From quiet to bustling resorts, inland villages and world-class historical cities, there is much to explore in your rental vehicle.
And there are a host of varied and tempting resorts to choose from, including tourist centres such as Torremolinos, Fuengirola and Benalmadena, ancient farming towns like San Pedro, the charismatic marina town of Estepona, celebrity hotspot Marbella, and ultra-exclusive Puerto Banus, with its mega yachts, designer boutiques and a rather large slice of bling.
Ronda, the birthplace of modern bullfighting, is worth an inland tour by car, as is the whitewashed village of Mijas. The historical Moorish city of Granada, which sits at the foot of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, can be reached from Malaga within two hours and is famous for the Alhambra Palace. The Rock, otherwise known as Gibraltar, is also less than two hours away by car to the south of Malaga. Other cities within striking distance are Cordoba and Seville both full of Moorish history and sightseeing.
Golf is a serious hobby in this region - it isn't nicknamed the Costa del Golf for nothing. Many holidaymakers choose to enjoy this outdoor pursuit and rent a villa or time-share apartment in the centre of the action, so a car is an ideal way to get around.