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    Car hire in Malaga at the best rates

    Located on the Mediterranean coast, Malaga is a city situated within the autonomous region of Andalusia, a wonderfully vibrant place with lots of bars, cafes, clubs and restaurants to entertain you. The city also boasts world-renowned museums, festivals and concerts. Take a walk along its pedestrianised centre, stroll along its impressive cruise liner port and shop till you drop in its numerous branded stores. Malaga has everything to offer with plenty of sunshine.

    Auto Europe provides a car hire service across various locations. Being partnered with high branded suppliers has many advantages and thus we are able to offer competitive low prices. We have a wide selection of vehicles to choose from and therefore finding the right car hire in Malaga shouldn't be difficult. If you are planning a trip around Spain, be sure to check our road trip in Andalusia page. If you'd like to know what kind of experience other people have been having with Auto Europe, why not take a look at our Malaga car hire reviews page to read what they have to say about their recent car hire experience in Malaga.

    How is the traffic in Malaga?

    Driving in Spain is popular among tourists. It is one of the best ways to get around and see much of what this amazing country has to offer. Collect your car at the many pick-up points downtown or at the airport and you'll quickly realise how simple it is to explore many cities within Spain. You can, for instance, take the popular route along the A-92 from Malaga to Seville or you can choose to sightsee the coast with a route starting from Malaga to Barcelona. Along the way, we recommend a stop in Alicante, as it is a beautiful city to visit.

    Here are some driving tips for Spain:

    • The Spanish drive on the right side of the road
    • Only use the left-hand and middle lane for overtaking another car
    • Otherwise you should always use the right-hand lane
    • 18 years of age is the minimum legal age for driving in Spain. Please note that most car hire suppliers require a minimum age of 21 in order to hire a car. Furthermore, drivers under the age of 25 can be subject to a "young driver fee", to be charged by the supplier at the time of pick up. You can find more information listed on our website under "Product Information", as well as on your voucher
    • Mobile phone use while driving is illegal
    • Seatbelt use is mandatory for the driver and all passengers in the vehicle
    • A toll road is called an "autopista de peaje". If you see the word "peaje", it usually means that it is a toll road

    Where can I park my car hire in Malaga?

    Within Malaga, parking in what is known as the blue zone, is normally the cheapest option. These zones are designated by blue lines and consist of on-street metered parking. Operating times are from Monday to Friday, 9am until 2pm and 5pm until 8pm. On Saturdays you only pay for the morning. The city centre itself is pedestrianised and is a car-free zone, but you are able to park pretty close. Although be aware when parking your rent a car in Malaga that the maximum stay during active times are 2 hours, meaning that you must move your car beforehand. In addition to the blue zones, numerous car park garages exist. Although more expensive, these garages are open 24 hours per day with no time limit. Car parking garages are located at the Plaza de Marina, Alcazaba, Granados and Muelle Uno.

    Parking is limited in the city centre, and you generally cannot find free parking. Underground parking garages are available. For more detailed driving information in Spain, check out our driving guides.

    Malaga Airport

    Malaga Airport is the main international airport serving the Costa del Sol and is the fourth busiest airport in Spain after Madrid-Barajas, Barcelona, and Palma de Mallorca. The airport has three terminals and operates connections to over 60 countries.

    Official Name: Malaga-Costa del Sol Airport (AGP)
    Address: Av Comandante Garcia Morato, S/N, 29004 Malaga, Spain
    Website: Malaga-Costa del Sol Airport
    Telephone:+34 952 04 84 84

    What to do in Malaga

    • Alcazaba: Built in the 10th Century, Alcazaba of Malaga is located on a hill top overlooking the port of Malaga. Positioned in central Malaga, this fortification was captured by Spain in 1487, and is now one of the most visited locations in the city. The Moorish architecture is apparent and taking a wander through its grounds will not only give you a splendid view of the city, but also the restored Roman amphitheater which lies at its base.

    • Museo de Malaga: A visit to Malaga's provincial museum is a must when visiting the city. Learn about the various empires and cultures that have moulded Malaga and its people throughout the centuries. Opened in 2016, the Museo de Malaga is 18,000 sqm and has a total of eight rooms. It contains around two thousand pieces of art and eighteen thousand archaeological pieces.

    • Flamenco & Tapas Tour: Malaga and Andalusia as a whole is famous for flamenco and tapas. It is only right therefore to take a combined 3-hour flamenco and tapas tour across this wonderful city. If gastronomy is your passion, this tour will introduce you to all the traditional tapas, an electrifying Flamenco show and lots of friendly hospitality. Meet new people and explore the city together with local "vino".

