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After a period of investment Malaga has shed its Costa del Sol image and proved itself a cultural hotspot. Museums, restaurants and some stylish new hotels are now drawing in tourists who may once have given it a wide berth.
Seville, Marbella and Gibraltar are all within easy reach by car – as are the traditional Costa Blanca resorts of Alicante and Benidorm. Get a hire car in Malaga and you can experience it all.
Fly in to Malaga-Costa del Sol Airport , which is eight miles from the city centre, or try Almeria Airport, which is 130 miles, a drive of just over two hours, along the coast.
Firefly, Goldcar and Sixt all have counters at Malaga Airport. Centauro Rent a Car and Record Go Rent a Car are also among the Spanish car hire companies available if you want to go local.
Malaga was the birthplace of artist Pablo Picasso and the Museo Picasso Malaga has an impressive collection of his work. There is also the brightly coloured glass box of the Pompidou Centre – the building alone is worth seeing. But outside the city centre there is also much to explore.
The flashy beach resort of Marbella is 37 miles west along the coast, or head a little further in that direction and you reach Gibraltar, which is an 85-mile drive from Malaga – a journey of about one hour and 50 minutes. The British overseas territory of Gibraltar, or the Rock, is full of British pubs and tearooms, which may seem a little counterintuitive after days spent in Spain. The border is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, but take your passport and check that your hire car is insured once it has crossed the border. While you are there visit the famous rock, which is home to many of the Gibraltar’s Barbary macaques.
Granada is 77 miles northeast of Malaga – a drive of about an hour and a half. It is home to the Alhambra, a series of red-bricked palaces that rise up dramatically against the lush greenery surrounding it. Dating back to the ninth century, the buildings tell a vivid story of the area’s past. Tickets are limited and are allocated in strict time slots, so be sure to book before you go. Drive another 170 miles past Granada and the Sierra Nevada mountains and you reach Murcia, a university town with historic buildings and a bounty of tapas bars. Or head northwest to the vibrant city of Seville, the capital of the Andalusia region. It is a drive of about two hours and 20 minutes from Malaga, or 130 miles.
The driving laws in Spain are standard – wear a seat belt, don’t drink and drive and don’t use a mobile telephone. The roads are well signposted and driving is on the right side of the road.
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