Spain Guide


Fuengirola Car Hire

Car hire is not essential in Fuengirola as this is a compact resort with all your main holiday requirements met within easy reach of the town centre. Most hotels are on the main seafront promenade surrounded by a wealth of bars, restaurants, shops and leisure activities. There are good communication links rail, road, bus and taxi with Malaga airport and nearby resorts.

For day trips and local excursions you can either make use of public transport or approach one of the town's many travel agents for details of coach journeys to popular tourist destinations.

But if you're keen to explore the many delights of the Costa del Sol and inland Andalucia, hiring a car is the best way to do it.

With a car you'll be able to explore the "real Spain", visiting the historic town of Ronda and the famous "white villages" of the Andalucian hinterland. Head down the coast to glitzy Marbella or take a trip to the exciting cities of Seville, Cadiz, Cordoba, Jerez and Granada.


Gibraltar is only an hour and a half's drive away; you could even take a day trip to Africa if you drive to the southernmost tip of Spain and get on a ferry from Algerciras to Tangier.

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 the necessary paperwork and any 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 17.5% 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 on the Costa del Sol 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.