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Although a popular tourist destination, there are many parts of Spain that are still parts of Spain that are quieter, and more relaxing, if you are looking for this sort of destination. If you thought trips to Spain all offered the same experience, why not head to Malaga to experience an enjoyable, but unique, take on the Spanish lifestyle? Whether you are searching for countless Instagram-worthy photo opportunities, or want to learn more about the fascinating history of Spain, you will find this in abundance in Malaga, not to mention along with their unique restaurants, exciting recreational activities, and welcoming locals.
Although commonly referred to as Malaga Airport, the airport's official name is Malaga-Costa del Sol Airport. This name change was carried out in 2011, to reflect the flights available at the airport. As with many other European airports, you will find that an extensive list of carriers uses the airport, including EasyJet and Ryanair.
If you want to take advantage of car rentals when landing at Malaga Airport, there are plenty of options available to you, with some recognized names including Europcar, SIXT and Hertz. There are also local car rental companies with excellent reviews, including Malaga Airport Car Hire and Record Go Rent a Car.
If you wish to use public transport to travel to your location, there are several options available. One of the most popular is a taxi, although this could be expensive, depending on how far you need to travel. For example, a taxi to Marbella averages 60 euros, which may not be the most ideal option, especially if you are travelling on a budget.
If you are still favoring public transport, you can grab bus into Malaga, which only costs 10 euros. Although the buses are regular, there could be waiting times, and the service is out of operation during the early hours of the morning, so you’ll need to check for updates regularly before you travel, so you don’t miss check-in time at your accommodation upon arrival.
When planning a trip round Malaga, we cannot recommend a car rental enough. If you plan to visit a location outside of the common tourist areas, you should try to arrange a rental car before leaving for Malaga, as this will save you the worry of relying on public transport that may or may not be on time. Along with this, you may want to explore some of the more rural areas of Malaga, in which case public transport cannot be used – unless you are willing to pay for a taxi.
Driving in Malaga is pretty straightforward, however, there are some rules to be aware of to ensure you remain safe and considerate of local drivers. When driving in Spain, you need to remember that:
The fast lane should never be used, unless overtaking and, as with all countries, some Spanish drivers can become aggressive if they feel someone is driving too slowly. To eliminate the stress from the situation, use the right or middle lane, especially if you are feeling a little anxious driving in a new place for the first time. There are also safety concerns to address, such as only using hands free when speaking on the phone, and ensuring that everyone travelling wears their seatbelts.
Despite the historic aesthetic of Malaga, the roads are well managed and offer an excellent driving experience, even when simply just enjoying the sights.
When exploring Malaga, renting a car is the most convenient form of travel to fully explore the city and nearby villages. Renting a car in Malaga is affordable and typically relatively cheap, due to the amount of car rental companies available. Car rental suppliers in Malaga include SIXT, Malaga Car and Hertz.
By renting a car, you are opening up endless opportunities for travelling in and around the city. You can plan trips that showcase some of the best archeological sites in the area, such as travelling from Malaga, to Antequera, to Loja and finally to Grandada. You can also explore some of the natural beauty in Malaga by taking the car to the Montes de Malaga Natural Park, without relying on public transport to get you there.
If you are a fan of natural beauty, we’d recommend taking a day trip out to explore the Costa del Sol countryside, by travelling from Mijas, to Alhaurin el Grande, to Coin, to Monda, to Ojen, and finally, Marbella.
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