Car Rental in Spain

Car Rental in Spain is certainly not difficult and is much the same as hiring a car anywhere else. However if you think you will need a car to get around in a big Spanish city do be aware that the metro and bus system are better options, as you will have to contend not only with Spain’s rules and regulations but also very busy roads, traffic jams and the problems of finding parking. Also, if you have to watch your budget remember that car hire in Spain is not the cheapest option. Just basic car hire in Spain is going to cost more than a train or bus ticket and on top of the hire cost there is the cost of fuel which is high in Spain.

Should I rent a car in Spain?

hiring a car is great if you want to get to little out-of-the-way villages, the mountains, vineyards or perhaps more secluded beaches. For this sort of touring a hire-car is ideal.

It is just as well to read through a few tips before you go ahead and book a car.

Requirements for Driving in Spain

  • You must be over 21 and have held a valid driver’s licence for 1 to 3 years (this varies depending on the Car Rental company you choose).
  • Seat-belts are mandatory
  • Child seats are mandatory for children up to 3 years of age.
  • Children below 12 may not sit in the front seats and also if their height is less than 135cm.

Your driving licence

If you are an EU-citizen then you can drive in Spain using your present valid licence.

However, when you actually collect your car no matter, where you have arrived from you will have to show a valid ID and it is more than likely that you will have to present your passport.

The easiest way of avoiding any possible frustrations with a car hire agency is best to get an International Driving Permit before you leave for Spain no matter where you reside, whether within the EU or outside the EU. This is not a substitute for your licence so you will still need to have your valid licence with you. The IDP is valid for 12 months only.

UK- Citizens/Residents – you can choose to purchase from the Automobile Association, the RAC or your local Post Office. The cost at present is £5.50.

The USA and Canada – those with a valid American driving licence can apply to the American Automobile Association (AAA) or the National Automobile Club (NAC) – cost US$20.00. Similarly, if you hold a valid Canadian driving licence you can apply to the Canadian Automobile Association – cost $25.00

To purchase your International Driving Permit you must be a resident of your home country and be over 18, and you must have:

  • A valid driving licence.
  • 2 recent passport size photos
  • Completed application form
  • Payment for the application fee

Rental Cars in Spain

Car Rental in Spain

The majority of cars for hire in Spain have a manual transmission, although you can rent an automatic car in Spain, cars with automatic transmission are available from some car hire agencies, they will cost 100s of Euros more than a manual Cars. If you add the cost of your insurance, petrol and tolls to the cost an automatic drive it is quite formidable. It is more cost effective to hire a manual drive. So if you have only ever driven a car with automatic transmission, it is a good idea to get used to gear stick driving before you hire a car in Spain.

Period of Hire

Time limit: Most Car Rental in Spain Companies allow for a maximum period of hire of 28 days. There may also be a limit on the period of hire if you insure through your credit card or have an add-on insurance through your travel insurance company.

If you hire for longer than 28 days the cost will go up quite significantly so if you do need the car for longer than 28 days, it is a good idea to return the first hire-car and hire again.

Not time but mileage limit: Be very careful and read your agreement carefully as some Car Rental companies have a limit on the amount of mileage either within a certain time period or no time period but a mileage limit.

What to look out when choosing a Car rental company in Spain

 

Car size: Whilst you have to consider the number of passengers who will be travelling with you, it really is a good idea to go with the smallest car in which you and your passengers will be comfortable, particularly if you plan on visiting out-of-the-way villages or really go exploring as provincial roads in and around small villages are very narrow which means you will have trouble with traffic coming the other way. Although the roads are meant to be two-way roads, they very often only accommodate one car width. If you will be driving only on the main highways and main artery roads then clearly the size of the car you hire will not matter.

