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Nestled along the famous Costa Blanca, Alicante is one of the most popular beach resorts on the coast of Spain. Driving yourself will allow you to explore the many famous beach resorts around Alicante. The area is also known for its agriculture and exploring its orchards and farms is popular among visitors. It's best to compare car hire rates, especially during the peak summer months, to get the most competitive prices.
Alicante Airport is one of the largest regional airports in Spain and is located just south of the city centre. The city is serviced by a tram service, although much of the city can be explored on foot. To be able to visit some of the other coastal resorts, car hire in Alicante is highly recommended. Relying on public transportation outside the city can be cumbersome.
Self-driving is popular in Alicante, and during the peak summer months demand for rental vehicles can easily outstrip supply so booking ahead is a must. However, visitors have plenty of options both in town and at the airport to pick up their rental. All the leading companies have desks or offices in and around Alicante, including Avis, Europcar, Budget, Hertz and Sixt.
It is easy to drive in and around Alicante. The roads are well-signposted and in good condition. The coastal area is extremely popular and many people drive themselves. The city is connected to the Spanish motorway network via the A-7 and A-31 motorways, which lead right into the city.
Many people use Alicante as a base to explore other coastal towns such as Santa Pola and Torrevieja. Driving along the coastal road is not only beautiful but also relaxing. A nice day away from the beach can be a day trip to the city of Murcia, the home of the famous sculptor Salzillo. This region is known for its produce such as limes, almonds, oranges, grapes and olives. It's easy to visit one of the many orchards within short driving distance from Alicante.
Summer is by far the peak tourist season in Alicante, with visitors looking for sun and surf. Temperatures reach 27°C to 31°C during the summer, with scant rainfall. However, as a coastal city Alicante enjoys great weather throughout the year, with average annual lows of 12°C and average highs of 23°C.