery of Monestir de Montserrat, and Cadaques and Figueres, which house some of Salvador Dali's most celebrated works of art.
If you are travelling to Barcelona on a low cost airline such as Ryanair or Easyjet, you might well find you are landing some distance from the city at Girona Airport (GRO) or Reus Airport (REU). If this is the case, car hire can prove a real time saver, meaning you can keep travelling time to Barcelona, some 50 odd miles away to a minimum
Madrid Barajas Airport (MAD) is another popular car hire spot. Being able to get out of the city means reaching destinations such as Toledo, a UNESCO World Heritage site with its magnificent cathedral befitting the cities former status as Spain's capital city, the Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial and Segovia which is not just a beautiful place to visit in any case but is also home to a Roman aqueduct and a historic castle.
Spain also boasts a number of outstanding islands including the Balearics, (Majorca (accessable through Palma Airport (PMI)), Ibiza (via Ibiza Airport (IBZ)) and Menorca (Mahon Airport (MAH)). If you plan to move between these islands (including their satellite Formentera) with your hire car do check that your rental agreement includes the ability to take the car from one island to another on a ferry.
The Canary Islands are another massive draw for UK holidaymakers and car hire on the Islands is very popular, partly due to some of the lowest rental prices in Europe and low fuel prices. The widest choice is normally from the appropriate island's airport (Tenerife South Airport (TFS), Tenerife North Airport (TFN), Lanzarote's Arrecife Airport (ACE), Gran Canaria's Las Palma's Airport (LPA) and Fuerteventura Airport (FUE)).
Driving tips for Spain
Drink / Drive rules: Limit for the level of alcohol in the bloodstream is 0.05 per cent. If more, severe penalties include fines and withdrawal of visitor's driving licence. If you have less than 2 years experience the limit is 0.03% with similar penalties.
Lights: Use of full (main beam) headlights in built-up areas is prohibited. Dipped headlights must be used in tunnels.
Reflective Safety Vests, Spare Tyre (or tyre repair kit) and Warning Triangles (2) required.
If you breakdown on a motorway or main road you must wear a reflective jacket if you exit the vehicle (drivers and passengers). However, it is not a legal requirement either to carry a jacket or for hire firms to provide one - we suggest you do request one is provided just in case, although obviously you cannot insist one is given to you.
Warning triangle - two warning triangles are required in an accident/breakdown situation.
The use of radar detectors is prohibited.
This content was last reviewed on 04/10/2022