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Marbella is a resort known for its glitz, glamour and luxury – but it possesses a surprisingly down to earth side as well. For every pristine yacht glinting in the marina, there’s a family-run restaurant; for every expensive boutique, there’s a winding back street overflowing with colourful flowerboxes. Spend time in this lovely resort town and you can sunbathe in style, wander through the quaint Old Town, and – if you rent your own vehicle – get out of the centre and tour the local attractions.

Rent a Car at Malaga Airport (AGP)

The easiest way to get to Marbella is to fly into Malaga Airport situated just up the coast. Malaga Airport is an international travel hub, serving many destinations on the Costa del Sol. It is also equipped with several car rental agencies, including Europcar and Firefly. Once you have picked up your vehicle, you should head southwest out of the airport on the AP-7; traffic permitting, Marbella can be reached in 35 minutes.

It’s also possible to reach Marbella by flying into Gibraltar Airport and hiring a car there. However this airport operates fewer flights and the drive to Marbella takes closer to an hour.

Rent a Car in Marbella

Travellers who want to rent a car in Marbella itself will find plenty of agencies. Global rental brands such as Enterprise have offices in Marbella, you will also find local Spanish firms that cater to tourists. You can browse you car hire options in Marbella using the Expedia search tool.

If you do decide to hire a car in Marbella and need transport from Malaga Airport, there are a couple of options. You can take a train as far as Fuengirola and then a bus the rest of the way. It is also possible to take a taxi, but this is the more expensive option.

Driving in Marbella

Having your own car in this region of Spain adds extra convenience, but when exploring the centre of Marbella you might be better off parking your vehicle and exploring on foot. This is because parking can be difficult in the busy centre, and because many of the key attractions are close together, such as the famous Orange Square, the Engraving Museum and the Church of the Incarnation. Arroyo de la Represa Park is also perfect for a leisurely stroll; you can even duck your head in at the Bonsai Museum for a glance at some miniature trees.

Day Trips from Marbella

You can make the most of your rental vehicle by getting out of central Marbella. Just 10 minutes east you’ll find the Marbella Golf & Country Club; more courses lie west in San Pedro de Alcantara. Drive up to Fuengirola and Torremolinos (both accessible in under 40 minutes by car) and you can enjoy the theme parks, water parks and zoos. And of course, you can also use your car to visit all Marbella’s excellent beaches. Just don’t forget to pack a picnic!




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