Are you planning a trip to the beautiful city of Alicante? The most popular Spanish coast in the Mediterranean boasts warm climates, amazing beaches and some of the best historic monuments in all of Spain. Staying in Alicante is preferable, since it is on the Costa Blanca, whilst also being within the vicinity of Valencia and Murcia. You want to hire a car, but you're worried about hidden fees when you get there. We understand - in fact, we started Stress Free Car Rental as a business because we became sick and tired of seeing people's holidays ruined by hidden additional costs when it came to car rental and insurance.
We're a dedicated team committed to helping you on your trip and make sure that you have extra peace of mind during your trip to Costa Blanca - we want to make sure that you have the best time possible. Our service is completely transparent, making your trip as stress-free as possible. Once you have used our service, you'll be surprised just how easy we have made the car hiring process.
Working with a range of trusted car hire brands at Alicante Airport, we work to negotiate the very best cover and the cheapest car hire possible for your trip. We got tired of seeing car hire customers pay for premium deals and get budget results. We never use small print to hide large security deposits, excess amounts or hidden fees.
When you choose to book your car hire Alicante with Stress Free Car Rental, we make sure that you're aware of all the prices up front so there's no hidden fees or small print. We don't want you to purchase cover that doesn't suit your needs for your trip, for any number of reasons for you travelling to Alicante. You'll find that there are no extra costs when you reach the Alicante Airport car rental area. Our job is to make it 100% clear what you're getting for your money, whether you're purchasing our essential cover or premium cover from your car hire company through our website.
The booking process online is extremely comprehensive, with plenty of filters and options to choose from as you choose your rental, including the option to book a rental with no excess, using a debit card or a credit card. Low security deposit options are also available, find these by using the filters on the search results page. Everything is explained on each page and all the key information is summarised every step of the way, making your care hire booking quick and painless.
To combat against the hidden fee problem, we decided to include all of the add-on charges within our pricing. This makes the process much more transparent, as fees such as young and senior driver, or any late/early vehicle drop-off fees are included in the price you see on the website.
Our booking process is extremely quick, we offer to match our competitor's prices and our customer service can rival any other hiring company's. Just look at our testimonials from verified customers and you'll know how great our service is.
When it comes to car hire, we know how it feels to come across a company that you truly think you'd use again. There a number of car rental companies that we know give the best service, since they are globally known brands dedicated to maintaining a great reputation by going the extra mile for customer service. We've partnered with the likes of Enterprise, Hertz and Europcar, so you know you'll be in the hands of some of the most trusted car hire brands in the world.
All of our offers include a “full to full" policy, so you pick the car up with a full tank and return it with a full tank. This will save you money, as companies that offer full to empty fuel policies are usually charge refuelling administration fee at very expensive rates.
When you're looking into the contract or fine print for your car hire insurance, you don't want the page to be filled with terminology and jargon you don't understand. If a company uses wording such as ‘CDW', ‘insurance excess, or ‘damage liability, without fully explaining what these terms mean, it can be confusing. With us however, when we use jargon you don't understand, we're here to help. We like to be transparent and open, so we've written a jargon-buster to explain common car-hire terms – and there are tips to help you save money, too. If you can't find an exact term on our list that you're unsure about get in touch and we can talk you through any aspect of the contract you don't understand.
We believe in pricing competitively and fairly for car hire, and that's not just in Alicante, but for anywhere at the 1000s of locations we offer rentals. If you find a website online that's offering a silly price such as ‘27p per week', common sense would tell you that there are likely to be hidden fees, large insurance excess amount and large security deposits. Remember, when you book with us, our prices are cheap but also realistic.
Car hire in Alicante is a fantastic option for a European trip abroad, with many options for enchanting road trips and plenty of sights to see. With gorgeous weather, stunning natural geography, and accessible culture on offer, it's no wonder that more and more travellers to Alicante are hiring cars upon their arrival. We, here at Stress Free Car Rental, aim to give you the stress-free guarantee!
