Estepona is the home of the movie star couple Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas and is situated on the Costa del Sol in Spain.
Below we give you some ideas for excursions and places to visit when you hire a car in order to explore the Estepona region. For getting around be sure to see our Estepona map page.
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Why Visit Estepona?
This seaside resort has great beaches, villas and apartments in abundance to rent as well as some of the best weather in Spain.
Estepona is also in the heart of the ‘Costa del Golf’ and in the resorts and its vicinity there are a number of different courses on which to play including the Club de Golf Los Almendros, Valle Romano Golf & Resort, Estepona Golf, the Finca Cortesin Golf Club, Casares Costa Golf and the Doña Julia Golf Club.
To the north of Estepona lie the lesser known and more off the beaten track tourist resorts of Punta Pinilos and Playa del Sol-Villacana where apart from some seriously unspoilt beaches there are the golf courses of La Resina Golf & County Club, Flamingos Golf Club, El Paraiso Golf Club, Monte Mayor Golf Club and the Atalya Golf and Country Club.
The main beaches in Estepona to spend lazy days at are La Rada Beach and El Cristo Beach while the Costa Natura (the main nudist beach) resort is on the doorstep.
If the aim of coming on vacation to Estepona is to make the most of its beaches and golf courses then organising car hire at some point of the vacation is essential.
Be sure to read our Estepona tourist guide for more ideas on what to do on your holiday.
Getting To Estepona
This seaside resort has two international airports in it’s vicinity which are Gibraltar Airport and Malaga International Airport.
Gibraltar Airport is forty-five kilometres or twenty eight miles to the south of Estepona and is the nearest airport while Malaga Airport is eighty-two kilometres or fifty miles to the north of the resort.
A quick and easy way of getting to Estepona from either airport is to catch a taxi. From Gibraltar Airport the taxi fare is around €60, while from Malaga International Airport you can expect to pay around €96. You also have to remember that this is just one way and you can expect to pay the same again and more on the return journey!
A more economical way to get from the airport to Estepona is to look at a direct transfer with a shuttle company although often you have to share the shuttle bus with fellow passengers.
Looking at SimplyShuttles.com, a return transfer from Malaga International Airport to Estepona in the busier tourist months costs €195 for a family of four. Transfers from Gibraltar Airport to Estepona start at around £92.
At Gibraltar Airport there are two main car hire companies which are Avis and Niza Cars. Malaga Airport which is the larger of the two airports has many more car hire companies to choose from such as Auriga Crown, Autos Lido, Avis, Europcar, Goldcar Rental, Hertz, National Atesa, Record, Sixt and Sol-Mar.
If you have used any of these companies we welcome your independent reviews and ratings.
Estepona Taxi Transfers
Type of Business: Airport Transfer
Towns or Areas Covered: Malaga Airport
Pay your driver in cash.
Luxury vehicles for price of standard taxi.
Meet and greet service.
Esepona Taxis Transfers provide the very best transfers to Estepona.
As soon as you arrive at Malaga Airport your transfer chauffeur will be waiting for you inside the arrivals hall. It’s easy to find him. He will be holding a clearly visible sign with your lead passenger name.
There is no need to worry if your flight is delayed as we monitor your flight and will wait for you. We don’t arrange shared transfers, only private taxis and minibuses. So, you get a beautifully clean, high standard vehicle for you and your party.
Your chauffeur will get you straight to your accommodation in Estepona without any fuss or waiting around. A premier service at low-cost.
Nearest Petrol Stations
Depending on which car rental company you choose from, some will include a full tank of petrol while others give you the hire car with an empty tank, so it is important to find out where the nearest petrol stations are and their opening times. You don’t want to be coming in on a very late cheap flight only to find that the car has no petrol and you can’t make your way to your booked accommodation!
The nearest petrol station to Gibraltar Airport is one kilometre away while there is a BP Petrol Station at the entrance of Malaga International Airport.
As most of the petrol stations are open from six in the morning until ten at night it is best to book car hire which includes a full tank of petrol if you are arriving outside of these times.
Estepona Car Rental – FAQ
Many people write to us asking about potential problems and the pitfalls of hiring a car in Estepona so below we aim to answer some of the frequently asked questions:
What is the minimum age to rent a car?
That depends on the car hire company but usually the age is 21 or 25.
Do I need to bring a credit card?
Car hire bookings are booked on a credit card and it also acts as a guarantee for the car hire company that you will return the car in the same condition once your vacation is over.
What documents do I need to bring?
