Car Hire Spain
One of the most popular destinations for Europeans, Spain has many airports to choose from. Major international airports like Madrid as well as smaller airports like Murcia.
Murcia Airport Hire Cars
Although known as Murcia Airport, this small international airport is actually located at San Javier, some 45 kms from the City of Murcia. Nevertheless, its location (and size) make it an excellent choice if you are visiting the Southern Costa Blanca or the Costa Calida and La Manga.
Murcia airport is a small one, although it has grown over the years. A limited number of car hire companies have their desks located within the compact terminal. Because of the limited space, some companies have their car rental office in minivans outside in the parking lot – located directly in front of the Arrivals Hall (only about 50 metres!). These offices are where you pick up and drop off your car keys. It’s that easy!
Think about flying into Murcia airport if you are visiting any of the areas mentioned above. Hiring a car is simple, easy and with some of the very best prices for cheap car rentals in Spain, you’ll have more money in your pocket to spend on local food, attractions and gifts.
Alicante Airport Hire Car Pick-Up
Alicante airport is situated 9 kilometres southwest of the capital, in the municipality of Elche.
Airport hire cars are generally parked in the two storey parking garage opposite the exit from the Arrivals Hall/Customs. You only have to exit the Arrivals Hall and walk a short distance across the road.
A limited number of suppliers bid for the few “in terminal” check-in desk facilities so who offers “in terminal” check-in can change without notice.
Most suppliers have vans (or small offices) in the parking garage. Just look for the supplier’s name (as per your hire car voucher) and follow the directions and signs. Its certainly not difficult.
If your hire car voucher is for “meet and greet” then your representative will hold up a board with your name on it so you will see him/her as you exit the Arrivals hall/Customs.
Exiting the airport is easy and it is only a short distance to pick up the main highway (A7). Alternatively, if you are going into Alicante itself, you can take the coast road from the airport. If you are driving your hire car for the first time you may find this easier than looking for the correct exit from the main highway!
If you need an hotel near Alicante (even closer to the airport) one of our favourites is El Huerto del Cura (in Elche itself). It has a unique location within the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Palmeral de Elche. This palm tree garden covers more than 20,000 m².
The hotel has an outdoor swimming pool, surrounded by gardens and terraces. There is a tennis court, a golf driving range and a putting green.The restaurant offers à la carte Mediterranean food and you can also dine outside beside the swimming pool (weather permitting).The attractive lodgings of the Huerto del Cura are designed like bungalows and are in a restful garden setting.
Malaga Airport Car Rental
At Malaga Airport, there is the usual mix of in airport desks, kiosks/vans in the car park and many local companies with rental locations scattered around and close to the airport.
The major international car rental companies and the major national companies are to be found in the airport itself, with their rental cars in the car park. The larger local companies will sometimes have some cars on airport but where you have to go to the car park to fill in the rental contracts.
The other companies will be ‘meet and greet’. This is where someone will be waiting for you in the arrivals hall, holding up a notice with your name on. They will take you, your family and luggage to their depot where you’ll fill in the contract and pick up the car.
What type of car should I rent?
The most popular and least expensive cars are the smaller ones like the Ford Ka, Opel Corsa and Ford Fiesta. A lot of people choose the smallest cheapest car they can find, then can’t get all their luggage in. So check the size of your cases as well as the passengers. You might find that you have to rent another car to get you and your luggage to and from your accommodation.
7 seater cars are similar to the Ford Galaxy, so don’t get confused between the 5+2 cars which are the smaller MPV and 7 seater like the Galaxy.