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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.

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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..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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On your last day of your holiday most people like to make sure they are  back  there with the minibus at Malaga airport a good while before their flight is due to leave. This often means hanging around the terminal for endless hours – not the best way to end your summer holiday in Malaga.

One option is to stop off at Malaga;s Golf Parador, an oasis of peace and just a few minute’s drive from Malaga airport. The hotel is sign posted just off the major roundabout of Malaga Plaza. The drive to the hotel car park takes you down through the golf course to the hotel car park which has good security for leaving  your minibus unattended. Here you can enjoy a relaxing drink on the hotel terrace or some very good tapas from the bar, with the knowledge that you are only 5 minutes away from being able to return you minibus back to Malaga airport  The hotel prices are not exorbitant  but they are on the high side but the treat is well worth it to enjoy those last few hours in the sun.

Depending of your budget  the most relaxing  option though would be to book a  room at Malaga Parador the day before departure and make use of the hotels, pool and private beach area. The hotel also has a championship golf course and tennis courts.

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For information on reservations contact the hotel direct

http://www.parador.es/en/parador-de-malaga-golf

Autovia A7 Malaga – Algeciras | Salida Coin – Km 231, 29080 Malaga, Spain

 

 

 

 

 

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Over the next few weeks , as Malaga Airport goes into its busy summer period we are going to run a series of short blogs with some tips and suggestions on place to go in your nine seater long wheel base minibus that we hope here at dragon cars will make your holiday more relaxing.

We will have a few suggestions on place to shop, bars and restaurants to visit and beach to  go to that has easy minibus access.  There is nothing more stressful for the driver of a minibus that turning up in Fuengirola or Marbella and  wondering where you can find a parking space that you can fit a minibus into, especially a 9 seat long wheelbase !

Likewise with trips to the shops we know the best supermarkets in Malaga and the Costa del sol, which offer the best value and have the easiest access for minibus drivers

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We also going to be blogging a few tips on the things to watch out for when pick the minibus up from Malaga airport and some ideas on things to do on the last day of the trip back to the Malaga airport..

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Transfers from Malaga airport

For small groups transfers my be the better option than the cost of 2 or 3 taxis. You do not have to book a large coach, there are several companies
at Malaga airport that have mid size vehicles offering private transfers from Malaga airport though they must be pre booked.

If looking for this type of service the company you use should be fully licenced for insurance reasons. A few points to look out for are. All coach and transport companies should meet clients in side the terminal with clients name printed by the airport authorities. The vehicles are located in the coach car park which is connected to the terminal and not in the public car park. The public car park should only be used by the general public or car hire companies. Legal Coach / transfers companies have a designated parking area under terminal 3.  All vehicles should have more than 9 seats and a separate number plate with SP which stands for public service. More often than not the  vehicle will be sign written up.

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If the vehicle you are being collected in has 9 seats or less, is not an official taxi and you are paying for the service then there is a very good chance they are not legal. You can be collected by courtesy vehicles

Alternatively you can take a self drive mini bus from Dragon Car Hire you can collect and return mini buses at Malaga airport we have the short wheel base (SB) and the long wheel bases (LAB) which offers extra room for all your luggage.

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It has been reported that some Spanish Hospitals have been charging European residents hospital fees for treatment where they have been asking for travel insurance policy to cover medical fees. Under European law all European citizens have free medical cover. Though it is good to know that if you are renting a car and if you are unfortunate to have a road accident in your  hire car then the car insurance covers your hospital fees. It is also good to know that only Spanish residence can drive a Spanish plated cars if you are on  holidays you are not covered to drive a private Spanish car you can only drive rental car vehicles that hold a different type insurance policy.

