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La Manga Car Hire

Car hire is advisable in La Manga if you want to make the most of the superb facilities which are spread across the club's 1,400 acres. A rental car is the best way to get around the resort and is a must if you plan to explore the local coastline and the Spanish villages which pepper the shores of the Mar Menor.

The historic city of Murcia is a good shopping centre just 45 minutes drive inland. The ancient port of Cartagena is 20 kilometres along the coast and less than an hour's drive north is the cosmopolitan city of Alicante with its wonderful shops, beaches and round the clock entertainment.

About 25 kilometres north west of Alicante are the fantastic Cuevas de Cantalobre, a prehistoric cathedral like cavern where some of the weird and wonderful rock formations resemble candelabra ("canalobre" in Spanish).

Europe's largest palm gardens are worth a visit, 25 kilometres south west of Alicante at Elche.

Drive a short distance from the club to the tip of the peninsula where you'll find the local village of Cabo de Palos, with its popular Sunday market, lively bars, harbourside fish restaurants and ceramic shops (which are wonderful for attractive and incredibly cheap gifts to take home with you after your holiday.)

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 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 this area of 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.