Family Road Trip in Málaga: The Best Car Rental Tips for a Stress-Free Holiday

view of the city of Malaga with brown buildings and palm trees from a viewpoint.

Malaga is one of the most beautiful cities situated in the south of Spain, it’s well known for its sunny weather, amazing beaches, and rich culture. This, on top of its many other attractions, makes it the perfect destination for families who want to enjoy a relaxing and fun-packed holiday.

But Malaga is only a city, it’s also the best getaway to explore the stunning Andalusian region, with its diverse landscapes, charming villages, and historical sites. To make the most out of your family vacation, there’s no better way than doing it by car, the city and its surrounding is incredibly road trip friendly, and you can find a suitable car hire Malaga airport right away.

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This way comes with a ton of benefits, you’ll have the freedom and that much-needed flexibility to discover the true gems of the area at your own pace.

Choosing the Perfect Family-Friendly Car for Málaga’s Roads

The first step you need to take is to choose the right car for Malaga’s roads, there are many options available, from small sedan-like cars to bigger ones like vans and family cars, so make sure to read the reviews to spot the right car for your family.

Here are some factors to consider when selecting a car rental in Málaga:

  • Car seat availability: If you’re traveling with young children, is a must that you make sure the car rental agency can give you a suitable car seat, taking into account their age, weight, and compatibility with the car. Many times these types of services come as an extra, so you can expect to pay a bit more for it.
  • Space for luggage: I always say pack smart, not bulky but depending on the size of your family and the duration of your holiday, you’ll need to choose a car that can store all your belongings without issues. Avoiding a car that’s cramped and cluttered will make your journey more pleasant and safe. Ask for recommendations and look around for trunk capacities of car models.
  • Insurance options: Insurance is a must in my opinion, you never know what the road and journey have waiting for you. You’ll need to consider all the insurance options that the car rental agency offers, make sure to get at least the basic coverage, but you can always opt for additional coverage. Some agencies offer options that cover everything, while others may charge extra for different services. Make sure to read the policy, and ask any questions you have.

Top Family Destinations to Drive to in Málaga

Malaga is filled with stunning attractions situated in the city and its surroundings, offering a wide range of family-friendly routes that are easily accessible by car.

Here are some of the best attractions and routes for your family trip to Málaga:

The Costa del Sol

One of the most stunning coastal routes in Spain, it’s a popular stretch of coastline that runs from Malaga to Nerja, offering stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea, sandy beaches, and charming seaside towns.

You can drive along the coast of Malaga extending your trip from one end to the other, checking out popular destinations like some of the city beaches from Playas del Palo, and Playa de la Malagueta to Playa de la Misericordia. While enjoying the coastal views, Malaga’s port, and a small detour to the Historic center of the city.

Go attraction hunting

Malaga is home to several historical attractions worth checking, and most of them are easily accessible by car. Since you’ll be driving along the Costa del Sol, start with Alcazaba which was an ancient fortification situated close to the Historic Center of the city, next move to Castillo de Gibralfaro, which is a castle-like building close to the Alcazaba.

Another great attraction to check out is the Catedral de la Encarnación de Málaga, which is a stunning cathedral with unique architecture, also, close to the Alcazaba. Next, you can drive to Málaga Park and explore it, the park is located super close to the cathedral too.

Picasso Museum and others

Pablo Picasso was born in Malaga, and you can’t go to the city without visiting the Picasso Museum. It has lived since 2003, situated on the Buenavista Palace, which is an incredible area to explore. The museum has more than 280 works donated by the family of the artist.

But, that’s not the only interesting museum in Malaga. Next, you can head to the Museo Carmen Thyssen Málaga, which is based on the 16th-century palace and hosts several Spanish and international works. Another option is the Malaga Museum, it’s situated in an Italian-style palace where you’ll find a lot of fine masterpieces.

Extra attractions: Make sure to visit the Mercado Central de Atarazanas, and the Atarazanas, which are stunning local markets with a wide range of shops, and local food. 

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Karen Beddow founded Mini Travellers in 2014 while doing what she loves most...going on holiday!

Mini Travellers is for parents looking for holiday ideas, destination reviews, days out and things to do with the kids. We also have family travel tips, activity ideas and all other things family holiday related. Take a look at some of our latest reviews for holidays and day trips in the UK.

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