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Sun, sea, and sand; these are easily the first three words that come to mind when you think of Spain. And, although this is a very rudimentary idea of what this phenomenal, Mediterranean country has to offer, it’s not hard to see why it is one of Europe’s most popular travel destinations. But, alongside some of the most out-of-this-world beaches you could ever set foot on, Spain has a great deal more to offer. From picturesque cities full of historic architecture and culture, to diverse landscapes of cliffs, valleys, and unforgettable mountains, there is plenty to explore.
So, to truly make the most out of your time in Spain, we recommend renting a car to take you on this adventure of a lifetime. The majority of Spain’s major cities have their own main airport, but some also have several smaller airports too, so it’s worth doing some research prior to your visit to decide which airport you want to fly to depending on the location and date you want to visit. Regardless of which airport you choose, however, you are guaranteed a variety of car rental options to choose from as soon as you step off the plane, making your trip as effortless as possible.
If you’d rather wait until you’ve settled into your accommodation before you think about car hire, that’s perfectly fine too. Wherever you stay in Spain, from Malaga to Las Palmas, Madrid to Barcelona, you will find an abundance of downtown car hire agencies to take your pick from whenever you are ready to start exploring. Enterprise, Budget, and AVIS are among some of the big-name brands you can find to choose from. These are a good choice if you are looking for an agency with plenty of five-star reviews and a wide range of vehicles. Or, do some research into what Spanish car rental agencies are available if you want to support a local business with a great insider’s knowledge to the area.
Driving in Spain is a pleasant and straightforward experience; however, we do recommend checking out all the country’s rules and laws prior to your trip so that you are well prepared for any scenario. As a main rule of thumb however, remember that you should drive on the right-hand side of the road, give way to the right and overtake on the left, and make sure you drive in an anti-clockwise direction on roundabouts.
Car rental agencies are available all over Spain in most cities and major airports. So, wherever you find yourself beginning your Spanish adventure, you’re sure to be within close proximity to an array of fantastic companies that are each willing to provide you with everything needed to get your journey started. You can choose from any number of major car hire agencies such as Europcar, Hertz, ATESA, and Budget, or alternatively, for a more budget-friendly option take a look at some of the smaller local rental companies instead. Whichever you go for, you can rest assured knowing that you will be getting high-class quality service and great deals. One thing we do recommend however, is booking in advance. This way, you will not only get cheaper deals, but you may also find more options to suit your needs too.
You can visit Spain any time of year, and still find it perfect for going on a road trip. Spain has a beautiful, varied landscape full of vast scenery, stunning nature, and a variety of natural features to explore. If you’re visiting in the winter, make sure to travel around the Southern area, whilst in the Summer you can be sure to have an amazing time around the Northern part of the country.
If you’re an adventure lover, we recommend taking a drive from the Basque Country to the Pyrenees via the North Coast. Here you will find some fantastic city activities as you explore places like Bilbao and San Sebastian, where you can discover fascinating museums, beaches that some surfers can only dream of, and an array of bars and shops. Then, as you get to the Spanish Pyrenees, get ready for a staggering mountain range that will provide not only incredible, picturesque views, but adrenaline-filled activities such as canyoning, hiking, and hot-air ballooning to name a few.
Or, if you’re visiting Spain for the history and the sights, take a cultural tour from Madrid to Zamora. Here you can stop off at many of the region’s most renowned historic and natural locations as you take this beautiful, scenic route. Stop by Segovia, for an array of remarkable Roman structures, like an ancient aqueduct, churches, palaces, and cathedrals. Then, make your way to the UNESCO World Heritage Listed city of Ávila, where you will find plenty more beautiful architecture and awe-inspiring sights. Continue along to Zamora where you will be greeted with a collection of outstanding galleries and museums for your perusal.