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Almeria Car Hire

Car hire is advisable whether you're staying in the city of Almeria or in one of the province's coastal resorts. Local tour operators organise excursions to places of interest but with the freedom of a rental car you'll be able to explore the long coastline with its diversity of beaches, coves and rugged cliffs, discover the desert interior and venture further afield to the historic city of Granada and the wild and spectacular Alpujarras region.

Take a trip inland to visit the famous troglodyte villages where modern day cave dwellers have burrowed their extraordinary homes out of the soft rock. You'll find cave houses in several villages in Almeria including Alhabia, Gador, Benahadux, Fondon and Laujar de Andarax.

Visit the wild west theme parks of Mini Hollywood and Texas Hollywood near the town of Tabernes, 30 kilometres north of the city of Almeria. You'll be able to enjoy some cowboy style entertainment amid the remnants of the movie sets left behind by the makers of hundreds of spaghetti westerns.

Explore the rugged wilderness of the Cabo de Gata nature reserve at the south eastern tip of Spain.

Granada is just 120 kilometres away with its fabulous Alhambra Palace, deservedly one of the top tourist attractions in the whole of Spain (don't go without booking tickets in advance in high season as visitor numbers are restricted).

To the east of Granada is the magnificent Sierra Nevada mountain range, home to Europe's most southerly ski resort. On its southern slopes you'll find the ancient mountain villages of the Alpujarras, one of the most stunningly beautiful regions of Spain. A day's touring here will take your breath away (strictly not for those with vertigo!).

These are some of the questions you should be asking yourself before choosing your car hire company:

  • Does the company have a dedicated desk inside the airport where you can collect your keys and sort out any necessary paperwork and problems? There's nothing worse than arriving in the middle of the night to find no car.and no one to complain to!
  • Does the company give a commitment on the quality of its cars are they, for example, all under a certain age?
  • Will you have to pay the local IVA tax (Spanish VAT) of 16% or is it included in the price?
  • Does the company offer "no quibble" insurance to cover such things as collision damage and theft? Is unlimited third party insurance and basic personal accident damage for the driver and occupants included?
  • Will you have to pay an "excess" charge in the event of an accident?

 

There have been instances of "motorway pirates" targeting foreigners in hired cars in southern Spain so keep all your valuables with you when you stop at a service station and never leave the keys in the ignition. The favourite trick is to try and flag you down on the hard shoulder on the basis that something's wrong with your car. Ignore anyone who tries to do this and check your car at the next service area if you think there's a problem.

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