With over 200 kilometres of stunning coastline and a diverse interior of fragrant citrus groves, vineyards, valleys and mountains, car hire in Costa Blanca is certainly the best way to make the most of a holiday in this wonderful part of Spain. It is possible to travel the entire length of the coastline using various local bus services, but unless you adopt the mañana mañana attitude to Spain's concept of timekeeping and learn a bit of the language, this can prove difficult and downright frustrating, especially if you're a family with young children.
International Car Hire
Most visitors choosing car hire in Costa Blanca will collect their vehicle from the airport they arrive at, and the area's two airports offer the best choice of international rental companies and vehicle options. Visitors to the south will often arrive at the smaller Murcia-San Javier Airport where the choice of rental companies include Goldcar Rental, Europcar and Firefly Car Rental. The larger Alicante International Airport lies just outside the city and is situated right in the middle of the Costa Blanca, convenient for the whole area and favoured by holidaymakers or business travellers visiting Alicante, Benidorm and the towns further north. Here the choice of hire companies and vehicle options are more numerous, although when arriving at either airport during the peak summer months it is advisable to book your vehicle in advance.
Independent Car Hire
When arriving at either airport you will often see representatives from a variety of independent car hire companies where, if you are thorough and take the time to go over all the relevant documentation and insurance policies, as well as physically check the condition of the vehicle inside and out for any defects or damage, you will often find a cheaper deal. Other things to consider that are usually taken for granted when using the services of an international company are the choice of vehicles available, can you choose an automatic transmission, can the vehicle be returned to either airport and is 24 hour roadside assistance included.
Whatever car hire in Costa Blanca you may choose, most companies will also have offices in the larger towns and cities should you decide to hire a vehicle during the course your visit, and many of the hotels offer a car hire service from their reception desk.