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 checking on our car hire pages of these airports.
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.
On our main Car hire in Andalucia, Spain page there is additional info about car hire in Spain such as insurance, car hire groups, petrol policy and other useful tips.
Self Drive Day Trips from Marbella
If you want to take a drive out from Marbella for an afternoon or a full day, here are some of our suggestions.
Visit on the pretty villages that are tucked away just back from the coast. Make a route through Ojen, Monda, Guaro and Tolox. Another popular route is Manilva to Gaucin and back via Casares or vice versa. For a day trip, other most interesting villages are Tarifa, Vejer de la Frontera, Conil de la Frontera. Slightly further afield are Jimena de la Frontera, Castellar and San Roque. Further Inland Medina Sidonia, Arcos de la Frontera, Grazalema, Ronda. See our Day trips by car from Marbella page.
WEST ALONG THE COAST
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. See our Day trips by car from Marbella page.
EAST ALONG THE COAST
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. See our Day trips by car from Marbella page.
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. See our Day trips by car from Marbella page.
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.
One-Day-Itinerary to explore the countryside around the towns of Ronda and Gaucin.
|West to Portugal||Cultural cities|