Hiring a Car at Malaga Airport
Most people visiting Malaga get into the city via the airport, located seven miles southwest of the centre. Malaga-Costa del Sol airport is the busiest in Andalusia and serves a number of European destinations all year round, meaning it is easy to fly direct from most major airports on the continent. If you do choose to fly into Malaga Airport, you will find lots of places to hire a car upon arrival. Popular car rental companies such as Enterprise and Europcar operate out of the airport, or you can also hire a vehicle from one of the local agencies.
Hiring a Car in Malaga
If you’re arriving in the city by train, you’ll find plenty of car hire companies at Maria Zambrano Station (the terminus for trains from Madrid and Cordoba, amongst others). Other rental agencies are dotted throughout the city, but this station is the most convenient place to pick up a car. It is also highly accessible. You can reach Maria Zambrano Station by bus since it is situated next to the city bus station, and the train from Malaga airport also stops at the station. Parking in the tourist heart of the city can be difficult, so if you decide to hire a car, you might consider leaving it at your accommodation for day trips into Malaga's bustling centre.
Attractions On the Outskirts of Malaga
After you’ve explored central sightseeing spots like the 11th-century Alcazaba, Gibralfaro Castle and the Picasso Museum, make the most of your hire car and head to the outskirts of the city. Sports fans will want to pay a visit to La Rosaleda football stadium, while motor aficionados will enjoy the historic cars on display at the Automovilístico Museum. Four miles east of the city centre, the El Palo beaches provide some excellent sunbathing opportunities, while the Botanical Gardens offer a quiet walk away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Driving Routes in the Malaga Region
If you hire a car in Malaga, you will have the freedom to take day trips out of the centre, and even out of the city. Travellers with young children might want to head southwest out of Malaga to the resort towns of Torremolinos and Fuengirola, both of which are packed with theme parks, beaches and lots of opportunities for shopping and family dining. Nature lovers, meanwhile, should make time for a trip to Montes de Malaga Natural Park, where you can hike, spot the local wildlife and even spend the night in a hilltop lodge.