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Car hire in the Costa Brava region will give you many advantages for exploring this diverse region of Spain from the mountainous northern regions of Catalonia to the vibrant cities of Barcelona and Girona, and the long stretches of coastline, where you can discover bustling resort towns or more secluded coves along the Mediterranean coast. The coastline stretches all the way up to the French border in the north and connects down to the Costa Blanca region in the south, which gives you endless opportunities for exploration in the comfort of your own vehicle, without the need to rely on busy public transport and timetables.
The Costa Brava road networks are numerous and well-maintained, meaning you can have an enjoyable journey with the freedom to connect to many places. Most roads are toll free, although you may find a few motorways which include tolls of varying costs, which can be paid by cash or with credit card. Be aware of parking restrictions, especially in the cities and busier tourist resorts as they are not easily identified. A general rule is to look out for the no parking arrow signs or check for parking meters nearby. Driving is on the right-hand side of the road in Spain and the region of Catalonia is generally considered to be courteous in terms of driving, as opposed to some other areas of Spain. Do not be surprised to see cars parked bumper to bumper with rarely any space to get out and many a dent in the bodyworks, so you may want to bear this in mind with your hire vehicle.
To hire a car in Spain, you will need to be at least 21 years of age. Expect to pay higher rates or a surcharge however, if you are under 25 years old. You will need a full valid driving licence and an International Driving Permit to comply with EU regulations if you are outside of the European Union, which now includes the United Kingdom. You must also have held your licence for at least one year and it is advisable to provide another form of ID such as a passport.
Intermediate (Opel Zafira Tourer or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Costa Brava.
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