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    Car hire in Malaga - Discover the spanish coast

    Are you planning a trip to Malaga? Auto Europe has you covered! We are a car rental broker with over 60 years of experience on the market and a great network of car hire suppliers around the world. Enjoy our best rates and book your car hire in Malaga in just a few steps from the comfort of your home. Explore Costa del Sol, experience the best of Andalusia and enjoy your stay in the lively and energetic Malaga!

    Low-cost airlines make cheap flights to Spain possible not only during summer, but also year-round. Treat yourself to a weekend break or a longer holiday and arrange your car rental in Malaga through our website. Alternatively, call our reservations agents on +49 89 412 09 786 seven days a week and they will help you with your booking. If you change your mind, don’t worry! With Auto Europe you can cancel your rental contract up to 72 hours before the rental begins.

    How is the traffic in Malaga?

    Every popular seaside destination in Spain sees an increase in traffic due to the growing number of tourists during summer. Unfortunately, the province of Malaga is notorious for long traffic jams typical on the motorways leading to and from the local beaches. If you would like to go to the beach, please be sure to leave as early as possible to avoid a spike in traffic. Expect frequent radar traps in and around the city so be sure to drive carefully respecting the road rules. If you, for example, receive a speeding ticket, the car rental company will enforce payment from your credit card even if you have already left the city. Drivers who need prescription eyewear must have one spare set of glasses in the car at all times. Find out more about driving in Spain in our detailed guide.

    Where can I park my car hire in Malaga?

    Plan ahead where you will park your car hire in Malaga and be sure to check all parking options online, especially if you'd like to book a parking space in advance. Street parking is hard to find so we recommend leaving the vehicle in the blue zone parking spots with ticket machines. Parking in the blue zone is free on Sundays. With the largest part of Malaga’s city centre being a car-free zone, you will need to look for a car park a bit outside. Plenty of parking spaces can be found in guarded multi-storey car parks such as Alcazaba and Plaza de Marina or Parking Granados near the famous Picasso museum.

    Malaga Airport

    Malaga Airport with its three terminals is Spain’s fourth largest airport connecting Andalusia to more than 60 countries around the globe. It is located approximately 10 miles southwest of Malaga city and within easy reach by car or public transport.

    Official Name: Malaga-Costa del Sol Airport (AGP)
    Address: Av Comandante Garcia Morato, S/N, 29004 Malaga, Spain
    Website: Malaga-Costa del Sol Airport
    Telephone:+34 952 04 84 84

    What to do in Malaga

    As it’s a sun and sea destination, you may think that Malaga is a typical seaside city with long beaches and vibrant nightlife as its most prominent features. There is, however, much more to Malaga for you to discover! Our affordable deals for rent a car in Malaga will help you with that!

    • Alcazaba and Castillo de Gibralfaro: Alcazaba, the famous and best preserved fortress built by the Moors in the 8th century guards Malaga from a hilltop. Its giant walls protect the citadel, the beautiful palace built on Roman foundations, and lush court gardens. Another landmark looming above Malaga is Castillo de Gibralfaro, a military fortification used in wars.

    • Museo del Vidrio: Compact in size, Museo del Vidrio is located in a charming 18th-century mansion in Malaga. The museum showcases crystal and glass deco items including antique Venetian and Dutch glassware. One of the highlights is a Roman glass bowl older than 2,000 years.

    • Picasso Museum: Admire the art of famous Picasso, a timeless painter and founder of Cubism, born in Malaga! In the museum you will find various collections giving deep insight not only into Picasso’s work, but also into his life. You can buy a ticket online in advance to avoid the queues.

    • Food Scene: Sample various delicacies of Andalusian cuisine in some of the Michelin-star restaurants in Malaga or, why not try some authentic street food such as the popular local dish espeto, made of grilled sardines. While away the evening with a glass of dessert wine typical of the Malaga region.

    • Port of Malaga: One of the oldest Mediterranean ports and the oldest in Spain, the port of Malaga is a nice place to take a stroll while observing big cruisers and fancy yachts. Nearby you will find a host of sightseeing attractions including museums and monuments.