If you're looking for cheap car hire in Alicante airport, booking your car hire on our website couldn't be easier. Trusted car rental companies we compare deals for at Alicante (ALC) Airport include Centauro, RecordGo, Alamo, Hertz, Wiber, Thrifty and Europcar.
When you arrive at Alicante airport, most of the rental car companies we work with are located within the arrivals area of the airport terminal building. Once you're through passport control, collect your luggage and follow the car rental signs in the terminal building.
A few of the car rental companies we work with are based a short distance from Alicante airport's terminal building. For off airport car rental providers, you can make your way to the car collection desk via a free shuttle bus. Full instructions to find your free shuttle bus collection point are included in your booking confirmation email.
Whether you're looking to hire a people carrier, SUV, minibus, small car or a convertible car at Alicante airport we compare prices for cars of all shapes and sizes. Can't find what you're looking for? Get in touch with one of our car rental advisors with any questions. The team are here to help.
All of our car rentals at Alicante airport include a full to full fuel policy as it's always the most cost effective way to pay for your fuel. A full to full fuel policy means no surprise refuelling costs, just pick up the car with a full tank and fill up the tank before you return it.
Look out for our special deals including discounted prices and a free extra driver at Alicante airport (ALC). Selecting a rental that includes an additional driver will be much cheaper than paying for an extra driver when you collect the car.
We accept Visa, American Express or a Mastercard debit card or credit card issued by your bank or credit card company when hiring through us. Many of the Alicante (ALC) airport car rental companies we compare deals for accept debit card when you pick up the rental; sometimes these do have special terms and conditions related with them though; so be sure that you review the T&Cs if you'd like to pick up the car using a debit card.
It useful to take some time to understand the alternative payment options available for your car rental in Alicante, as payments for add ons (like extra drivers and GPS) might have to be settled in the local currency (by credit card or debit card) at the rental car collection desk.
Worried about missing out on the best prices? Worried you might change your mind? We offer a price match guarantee along with free cancelation on car hire at Alicante airport on all bookings up to 48 hours in advance of collecting the keys.
We're the only price comparison website to be able to offer you, in advance, the option of buying the excess protection insurance policy offered by the car hire company. This means you can buy it from us at the same time as booking on our website at a discounted rate, giving you more choice plus the chance to save money by including this cost in your car hire comparison.
Quite often, car rentals that come with our Premium Cover option enable you to use a debit card on collection with no extra charges. You're able to view if a debit card is accepted, along with all of the car hire excess and insurance options on the extras page of our booking process.
Car hire companies might ask you to buy additional insurance when you collect the car at the airport. The cost of this insurance is often higher (sometimes several times more expensive than some of the other cover options available). However, buying an excess reduction policy at the desk can often mean that there is no excess and no security deposit required. When you collect the car in Alicante airport you might feel pressured to buy this on the day you collect – this could mean that you won't have time to read the small print or fully understand what you're buying. At peak times, there will probably be an impatient queue behind you, and perhaps impatient family with you, and you just want to get into the car and start your trip.
Our Premium cover product also often reduces your security deposit and means that there is no excess. All of this is fully explained on the extras page before you book. To make your car hire experience Stress Free, it's worth spending some time understanding the security deposit and excess insurance options before you travel.
It goes without saying, but the best advice to give anyone who's driving in Spain: use common sense. You'll need to be cautious, but don't let over-cautiousness get the best of you. When you drive, you should have your insurance documents, hiring documents and driving license on your person at all times. If you don't have any of these, or a spare pair of glasses if you need glasses to drive, you could be fined by the police.
The local driving style, as it will be anywhere else in the world, will be different to what you may be accustom to. Don't drive if you are tired, and make sure to take regular breaks when driving any distances longer than 45 minutes. Concentrating on roads that you aren't used to, or driving in a country you haven't driven in before, will make you more tired quicker.
Stick to the rules of driving you already adhere to. Such as:
If you have been involved in an accident, make sure you take the details from the other driver involved, and contact the hire company/insurance company. Take as many pictures of the incident as possible.