  1. Beware of car-hire companies that offer really cheap deals as they may have a number of expensive hidden costs on fuel, mileage, insurance and additional drivers. Check your agreement carefully.
  2. Check your agreement before you sign and check for the following:
    1. Additional driver
    2. Surcharge on a driver under 25
  • Insurance
  1. Road-side assistance or European breakdown cover
  2. Fuel
  3. Theft protection
  • Charges for changes to a reservation
  • Free cancellation
  1. The small print is extremely important so read it carefully before you book your car.
  2. Car-Hire Fuel Policy – It is worth your while to check this carefully when you are choosing a car-hire company in Spain. As the fuel policy can vary according to which car-hire company you choose, or they may have a choice. Some hire cars come with full tank and require you to return it with a full tank, while some might come with a full tank and do not require a full tank on return.
    1. Pay for the fuel you use: This is usually when a car comes with a full tank but does not require a full tank on return. At check-out, you will be charged for the full tank and the cost will be slightly higher than the going rate for fuel. This is usually done through a ‘refueling fee/service. If you return the car with a full tank it is usual to receive a refund up to about an eighth of a tank but there will be no refund on the refueling fee/service. The refund, however, will be based on the going rate.
    2. Full to Full: You check-out with a full tank and you must ensure that the tank is full in return. This option usually costs a bit more, plus a refuelling fee/service will be charged if the tank is not full in return. So a good idea is to top up the tank at a nearby petrol station just before you return the car.
  3. Be assertive when dealing with the front desk and make sure you are not fobbed off with something you are not really happy with.
  4. When you have signed and are collecting your car from the car-hire, carpool, make sure you have one of the staff with you to check the condition of the car both the outside and the interior before you agree to take it. Also, check if the spare wheel is in place and in good condition. If there are any existing dents or scratches photograph them and go back to the counter and on their diagram of the car, mark the existing damage and ensure that the existing flaws are signed off by the car-hire representative.
  5. Check the fuel and also make a note of the mileage if you have a restricted mileage agreement.

Car Hire and Insurance

Understanding the terms

Excess: This is the maximum amount that you will be expected to pay to cover any potential damage to the hire-car. It is usually quite a lot of money but is a pending charge. If you pay with a credit card the amount will show on your credit card but be removed once you return the car in good condition. If there is damage to the car, the car-hire company will charge you for the amount of the repair only but if the damage is severe the repair cost may be as high as the excess reserved amount, on your credit card

CDW (Collision Damage Waiver): This generally costs around 30% more on your daily hire cost but can be a little less if it combined with theft/loss insurance. CDW waives the car-hire company’s right to collect a high deductible (see excess) if you return a damaged vehicle. It does not eliminate the deductible but reduces it because CDW usually does not cover the undercarriage, roof, tyres and windshield or windows and side mirrors. What it does cover are the inevitable dings and scratches.

  1. The Full Coverage option often pushed by the car-hire companies is extremely expensive and can cost as much as the car hire itself, but it is a worry-free option. If you decide to go this route check if there is an ‘Excess’ clause and if so, what options there are.
  2. Included cover – many car-hire companies include Spain’s compulsory car insurance in the hire cost. This cover complies with current legislation and covers vehicle occupant insurance and 3rd There are also some car-hire companies who include collision damage waiver (CDW) and theft with the excess fee but don’t expect it to be included. It is wise to check thoroughly before you sign.

Insurance options: Given that the cost of insurance through a car-hire company is high it is worth checking insurance offered by your credit card company or your travel insurance company.

If you decide to take the option offered either by your credit card company or travel insurance company be sure to check that your contract with the Car hire company has not included CDW before you sign. If you accidentally accept the cover of the car-hire company you will not be covered by either your credit card company or travel insurance company.

Travel Insurance cover: If you are purchasing travel insurance it is worth looking into their collision cover as many offer this as an add-on to your travel insurance policy, and most offer collision cover in Spain. If this an option and you have the add-on, be sure to provide your insurer’s name and the number of the policy when you hire your car.

