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Hiring a car in Malaga

Malaga in the Costa del Sol is one of Spain's most popular holiday destinations, and sees visitors flock from across the globe to enjoy the sunny weather and sandy beaches.

Take in the beauty of the area and explore what Malaga has to offer by hiring a car for your holiday.

You can go north along the A-45 inland and explore some of the smaller towns and villages of the Costa del Sol, or head south on the MA-20 through Fuengirola and Marbella.

What you need to know

There are plenty of choices when it comes to hiring a vehicle in Malaga, so it's worth searching on our website for the best deal.

Choose from the top suppliers for your perfect vehicle - be it a large family car, or something a bit more fancy.

With so many hire car providers in the area, you can be sure to get a competitive price in Malaga. All of our bookings also come with 24/7 support and free cancellation, so you can be confident that if your needs change, we've got it covered.

Where to pick up your car

You can either collect your hire car at Malaga airport (AGP) after your flight's landed, or head into the city to one of the many suppliers with offices there.

If you want to pick-up your car at the airport, then you'll find car hire desks in Terminal 2 via a ramp in the arrivals hall, or in the ground floor arrivals area of Terminal 3. Other suppliers are located on Avenida Garcia Morato running parallel to the airport, which you can reach by taking a courtesy bus.

Alternatively, a number of suppliers are based within the city centre at the train station.

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Where to go

There's so much to see and do in Malaga, and your hire car will make this so much easier. You can head to one of the many beaches in the area, enjoy some retail therapy in the city centre or, if you're a keen golfer, try out one of the top-quality golf courses that Malaga has to offer.

Having a car also gives you the freedom to explore further afield and head to one of the other stunning beach resorts in the Costa del Sol, enjoy some of the smaller Spanish towns and villages in the area and bask in the sun on the open road.

Nearby Malaga

The Costa del Sol is well known for its stunning beach resorts, so if you're looking to visit a few different places then you'll find there's no shortage of beaches where you can kick back and relax in the Mediterranean sun, or take part in the various activities that are on offer. Some of the most popular resorts nearby are Fuengirola, Benalmadena and Marbella - all of which are less than an hour down the MA-20 and the A-7.

If you're keen to truly immerse yourself in some Spanish culture, then go south 30km on the MA-20, AP-7 and A-387 to Mijas, a village in the mountains that surround Malaga. Enjoy a drink in the sun, explore the beautiful cobbled streets and take in Andalucian charm of the area.

Longer drives

If you're looking to explore even more, then there's a number of other popular destinations. Just under two hours north of Malaga on the A-45 is Cordoba, or you can drive a bit further along the A-45 and A-92 to reach Seville.

If you're keen to drive down the coast, then head south along the MA-20, AP-7 and E-15 to reach Gibraltar, or east on the A-7 to Almeria, the capital of the province Costa Almeria.

For those looking for an even bigger adventure, Alicante is just under five hours north-east along the A-45, N-342 and A-7, or you can even head north-west on the A-45, A-92 and A-49 to cross the border into Portugal.

There are so many stunning destinations less than half a day's drive from Malaga, so whatever it is you're looking for, you'll be able to find it if you have a hire car.

Top attractions to visit in Malaga

Having a hire car really gives you the freedom to explore the best of what Malaga has to offer, so head out and take in the beauty of the Costa del Sol.

Eating and drinking

Food and drink are a huge part of the culture in Spain, and Malaga is no exception. Delicacies in the area include pescaíto frito (deep-fried fish), porra (tomato and dried bread soup) and ajoblanco (bread, almond and garlic soup).

You can be sure to find a variety of fine-wines to wash this down with, or a refreshing jug of Sangria.

Many restaurants, bars and cafes will give you the chance to try a daily selection of tapas dishes, which could be anything from rabbit to cod. If you like to be adventurous with your food then this is a real treat, as you know that you're getting the freshest of ingredients and the best dishes on offer that day.

Things to do

It goes without saying that the beaches are a major attraction in Malaga. The area enjoys particularly hot days between May and September, so during these months you'll find that the coast is very busy.

If you're looking for something a bit more chilled, then why not drive about 40 minutes down the A-7 to Playa Torrox? This area is usually less crowded, so you can really kick back, relax and enjoy the Mediterranean sun in a much more peaceful setting.

Around the city you can see some of the stunning Spanish architecture, as well as the many museums. In fact, Malaga has more museums than any other city in Andalucia, including the Wine Museum, Carmen Thyssen Museum and the Picasso Museum.


There's so much to see in Malaga, that you'll easily while away the hours exploring and taking in everything it has to offer.

You won't want to miss out on seeing the Baroque Cathedral, popularly known as La Manquita (one armed woman), or the stunning Roman theatre.

On the hill above the city you can also see Gibralfaro Castle, where you can enjoy a bite to eat, explore the fascinating surroundings and enjoy the panoramic views across the city and the coast.