What you should know before you rent a car
Car hires in Spain: practical information
Where to rent a car in Spain
It's no surprise that Spain is the number one destination for UK travellers. Why? This diverse country is not only stunningly beautiful but it's rich in culture, history and gastronomy. To top that all off, it's easy to bag cheap flights to Spain, especially from London! With so much to see and do, the best way to tour Spain is definitely with a car hire Spain. With 30+ international airports, all with car rental companies, there is certainly plenty of options for a car hire Spain airport.
Have you already booked your flight tickets to Spain? Excellent! Now it's time to plan your transportation. Apart from economy car rentals in Spain there is 13,000km worth of rails! RENFE is Spain's national railway, often offering cheap transportation between major metropolitan cities. To reach more secluded areas, a cheap rent a car in Spain is essential.
Driving in Spain: parking and other tips
Like the rest of continental Europe, Spanish cars drive on the right-hand side of the road. Children under the age of 12 must sit in the back seats of the car. A UK driver's license is valid in Spain, as is any other EU license. As for speed limits, it's best to keep your eye on the odometer. In residential areas the limit is 50 km/h, rural roads it's 90km/h and on highways it's 120km/h. There are frequent speed cameras in both rural areas as well as on highways and your car hire company won't think twice about forwarding you the speeding ticket if you're caught.
There is zero tolerance for driving under the influence of alcohol, so skip that pint with dinner if you're driving home to your hotel afterwards.
Road trips in Spain: what to do, what to see
Madrid, the lovely capital, is a great place to start your Spanish adventure. This city is the centre for culture, art and history, all three of which mingle in the downtown streets. Flamenco shows, art exhibitions, incredible architecture at every turn! A must-see is the Museo del Prado, housing one of the most impressive art collections in Europe! To relax, head to the Parque del Buen Retiro, a green oasis in the middle of the city.
Barcelona, this city is made of dreams! For sea, sand and fun, this is your city. Las Ramblas unrolls down the middle of the city, lined with excellent shopping, Spanish restaurants and a weekly market for all your souvenir needs. Visit Gaudi's playground in Parc Guell or his most famous monument, the Sagrada Familia! At night, head to El Barrio Gotico for some tapas and red wine. This city is alternative and trendy, with plenty of surprises, are you ready?
Valencia is a jewel on the east coast and the perfect addition to any holiday in Spain. It's the third largest city in Spain. From Barcelona it's a 3 hour drive down the coast. Visit the Centre of Arts and Sciences, an extraordinary building that offers just a glimpse at futuristic architecture. The city's cathedral as well as its Barrio del Carmen are incredible. Finally, the Silk Market is the perfect place to shop for your souvenirs.