One aspect of the roads in Spain that you'll need to prepare for are the road signs. Remember that the speed limits are in kilometres per hour rather than miles per hour, and the circular road signs are prohibited signs. The main difference between British road signs and Spanish ones, are that Spanish signs tend to be blue as not to blend in with the landscape. This means they aren't as particularly visible as British road signs.
The car and motorcycle speed limit for motorways in Spain is 120 km/hr, which is around 74mph. As of last year, there have been heavy restrictions on the speed limits for vans and wagons. Trucks and vans have a limit of 90, whilst busses have a limit of 100.
On roads outside built-up areas, the car and motorcycle speed limit is 90km/hr, which is around 55mph. Trucks, vans and other large vehicles over 3.5 tons are limited to 80km/hr.
Just recently, Alicante joined other major Spanish cities Madrid and Barcelona in creating a 30 km/hr speed limit on single carriageway lanes and one way streets. That's around 18mph.
Children under 12 are not allowed in the front passenger seat, and dogs must wear special seatbelts whilst also not being allowed in the front passenger seat. If you're using the motorways often, make sure you have plenty of cash in the car in case you come across a toll. In the Alicante region, there's a toll road on the AP7 which runs parallel to the N332. The AP7 is a lot quicker than the N332, which goes through the towns, and the toll road is usually much quieter as well.
The toll on the AP7 between Alicante and Valencia is 16.95€, which is probably the most used toll road for visitors to Alicante. The toll on the AP7 between Alicante and Cartagena is 7.10€.
Parking in Alicante can be quite tricky, especially during rush hour in the city centre. As a necessary precaution, either park as early in the morning as possible if you really have to, or at least choose to park during off-peak times. The harbour area has 2 large car parks which are usually not fully occupied.
Parking in Alicante is quite cheap as compared to the city centres of Britain. They tend to cost around € 1.20-2.00/hour, daily maximum € 11.00-24.00, depending on location.
For any more information regarding car parks in Alicante, how much per hour, plus opening times; check out this site here.
The city of Alicante is located within the Province of Alicante, which is one of the three provinces in the Community of Valencia. It is an important Mediterranean port that the Romans originally named “Lucentum", which is Latin for City of Light. Based on its population, Alicante is the eighth-largest urban metropolitan area in Spain.
Alicante is on an area of coastline known as the ‘Costa Blanca', one of the most popular destinations for British and German tourists in the world. The name Costa Blanca was actually invented by British European Airways to promote flights between London and Valencia in the 1950s. The name stuck, and now it will be forever known by the Spanish as the ‘White Coast.'
In 1950, Benidorm on the Costa Blanca was the first tourist resort to accept women wearing bikinis on its beaches. This was revolutionary at the time, despite it being accepted as an everyday aspect of beach life today.
What you may not know about Alicante, is that Spanish and English aren't the only languages spoken in the area. Valenciano is an official language of the Community of Valencia, and is spoken by approximately 2 million people. You'd be surprised just how many people in Alicante are fluent, but choose to speak either English or Spanish. You may even find Catalan or Castilian speakers.
Before the 2008 recession, Alicante was the fastest growing city in Spain and one of the fastest growing cities in Europe. Hundreds of people from all nationalities love to flock to a holiday home in Alicante, or decide to live there permanently. The town of Torrevieja, just down the road from Alicante city centre, has doubled its population from 50,000 to 100,000 in just seven years! It's home to almost 160 nationalities, and is a loved location by millions of travellers and residents. Around 15% of the population of Alicante are foreign to the country of Spain.
More than 9 million people fly into Alicante International airport every year, which is why a brand new renovation of the airport has included new shops, bars and restaurants. The multi-Michelin Star winning chef Quique Dacosta opened a tapas bar in the airport. His three-Michelin star restaurant in Denia, simply named ‘Quique Dacosta Restaurante', is just an hour's drive from Alicante city centre.