    Best day trips with my car rental in Malaga

    There is a variety of options for a relaxing day trip with your rented car around Malaga. Here are some of them:


    Nature reserve and the estuary of the Guadalhorce river makes for a popular one-day trip from Malaga. This is the place where the river flows into the Mediterranean Sea creating an island at the entrance with a vast ecological diversity, extremely popular with birdwatchers. Green and refreshing after days in the sun, Guadalhorce is a natural paradise ideal as a breather from the hot weather.


    Known as a glitzy resort, Marbella is a busy seaside town with a construction boom, but also with a nice old town on the Costa Brava. Visit the picturesque old town, stroll down the Paseo Maritimo, and spend a lazy day on the long sandy beach in Marbella.


    Exotic Gibraltar is a unique blend of British and Spanish flair in the far south of Europe and quite close to Africa. This adds to its popularity and uniqueness. With enough to keep you busy for a day, some of the main tourist attractions in Gibraltar are cable car rides to the Gibraltar Rock, taking photos with monkeys and shopping!

    Whitewashed villages or Pueblos Blancos around Malaga

    Whitewashed villages adorn the countryside around Malaga, one of the most popular and picturesque being Ronda in the Serrania de Ronda mountains, located on the top of a gorge. We also recommend a drive to Casares, a lovely historic village made of white houses at the foot of a hill, overlooked by an ancient castle.

    Geographic Information & History

    In the autonomous community of Andalusia lies Malaga, a famous Costa del Sol resort city. Situated in the south and on the Mediterranean coast, Malaga boasts long and hot summers and is often the warmest city in Europe. Winters in Malaga are mild and often sunny, thanks to the natural protection by the mountains of the north and the sea in the south. What makes Malaga special is its position – at only 100km from the city you can find excellent ski slopes and have both sun and snow in winter!

    Although the Bastetani, an Iberian tribe, are believed to have inhabited the site of modern Malaga, the city itself was founded as a colony by the 1000 BC by the Phoenicians, an ancient Semitic tribe and a thriving maritime power of the old world. Malaga probably owes its name to the old Phoenician word “malac” meaning “to salt”. Ancient Greeks took over the rule around the 6th century only to be cast out by Carthaginians who also started controlling Malaga's trade. The Romans were the next to conquer not only Malaga, but also the other parts of Spain, bringing the city cultural and economic prosperity along with Christianity. However, with the decline of the Roman Empire, Germanic tribes imposed themselves as the new rulers of Malaga; the Visigoths in particular. Unable to carry on and too weak to defend themselves from the more dominant Moors, the Visigoths left and, subsequently, the Moors started ruling Malaga.

    The Moors brought their culture, customs and architectural styles along; they called Spain Al-Andalus and made Malaga an important trade hub. Malaga was the last Moorish city to surrender to the Christian in the 15th century. Fierce battles took place between the new rulers and the Moors and most of the Moorish structures, apart from the fortifications Alcazaba and Gibralfaro, were destroyed. What followed was a difficult period for the city as it was struck with various epidemics and earthquakes, which lasted until the 19th century. Malaga recovered and became one of the richest cities in Spain and a true magnet for tourist, as it still is.

    How to get around Malaga

    Transport options in Malaga are plentiful ranging from a car hire to buses and metro. Interestingly, in Malaga you can also rent a horse and carriage to take you to the most memorable tourist attractions. Horses with carriages can be rented at Plaztoa de la Marina and Alameda.

    The metro system consists of two metro lines which connect the centre with the western and southern parts of Malaga. The bus network in Malaga is efficient and consists of numerous lines connecting the whole city. Coaches from Malaga to other cities depart from Paseo de los Tilos, the bus station in southeast Malaga.

    Can I hire a campervan in Malaga?

    Why not explore Costa del Sol in a campervan? Campervans in Spain are fairly popular especially for summer holidays and they are suitable both for couples and families with children. You can pick up a motorhome in Malaga and have a home away from home during your holiday!

    Useful links

    Malaga Tourist Information

    Infographic Day Trips from Malaga