drive on the right side of the road
New-type English Driving Licences are acceptable while
drive in Andalusia/Spain you must be 18 years old but 21
years old to
hire a vehicle.
booking your Hire Car search for the best deal and make
there are no hidden excesses such as extra insurance
(to cover wheels and windscreen) to pay when you arrive
and collect your car
- ask B4 you book!
sure when you book your Hire Car that you book the car
in the name
of the person who will be driving. It costs extra
to get another Driver
covered to drive. So, if you book the Car
and give your details but your
husband is going to
drive, then it will cost you to change the booking
Companies usually fill the tank with fuel (and charge
you at "their rates") then tell you to bring it back
empty - which often means they "gain" as you would never
actually risk driving when the tank was heading for
and Diesel is only fractionally less to buy than in
England at the mo.
going up into the Sierra Nevada's are quite narrow and
slalom in places. Smetimes don't have
barriers on the side with the
drop - so drive carefully.
There are white lines on the edges but often
lines and def. no Cats eyes!
blow their horns before tight hairpin bends to warn oncoming
are a lot of new roads and motorways which, if you have a SATNAV, aren't programmed in and you can often end up in
sure your passport is in date b4 you travel for both
outward and return journeys.
long as the passport is not out of date you can travel -
even if it's due to expire within a week of your return
Climate / Weather
Andalusia has a warm, Mediterranean climate. Mild
winters lower down. Colder plus snow at higher
levels during winter months. Dry, hot, sunny summers. Average year-round
temp. is approx. 18ºC. 30 - 35ºC. is not
uncommon. Over 300 days of sunshine per
year. January is the coldest month and August the
hottest. In Andalusia you can go from the Desert climate
of Tabernas (Almería) to the snowy peaks of the Sierra
Nevada Mountains (Granada) or the marshlands of the
Doñana National Park (Huelva).
Clothing for the
April/May through to Sept/Oct take light, comfortable
summer clothes, with something warmer for the nights.
Sun hat/cap, sunglasses and sun cream (high factor) if you're at the
pool or beach. Avoid direct exposure and physical
activity in the midday sun June-Sept. Can be
30deg+/- Drink plenty of fluids. In winter
Nov-April you need warm clothes higher up. These will depend on
which part of Andalusia you will be visiting. Remember
that temperatures are milder on the coast, while inland
and up in the mountains they can fall below zero esp.
higher up - they have SNOW and ski resorts.
Useful Tel Nos.
900 Numbers and
numbers are FREE of charge.
(Dirección General de Tráfico (DGT)) – Roadside
Assistance: 900 123 505
(Tel: + (34) 950 213 700)
Opening Times /
Mealtimes / Time
Mealtimes tend to be a little later in Spain
than in the rest of Europe
Continental style Breakfast 8 -10.30am
restaurants, lunch is served between 1pm - 3.30pm.
Dinner 8.30 to 11pm.
majority of tourist establishments adapt their opening
times to the European habits.
practice it is normal for cafés and bars to offer
all-day service, with tapas, combo dishes, baguettes &
"raciones" (dishes to share) available at any time.