    • Selwo Marina: For those interested in marine life and animal shows, then Selwo Marina is an ideal location for you to visit. Situated in Benalmádena, the park is only 15 minutes by car from Malaga. The park is divided into four areas; Amazonia, Antillas, Isla de Hielo and Las Hondonada. Here you will find dolphins, sea lions, snakes, birds (parrots), penguins, lizards and many more. The shows are very entertaining and great fun for the whole family.

    • Museo Picasso Malaga: As the famous artist Picasso was born in Malaga, it was only fitting to find in his home town a museum dedicated to his work. Inaugurated in 2003, this museum has 12 permanent exhibition galleries, and on occasions very interesting temporary displays. Paintings, sketches and ceramics can be viewed at leisure, but book early as sometimes it can be very busy. The museum also has a bookshop, café and a short walk away you'll also be able to visit house Picasso was born in.

    Best day trips with my car rental in Malaga


    Only 56 minutes along the AP-7 motorway you will come across Marbella. This picturesque seaside town is internationally renowned for its great climate and Mediterranean lifestyle. Visit nearby Puerto Banús and take in all the luxuries on offer. This port, which is frequently visited by the rich and wealthy, is full of top branded stores, numerous parked up sports cars and yachts. As you wander through Marbella itself, you will find the town very popular amongst tourists and locals alike. Frequent one of the numerous chic cafés, restaurants and bars. Take a stroll through the old town and discover beauty around every corner.


    Take your car rental in Malaga north into the mountains and you will come across a spectacular town called Ronda. After your 1 hour and a half journey through mountainous slow windy roads, you'll reach this beautiful place. The town is surprisingly very popular with tourists, despite it not being on the coast. But once you're there, you will quickly realise why this town is so magical. Perched on top of two mountains, linked together by one very impressive bricked bridge, Ronda is breath-taking. Walk through the medieval streets, along its castles narrow alleyways or sit in one of the many cafés sited on the cliffs edges.


    This seaside town is 1 hour and ten minutes away from Malaga, and easily reachable via the A-7 coastal road with your car hire in Malaga. Estepona, like Marbella and many of the other towns along the Costa del Sol, has many similarities, although Estepona itself is much less touristy. It has a beautiful large beach that stretches the length of the town and a very well kept old town. Walking through its streets you'll come across endless white washed buildings with colourful flowered hanging baskets. The town's modern botanical gardens is a must visit. Sited on the east side of the town, this glass domed building has a waterfall and numerous species of plants.

    Geographic Information & History

    Malaga is the sixth most populous city in Spain and is located in the autonomous community of Andalusia, right on the Mediterranean coast. It is the largest southernmost city in Europe and lies on the Costa del Sol, which means "coast of the sun". The high temperatures in the summer are bearable due to the wind blowing from the Mediterranean Sea. It is known to be one of the warmest cities in Europe, with temperatures averaging around 17 degrees Celsius during the day and seven degrees Celsius at night. The summer season runs from April through November.

    Malaga's history spans over 2,700 years and is one of the oldest cities in the world. The Phoenicians originally established Malaca (Malaga) in the early seventh century BC, and since then many cultures have conquered and settled within this city. From Bastetani, Greeks. Romans, Byzantine to Moors, Malaga rose and fell in importance multiple times throughout its history. In 1487 Malaga came under Christian (Spanish) control and has remained so until present day.

    How to get around Malaga

    Málaga-María Zambrano Railway Station is the main station in Malaga, and is located in the south west of the city centre. The AVE high-speed rail serves the station, connecting the city with 17 major Spanish cities through a network called AVE-experience operated by the company Renfe.

    The Malaga Bus Station is located right next to Málaga-María Zambrano Railway Station, making it easier for you to connect between rail and bus transport. Here you will find buses that provide services to various cities all over Spain, such as Marbella and Cordoba.

    Muelle De Heredia Bus Station: Buses operating from this station connect Malaga with nearby surrounding towns.

    Can I hire a campervan in Malaga?

    Spain is a vast and varied European country with much to offer the adventurous traveller. If you're such a traveller then why not look into Auto Europe's numerous offers for a campervan in Malaga. With a good selection of motorhomes to choose from, we are confident you will find the ideal option for traveling in comfort.

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    Malaga Tourist Information

    Infographic Day Trips from Malaga