Your drivers licence and passport.
Can I share the driving with a friend?
Most car rental companies will allow you to put another named driver on the rental agreement for a small fee of around €3 a day while others will allow that to be free. All you have to do is present that extra driver’s driving license.
Is there a cancellation fee?
That depends on the car hire company, the majority of which will offer you a full refund and not charge a cancellation fee.
What about insurance?
What is included in the insurance varies from company to company so it is best to ask. Some will offer you can extra insurance which includes loss of keys, tyres and windows.
There are insurances for everything such as medical, third party, be sure to ask what is included in your insurance to make sure you are covered. It is always best to have travel insurance anyway to cover all medical eventualities.
What about mileage?
Usually car rental companies offer unlimited mileage.
What about petrol?
On arrival some cars will be filled expecting you to do the same on your return. Some car hire companies will charge you as much as €100 to fill the car if you don’t and rates fluctuate as does the price of fuel. Some car hire companies will give you an almost empty car so you need to return it the same way.
Either way, you can be assured that petrol stations are close to both airports, and if you arrive within the time frame of 6 in the morning until 10 at night, you should have no problem to get to your final destination.
If you are taking a cheap late flight then it is best to book car rental with a full tank of fuel and you leave the vehicle the same condition on the day of departure. Try hire a car that runs on diesel.
What happens if my car breaks down?
Most car rental companies offer free twenty-four hour breakdown assistance.
Do I need to rent a car seat for my child?
As more and more carriers are charging you to bring a children’s car seat or booster seat on holiday, renting one makes sense. Typically you can expect to pay €3 to rent a car seat and for a longer rental period the maximum they tend to charge is €42.
Can I rent a GPS?
A GPS is an optional extra and is especially useful if you intend to do a lot of sightseeing and visiting the neighbouring resorts to Estepona. A GPS typically costs about €5 a day to rent with a maximum of €100 for a longer rental period.
What happens if I receive a traffic fine while I am on holiday?
That also depends on the rules of the individual car hire company but the person who has signed the rental agreement can expect to pay a €25 charge.
What if I am late returning the car to the airport?
If the period of the car rental has expired by more than two hours you can expect to be billed for an extra day.
Snow chains and ski racks also come under optional extras if you intend to head for the Sierra Nevada in the winter months.
What you need to look out for to be included in the price is air conditioning which is a necessity in the summer, local taxes, unlimited mileage, free cancellation, collision damage waver and theft protection.
How much does renting a car for Estepona cost?
To get an idea of what car rental might cost you during the peak holiday season, rates start at £45 per week for an economy car, which is an ideal option for a couple of people with few luggage requirements.
If you are travelling with a family of four to get the best deal you should hire a car with ample boot space such as a Picasso. Medium-sized family cars can be rented from £75 a week during the busy tourist season while large family cars (aka people-carriers) can be rented from €120 a week.
You can also hire luxury sports cars such as convertibles.
Can I take out long-term car hire in Estepona?
Yes, most companies also offer long-term car hire deals. In theory there is no limit to the length of time that you can hire a car as long as you are meeting the payments.
Many expatriates who have moved to Estepona actually hire a car on a long-term basis simply because you don’t need to find the large amount of money required to buy a car and you avoid all ongoing maintenance costs.
If anything goes wrong with the car then your breakdown cover is included and the car hire company are responsible for fixing and repairing the car. Additionally your price includes insurance and road tax (ITVM).
Local Estepona Car Rental Companies
If driving around on holiday is too much for the individual and they are happier getting to the resort by taxi and relying on local transport but want to hire a car for the day to explore what the Costa del Sol has to offer, then consider these independent local car hire companies in Estepona:
Address: Urb. El Pilar. Km. 166 C.C. Bena Pilar, Local 3 C, 29688 ESTEPONA (Málaga)
Telephone: 95 288 36 37 or 95 288 76 76
Fax: 95 288 78 70
Mobile: 687 526 200
Paradise Rent a Car
Address: Centro Comercial Diana, blq 1 local 14 Carretera Cádiz – Málaga km. 168 29680 ESTEPONA – MÁLAGA
Mobile Phone: +34 649 938 622
Fax: 00 34 952 882 881
Estepona Scooter Hire & Rental
Tourists who want to explore Estepona on a scooter can rent one from Motogogo Scooter Rental.
Address: Urb. El Pilar, C.Cial. Benapilar 3C 29688 Estepona, Spain Telephone: 952 88 36 37
Prices – 1 day hire is €13, 7 days hire is €75.
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