Before you drive off

Check that your car has all the accessories required by law:

  • Vehicles must carry 2 warning triangles in the event of a breakdown one to be placed at the front of the car and one behind.
  • A fluorescent jacket to wear in the event of night time breakdown.
  • A first-aid kit
  • A spare wheel/ jack and spanner
  • Spare bulbs
  • A spare fan belt

Return a rental Car

When you return your hire car you will still have to be vigilant, this is the case the world over and is not particular to Spain. You will need to safeguard yourself from any unwarranted claims so, although it may seem like a lot of trouble it is worth it.

  1. If there has been no damage during the time you have had the car and the fuel in the tank is according to your agreement (full to full, or full to empty), when you have parked the car back in the car pool, you should walk around the car and photograph all the panels of the car, the wheels and the milometer. It’s a good idea to also take a few shots of the interior.
  2. Do not hand your keys to someone in the car-park. They may be opportunist car thieves. Make sure you hand your keys back at the desk, or if it is late, post them into the box provided.
  3. Keep all the paperwork at this stage.
  4. Credit card. A few days after you have handed back the car it is a good idea to check your credit card to ensure that all applicable refunds and excess charges have been carried out and that no mysterious charges have materialized.
  5. If repairs had to be carried out for damage that occurred during your time with the car, you should request evidence of such repairs to check if what you have been charged for was in actual fact, carried out.

Finding for best rental deals in Spain

  1. Using the internet: some good terms to type into your search engine:

Hire cars best deals Spain,

Lowest price car hires Spain,

Best car hires Spain,

Car hire Spain.

  1. Price comparison: There are sites on the internet that give you a chart showing the price range and the car-hire company applicable to each price allowing you a one stop site to find the best deals. You can then go straight to the site of the car-hire company that appeals to you.

Suggested sites: Goldcar, Avis, CentauroEnterprise and Hertz 

NOTE: You should check your options carefully and be particularly careful to read all the details. A car-hire may seem expensive but when you add up all the inclusions it may work out to be cheaper than one that seemed to be a cheaper option at first glance.

 

Driving in Spain

Spain’s road network covers over 16000 km of top-class highways in Spain. Major roads, in particular, are of international standard, sometimes even better, which altogether make driving in Spain a pleasure. It is possible to avoid toll roads altogether as many of the new dual-carriageways are toll-free and are excellent.

However, that said you do have to be wary of local drivers especially away from the main cities as driving is not going to be what you are used to. Discipline on the roads seems to be rather flexible. The use of indicator lights is pretty erratic and sometimes no signal at all is given, so be careful of driving too close behind other cars. Remember to always slow down or come to a complete stop at the pedestrian crossing if necessary.  Many pedestrians would just cross the street without looking for incoming traffic as by law they always have the right of way.

In rural areas, watch out for cows on the road particularly in Asturias.

Parking in Spain

City Parking: Ticket machines control parking in city centres and are in Blue Zones (blue ticket machines and blue street markings). The ticket must be displayed on the dashboard of the car.

Siesta time usually means free parking: between 14:00 and 16:00 Monday to Friday; after 14:00 on Saturday and Sundays usually all day.

Private Parking facilities: off-road car parks are to be found in most of Spain’s cities and towns. As in most other countries, you receive a ticket as you enter and pay with the ticket on exit.

No Parking: If you park in a ‘No Parking’ Zone be prepared for a hefty fine or worse, your car is likely to be towed away.

Fuel grading in Spain:

Spain’s petrol stations dispense:

  1. Unleaded 95
  2. Unleaded 98
  • Diesel A (Gasoleo A in Spanish.  Be careful at the petrol station when filling up, because Gasoleo sounds like Gasoline but actually its Diesel)
  1. Biodiesel

Website with all petrol stations and the price of the fuel available: geoportalgasolineras.es

 

Rules of the Road

  • Drive on the right-hand side. Pass on the left.
  • Wear your seat-belt at all times
  • Have your driver’s licence, International Driving Permit and proof of insurance with you at all times.
  • Children up to 3 years old must be in a child seat in the back of the car
  • No children in the front

Speed limits:

  • Highways 120km/h
  • Dual carriageways 100km/h
  • Single carriageways 90km/h
  • Residential and built-up areas 50km/h

HIGHWAYS

Speed Limits: 120km/h on major highways. There are speed traps and speed cameras. If you are caught speeding, as a foreigner you will be fined on the spot. Failure to pay the on-the-spot fine will mean that your car is immediately immobilised. Oh and leave that radar detection device at home they are illegal in Spain and a very nasty fine will be the result if you are caught with one.

