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Tips for Renting and Driving a Car in Malaga, Spain

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Malaga is a breathtaking holiday destination where you can unwind and rejuvenate in the idyllic coastal environs. Driving in and around Malaga is straightforward, and you may want to rent a car in the city to explore Malaga and nearby sites at your own pace.

The city has an extensive network of rental car companies and you can hire a car from Hertz, Sixt, Avis, or Europcar. Here are some basic tips for a stress-free driving experience in Malaga.

Car Rental Tips

The legal age for driving a car in Malaga is 18 years, but the rental car companies may have their own minimum driving age. 

Read the following tips before you hire a car in Malaga. 

  • Always check the car’s condition
  • Check the air conditioning, as the summer months (June, July, and August) may experience high temperatures and you will prefer the air-conditioning.
  • Check the terms and conditions for fuel.
  • Remember to carry the originals of your driving license. 
  • Check if the car is equipped with reflective jackets, orange reflective triangles, first-aid kit, GPS, spare wheel, and spare light bulbs.
  • Also, check for the apt restraint system depending on the age and size for your children.

Speed Limits to Follow

  • Motorways (Autopista or Autovia): 120kph (75mph.)
  • Freeways: 100kph (62mph.)
  • Urban Roads: 50kph (31mph.)

Driving Essentials

  • Drive on the right-hand side of the road.
  • Don't drink and drive as it is a punishable offence. 
  • Use of car seat belts is mandatory.
  • Do not use a cell phone while driving. 
  • Use of headphones connected to sound devices like iPods should be avoided.
  • Headlights must be used in tunnels. 
  • Avoid parking where the sidewalk border is painted red or yellow. 
  • The use of horn between 23:00 and 6:00 should be avoided.

Follow these basic driving rules, carefully check the car before hiring it and explore Malaga at your own pace.

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