Rent a car in Malaga with Europcar
Lying on the Costa del Sol and south-east of Seville, Malaga is a city that has come into its own in recent years. The 11th century architecture sits comfortably alongside modern bars and boutiques in this red-roofed city, where the fine dining scene is being likened to Barcelona and there are enough museums and galleries to rival Madrid.
Within driving distance are stunning natural parks, as well as Marbella to the south, and the coast leading down to Gibraltar.
The Europcar car rental experience in Malaga
There are two convenient Europcar pick up points in Malaga, one at Malaga Airport and another at the main train station, both perfectly situated to get you on your way quickly when you arrive in Malaga.
Looking for something small enough for one or two people? Choose the popular Volkswagen Polo or Fiat 500. If you are travelling with a larger group or just need more space, look to our station wagon options such as the Seat Leon or Peugeot 508. Planning a road trip? The 9-seater Mercedes Vito Tourer is an excellent choice for taking longer journeys in comfort.
Europcar Malaga also offers a comprehensive selection of van hire, and all our rentals are available on a short or long term basis. Plan your trip and we will help you find car hire to suit.
Driving in Malaga
While you are driving in Malaga city, the speed limit is capped at 50 km/h. Outside the city, country roads are 90 km/h and motorways 120 km/h. In residential areas the speed limit is 20 km/h.
Parking in the historic centre of Malaga is not advisable due to the protected areas and narrow streets; however you can park in ‘blue zones’ where there are blue markings or signposting. On-street parking is enforced from Monday to Friday 9am-2pm and 4pm-8pm. Maximum stay in these spots is two hours. There is unlimited parking in off-street multi-storey car parks, and rates in these vary. You can pay with cash, credit/debit cards and mobile phone apps.
Many motorways in Spain are subject to toll charges. You can pay these with cash, credit/debit cards or via an automated electronic system. To use the automated system you need a VIA T box in your car, which can be obtained from some banks. At the toll stations you must drive through the correct lane depending on how you will be paying.
Discover Malaga and the surrounding area by car
Malaga boasts many cultural attractions, including the house where Picasso was born. There is also La Térmica cultural centre, the definitive hub for arts events and artist workshops; and the Automobile and Fashion Museum, a blend of high end fashion and sleek vintage cars. Food-wise, tapas obviously reigns supreme but there are also great Moroccan and world food offerings too.
Lose yourself in the beauty of the Spanish coastline with day trips to Ronda, a spectacular cliff-side city with incredible bridges and gorges, and Frigiliana a stunning whitewashed town with beautiful views and great tapas restaurants, both just an hour away.
Further away is Granada (124 kilometres), Gibraltar (138 kilometres) and Seville (205 kilometres), all fascinating Spanish destinations within driving distance.
A picturesque seaside town just 45 minutes along the coast from Malaga, Nerja is an easily accessible day trip. The Nerja Caves are one of the most popular and spectacular historical attractions in Spain. Take a tour to see the ancient cave art, as well as the largest stalagmite in the world, measuring 32 metres! There are several different tours, including an eerie night-time version. Ample parking is available in and around the site of the Nerja Caves; great if you travel here in your hire car.
Things to do in Malaga
Malaga is a melting pot of arts and culture. Start off with the big attractions, such as the Museo Picasso Málaga with great year-round exhibitions and a permanent collection of over 200 impressive pieces; the Paris offshoot, Centre Pompidou Málaga with works from Frida Kahlo and Francis Bacon to name a few; and MAUS, an entire district that was abandoned and then revamped by street artists. Then make sure you visit the Málaga Alcazaba, with its evocative gardens and fine examples of Moorish architecture. And the rewarding views of the city and coastline atop the Catedral de Málaga are definitely worth the 200-step climb to the top.