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Spain Car Rentals…..Should
you rent a car in Spain?

Advantages on renting a car and
links to car rental deals in Spain…

Driving Permit
Basic Road Rules
Things you should Know
Specific Destinations

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Spain car rentals…You can travel around Spain by train, but if you really want to explore
the countryside and the little villages you will need to rent a car.  I
do not suggest that you rent a car if you are staying in the larger
cities, such as:  Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia etc. as you will find the
hassle of having a car much more than you want to deal with, for one
parking is expensive and hard to come by.  Major cities have fantastic
public transportation that in the end will be cheaper, faster and give
you less headaches.

Spain car rentals....If
you are planning on renting a car in Spain plan your trip accordingly beginning
and ending your journey in one of the larger cities, in such a way that
when you arrive you can spend a couple of days in the city and then rent a
car for your road trip out to the countryside, then drop off the car in
the city you plan to visit before you leave Spain.


things first…
What is an IDP or International Driving Permit?

Spain car rentals...
An IDP or International Driving Permit is

a multiple-language document that verifies that you have a valid
driver’s license.  While many countries may not officially recognize
your driver’s license, they will accept your valid U.S. license  if you
also carry an IDP.

Do I need one when traveling to Spain and renting a car?

According the United States state department US citizens driving in
Spain are required to have an IDP as you are not allowed to drive on
your American license.  They further state that while many rental cars
may rent you a vehicle without the IDP this is illegal and if pulled
over for a traffic violation you may be detained and your rental car
towed to the nearest impound lot.  Remember, the IDP is not valid by
itself and must be carried with along with your driver’s license.
 Honestly I personally have never had an issue renting a car in Spain
without an IDP but if you feel safer having one it will cost you about
$15.00 and
you can get it in the US 
before your trip.

Basic road rules in Spain

The roads are classified as follows:  note speed
limits are strictly enforced

Autopista – motorway it is designated by either an A or an E prefix
before the road number.  Many but not all are toll roads and  the max
speed limit is 120kph (75 mph)

Autovia –  this is similar to the Autopista but it is not a toll road,
speed limit is also 120kph (75 mph)

Carretera Nacional – national road has the pre fix N or CN before the
road number, speed limits vary from 60(37mph)  to 100kph (62mph).

Carretera Comarcal – has the prefix C before the road number and it is
more like a country road speed limit is between 80(50mph) -100kph(62mph)

Carretera Local – local highways speed most of the time are not marked
but should not exceed 100kph(62mph)  keep in mind that it varies
according to the area so make sure you pay attention.

Carretera de Ciudad – city roads speed limit 50kph(31mph).

KEEP IN MIND when you rent a car in Spain Speed limits are strictly enforced. While many parts of
Spain do not have speed cameras, there are frequent road checks by the
Guardia Civil & on-the-spot fines are imposed; a minimum fine is about

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Important things you should know while renting a car in

Spain car rentals…..Please make sure that you follow the rules unless you want to risk
getting a ticket…

  • The use of cells phones is strictly prohibited without a hands free
    device (not even an earpiece) while driving a car.  There is a fine of
    300€ for violation of this regulation and loss of driving privileges. 
    To be able to use the phone you must be completely off the road.

  • Spain has very strict drunk driving laws so make sure you do not drink
    and drive.

  • Seat belts are required for all passengers whether sitting in the front
    or back of the vehicle.  If you are traveling with small children please
    check with your car hire services as to what kind of child safety seats
    you must use…

  • One of the facets of Spanish traffic laws that many U.S. citizens find
    troublesome is traffic stops by the Spanish National Police or the
    Guardia Civil. Unlike in the United States where drivers receive traffic
    tickets and then pay the court via mail or in person, Spanish police
    authorities may levy fines on the spot and issue a receipt for the
    payment. This is done to ensure the traffic fine is paid by foreigners
    who rarely come back to Spain to pay the fine.   If you do get stopped
    for any kind of infraction make sure to carry the following documents
    with you:  Driver’s License, IDP (International Driving Permit),
    certificate of insurance (whether your insurance from home or proof of
    insurance acquired when renting the car) it will make your life much

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