There's no better way to see Spain than by car
Explore Spain in an Avis hire car, we’re ready and waiting to get you on your way.
Made up of 17 regions, each with its own unique culture and history, Spain is as diverse as it is beautiful. Explore Spain by road: discover the cultural northern hubs of Barcelona and Bilbao; the vibrant capital Madrid and the resorts on the Atlantic and Mediterrean coasts.
Where would you like to meet us to begin your journey?
Popular airport locations in Spain
- Alicante Airport
- Barcelona Airport
- Gibraltar Airport
- Bilbao Airport
- Girona Airport
- La Coruna Airport
- Madrid Airport
- Malaga Airport
- Reus Airport
- Santander Airport
- Seville Airport
- Valencia Airport
- Gran Canaria Airport
- Tenerife Sur Airport
- Lanzarote Airport
- Fuerteventura Airport
- Menorca Airport
- Mallorca Airport
- Ibiza Airport
Plan your trip in SpainSpain is a beautiful country to drive in, and with so much to see and explore you can really make the most of it in an Avis hire car.
Why not start your Spanish adventure in Madrid - Spain’s elegant and exciting capital city. Madrid is famous for its museums and art galleries. A good place to start is the so called ‘golden triangle of art’, the Reina Sofia, Prado Museum and Thyssen-Bornemisza. This trio are often referred to as the most significant and important art museums in all of Spain. Later, when the sun sets get ready to enjoy the city's legendary night life.
Looking to combine history and architecture? Then head for the UNESCO World Heritage site of Santiago de Compostela. The capital of the Galicia region of Spain, Santiago de Compostela is recognised as the destination for Christians following the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route. The Old Town is where you’ll find this city’s treasures including the Holy Tomb of St James, one of Jesus Christ's apostles, as well as the impressive Romanesque cathedral.
Road trips in SpainThere's so much to see by Avis hire car in Spain. You could meander down the rocky, cliff-edged Costa Brava all the way to the French border. Or, from Madrid, take in the Roman heritage of Segovia. Why not motor down to the sun-baked plains of Andalucía? Visit the medieval gem of Córdoba, or Seville for flamenco and tapas, before gazing up at the snow-capped peaks of the Sierra Nevada from Granada.
Madrid to Segovia
If you're starting in Madrid, head north on the A-6 to begin your journey to Segovia, one of the most historic and beautiful cities in northwest Spain. The journey shouldn’t take more than an hour and a half, and if you fancy a break from driving, why not stop at the mountain towns of Guadarrama and El Espinar on your way?
Segovia has a rich architectural history with buildings dating back to medieval times. The former royal palace is a must-see as well as the impressive Roman Aqueduct. Also, you’ll also find Romanesque churches, a Gothic cathedral and medieval walls.
Alicante to Valencia
From Alicante its about two hours' drive north to the beautiful city of Valencia. Valencia’s evocative old quarter dramatically contrasts with Europe’s newest cultural and scientific complex, Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias. You'll find that Valencia is a city of architectural beauty and contrasts.
Driving rules in SpainWhich side of the road?
In Spain, please drive on the right side of the road.
Country driving laws
- Mobile phones may not be used at all whilst driving
- Do not use headphones when driving (except hearing aids)
- Dipped headlights must be used in poor daylight visibility
- Always use indicators, you will be fined for not using indicators when needed
- Cyclists have right of way, at all times
All speed signs will be in km/h.
For a standard Avis rental vehicle with no trailers:
- Urban areas: 50 km/h (31 mph)
- Rural areas: 90 km/h (55 mph)
- Motorways: 120km/h (74mph)
Unless indicated by road signs.
Child safety / Seatbelt laws
- It is compulsory for the driver and all passengers to wear a seatbelt
- Children aged under 12 and less than 135cm tall must be seated in an appropriate child restraint for their size
- Children aged under 12 are not allowed to sit in the front seat
Please note - It is the child’s parent / guardian or vehicle renter’s responsibility to fit the child seat.
This road rules information is for provided for general guidance only. We endeavour to keep the information up to date and accurate, but any reliance you place on this information is at your own risk.