One of the most popular destinations on the Costa del Sol, Marbella is a stylish and cosmopolitan beach resort. The Hertz branch in town makes car rental in Marbella easy and allows you to get around without relying on taxis. No matter how far you plan to travel, hiring a car means you can do it in comfort and out of the heat of the Spanish sun, which can be unbearable if you’re travelling any distance during midday.
Marbella is a beautiful town in itself with plenty to keep holidaymakers happy, but it’s also brilliantly located for you to get out and see more of the region. Marbella itself is largely on a main road and next to a motorway, giving it great connectivity to other towns and cities in the area, while its coastal streets are a delight to drive along.
You will need a full driving licence and must be over 25 to rent a car in Marbella, or 23 with a young driver surcharge. If you are from outside the European Union you will also need an International Driving Permit (IDP). For more information about driving regulations in Marbella, take a look at our page about renting a car in Spain.
Driving in Marbella is fairly straightforward. The centre of town is completely pedestrianised, as are some of the promenades along the beaches. The roads around these pedestrianised areas have a one-way system to control traffic, so as long as you’re travelling in the right direction it’ll be easy to find your way around. If you are spending the day in the centre of Marbella, it’s worth parking up and going on foot as the town centre is comparatively small.
There is a good amount of paid-for parking in Marbella, with on-street parking signified by the ‘Zona Azul’ signs about town. There are pay and display machines from which to buy a ticket, or you can use the mobile app. There are also underground car parks, which are ideal if you need to park long term. The nearest to the Old Town are at Parking Plaza de la Victoria, Parking Avenida del Mar and Empark Mercado Municipal.
When you rent a car in Marbella, you’ll find the key route is the N-340 main road, which runs straight through the town — ideal if you want to get from one side to the other while avoiding the one-way system. It connects to the A-7 motorway, making it easy for golfers to get to the Rio Real Golf Hotel, Santa Clara Golf Marbella and Marbella Golf & Country Club. As you drive it, you’ll get gorgeous sea views.
Another key route that lets you see the best of Marbella is the one way system around the grounds of Museo del Bonsái. Although a short drive, it’s certainly a very pretty one.
The key highways out of Marbella are the AP-7 and A-7 motorways. Both follow a similar direction along the coast as far as Málaga. There they split and the AP-7 sets you in the direction of Granada, while the A-7 heads to Murcia and Valencia.
Going the other way out of Marbella, you can follow the AP-7 as it begins a drive to Seville, joining the A-381 through the Parque Natural Los Alcornocales. If you want a more scenic route again, you can take one of the many rural roads out of Marbella and drive up into the Parque Natural Sierra de las Nieves.