Marbella - Car Hire

© iStock Enjoy the freedom of freedom of driving around Andalucia
Enjoy the freedom of freedom of driving around Andalucia

Car hire

More visitors rent cars in Spain than any other European country. Car rental in Spain is the least expensive in Europe due to the strong competition and on the Costa del Sol car rental is no exception where it is relatively easy to hire a car. If you are flying to Málaga Airport or Gibraltar Airport, these are the usual places to hire a car. Find the offers by searching on our car hire pages.

However there are car hire offices located in Marbella itself, so there is also the opportunity to hire a car whilst in Marbella so that you can make some excursions around Malaga province, or Andalucia or simply hire an interesting car for that special run about town.


If you want to get away from Marbella for an afternoon or a day, here are some suggestions. Visit on the pretty villages that are tucked away just back form the coast. We suggest popular Mijas or quiet Istan. Make a route through Ojen, Monda, Guaro and Tolox. Ronda is always a favourite and this itinerary returns via Guacin. Benahavis is famous for its restaurants. Another popular route is Manilva to Gaucin and back via Casares or vice versa. Slightly further afield are Jimena de la Frontera, Castellar and San Roque. Other most interesting villages are Medina Sidonia, Vejer de la Frontera, Grazalenma, Ubrique.



Driving west along the coast a possible stop is resort of Sotogrande. Gibraltar a favorite but more of a day trip in itself. Who can't resist the surf atmosphere and atlantic beaches of Tarifa or further up the coast to Bolonia, Zahara de los Atunes, alternative Caños de Meca, and Conil de la Frontera.



Driving east along the coast a possible stop is resort of Fuengirola or Torremolinos. Malaga is a favorite now but more of a day trip in itself.  To the east of Malaga to Montes de Malaga and the villages of La Axarquia, including Friliana and Nerja on the coast.  Into the Costra tropical we have Almuñecar and Salobreña. Motril leads us up into Las Alpujaras or keep along the coast into the province of Almeria. 



A little further afield so ideal for a mini break are the cities of Andalucia.

Westwards along the coast, turn inland at Los Barrios, passing white village of Medina Sedonia for the bodegas (winerys) of Jerez de la Frontera (see Sherry Triangle). From here is an other hour to Sevilla and another hour to explore the beautiful forests of Sierrra de Aracena, the intersting Mines of Rio Tinto or the learn about Christopher Columbus at La Rabida near Huelva City

Eastwards along the coast will take you to Malaga city, once avoided but now well worth a visit. Driving inland to interesting town Antequera from where you can choose to head on to cities of Cordoba or Granada.


Popular Attractions

Here is a list of popular attractions that are within a days drive of Marbella; Caminito del Rey footpath. Orchid House in Estepona, Cable Car in Benalmadena, Jardin Botanico (Botanical Garden) in Malaga, Alhambra of Granada, any of the Museums or art Galleries in Malaga, Osborne Toro Museum and Winery in El Puerto de Santa Maria, Selwo Park in Estepona, Biopark Zoo in Fuengirola, Butterfly park in Benalmadena, Dolmens of Antequera.



Here is a mixed bag of less popular curiosities within a day trip from Marbella that are our favourites and might capture you interest; Corominas Necropolis in Estepona, Cat Cave in Benaojan near Ronda. Airport Museum near Malaga Airport, Carteija Roman ruins near Los Barrios, Roman Baths near Manilva, Anticipo Roman Theatre near Ronda, Budist Stupa near Benalmadena, Whale and Dolfphin watching from Tarifa, Castle of Gaucin. 

It does not matter where you choose, in Andalucia you will have a great adventure along the way. 


Itineraries from MaRBELLa

Inland Costa del Sol Ronda & Gaucin
One-Day-Itinerary to explore the countryside around Mijas, Alhaurin, Coin, Monda, Ojen,  Marbella and Istan. 
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One-Day-Itinerary to explore the countryside around the towns of Ronda and Gaucin.
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West to Portugal Cultural cities
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