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Do I need to rent a car in Spain?

One of the world’s leading holiday destination, Spain is full of locations where it’s entirely natural to ask whether or not you need to hire a car. This might be more obvious in larger cities like Barcelona or Madrid, but it’s much less clear on islands like Mallorca or Gran Canaria.

Spain has invested billions of euros in recent years in improving its transport network, from new motorways through to the AVE high speed rail network and modern tram systems in cities like Alicante or Santa Cruz de Tenerife.


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Do you need a car in Lanzarote? As with the other major islands in the Canaries, Lanzarote is just large enough for a hire car to be useful. Driving is generally a lot more convenient than going by bus, except for the some of the areas around the capital Arrecife. It’s also perfectly possible to… Read More »


Do you need a car in Madrid? The Spanish capital is quite unlike any other major city on the Iberian peninsular, sitting as it does in its own basin. If your usual idea of Spain is a Mediterranean coastal resort then dry Madrid is quite different, but what it lacks in water, it more than… Read More »


Do you need a car in Malaga? Many people taking flights into Malaga will automatically pick up a rental car without thinking about it. So can you enjoy a stay there without one? This depends in many ways on where you are staying – many people head west for Costa Del Sol resorts, or stay… Read More »


Should you rent a car in Menorca? We really don’t recommend getting a hire car in Menorca. The only reasons to hire a car in Menorca are the same reasons as anyhwere else, ie a car will give you so much convenience that it’s worth going to all the hassle of driving and parking it… Read More »


Should you rent a car in Palma? Majorca is perhaps the most popular of all Europe’s holiday islands, and it is easy to see why. Majorca offers something for everybody – from the obvious sun sea and sand through to cultural attractions in Palma itself and the verdant Northern parts of the island. So what’s… Read More »


Do you need a car in Santander? Some visitors to northern Spain will know Santander because it is the port used by Brittany ferries for their sailings from Portsmouth and Plymouth. These routes are also complemented by a service to Bilbao from Portsmouth. This is also now operated by Brittany Ferries, following the withdrawal of… Read More »


Do you need a car in Seville? Many people heading for the Spanish Costas forget that Andalusia also has some fantastic cities in its interior, and these should never be overlooked. Some people just make day trips to cities like Seville and Granada from the Costa Del Sol, and this can easily be done in… Read More »


Do you need a car in Tenerife? Each year, millions of tourists from all across Europe flock down to Tenerife to soak up the sun. The Canary Islands offer the closest thing to a year-round sun without taking a long haul flight to somewhere further away. So is it worth getting a hire car for… Read More »


Do you need a car in Valencia? Spain’s third city has gone to great efforts to put itself on the tourist map, especially with the vast City of Arts and Sciences complex. This huge white monument to steel, concrete and glass, which was designed by home-grown architect Santiago Calatrava really is one of the most… Read More »