Total area: 504 782 km² (195,350 sq. mi)
Population: 46.2 Million (January 2012)
The last 37 years of democracy (since 1975 and beyond) have allowed the country to unfold its charismatic touch in newer architectural and artistic marvels, without forgetting the old glorious ones (such as castles, Roman relics, baroque cathedrals, historic city buildings and medieval towns) inherited from its rich and colorful past. While white villages seem to glitter inland, luscious green mountains allow themselves to slide into the wild blue Atlantic. The breadth of its museums and galleries is hard to match, given that Spain has over the years been blessed to home the likes of unique and charismatic individuals and artists such as Dalí, Picasso El Greco, Velázquez, and Goya.
Traveling through the country is easy, accommodation options are in abundance, its beaches are long and sandy and the climate sufficiently benign. Couple that with people (both locals and overseas) being relaxed, plentiful food and drink and its full regional varieties, Spain is a winning combination for all travel tastes. There exist endless tracts of wild sierra to explore, as well as some spectacularly rugged stretches of coast between the beaches.
High-speed trains to travel further inland and/or between towns & cities are pricey, but general public transport prices are reasonable. It is a well known fact that pre-booking a rental car specifically for Spain, will allow you the easy to comfortably roam free around the country and stop as many times and places you wish, extending your traveling pleasure to the maximum.
Sources: Wikipedia, Lonelyplanet
Weather by Location
The meseta (high plains of central Spain) and Ebro basin have a continental climate: scorching in summer, cold in winter, and dry. Madrid regularly freezes in December, January and February, and temperatures climb above 30°C (86 ºF) in July and August. Valladolid on the northern meseta and Zaragoza in the Ebro basin are even drier, with only around 300mm of rain a year (little more than Alice Springs in AUSTRALIA). The Guadalquivir basin in Andalucía is only a little wetter and positively broils in high summer, with temperatures of 35°C+ (95 ºF) in Seville that kill people every year.
The Pyrenees and the Cordillera Cantábrica, backing the Bay of Biscay, bear the brunt of cold northern and northwestern airstreams, which bring moderate temperatures and heavy rainfall (three or four times as much as Madrid’s) to the north coast. Even in high summer you never know when you might get a shower.
The Mediterranean coast and Balearic Islands get a little more rain than Madrid, and the south can be even hotter in summer. The Mediterranean, particularly around Alicante, also provides Spain’s warmest waters, reaching 27°C (80.6 ºF) or so in August. Barcelona’s weather is typical of the coast; much milder than in inland cities but more humid.
In general you can usually rely on pleasant or hot temperatures just about everywhere from April to early November. In Andalucía there are plenty of warm, sunny days right through winter. In July and August, temperatures can get unpleasantly hot inland.Snowfalls in the mountains can start as early as October and some snow cover lasts all year on the highest peaks.
Spain is by far one of top 5 Europe’s top holiday destinations every year (the 2nd most popular destination in Europe in 2010) strategically located and is well connected to both neighboring countries and the rest of the world, by road rail and air. There are frequent tourist shipping routes (by means of car ferries and hydrofoils) which run to and from Morocco; likewise, there are ferry links to the Algeria, the Canary Islands, the UK and even ITALY. Apart from Mainland EUROPE, many direct flights exist from both NORTH AMERICA and the Middle East (particularly Dubai and Abu Dhabi) which links Spain to the growing Asian Tourist market.
Car Hire in Spain with MisterHire.Com
Private transport and more specifically renting a car in Spain, is by far the easiest way of getting around and exploring all that Spain has to offer. Spain currently is the 3rd most popular destination in the World (2011; behind FRANCE and the US) and CAR HIRE IN SPAIN has been extremely popular over the years. Spain is a year round destination, and with its highest tourist arrival numbers peaking in the months of July & August, it is extremely advisable that you reserve your preferred rental car well in advance. Demand for SPAIN CAR HIRE is great in the High car rental Season (March/April to October/November) so an early booking will save you from disappointment from car rental fleet’s fluctuating and (if try to book too late, sometimes non-existent) availabilities; it will also guarantee you truly low rental rates.
MisterHire.Com continually aims to offer consistently low car rental rates, backed up with complete breakdown assistance and full customer support.
Fitting for whatever the occasion, MisterHire.Com is present to supply a vehicle to suit every budget, starting from low budget economy cars such as Kia’s, Peugeot’s, Yaris’s and moving up to more prestigious vehicles such as the Mercedes C or E Classes or BMW 3 and 5 series, we operate an ever expanding car rental fleet. Whatever your state of mind when hiring a car, either laid back or most adventurous, our diverse fleet may cater also for middle to top of the range saloon convertibles and 4x4 jeeps.
In the unlikely event of needing car hire assistance anywhere in Spain, we made certain to have a team of trained professionals within the hour and available on hand round the clock to sort out your car problem/s. If you are flying into Malaga airport and Malaga is your place of stay, then Car Hire Malaga Airport is a prime location in Spain to arrange for picking up your rental car.
Time to Travel
Depending on what you’re after, Spain is a year-round destination. The ideal months to visit are May, June and September (plus April and October in the south). At these times you can rely on good to excellent weather, yet avoid the sometimes extreme heat – and the main crush of Spanish and foreign tourists – of July and August, when temperatures can climb to 45°C (113 ºF) in inland Andalucía; at this time, Madrid is unbearable and almost deserted.
