Cordoba car rentals can be ideal for visitors who wish to be in direct control of their transportation. While buses, trains, taxis, and your own two feet can be relied upon for getting around Spain in general, there is nothing quite like having a car. The freedom to go where you want and when you want is the main perk, and driving to a specific destination is usually much quicker than going by train or bus. Side trips to nearby destinations like Priego de Cordoba is also much easier!
A Cordoba car hire won't exactly be necessary if you are only planning on spending time in the city itself. This is largely due to the fact that the main tourist area, the Jewish Quarter, is a maze of narrow streets that can be a nightmare to navigate by car. Where a Cordoba car rental can come in handy is for side trips to other regional destinations. There is a lot to see and do in the southern Andalucia area, and thanks to the region's fine network of roads, getting around is relatively easy, especially if you are armed with a good map. Most, if not all, of Spain's rental car companies provide renters with maps. This includes the Spanish-run agencies and the foreign-run operations.
Many of the most highly-recognizable rental car companies that are based in North America have offices in Spain. In Cordoba, for example, there are at least two North American car rental companies to choose from. One is located at the Glorieta de las Tres Culturas and the other has its office at the very nearby train station. Also found in this area on the north side are Spanish car rental agencies, so the options are quite numerous.
Once you secure your Cordoba rental car, you'll be ready to explore the region as you see fit. Perhaps a side trip to Granada will be in order, or maybe you'll get the urge to visit the nearby town of Priego de Cordoba. It's even possible to drive to the Mediterranean coast beaches, and during the winter, the regional ski areas can prove tempting. A competent network of highways connects Cordoba to so many great destinations, so getting from place to place can be a breeze.
Since Cordoba doesn't have an airport that accepts commercial flights, many visitors fly to another regional destination and rely on ground transportation from there. Both Seville and Malaga are home to major regional airports, and they also boast their fair share of rental car agencies. It is also possible to fly to Madrid and then rent a car for the trip down. From these cities, the drive to Cordoba should only take two or three hours, and the lovely countryside can make the time fly.
Renting a car in Spain is about as easy as can be for foreign visitors, provided that their driver's license, passport, and credit card are all valid. It should also be mentioned that some agencies don't rent to people who are younger than 21 years of age, and sometimes, those who are older than 72 will also be out of luck. As is true in North America, the vehicles that are available for rent range from basic compact cars to SUVs and upscale sedans, and the steering wheel is on the left as it is in North America. Also noteworthy is the fact that Spaniards drive on the right side of the road.
Regardless of the vehicle that you have in mind when it comes to Cordoba car rentals, booking it at least two weeks before you leave for your trip will usually result in a deal of some kind. Deals on a Cordoba car hire can often be obtained by including the rental as part of a vacation or holiday package, so that is worth considering as well. Comparing the rates between the different agencies can also be a good idea. You can actually start comparing rates right here on the Destination360 site. All you have to do is access one of the travel planning boxes that can be found next to the main article pictures.
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