Renting a car in Marbella is a great way to visit a few Spanish sights during your lovely beach vacation.
Take a relaxed drive along the coast road at your own pace enjoying beautiful views and fresh breeze. Drive to the mountains and enjoy a walk amongst the greenery and sky-blue lakes. Or visit a bigger city, like Málaga or Seville and admire the fusion of ancient architecture and modern city life.
Book a car on our website and travel with pleasure!
5 reasons to rent a car on our website ↵
- Localrent is an aggregator service that offers cars from different rental companies. To find a suitable car, all you need to do is select the cities and rental dates. The website will display all available offers from different rental companies in a convenient format.
- You see the exact and detailed calculation of the order price before you pay. No hidden extra charges and markups.
- When booking a car, you make only a small advance payment of 15-20%. You will pay the remaining amount when you pick up your car, after you inspect it.
- A basic insurance is already included in the price.
- Our customer support is ready to help with any query.
How long is best to rent a car in Marbella
If you are planning to spend your vacation mostly on the beach, with just a few trips to the local natural or man-made sights, you can rent a car for a day or two.
And if you want to drive around in comfort, walk the mountain trails, visit the best beaches, and enjoy the medieval architecture, you will need to rent a car for the whole vacation.
- ID or passport
- Driver’s license
- Bank card
The driver must be over 25 years of age and have more than 2 years of driving experience.
If you want to add a second driver to your rental agreement, their age and experience must also meet the above requirements.
Be sure to check the expiry dates of all documents before your travel.
How to choose a car for your vacation in Marbella
To find the most comfortable car, you should plan your journey in advance.
A compact car is perfector trips around the city and the nearby coastal villages. You will have better fuel efficiency, park easier anywhere, and save on rent. But please remember that these cars struggle going uphill and can cause problems during a big shopping tour because of the small boot space. However, if you are shopping alone, you can load your purchases into the cabin.
For mountain serpentines, you will need a more powerful car with an engine capacity of over 1.6 litres. The best option for such journeys is a powerful, reliable, and comfortable crossover that climbs hills with ease.
When driving uphill, the fuel consumption increases 1.5 or 2 times. Make sure you fill up with plenty of fuel before driving to the mountains.
If you want the ultimate comfort, look no further than a luxury car.
A convertible is perfect for coastal road trips for two and a spectacular photo session with the local landscapes as a backdrop. You are going to have marvellous pictures!
A minivan is great for a large family with kids or a group of like-minded people. But if you are not sure that you all share the same interests, it is better to rent two cars.
Traffic regulations and fines
You will enjoy driving on local roads. Not only because the pavement is excellent, but also because the local drivers are polite and careful.
- 50 km/h in the city
- 90 km/h outside the city
- 100 km/h on highways
- 120 km/h on expressways.
All car occupants must wear seat belts.
Children under 12 years of age and up to 135 cm in height must ride in child seats in the rear row of seats.
Talking on a mobile phone is only allowed using a hands-free system.
You will need to use toll roads in Spain only when you are in a hurry. If you don't want to overpay, there are toll-free roads running alongside the toll roads. During rush hour toll-free roads can be congested, but outside those hours they are quite comfortable.
The toll rate depends on the section of road and on the season. You can pay the toll using an automatic payment system, cash or card.
Surface parking lots are paid in the downtown. You will recognise them by the relevant road sign, blue or green markings, and parking meters.
Parking is allowed for no more than 2 hours in the blue zone and 5 hours in the green zone.
You can pay for parking in cash (coins) at a parking meter or using the EasyPark mobile app. The cost is €0.75 per hour. You had better put the receipt on the dashboard.
There are also a number of underground car parks in Marbella but you may not see or notice them because the signs are not conspicuous. However, this is not a big deal as you can find them all in your navigation system.
Places to visit by a rental car from Marbella
The beaches of Marbella stretch for 30 km. Clearly, there is no way you can get to all of them on foot. But it is very easy to drive to any of them. All the more since there are car parks near the beaches. Some of the best beaches in the Golden Mile include Playa de Nagüeles, Playa Casablanca, and Playa de la Fontanilla that are clean and well-maintained stretches with developed infrastructure, sun loungers, and restaurants. It will take a long time to find a “wild” beach. However, Playa Hermosa is a partly wild beach without sun loungers but with a small playground. And Playa Canina is a special dog-friendly beach.
One of the most popular hiking trails to the La Concha peak starts 20 km from Marbella, in the mountain village of Istán. Prepare comfortable shoes, water, and sandwiches so you can get a birds-eye view of the region and take stunning panoramic pictures from the Pico de la Concha viewpoint at 1,215 metres.
Another scenic viewpoint is located near the village of Ojén and is called Mirador de Juanar. Here you can take pictures of seascapes and mountain goats grazing right on the slopes.
Those who love ancient ruins will find them nearby. Just 15 minutes from the city are the ruins of the sixth-century early Christian Basílica de Vega del Mar.
Enjoy the sunset in the Puerto Banús marina. The world's most luxurious yachts are anchored here. There are also numerous restaurants with excellent views and a beautiful promenade.
You will also enjoy a trip to Andalusia's famous “white” villages that have preserved the atmosphere of a bygone era.