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 most common places to hire a car.
However increasingly holiday makers are taking a transfer service to thier hotel or holiday rental, resting for a few days and then renting a hire car for the rest of the holiday. This car can then be returneld locally of back at the airport ahead of the return flight.
There are some 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 an inland day trip, Manilva, Gaucin and the villages of the Alta Genal valley of Serranía de Ronda. take you pick from stops at Benarrabá, Algatocín, Benalauría, Benadalid, Atajate, Alpandeire, blue Júzcar, Cartajima returning on the Ronda Road to San Pedro or vice versa.
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, El Palmar and Conil de la Frontera.
EAST ALONG THE COAST
Driving east along the coast a possible stop is resort of Fuengirola, Benalmadena or Torremolinos. Malaga city is a favorite now but more of a day trip in itself. To the east of Malaga to Montes de Malaga park and the villages of La Axarquia, including Frilijiana and Nerja on the coast. Into the Costa Tropical we have Almuñecar and Salobreña. Motril leads us up into Las Alpujarras or keep along the coast into the province of Almería.
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 Rabidanear 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.
Itineraries from MaRBELLa
If you want a break from the clamour and crowds on the Costa then explore Mijas, Alhaurin, Coin, Monda, Ojen and also Istan. The scenery is quite spectacular and the roads are well-travelled, yet… More →
This route takes you from the coastal city of Malaga, southwest along the coast to San Pedro, then inland up the spectacular mountain road to Ronda. Next, you continue to Algodonales, which is… More →
This route takes you from the coastal city of Malaga, south-west along the coast to San Pedro, then inland up the spectacular windy mountain road to Ronda. Next, you to continue to Algodonales,… More →