Driving in Spain
Driving in Spain Reviews
Driving a rental car in Spain Apr 06, 2010
We got a rental car at the Madrid airport which we reserved a few months before going. Since I know how to drive a manual transmission, that's what we got.
They did not ask us if we wanted automatic or manual, so you may have to specify automatic if that's what you want. In any case, it's important to get a SMALL car if you are going to old, historical cities, because the streets will be narrow, and parking spaces very small.
In historical towns, hotels will probably charge parking around 15 euros on average. Gas is expensive too in Spain, so a fuel efficient car would be a good thing. We got a mini-cooper, which was just fine for 2 people.
We had bought a Michelin Spain & Portugal Tourist and Motoring Atlas book so we can find out way. And it's good for telling the alternatives to toll roads too.
There are a lot of toll roads in Spain too, and some places had a lot of them, like between Tarifa and Granada, I think we paid 6 or 7 tolls (at least $30) that day.
Another thing to watch out for, is that exits and on-ramps are few and far in-between, so if you got on the highway with toll booths, you may not be able to get off where you want to, so be sure to check before getting on!
One more got-you's, the country or lesser roads are really not very fast, especially in the hills, they can be very curvy and the distance will be deceiving. For example, in the white hill towns of Andalucia, we averaged only about 35km per hour.
But driving is relatively easy in Spain and if you want to explore lots of places on your own, it is definitely something you should try. In Madrid itself, you don't need a car so get it when you are going somewhere else!
Part of the Spain and Portugal 2010 travel blog
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