The Outside Lane: Don’t sit in the fast lane use it only if you have to and only when passing – return immediately to a slower lane.

Drink and Drive: Don’t do it! The authorities have clamped down and taken this offence very seriously. Spain has the most stringent blood alcohol limit in Europe. The blood alcohol limit is 0.05% (50mg alcohol to 100ml blood) and for those who have only had a driver’s licence for 2 years or less the limit is even stricter at 0.03% (30mg alcohol to 100ml blood). Be careful of driving ‘the morning after the night before’ as your blood alcohol could still be high even though you feel perfectly sober.

Toll Roads marked ‘Péage’: Intercity these are great but the cost of the tolls is going to add a substantial amount to your budget. Free roads are better if you are just touring without a rushed schedule.

AA toll routes and prices: theaa.com

Your belongings: Never leave anything on view when you leave your car unattended. Breaking into cars is a popular pass-time, and particularly if your car is spotted as a hire-car.

Mobile devices while driving: It is illegal to use a mobile device while driving. The hands-free option on the device is not permitted nor earpieces. Only total hands-free devices are permitted. You may not message or check messages while driving.

Manipulating the GPS while driving is illegal, you must pull over and be completely stationery to set/change your GPS settings.

Use of the Hooter: You are not permitted to casually sound the car’s hooter. Using the hooter is only legal.

  • In emergencies
  • To avoid an accident
  • To get people’s attention only if it is a serious matter such as theft, crash or hit-and-run)

Paying a fine: Most fines on foreigners must be paid on-the-spot, however if you have been fined and have to make payment later you can make payment by credit card online through the Department of Transport’s website or you can pay in any Banco Santander branch or any Post Office in Spain. If your fine is paid within 20 days of the date of the fine there is a 50% reduction in the initial amount.

If your fine was incurred on an urban road it is wise to go directly to the traffic department of the City Council of that town/city.

When you pay your fine you will need the case file number

Finding out about road conditions before you drive: Real-time road conditions are available through the Department of Transport’s website

General Information

Recently Spain has invested a lot of helpful road signs across much of their main road network in an attempt to make the roads safer.

Triangular signs flashing orange to warn of approaching hazards, there are illuminated signs at some of the roundabouts. Flashing arrows in the direction of movement.

Intelligent signage to assist in terms of congestion – i.e. warns of queues of traffic ahead.


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The Best Time to Visit Spain

Spain is a fabulous destination to travel to.  The food, culture, people, festivities and the beautiful architecture and scenery is something you will never forget.  When travelling, it is always essential to have a plan and know what months and seasons are best to plan a visit. When planning a trip to Spain, it is important to consider weather, holidays and festivals, and prices.

Weather

Spain’s weather is not consistent across the country; it varies by region and month. If you want to travel to Spain during nicer weather, then you will want to visit Spain in the spring and fall, preferably during the months of April, May, June, September, of October.  The weather is very comfortable to explore the streets and countryside of Spain and catch a tan.

 

The Seasons

best seasons to travel to spain
best seasons to travel to spain

Summer (July, August) tends to be uncomfortably hot, enough to where locals escape to cooler parts of Spain during this time of year.  The hotter cities are located in central Spain such as Madrid, Seville, and Cordoba.  During the summer, resorts along the Mediterranean tend to be booked and crowded.  The ideal places to visit during this time of year are cities located in Northern Spain, such as Valencia, the Balearic Islands, Barcelona, Costa Brava, Bilbao, and Santiago de Compostela.

