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Welcome to Nerja, a world of Mediterranean beaches, mountain backdrops and Andalusian adventures. Hire a car in Nerja to explore the Costa del Sol or road trip to desert towns and cascading cave systems. This is not your usual beach break – unless you want it to be, of course.

Nerja’s proximity to stunning beaches and three of southern Andalucía’s mountain ranges means the town has a healthy supply of car hire companies. It’s always a good idea to compare rental firms to make sure you’re getting the best deal.

Many of Nerja’s car rental companies can be found in the town centre, particularly along Calle Pintada just off the N-340. Here you’ll find:

  • Europcar: (+34) 952 526 151
  • Autos Nerja: (+34) 629 110 828 / (+34) 952 520 694 / (+34) 952 522 346
  • Autos Tivoli: (+34) 616 230 275
  • Autos Andalucía: (+34) 661 225 719

Whether you decide to grab your keys from a big-name brand or a local provider, it usually pays to book in advance. When booking online, you’ll have more vehicles to choose from, so you can seamlessly slide into your pick of compacts, SUVs, saloons and more.

When collecting your rental, you’ll usually need to show the booking agent your driving licence, passport and a credit card in your name. But always check on the requirements of your chosen provider before you set off from Blighty.

Find answers to your questions

Fast facts

What age do you need to be to hire a car in Nerja?

The minimum legal age for hiring a car is 18 in Spain. However, most car hire companies set their minimum age limit at 21 (with at least one year of driving experience). Exceptions can apply so it’s best to check with your provider.

What side of the road do they drive on?

Spain drives on the right-hand side.

Do you need a credit card to hire a car?

Most rental companies require a credit card when hiring a car. However, some larger firms, like Avis, may accept Visa and MasterCard debit cards. Make sure to check with your provider before booking.

Do you need an International Driving Permit (IDP) to hire a car in Spain?

You do not need an IDP to drive in Spain if you have a photocard driving licence issued by the UK (and at least one year of driving experience).

Driver requirements

What do I need to hire a vehicle in Nerja?

Renters require a valid driving licence (typically with at least one year of driving experience), credit card (some companies accept debit cards) and a passport or photo ID.

Is it cheaper to rent a car at the airport or off site in Nerja?

Hiring a car in Nerja itself might prove cheaper, albeit less convenient. However, comparing providers at Málaga-Costa del Sol Airport can help get you a good deal.

Are there any scenic driving routes near Nerja?

The Axarquía region surrounding Nerja is full of fantastic driving routes. One example is the famous “Route of Sun and Wine”, a mix of coastal resort towns and the picturesque inland villages which dot the foothills of the Sierra de Almijara mountain range. The region’s main agricultural staple is grapes so you’ll have plenty of opportunity to stop for wine tastings (unless you’re the driver, of course).

Are there any toll roads around Nerja and how do I pay for them?

There are no toll roads between Málaga-Costa del Sol Airport and Nerja (the A-7 motorway is toll free). However, there are two toll roads in the region, which you’ll hit if you’re heading westward. The AP-7 highway (runs through the province of Málaga to Guardiaro) and the AP-46 Guadalmedina Motorway (runs from Málaga to Antequera). These tolls can be paid in cash (take the lane labelled “Manual” and marked with a green dot), with credit or debit cards (look out for a blue sign with a card symbol) and with the use of an electronic transponder device (Telepeaje or Via T), which most car hire companies will offer as part of their service. Make sure to ask your provider prior to departure.

Can I rent a GPS or child seat with my car rental in Nerja?

Yes, many car rental companies provide a GPS system or child seat (typically as optional extras). To ensure you don’t miss out, it’s best to book in advance so as to reserve the extras or accessories you require.