What you should know before hiring a car in Almeria
|Almeria city centre|
|Almería Airport (LEI): 5 mi from city centre|
Car hires in Almeria: practical information
Where to rent a car in Almeria
Heading to Spain? Almeria is the perfect place. This seaside city may look sleepy but it's a great place to base yourself in if you're hoping to take road trips around the south of Spain and discover more than just the coast. First things first, have you booked your flights to Almeria yet? Once you've done that, it's on to choosing the cheapest car hire in Almeria for those road trips we mentioned.
If you're arriving with tickets from London to Almeria, pick up your rent car in Almeria at the airport. There are four car hire companies there in total: AurigaCrown, Europcar, Goldcar Spain and Hertz. Apart from that there are a dozen choices in the city centre as well, both local and international companies, although you may find the international ones offer better deals, especially for a long term car hire in Almeria of a one way car hire in Almeria.
Driving in Almeria: parking and other tips
It's fairly easy to find parking in Almeria, although you have to watch out for one-way streets as well as narrow streets. These can get confusing! There are car parks scattered around the city, one along La Rambla and Calle General Tamayo, one at the port, one in Plaza Lopez Falcon as well as one at the top of La Rambla at Calle Murcia. Confirm the opening hours before leaving your vehicle, as some may close for the night.
If you know you're going to need parking for your entire trip, book hotels in Almeria with parking instead of having the headache of moving your car daily. There are several hotels in Almeria with parking, even in the city centre. Just launch a search on liligo.com and refine your criteria by selecting "Parking" from the list of amenities you want your hotel to have! Easy, right?
Road trips from Almeria: what to do, what to see
Cabo de Gata
Less than 20 miles away is Cabo de Gata, a nature park that is stunningly beautiful. With secluded beach coves, rocky and sandy shores, desert-like ambiance and great summer time parties, Cabo de Gata is the place to be! It's quite secluded, making it necessary to arrive either by hitchhike or with a cheap rent car from Almeria. Work your way along the coast, San Jose is particularly nice.
The coast will deliver countless opportunities for small road trips from Almeria. Just pack your rent car with all your beach necessities and head west towards Malaga. You'll pass through Motril, Nerja and Rincon de la Victoria. Nerja has some mean undercurrents and it's not recommended to swim there while Rincon de la Victoria is a very Spanish spot, with hardly any foreigners. Once you reach Malaga, look up the address for the Picasso Museum, housed in the artist's childhood home.
Granada is 100 miles away from Almeria and it only takes so long to get there because you can to pass the Sierra Nevada mountains. Hello, majestic scenery! Granada is a lively university town, ancient, with its main landmark being the famous Alhambra, an Arabic palace and gardens. Granada and the surrounding Sierra Nevadas are the perfect addition to any holiday in Almeria.