Spanish winters have their advantages and disadvantages.  It is less crowded during this time of year, southern Spain is cooler, there are a lot of festivities and events, and booking a hotel is less difficult.  The disadvantage of travelling to Spain comes into play if you want to travel the most mountainous areas and areas that get a lot of snow and ice, as you may need to use chains to travel by car.   These areas include

  • Burgos
  • Leon
  • Logroño
  • Pamplona
  • Vitoria

Prices

Pricing is a major part of deciding when you should visit Spain.  Prices of hotels and other accommodations can fluctuate based on season and location.  During major holidays and festivals, the prices of travel and other accommodations will spike.  So be prepared and make sure to book well in advance if you’re travelling to Spain during any major holiday or festival.  Summer tends to have an influx of tourists and vacationers.  Prices also tend rise during this time, and it will be very difficult to find any type of deal.

Cheapest Time to Travel to Spain

Cheapest Time to Travel to Spain
Cheapest Time to Travel to Spain

There are low prices during the winter season since no one really travels to Spain during the winter.  However, due to low levels of tourists and business during this season, hotels and restaurants may close their doors for the season.  If you’re planning to travel during this time, double check that businesses and hotels will be available.  Spring and fall are the best times to visit Spain.  During this time, hotels and other accommodations will be offering deals that will better suit your budget. Plus, it’s not super crowded during this time of year, and you will be able to enjoy the nice weather.

Deciding when to plan your trip should be based on your schedule, budget, festivities, and weather.  You will want to get the most out of your vacation, so it is important to research ahead of time and have a travel itinerary that will allow you to experience what Spain has to offer.

Holidays and Festivals

Holidays and Festivals
Holidays and Festivals

Planning your trips during holidays and festivals is one of the best ways to experience the culture of Spain.  These festivals are by no means places to sit around and relax.  These festivals are loud, vibrant, active and extremely fun.  Here is just a snippet of the holidays and festivals Spain has to offer.

Las Fallas in Valencia

Las Fallas in Valencia is one of the most lively festivals held in Spain.  The festival pays tribute to St. Joseph, and it takes place in March and lasts for about a week.  There are fireworks, huge papier-mache dolls in the form of celebrities and politicians, music, dancing and more.  The festival is so loud and lively, you will be lucky if you get any rest.

La Tomatina in Buñol

La Tomatina is a celebration honouring the patron saint of Buñol.  On the last Wednesday of August, tourists and locals alike gather together to participate in multiple tomato wars throughout the day.  The local government provides over 80,000 pounds in tomatoes, and there are communal showers around the city for participants to clean themselves.  There is food, street parties, and parades.  It is said that a tomato war can last as long as two hours.

La Mercé Festival

La Mercé Festival is a celebration held in honour of Our Lady of Mercy. It is held in Barcelona on the 24th of September.  Our Lady of Mercy can be traced back to the early 1200s, where St. Peter Nolasco was praying for guidance and the freedom of prisoners captured by the Saracens and Turks.  Along with the creation of a religious order and the help of King James I of Aragon, St. Peter was able to free 300,000 prisoners.  Many friars became martyrs, and they along with the Virgin of Mercy are celebrated on this day.  On the eve of the 24thGràcia neighbourhood and the Plaza, SantJaume is transformed into a street fair where there are dragons, giants, costumed people with large heads called cabezudos, and correfocs which are devils with large sparklers.

Carnival in Spain

Carnival in Spain is as vibrant and lively as any other festival in Spain and is held between Christmas and Holy Week.  It is, of course, a street festival, and it allows people to dress up and run around in costumes for days.  There are pirates, zombies, knights, heroes, and anything that can come to their imagination.  There is food, parades, contests, street theatre and so much more.  The major hype of the ceremony takes place on Carnival Tuesday, which is the last day to eat meat before Lent.  It ends on Ash Wednesday with Entierro de la Sardina, the Burial of the Sardine, where a sardine is buried to represent the arrival of Lent and the departure of personal pleasures.