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Summer prices and road traffic

With arrival of summer prices gradually creep up and it seems the toll road is no acception. It is always been said that the toll road is from Malaga to Sotogrande  Although the toll road( AP7 ) actually stats at Fuengirola where the road splits you can either take the toll road ( left side lanes) direct to Marbella with one exit for Calahonda or the old coastal road ( right lanes)by  passing Fuengirola, La Cala and the popular urbanisations of Miraflores, Riviera del sol, Cabopino, Elveria and Rio Real.

The normal price in the quiet months 1st October – May 31st to use the whole stretch of the toll road is just over 9 euros where in the summer months it will go up to just over 15 euros.

The most expensive section and the most used is the area between Fuengirola and Marbella which will cost around 7.30 euros. Unfortunately as long as the old road the N340 is flowing you do not save a great amount of time or fuel consumption to warrant paying the 7.30.

Though if you are running a tight schedule and looking to return your car hire back to Malaga airport and catch your flight the 7.30 euros offers great value. If you are on the old coastal road (N340) and there is an accident with no hard shoulders on the N340 you could be in a traffic jam for 2 to 3 hours which does happen quiet often in the summer months so compared to the cost of new flights car hire charges for late returns and perhaps even an extra day rental the toll road still offer great value for money at times.

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So if you have to book in your hire car at Malaga airport either give your self plenty of time ot take advantage of the services offerd by the toll road.

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Many rail service in Spain have been cut to save cost to the government.
The line that connects Malaga airport to the city center of Malaga and the coastal towns west of the city as far as Fuengirola has not been effected.
The closest effected line is the picturesque route between Algeciras to Ronda although the line will still be running the times will be cut.
Extra bus rotes are to be laid on but that will not be the same as a relaxing train ride through the Andalucian country side where you can take
lunch in one of the many white villages en route and return back to your destination late afternoon.

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Malaga last home game at La Rosaleda against Deportivo La Coruña was a must win situation as Real Betis were one point behind Malaga. Malafa FC were fighting for the last league place offering European footbal. With Malaga last game of the season at the Nou camp in Barcelona this seemed like the last chance. With several first team players back from injury and the manager Pellegrinis last game before reportedly heading to Manchester City (still to be confirmed). Since Malaga lost in the quarter finales of the European champions league cup letting 2 goals in injury time to the finalist Borussia Dortmund they have not been consistent and letting in easy goals. Eventually Malaga won 3-1. It was also the last game for the local boy Isco from Benalmadena

The home ground of Malaga CF is Rosaleda and is very easy to reach if arriving at Malaga airport you can either take the train from Malaga
airport to the city center and a 15 minute walk or you can use one of the Malaga car hire companies located at Malaga airport. As most games start late 21.30 there is plenty of free parking around the ground.

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If Malaga Airport is your destination choice for your summer holiday you have several ways of linking from Malaga airport to the costa del sol.

Taxis are usual the first means of transport though these are not always the cheapest, with a very good new road net work and competitive prices
Malaga car hire is now the more popular form of transport from Malaga airport, Dragon cars can organise small economy cars to 9 seater mini
buses with a personal meet and greet service and offering a full/full fuel policy and no hidden extras.

For those who don’t fancy driving the new terminal now has a new modern under ground train station joining Malaga airport to Malaga city center
and along the cost as far as Fuengirola. The end of the line is at Fuengirola and there is a taxi rank at the train station and only 50 meter
to the main bus terminal.

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For larger groups on a golfing holiday or stag/hen weekend brakes there is a good supply of coach companies offering private direct transfers

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The on going up grade to Malaga airport (airport costa del sol) is still being improved with a new shopping are planed which will be aimed at
designer labels following the fashion and success of Barcelona and Madird international airports. The on going works will not interfere with the day
to day running of Malaga airport and works will stop during the peak months of July and August 2013 when Malaga airport is running at full capacity. The planned opening will be March 2014 creating over 100 jobs. The boutiques will also be joined by fine dining Michelin star restaurant.

Dragon Cars offers you personalised meet & greet service during this peak summer months of 2013. No long queues, no hassles, no bus transfers to outside the airport -> just us!

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