Car hire in Alicante is essential if you want to sample the true flavour of this delectable part of Spain...
White sandy beaches, twinkling turquoise water, restaurants, cafés, and sun, sun, sun - it's no surprise that millions of holidaymakers haul their luggage through Alicante Airport every year to spend some time in their own little piece of Spanish heaven on the Costa Blanca.
Renting a car means you can discover the best of the Costa Blanca with ease, while potentially saving on hefty taxi fares to and from Alicante Airport (ALC). Alicante city itself has great beaches, tempting shops, a swanky marina and a stylish seafront promenade “Paseo de la Explanada” - the perfect place for a “paseo”.
The coast is lined with resorts and pueblos that all have their own character and offer great places to base yourself for a holiday...
Then there are the alluring villages, towns and cities around Alicante city and Benidorm that are worth visiting: Javea, Denia, Altea, Calpe and Moraira north of Benidorm, and Torrevieja south of Alicante. A little further inland is Murcia, with its cathedral and baroque style.
Also worth venturing inland for are the palm trees of Elche, a city that boasts the largest palm grove in Europe. And if you do head inland, Guadalest should be a port of call. It is a fascinating fortress town that perches on the mountains rising above the coast in the north of the Costa Blanca. There are mountains that run along the coast to explore and an abundance of attractions and festivals that are off the main routes, so having a car is a great way to see the sights.
On the outskirts of Benidorm is family theme park Terra Mitica, which will keep the kids happy. They will also enjoy splashing about in nearby water park Aqualandia.
To really get the best from your holiday to the Costa Blanca and Alicante, car hire is a must.
Read our tips and advice for how to drive on the Costa Blanca in your hire car and make more of your holiday...
The Spanish drive on the right. Some of the smaller N roads can be small and congested, so it's worth hopping on the fast motorway network for longer journeys.
However, remember to keep a stash of coins and small notes to hand as the motorway network has tolls.
Unleaded fuel is called gasolina sin plomo and diesel is known as gas-oil or gasóleo.
Parking your car can be a challenge in the cities and towns of the Costa Blanca so opt for the obvious parking spots like multi-storey car parks, and be careful when parking on the street, as permits are often required.
Pre-booking your car hire is strongly advised, as this can offer significant savings when compared to arranging your car hire on arrival at Alicante Airport. You must produce the credit card you booked with on collection.