Playing Golf In Spain

The Best Time to Visit Spain to Play Golf

During the past 30 years Spain has become a tourism den for golfers from all parts of Europe, Asia and the United States.  Spain has superb flight access from the United Kingdom and other European destinations.   It is only a short haul flight, therefore it makes it an ideal getaway, especially if you are only going for a 2 or 3-day vacation.

Anytime is a good time to visit and play golf.  Due to the Spanish mild climate, the golf season typically starts from mid February and ends in early July.  In July and August the thermometer can reach 40 degrees Celsius and above.  The majority of golfers find this temperature far too uncomfortable to play in, and therefore, this particular part of the season tends to be quieter, on the courses.

Additionally, a lot of European children are on summer vacation during July and August.  Families tend to take their vacations on or near the coastal resorts, to experience a slight coastal breeze, and relax on the superb beaches that the country has to offer.

From September the golfing season re-starts and goes on until late November or when the milder weather starts to decline.  However, in some resorts such as the Costa del Sol, where the weather is generally milder, golfing continues throughout the winter season.  The Costa del Sol is a golfers paradise.

Also the weather permits good visibility, there are normally only gentle winds blowing across the majority of fairways resulting in a very pleasant golfing climate.

The Andalucia region in southern Spain is also very mild permitting all round year golf.  There are over 90 golf courses near the southern coast, with over 60 of these courses actually located on this famous stretch of coastline.

Four of these golf courses are ranked within the Top 10 golf courses in Europe.  They courses are: Valderrama Golf Club, the San Roque Golf Club, La Reserve and Rio Real Golf Club.  Of course, in addition to these fairways there are golf courses suitable for all levels of golfer and abilities.

Playing Golf in Spain

Spain is the top European golf tourism destination. Thousands of keen golfers choose to play golf within this gorgeous country.  It doesn’t matter what level of golfer you are, or if you have a handicap, there are fairways to suit all tastes and abilities.

According to the Royal Spanish Golf Federation there are over 500 golf courses in Spain. They are near mountains, the coastline and in major cities.

The Spanish pride themselves on the quality of their golf courses, and the care and maintenance they take, which is evident from the well kept greens.  There are difficult, tricky, and very challenging layouts with plenty of lakes, trees, bunkers and hills to make your way around.

Additionally however there are also courses suitable for you, the average golfer, who doesn’t require continuously challenging obstacles to get around.  Finally, if you are feel like a nice flat course, then there are plenty of these too, with much easier greens to play, depending on your personal choice and level of ability.

However, whatever type of course you choose, you will notice that the landscape is varied and lush.   There is a wealth of contrasts, with mountains, coastline’s and superb views of the Mediterranean, in the various backgrounds.

The prices of green fees are very competitive and vary considerably depending on the course you want to play on.  Many golf courses are contained with hotel complex resorts and have the luxury of a wide choice of facilities available, not just for the keen golfer, but also for the entire family.

Therefore you can take the whole family along with the reassurance that they will have plenty to occupy them during your golfing time.  There are courses with children’s playgrounds, restaurants, bars, buggy hire, golf coaches, spa’s, wellness centers, tennis, paddle tennis, various water sports, combined with beautiful scenery and settings for them to sit back and relax.

There is an abundance of quality accommodation available from first class hotels, houses and apartments to price sensitive hotels and golf resorts and complexes available.

You will find that there are a range of services, theme parks, nightlife, outdoor bars, restaurants, cafes, shopping centers, and cultural activities such as historic buildings and museums to visit in nearby cities.  Therefore there is something for everyone if they are not a golfer.

When you find your favorite course you can become a member, lots of the courses offer full and also restricted membership.  The Los Arqueros Golf and Country Club in Malaga costs €1273 for full membership and €636 for restricted membership.

