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Javea Car Hire

Hiring a car is really a must for most people holidaying in Javea simply because the resort is so spread out and there are so many fascinating places to visit away from the main beachfront. Javea is not a package holiday resort so the chances are you won't have airport transfers to and from the resort included in your holiday deal. The vast majority of tourists who come to Javea rent self catering apartments and villas which are often not within easy access to the beach and local facilities. That's why car hire firms abound here you'll find them everywhere, especially on the Cabo la Nao road leading from the Arenal to the port.

Chances are you'll want to book a car in advance of your arrival so it's waiting for you at the airport. Most of the big firms offer an airport service and all the Javea car rental companies have staff who speak English.

With the freedom of a car you'll be able to enjoy all the delights of Javea and its surrounding area.

Pop up the road to the nearby town of Gata, 15 minutes drive away, where the local craftsmen line the streets with their wickerwork.

Take a day trip up into the mountains to visit the Moorish mountain fortress at Guadalest, pop down the coast to Benidorm or spend a day's shopping in the cosmopolitan cities of Valencia (120 kilometres north) and Alicante (90 kilometres south).

There are so many car hire firms to choose from with varying prices, car quality and terms and conditions. So check out what each one has to offer before simply going for the cheapest.

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?

For just popping around the resort you may decide to go for a motorbike or scooter. Many car hire firms provide them and there are also dedicated companies solely dealing in scooter hire.

Quad bikes are a popular and fun way of getting about in Javea. Or you could hire a pushbike you'll be able to jump the high season traffic queues and get fit at the same time.