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Basic info and car hire in Alicante

  • Location: Province of Alicante
  • Population: 329,000
  • Official language: Spanish
  • Currency: EUR
  • Weather:  Mediterranean
  • Public holidays in Alicante: For public holidays in Alicante click here »
  • Internet coverage: All cafés, restaurants and bars will offer free Wi-Fi
  • Road conditions: The roads are in excellent conditions, perfectly signalised and the drivers are considerate, it’s a perfect location for a car hire
  • Car hire in Alicante: Having a car hire in Alicante will come in very handy, as you will want to discover surrounding cities and beaches. There’s a good chance you the prices will be extremely high in top season, so make sure to book your car hire much in advance. Mainly, tourist choose to pick up their car rental at Alicante Airport, or they rent it in city centre.

About Alicante

This ancient Mediterranean port is worldly known as a top tourists’ seaside city. Not only it’s positioned on the Costa Blanca, it’s also a great starting point to visit neighboring cities with your car hire in Alicante. Moreover, you can even discover areas on the other side of Spain, as Alicante Airport offers excellent connections to Madrid and Barcelona. The city has plenty of amazing cultural sites and, just like the rest of Spain, effortlessly prevails as a top partying location. If anywhere, you can rely on having a diverse vacation here, especially with a quality car hire in Alicante, enabling you to visit anything you wish.



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Driving in Alicante

Whether you are an experienced driver or not, with a good GPS you will have no trouble driving your car hire in Alicante. Dense traffic is to be expected in the morning and in late afternoon, but there's nothing to worry about, as Spanish are relatively kind and respectful drivers. If you will exit Alicante, the AP(Autopista) is payable, whereas other (local roads, autovijas) are free of charge (depending on your destination you can find free highways, as only those with AP abbreviation are charged).

  • Age limits: 21, but you will have to pay an extra fee if you're under 25. An international driving licence may be requested, and a valid credit card is a must.
  • International Driving Permit: An IDP is mandatory only in case you hold a permit in non-Latin alphabet or if specifically stated on your car hire voucher.
  • Additional papers: ID (passport).
  • Additional requirements: A warning triangle and a reflective vest.
  • Children in the car: Children must be seated in the appropriate child or booster seats if under 12 years of age.
  • Driving side of the road: Right.
  • Lights: Headlights are mandatory only during the night.
  • General speed limits: 120 km/hour on motorways and autovias, 90 km/hour outside cities and 50 km/h in residential areas.
  • Parking suggestions: Though you might find a free parking space in certain residential areas during the winter or spring, summer months are much more hectic. To have the best possible experience and not to waste time, we suggest using parking houses and car parks for your car hire in Alicante.

Drive your rental car around Alicante

Alicante is located on the eastern coast of Spain, widely known as Costa Blanca. And even if the name suggests it being a great seaside resort, there’s much more to discover in Alicante and its surroundings. We suggest driving up to the mysterious Altea, visiting the Island of Tabarca by Santa Pola, or discovering Torrevieja. A car hire in Alicante is the best way to discover this part of Spain and it will ensure a relaxing time driving through wonderful Spanish landscapes.

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