Many of the clubs hold Golf Tournaments.  At Los Arqueros they hold the Cajasur Tournament, which accommodates up to 70 players.  It is played under the Stableford Individual Handicap format and there are 3 categories for men and 1 for ladies.

Everyone receives a Welcome Pack and they acknowledge Scratch, 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners, with the longest drive and nearest to pin winner.  This year it was Ernesto Galan Tineo who won this latter category and had the best scorecard of the day.  The Tournament was sponsored by a number of companies and the Cajasur Bank.

La Cala Golf Hotel & Spa in Mijas for the past 21 years have held the Cudeca Cancer Care Tournament for their hospice, which is a not-for-profit organisation.  The cost to enter the Tournament is €60 per person.

The money helps to provide funds for palliative care, for patients with advanced cancer, and supports their families.  This helps a worthwhile cause, and you can also have fun, whilst raising the money too.

Before you travel ensure that you check out the dress code of the golf club that you are attending.  The majority of clubs do have very strict dress codes that you must adhere to.

In some clubs you can wear shorts but they must be tailored Bermuda shorts and they must not be more than 10 centimeters below or above the knee.  Short shorts, athletic shorts, rugby tops and football shirts, as a rule cannot be worn.  If you do not comply, with the golf clubs strict dress code of conduct, you will be told to leave the course.

Why not purchase a gift voucher for a family member of friend as a Christmas or Birthday present?  There are lots of clubs that offer coaching and lessons for beginners and experienced players.  They could learn or improve their game.

Lots of golf clubs also allow you to book a weekly pass.   La Cala Golf Club at Mijas offers you a Season Ticket to purchase.   You pay €250 and play as many times as you like for 7 consecutive days.  Bliss for you, if you want to play for the whole week.

Golfing Holidays

There are various destinations within Spain where you can play golf and stay in a beautiful resort at a cost effective price.

The Albayt Golf Resort

The Albayt Golf Resort located between Puerto Banus and Sotogrande is only an hour drive from Malaga airport.  A 3 night break based on 4 people sharing a 2 bedroom luxury apartment starts at €189 per person, per night.  For 7 nights with the same terms and conditions you will find the price starts at €329.

The resort has lots of facilities: wireless internet, fitness center, paddle tennis, children’s play area and pool, sauna, hot tubs, and an outdoor swimming pool. This can be booked through golfbreaksinspain.com.

La Cala Golf Hotel

Stay and Play holidays offer 3, 4, 5 and 7 night stays at La Cala Golf Hotel and Spa in Mijas from €172 per person per night, inclusive of a Double Room and a Breakfast Buffet.  The complex has lots of facilities to keep you and your family occupied.

 

Barcelo Montecastillo Golf Hotel Resort

Barcelo Montecastillo Golf Hotel Resort in Jerez Cadiz is an 18-hole golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus.   It has unlimited green fees, tennis courts, paddle tennis, 2 FIFA football pitches, a pitch and putt, a multi-sport court and jogging track, a hydrotherapy circuit, a spa, saunas, and a gym.

It has local Mediterranean and international healthy food and low calorie and high in antioxidant elements, vitamins and minerals.

A 3 night Bed and Breakfast stay with unlimited golf between February and March will cost from €192 per person, per night and in April the same deal with cost from €183.  The views of the golf course from the rooms are brilliant.  Should you decide to book a luxurious suite, junior suite or villa they all have private gardens and you can even take your dog.  If that’s not enough all rooms have free WI-FI.

La Manga, in Las Lomas Village

La Manga, in Las Lomas Village, south of Murcia offers 3 night, 2 rounds, Bed and Breakfast starting from €215 per person per night and for 4 nights and 3 rounds the prices start from €300.  The resort is at the base of the beautiful mountainside of La Manage.  It has a Piano Bar, an Irish Pub called Mulligans, fitness centers and all the facilities you could possibly want.

