This stretch of the Med is lined with popular resorts and beaches, great nightlife and every type of holiday accommodation you can think of...
Renting a vehicle as part of your holiday plans is essential to make the most of this area of country. How else will you discover some of Spain's most captivating history, its most striking architecture, its best golf breaks, its most charming seaside resorts, and some of the best shopping on the coast? And all within a 110-mile stretch of sun-drenched Spanish shoreline and inland beauty.
Malaga city itself is a rich centre of culture and history. Many hours can be spent shopping, strolling around the castle and port, or being inspired at the museum dedicated to the city's most celebrated artist son, Pablo Picasso. The city acts as the perfect gateway to the treasures that lie in the surrounding region.
Car hire from Malaga Airport (AGP) is good value and will make your adventures around the Costa del Sol more comfortable and much easier, as the limitations of public transportation could curb your plans. Car hire in Malaga could also save on the cost of a transfer to your chosen resort.
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.
Follow our tips for some key things to remember when renting and driving your hire car in Malaga...
Malaga Airport is a competitive car hire location in Europe with a vast fleet of cars of all makes and models. Pre-booking is advised to secure the best prices and the widest range of vehicle types. You will need to show the credit card you booked with.
Remember to drive on the right. And at the petrol station, gasolina sin plomo is unleaded petrol and gas-oil (or gasóleo) is diesel.
Parking your car in Malaga can be a pain, so stick to clearly advertised municipal car parks to make things easier.
There is a fast motorway network with toll booths and, as the N roads that snake along the Costa del Sol can be slow, using the motorway is often advisable. Have change to hand for the tolls.