There’s decent weather in some parts of Spain virtually year-round. Winter (December to February) along the south and southeast Mediterranean coasts is mild, while in the height of summer (June to August) you can retreat to the northwest, to beaches or high mountains anywhere to escape excessive heat. You can be sitting outside enjoying a beer in a T-shirt in Granada in February, or rugged up against the cold while trekking the Picos de Europa mountains in July.
What to do with your Car Rental in Spain
Spain combines all activities anyone can wish for and more and it is definitely one of the biggest and most popular destinations that we currently serve with our car rental services. These activities run in the hundreds with only a few limited here such as hiking, visiting historical building sites, shopping around, enjoying culinary delights and wine tasting, taking up nature trails, scuba diving, indulging in saunas and spas, water sports activities. visiting museums, bungee jumping, golfing etc . Included free in our cheap car rental rates is an unlimited mileage offer which allows you to drive around the following areas for consideration: Costa del Sol, the Costa de la Luz, the Costa Brava and the Costa Dorado would come highly on the Agenda of the Spanish Costas.
Driving Conditions & Tips
When driving in Spain, it’s important to understand the rules of the road, classification of roads and laws of driving. Laws are strictly enforced. If you break a law, you will need to pay your fine on the spot. Lack of knowledge is not considered an excuse, so you won’t get out of it just because you are a tourist.
Roads & Car Driving Speeds
It’s important to understand the classification system for roads in Spain. This can help you in planning routes, reading maps and understanding road signs.
Autopista is a motorway. This will be designated with an A or E prefix before the road number on signs. These are often toll roads. The maximum speed limit on these roads is 120 km/h.
Autovia is a dual carriageway. The speed limit on these roads varies from 80 to 140 km/h. Since the limits can vary so much, it’s important to watch for signs.
Carretera Local is a local highway. The maximum speed on these roads is 100 km/h. Some have lower speed limits, so always look for signs.
Carretera National is a national highway. The prefix for these roads is either an N or CN before the road number. The speed limit on these roads is generally between 60 and 100 km/h.
Carretera Camarcal is a country road. The C prefix is used before the road number. The speed limit on these roads is usually between 80 and 100 km/h.
For our customers Driving on the Left
1. On Spanish roads, you drive on the right hand side. General rule is to give the right of way to traffic from the left.
2. Don’t pull into the middle of the road to turn left, if there is a solid line in the road.
3. Take special care when driving at the roundabouts; local drivers are to watch out for.
There is no parking where signs are present. Parking is also prohibited in all areas where the curb is painted yellow. Parking is metered in some areas. In other areas, spaces are marked in blue. A ticket needs to be purchased to park in these spaces. In some places, there is a machine for purchasing tickets. In other areas, an attendant is present to sell the tickets. Most of these areas have a two hour limit and fines are issued.
Pay attention to parking laws when you are visiting Spain. If you leave the car too long or park in a restricted area, your car may be towed. A sticker is left on the curb telling you where the car has been taken. The fines and fees are high to get your car back. Dealing with some companies is difficult if you don’t speak Spanish.
Driving Laws in Spain
Always carry the proper documentation when driving in Spain. You will need to have your driver’s license, registration and a certificate of insurance. It’s a good idea to carry your passport as well. If you don’t own the vehicle, carry the agreement from the car hire company to prove you have the right to drive the car.
If you are from a country that is part of the European Union, you will need the EU driver’s license. If you are from a non EU country, you will be on the safe side if you have an international driver’s license. You should ask your car hire company beforehand and ask for any requirements they have. Otherwise this could lead to endless arguments at point of hire.
Carry a certificate of insurance in case you are stopped. If you have a car hire and have purchased the insurance, you should be given documentation. If you are using your home insurance, carry your certificate with you at all times. Keep in mind that this is generally only good for a stay of shorter than three months. If you are staying longer, contact your broker.
Spain has stricter drunk driving laws than many other countries. The legal limit is 0.05% and 0.01% for new drivers. They are serious about drunk driving and have strict penalties, such as heavy fines, loss of license and imprisonment.
Seat belts are required for all passengers, whether in the front or back seat of the vehicle. No children under the age of twelve should be in the front seat. Spain also has laws requiring small children be in an approved child safety seat in the back seat. Your car hire agency can provide a seat for you, just let them know at the time you reserve the car.
Talking on cell phones when driving is prohibited by Spanish law. This includes talking in your car when pulled over to the side of the road. You must be completely away from the road. You can talk with a completely hands free unit. Using an earpiece is also prohibited.
Source: (Alicante-Spain.com 2012)
Major Airlines Serving Spain
Spain is served by all major and budget Airlines.
If flying from the States: Better fly to IRELAND or the UK and catch an Airlingus Flight.
If flying from Ireland/UK: Airlingus, Thomas Cook, Ryanair, Easyjet and others seem to offer competitive rates. Further checking is however recommended.
If flying from ASIA: Better to travel to Dubai and catch a flight from there.
Places to Visit
Jerez de la Frontera
Seville and more