Alicante is a very pleasant city to drive in, famous for its wide avenues and boulevards, which are all maintained in excellent condition and have good signage. Renting a car in Alicante is convenient and easy with Hertz, free of hassle and certainly the best way of getting around this part of Spain’s Costa Blanca.
Alicante’s prime attractions include Santa Barbara Castle, the city’s 17th century cathedral and the famous Alicante Museum of Contemporary Art. There are plenty of parking facilities and you’ll have no problem getting around by rental car.
You will need a full driving licence and must be over 21 to rent a car in Alicante. If you are from outside the European Union you will also need an International Driving Permit (IDP). For more information about driving regulations in Alicante, take a look at our page about renting a car in Spain.
If you rent a car in Alicante remember that in the rush hour things can get hectic, but if you keep your eyes open for blue areas and private car parks you’ll soon discover that parking need not be a problem.
There are two large parking lots in the harbour area. One of these consists of subterranean parking close to the Melia hotel, while the other is at the opposite end of the harbour. These are ideal for accessing the historic centre of Alicante on foot and for getting to the main shopping districts too. There’s also a city centre car park next to the Marina, which is underground and charges for length of stay.
Opening hours:Mo-Su 0700-2400
Opening hours:Mo-Fr 0900-1330 1600-1930, Sa-Su 1000-1830
Address:Avenida de la Estacion, 20
There are a number of main routes in and around Alicante and you can use these to access all of the attractions. Squares such as the Plaza de Carmen are all interconnected and form a nucleus from which the main roads radiate.
The Avenue de Juan Bautista Lafora will take you from the city centre straight to the elevator that goes up to the Castle of Santa Barbara.
Rambla de Mendez Nunez is the main shopping thoroughfare in Alicante.
The Explanada is popular with pedestrians and drivers alike and is one of the city’s most scenic routes.
The main thoroughfare in Alicante is La Ramble, which is lined with luxury apartments and boutiques. This is the best road for quickly cutting through the city and for accessing other parts of the region. Bear in mind a few points when driving on La Rambla or any other of the Spanish roads:
• The motorways are known as autopistas and are designated by a prefix of A or E. They are frequently toll roads, with a speed limit of 120kph.
• If seat belts are fitted you must wear them, front and back of the car.
• Dual carriageways are called autovias and with these the speed limit can vary between 80 and 140kph. Be sure to keep one eye on the signs which will tell you what it is on any given stretch.
• Carry full driver documentation with updated licence photo in case you’re stopped for a routine check.
• Driving in Spain can be erratic, especially at roundabouts, to take special care when approaching one of these.
• The maximum speed on a local highway, or Cerratera, is 100kph, although on some it is less so again keep watching the signs.
• Drive on the right hand side on all roads in Spain.