Spain by Car
Spain has a road network of over 300,000 kilometres of which 2,000 are fairly recent motorways. This country also has a modern (though not intensive) highways net, connecting the main cities. Most of the highways are free, though there are some in which you have to pay a toll, specially in the north, which can be calculated on the basis of the type of vehicle in question and the distance to be traveled.
The most important motor ways are the Mediterranean coastal road from the French border to Alicante and extending along most of the coast to past Marbella in the south, and the one linking the Cantabrian region with Cataluña. There are highways to go from France to Madrid, from Madrid to Sevilla, from Madrid to Valencia and so on.
Taking a taxi
Taxis are definitely the quickest and most efficient way to get around town but they are comparatively more expensive. All taxis have meters that indicate the amount due, however the rates do vary depending on the time of day and the area covered. There are several supplemental costs that get added to the main fare. Always negotiate the price to your destination before you get in the taxi.
The black and yellow taxis of Barcelona are a quick and convenient mode of transport, while some cities taxis are entirely yellow. The colour of taxis in small towns are usually white. A green light on the car indicates they free to be hailed. Ask about surcharges for airport trips and baggage handling. Smoking is not allowed in taxis.
Hiring a car
Car hire companies are plentiful in Spain, particularly around coastal areas. However, they can become heavily booked in the holiday periods. To hire a car you will need your passport and a full driving licence. Most European driving licences are now accepted in Spain although if you are from a European country outside the EU, you may have problems. Many companies have a minimum age of 21 or 25 to hire a car. People in Spain should drive on the right hand side of the road, but many in country areas will drive in the middle (until they see another vehicle approaching)
As an alternative to hiring a car from the usual car hire companies, MovoMovo.co.uk is a web site where private car owners have registered their cars for hire and set their terms. Travelers visiting Spain who need to hire a car in Madrid, for example, can contact the owner of a hire car using MovoMovo to make the contact, meet each other and agree the hire conditions and delivery. This system is more simple, more economical and more flexible than traditional car hire companies. They also meet the local person who can give them useful information on things to do, where to eat, leisure and much more. MovoMovo.co.uk has cars available in 25 cities in Spain.
If you want to hire a car in Spain, you should be aware of fuel prices, as this is not usually included in the cost of hire, however there is usually enough fuel in the tank to get you to the nearest petrol station. You will find petrol stations in all the highways and in the main roads. In most of them they have shops 24 hours open.