Things to know about Spain
- Spain’s extensive road network offers excellent opportunities for exploration and adventure. Most Spanish motorways are free to use and are usually designated as ‘A’ roads. There are also a number of toll roads, designated as ‘AP’, on which you can pay by card, cash or electronic payment (device required). In addition, there are a number of national ‘trunk’ roads between cities.
- There are some wonderfully scenic routes in Spain, reflective of the nation’s vast and varied landscape, which ranges from low and coastal to high and mountainous. One of the most awe-inspiring drives is the route from Barcelona to Monserrat. This is not a trip for every driver and can be challenging, but the twists, turns and magnificent sights make it a rewarding one. Don’t get lost! Be sure to add a Sat-Nav to your car hire booking.
- The maximum motorway speed is 120km/h. This reduces to 100km/h on roads with two or more lanes running in each direction. In built up areas the speed limit is 50km/h. Residential areas usually have a speed limit of 20km/h. Keep in mind this is just an overview and there are further restrictions. It’s important to take notice of relevant signage as you drive.
- It’s worth keeping in mind that there may be major changes for British drivers in Europe after Brexit. For further guidance visit the UK Government information page.
Some rules of the Spanish road:
- You must be 18 or older to drive
- You must drive on the right
- Seatbelts must be worn by the driver and passengers
- Always carry your driving licence. Citizens of the EU, and a number of non-member European countries only need their regular driving licence. Travellers from other countries may need further documentation or an international licence.
- It’s illegal to use a mobile phone while driving
- Children must be over 136cm tall to sit in the front of the car. However, it is advised to keep children in the back-seat area if under 150cm.
Car Hire in Spanish Airports
Booking your car advance through Enjoy Car Hire offers a couple of advantages; you’ll save money and have a far greater choice with regard to the type of vehicle you get. Car hire in Spain can start from as low as €10 a day (depending on your requirements) but costs vary throughout the year, being more expensive in the high season of spring and summer. Car hire companies at Spanish airports include OK, Centauro, Europcar, Alamo, Record Go, and Keddy.
Remember: Make sure you understand what is required of you when driving in Spain, such as toll roads and speed limits, the information on this site is a good starting point, but it’s important to do your own research.
Guide to Spain
From the Age of Expansion to Modern Spain
The region we know as Spain today has a long and varied history. Once made up of many regions inhabited by various tribes, it has, over centuries, hosted many people and cultures, as evident in the many archaeological sites which exist today. Modern Spain dates back to the Middle Ages when the House of Habsburg unified a number of smaller Kingdoms. This period is often called the Age of Expansion and marks the starting point of Spain’s long history as a major colonial power. By the 1500s the Spanish Empire was being born, seeing the country discover and colonise many Mediterranean and New World territories. At the height of his power Charles I, Emperor and King (1521-1556) was the most powerful person in the known world.
From 1936 to 1975 Spain was ruled by dictator Francisco Franco, who became head of state during the Spanish Civil War (1936-39). Upon the death of Franco in 1975 we see the birth of the Spain we know today. A constitutional, parliamentary monarchy began, and a new constitution was created in 1978. Spain joined the European Union in 1986 and was one of the first countries to adopt the Euro, in 1999. One of the most popular holiday destinations in Europe, Spain’s rich mix of natural beauty and fascinating history attract over 80 million tourists each year.
Artists, Authors and Sweet Spanish Music
Spain has long inspired artists, famous names such as Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali hail from the country. The most famous writer in Spanish history is Miguel de Cervantes, his novelDon Quixote,has been translated into 140 languages, only the Bible has been translated more. Music is also an enormous part of Spanish life, with its gorgeous guitars and captivating castanets, Flamenco music and dance is a treat for the ears and eyes and can be found in the streets and squares of most Spanish towns and cities.
Spain is a land of exceptional beauty and between the soft summer sands of its coastal regions, the rugged mountains of its inlands and the busy cosmopolitan nature of its cities, there is something for every kind of visitor.
