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    The ABC's of Driving in Malaga

    Perched on Spain's south coast, the Province of Malaga is a popular place for a holiday - and with good reason. Many of its beaches lie on the sun-soaked Costa del Sol, while metropolises like Malaga City are awash with cultural attractions. And if you want to make the most of your holiday in this stunning destination, it's well worth hiring a car. This way, you can explore the many contrasts the area has to offer, from its beautiful stretches of sand to its verdant mountains.

    Hiring a car at Malaga Airport

    Assuming you're flying to Malaga, it makes sense to hire a car at Malaga Airport, which is the main hub for the Costa del Sol. Arrange your car hire well in advance and picking up your vehicle will be a quick and simple process, and having your own set of wheels from the outset will, of course, give you the maximum amount of freedom. Plus, this has the added bonus of making getting to your hotel or holiday villa that much easier - and will be especially welcome if you are travelling with the kids, lots of luggage or both!

    Driving around Malaga Province

    Driving in Malaga is much like driving anywhere else in Spain, which means you simply need to get to grips with the differences between driving there and in the UK. Key things to remember include that the Spanish drive on the right side of the road - the left is only used for overtaking or driving fast. It's also worth bearing in mind that people tend to drive quite aggressively - just something to be aware of so you're not too startled.Look out for autopista de peaje, which are toll roads. Often, these will be marked simply with a 'peaje' sign, which means you'll need to be ready to use that route.

    Driving within Malaga City

    As you may expect, parking is the main issue to be aware of when driving within Malaga City itself. Spaces are very limited in the centre and you'll rarely find a spot that's free of charge to use. That said, there is a decent number of underground parking garages, a comprehensive list of which can be found on the city's tourism website. The key is to plan in advance and think about where you can park - and note down a few alternatives just in case the car park you planned to stop at is full.

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