 

The Top 10 Spanish Golf Courses

There are so many golf courses to choose from in Spain.  Whatever and wherever you choose to stay and play you will not be disappointed with the facilities or the course.  The Spanish take a great deal of pride in their golf and resorts and you will find superbly kept greens and clean and very comfortable hotels.

 

1 La Manga Club is an 18 hole, par 73, and 1400-acre course.  It is one of the best golf practice centers in Europe, and is an award winning luxury sports and leisure resort.  The clubs has 3 courses, south, west and north all offering a stunning setting in which to play a great round of golf.  They offer bespoke packages that are available on request.

The Club is situated in Caragena, Murcia on the sunny eastern costa Calida.  The nearby airports are Alicante and Murcia San Javier.

2 The Las Colina Golf and Country Club just outside Murcia again is an 18 hole and par 371 course.  The course is 6377 meters and is a Championship fairway that is used and suitable for professional competitions.  The green fees start at €71.

3 La Reseva de Sotogrande is situated in San Roque La Reserve de Sotograne, San Roque Cadiz.  It is an 18 hole, par 72 course, spread over 6721 meters.  The green fees are €178.  The view of the sea is breathtaking and it also has the luxury of magnificent mountains, with a majestic impressive clubhouse, that has a wealth of facilities with an attractive delicious menu.

4 The Precise Resort El Rompido has two, 18 hole courses that are both par 72.  The first course is 6148 meters and the second course is 6095 meters.

The resort is located near to Faro and Seville airports in the south west of Spain ear Cartaya Huelva on the western side of Andalusia.  The courses are of a very high standard and exceedingly well kept.  The green fees are approximately €120.

5 La Cala Golf on the Costa del Sol in Mijas is only 30 minutes drive from Malaga airport with Jerez airport just over 2 hours away and Seville airport a little further at two and a half hours drive.

This resort has the luxury of 3 golf courses, two of which are par 72 and the final one a par 71 course.  They are spread over 6009 meters, 5925 meters and the par 71 course at 6014 meters.  It is a Championship course that is renowned for being the finest golf course in Andalucia.  You can purchase a 3 course pass for €219 for the Asia, Europe and American courses.  You won’t be disappointed when you play on these magnificent courses they really are quite an experience.

6 The Club de Golf Alcanada is an 18 hole, par 72 course that is located 60 kilometers north of Palma in Peurto de Alcudia.  It is 6152 meters and was tremendous views of the island of Alcanada and the mountains of Sierra de Levante. The green fees are €130.

7 The PGA is a two, 18 hole, par 72 course that is 6226 meters.  This resort is located in Girona in Northern Spain and hosts a wealth of facilities from a driving range, a pro shop, bar and restaurant.

If you require a challenging course then this is it, with plenty of lakes in awkward places.  The course naturally hosts professional competitions however you can play for €152 during the weekend and €110 during the weekdays.

8 The Finca Cortesin Golf Club is an 18 hole, par 72 course in Andalusia that expands almost 7000 meters.  It is known for being one of the longest European courses.  It has breath-taking views of both the Mediterranean and the mountains.

The Golf Digest Magazine ranks the course as one of Spain’s best as it is suitable for all round playing.  The green fees are €265 for both a weekday and the weekend.

9 The Golf San Gual in the east of Palm in Mallorca is an 18 hole, par 72 course that is 7241 yards.  The course has one of the finest collections of par three’s to be found anywhere in the world.  Ian Woosnam, the former Masters’ Champion, has compared the course to Augusta National.

10 The Real Club Valderrama has two, 18 hole par 71 golf courses.   The course is 6356 meters from the professional tees.  It is suitable for all year round golf.  Leading golf professionals and writers have said the course is one of the best fairways in Europe and possibly the world.

Whatever course you choose, in whatever location across Spain you will be guaranteed to have the most enjoyable golfing experience of your life.  In fact, once you have tried golf in Spain you probably will not enjoy playing quite so much in your own hometown.  It really is a fabulous country with brilliant golf fairways.  However, don’t take my word for it – try it yourself.  Bon Voyage.