Places to visit in Spain
The Geographic Heart
The capital city of Madrid sits at the centre of the country. With over 3 million residents it is one of Europe’s largest, most populated cities. With restaurants and shopping opportunities galore, you will soon fall under the spell of this vibrant city. The nightlife in Madrid is second to none with everything from small jazz and cocktail bars to larger on-trend nightclubs. Madrid is one of Europe’s premier destinations for art and culture. The Prado Museum is a particular gem and has works from major Spanish artists such as Goya and Velázquez, best of all admission is free! The city also serves as an excellent base location for drivers who wish to explore what Spain has to offer in all compass directions, rather than being tied to one region.
Southern Sea and Cities
The popular southern coast stretches along the Mediterranean to France and is home to many of the popular tourist resorts such as Alicante, Benidorm and Malaga. Beautiful beaches line this region and you will be spoilt for choice wherever you end up. A very popular option is the Playa de Maro, a one hour drive from Malaga. Its crystal-clear waters offer perfect opportunities for snorkelling. This beach is surrounded by beauty, including a gorgeous waterfall.
The cities of Seville and Valencia are world famous for their oranges, and you should definitely try some, but there is so much more to see in both places. Seville Cathedral is the largest Gothic church in the world and houses the elaborate tomb of explorer Christopher Columbus. Admission prices are reasonable, and you can walk around the church at your leisure or join a tour for a little extra. The City of Arts and Sciences in the port city of Valencia is an amazing group of modern museums, in a breath-taking architectural design. They have an enormous range of exhibitions, events and activities for all the family.
Explore the North
Often overlooked by holidaymakers, the north of Spain is a vast and beautiful region with some stunning sights to behold. A two and a half hour drive from the port city of Bilbao will take you to Picos de Europa Spain’s first national park, opened in 1918. This region offers breath-taking mountains and photogenic forests. A must for any traveller wanting to get out into nature.
Getting to and from Spain
Spain has over fifty airports with the main/busiest being Madrid and Barcelona. Malaga and Alicante airports offer superb access to the southern coast. Spain’s islands such as Ibiza and the Canaries have their own airports. Dozens of international airlines fly in and out of Spain every day, including most major carriers and many budget options. Car hire is available at all major Spanish airports.
However, you get in to Spain, hiring a car with Enjoy Car Hire will give you the freedom and flexibility to discover, explore and fall in love with this spectacular country.
Key stats for driving in Spain
FAQs about car hire in Spain
How much does it cost to hire a car in Spain?
This is dependent on the time of year. At the height of summer, you will be looking to pay around £10 per day for a small car. In the winter the same car would start from £6 per day.
What is the cheapest car hire in Spain?
The cheapest car hire with Enjoy is usually SurPrice car rentals, but you’ll find all the options on our website which are calculated daily.
What is the maximum speed limit in Spain?
The maximum motorway speed is 120km/h, reduces to 100km/h in some cases. In built up areas the speed limit is 50km/h. Residential areas usually have a speed limit of 20km/h. Always obey local signage.
How old do you have to be to hire a car in Spain?
The legal driving age in Portugal is 18, however the car hire companies have their own rules, and often add a surcharge for under 21s or under 25s.
How much will it cost to hire a BMW in Spain?
You can hire a BMW X1 from £22.37 per day in Spain.
How much does it cost to hire an economy car in Spain?
You can a Fiat 500 or similar from around £6 per day.
How much does it cost to hire a car in Spain for a week?
It depends on the time of year and the type of car but expect prices to start from around £48 (£6.90 per day).
Which car hire companies are in Spain?
How much is 120 KMH in Miles per hour?
120 KM per hour is 74.6 miles per hour
How much is 1 Euro in British pounds?
1 Euro (EUR) is equal to roughly 89p however this fluctuates daily depending on the exchange rate.
How much is £1 GBP in Euros?
£1 (GBP) is equal to roughly 1.13 Euros however this fluctuates daily depending on the exchange rate.
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