Strategically located at the gateway to the Mediterranean Sea and the separation of North Africa by only 14 km of water, Spain has been a crossroads of many civilizations in history. Located on the southwest corner (Iberian Peninsula) in Europe, Spain became the third largest country in the continent after Russia and France. It consists of 17 autonomous communities, groups of islands in the Atlantic Islands and the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean and the cities of Ceuta and Melilla.
With over 300 days of sun, sand and sea is not hard to see why Spain became a popular tourist destination in the world third. And this is precisely the reason why Spain is easily accessible from anywhere in the world, with most visitors arriving by air. Cheap flights are available on a daily basis, almost all major airports in the world and almost all major airlines operating in and outside Spain. Apart from this, Spain is well connected to rest of Europe by train and ferry services link, while the intercontinental tourists can rent a car and drive to this country by some surprising ways.
Once in Spain, the best way to explore this country is by renting a car, it really can open your travel horizons and allow you to explore some places untouched and unknown. Drive your way, a few miles inland, away from the crowded coast explore the most picturesque landscapes of Western Europe. Hilltop monasteries, flower carpeted mountainsides, medieval age relics, quaint villages with cobblestone roads, follow the winding roads that cross the vineyards and olive groves to discover some of the most picturesque places in this country. With a little planning before driving in Spain can be very easy. So car hire is in fact the most realistic option for you. Here are some valuable tips on the do's and don'ts of car hire in Spain.
1. Plan ahead: With a travel itinerary in hand, you do not want to end up stranded at the airport with no idea how to go about the city or even in your hotel. Although there are numerous car rental companies at your service at airports, you would not want to spend most of their time trying to decide which one caters to your needs. In addition, you should be aware of the many car rental companies will give you a false car unreliable in some ridiculous prices, with many hidden costs, and so on. Avoid places, and book a car with a reliable supplier of hire. Make your hassle-free vacation to do some research in the area to visit and hire services available on it. Browse through some reviews and real experiences on the Internet that will help you decide where to rent a car for your holiday.
2. Booking a car: After a full Internet search carefully compare and contrast the offers made by car rental companies. Compare companies on parameters such as the types of vehicles offered, rates of car rental, mileage, pick up and delivery point of the car, fuel costs, insurance coverage, etc. Some companies offer good package deals ( For example, if you are traveling to more than one destination in the region), which are very inexpensive compared to the reservation of a new car every time you reach the next destination. Also, keep a printout of your confirmation with you while traveling to avoid last minute confusion.
3. Consider the hidden costs: Many car rental companies do not communicate the hidden costs in their quoted rates, for example, you might just end up paying some additional amount to the choice of a pick up or drop point different from that offered by the company. Be sure to clear your queries about the terms and conditions of the company n number of times before committing.
You could be charged extra if you ask a car covered with fuel, or return the vehicle with a full tank and these charges could be much more than that at the pump. The insurance covers any damage to the vehicle while in his possession, amounting to a lot of money for your vacation. While there are some companies that make contributions, all inclusive insurance coverage, most companies charge an additional amount of insurance. Also sometimes the banks offer some form of insurance if you use their services elsewhere in order to check whether car insurance is one of them. It might need additional insurance to all!
4. Mileage: Some providers offer car rental, unlimited mileage, while others offer only a few miles free and charge the rest. Choose a service provider according to your travel plans.
5. Taxes: Depending on where you rent a car, you may be charged additional taxes. Airport taxes, value added taxes in Europe could be a costly affair, therefore, it is always wise to check with your service provider to hire regardless of whether they are included in your rental car rates.