Malaga is a charming port city on the Costa del Sol in southern Spain. A popular destination for holidaymakers, Malaga is a blend of both old and new, with the hotels clustered around the beach and harbour overlooked by two hill-top citadels: the Alcabaza and La Manquita. A Hertz car rental in Malaga lets you explore the resort and surroundings with ease.
Driving in Malaga can be as pleasant as the city itself. As you pass through palm tree-lined streets and pretty pastel buildings in your Hertz car rental in Malaga you’ll feel as relaxed as if you were kicking back with a cool sangria in one of the many café bars. However, please be careful at all times and remember to keep your wits about you: some of the road signs in Malaga confuse even the locals! Pedestrians also have a tendency to step out on to the road rather than using crossings. Take some sunglasses too in order to protect against the often blinding sunlight. As long as you drive defensively in and around Malaga however, you’ll be able to visit beaches and enjoy the attractions such as the Picasso museum or La Manquita, the baroque cathedral on the hillside without encountering any problems.
You will need a full driving licence and must be over 21 to rent a car in Malaga. If you are from outside the European Union you will also need an International Driving Permit (IDP). For more information about driving regulations in Malaga, take a look at our page about renting a car in Spain.
Regulated parking in Malaga is available in the blue zone in the city centre from 9am to 2pm and 5pm to 8pm in the week and on Saturday mornings. Do not park on any streets where there are red or yellow lines. The Sociedad Municipal de Aparcamientos y Servicios operates a total of 12 car parks, with over 6,000 parking spaces available to both residents and visitors.
You can also leave your Hertz car rental in Malaga for two or three hours in shopping centre car parks close to the centre such as El Corte Inglés, Malaga Plaza and Larios Commercial Centre, providing you pop in beforehand and spend a minimum of six Euros. So treat yourself to a coffee before you head out to explore this charming city.
The city is the ideal place to explore historical monuments, atmospheric streets, squares with their bustling café culture and excellent shopping centres. Calle Marques de Larios is the main street to head for, but you will have to park up and walk as the street is pedestrianised. Elsewhere you can find the Alcazaba fort and 2000 year old amphitheatre the Teatro Romano, both at Calle Alcazabilla, the Picasso museum celebrating the artist’s life and birthplace at Palacio de Buenavista and the Plaza de toros de La Malagueta at Paseo de Reding.
There are two main routes to Malaga from Barcelona and Madrid. The E15 / A7 is nearly 1000km and runs alongside the east coast. The E5 is approximately 500km and comes in from the north from Madrid. Take the A92 and N331 if coming from Portugal in the west and the E15 from the south if coming from Gibraltar. All of these roads have tolls. The N340 Costa Del Sol road can get congested while Spanish drivers also have a tendency to drive extremely fast, so stay in the right hand lane if you don’t wish to engage in a racing competition.