Money saving tips on car hire at malaga airport.
In peak season the daily rate for hiring a vehicle from Malaga airport can be as high as 100 euros.
Most car hire companies at Malaga airport will allow you a period of 4 hours after your pick up time to return the car to qualify for a 7 day rental period. For example you pick up you a 9 seater minibus from one of the car hire providers at Malaga airport at 8.00 am on Saturday, you then have to return your car or minibus back to Malaga airport by no later than 11.00 am – 4 hours later. If you drop your car off later than this say 11.30 am you will be charged for a full extra day – for a luxury car MPV or Minibus this could mean up to a 100 euros extra payment in July and August.
All well and good you say , I have dropped the car off at 11.00 am at my car hire desk at Malaga – now what do I do until my flight leaves from terminal 2 at 19.00 hrs. Well why not visit Malaga city centre.
Malaga has undergone a bit of a rebirth these last few years with a remodelling and updating of many of the historic buildings in the centre and the opening of two major art galleries. This area is now full of bars and restaurants and is an ideal place to pass away a few hours. The train leaves Malaga Airport and in 10 minutes later you are getting off at Malaga central station in the heart of the old city. If you have only got a few hours a suggested route would be to come out of the station, walk up the steps to the main road which is the Alameda Principal and turn right. Stick to the left hand side of the wide boulevard .
First stop for a taste of old Malaga is for a quick sherry in one of Malaga oldest bars, Antigua Casa de Guardia, number 18, Alameda Principal, Malaga. Tel 952214680. The bar dates back from 1840 and the décor inside has not much changed. Be careful you don’t miss the bar – it is on a corner, with large light wood doors. The bar is entered through a small door way on the front or lateral side. It might look a bit gloomy or intimidating to walk into, but don’t be put off, the waiters are very friendly and helpful. There are no chairs, you just have to stand at the bar. The sherry in served out of old barrels stacked against the wall. Try a Malaga Moscatel or a dry Malaga Seco. The sherry is served in small glasses at 1.20 euros a glass.
Next carry on your walk down the Alameda until you cross Calle Larios, Malaga’s main shopping street full of shoes shops and boutiques. At the top of the street turn right down one of the small off shoot streets toward the Cathedral. Spend an hour wandering around the small street and try some taps in one many of the bars that have sprung up over the last few years. To make your way back to the Renfe train station head back to the Alameda Principal which is about 5 minutes walk from Malaga Cathedral. Turn right when you arrive to the Alameda and in a 10 minute walk you will be back at the train station.
From leaving you vehicle at the car hire desk to getting back the airport the total trip can be done it about 3 hours. Its well worth the alternative of hanging around Malaga Airports Starbucks café for hours..