The ‘Ciudad de la luz' ran as a film studio that was the largest of its kind between 2005 and 2012. Many Spanish films and English films were shot here in Alicante, including The Impossible starring Ewan McGregor.
If you ever end up driving around Sant Vicent del Raspeig, look out for the University of Alicante. Around 30,000 students study on this campus, which offers more than 50 degrees. The University hosts ‘Biblioteca Virtual Miguel de Cervantes', the largest open-access repository of digitised Spanish-language historical texts and literature from the Ibero-American world.
‘The Bonfires of Saint John' (Fogueres de Sant Joan) takes place during the summer solstice. Bonfires are lit to protect against evil spirits which are believed to roam freely when the sun is turning southward again. This is followed a week later by five nights of firework and pyrotechnic contests between companies on the urban beach Playa del Postiguet. Another well-known festival is Moros i Cristians in Altozano or San Blas district.
Alicante is the best location for lovers of sunshine. With so many beaches and hot, sticky days, it's surprising how little rainfall such a location on the coast gets. Alicante has an average annual rainfall of about 12.2 inches (311 mm). Compare this to the average annual rainfall of Manchester, which is 31.9 inches (810 mm).
The Costa Blanca has over 200km of beaches, most of which are near Alicante and Benidorm. Some of the beaches on this iconic coastline have been awarded blue flags for upkeep and cleanliness. Postiguet in Alicante and Albufereta beaches are just a couple in the vicinity of the city that have been awarded blue flags.
Not only are the beaches clean in the Costa Blanca, but the climate is perfect too. You've heard before about the reasons why so many people travel here on package holidays; the guaranteed sea, sand and sun. But what you may not know about this area, is that Costa Blanca has the healthiest climate in the world according to the World Health Organisation.
Prepare for some amazing variations of Paella in Costa Blanca, as the Albefera Reserve and Pego marshes produce 115,000 tonnes of rice per year. If you're a lover of all things rice, Paella and Arroz, you'll love the local cuisine of Costa Blanca. Despite most of the population of the Community of Valencia living in Valencia, Alicante or Benidorm, it's Benidorm that has the most skyscrapers. Only London and Milan boast more skyscrapers in Europe than Benidorm. The Gran Hotel Bali in Benidorm is the tallest hotel in Spain, standing at 186 metres high.
The city of Alicante as well as Costa Blanca have world-renowned archaeological sites. Some of which have uncovered evidence of a Neolithic civilization, from the era towards the end of the Stone Age. The Cardium Pottery Culture of the Neolithic era settled near Costa Blanca thousands of years ago. After the Neolithic era, many different civilizations made their mark on the land. There is known evidence of the Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Visigoths, Carthaginians and Moors claiming Costa Blanca and Alicante as their strategic port. The evidence of the Moors is evident as you leave the airport: with the abundance of palm trees with African origin.
Alicante was home to two football teams, but they both joined together after one of them folded. The result was the team Hércules CF, who played in the first division La Liga as recently as 2011. Notable former players include David Trezeguet, Royston Drenthe and Nelson Valdez. They play at the Estadio José Rico Pérez, with a capacity of 30,000. Three games of the 1982 World Cup were played in this stadium, including the third place match between Poland and France.
The professional tennis player David Ferrer currently resides in Alicante, and was born in the nearby town of Javea.
All of our rentals in Alicante Spain include a full to full fuel policy. You'll pick the car up with a full tank and be asked to leave a small deposit for fuel when you collect the car. The deposit is refunded when you return the car with a full tank.
Insurance excess amounts vary for each car rental supplier in Alicante Spain. You can easily find the lowest security deposit options using our search filters
Car rentals in Alicante Spain are usually fully insured with an excess amount. You can either purchase Essential cover for the excess or choose Premium cover to reduce the excess amount to zero. We clearly explain all of the insurance details every step of the way.
An example average cost for 5 days in Alicante for July is GBP210.18 for a lead driver aged 35
Take advantage of your hire car by touring Alicante and the surrounding areas. Here's some suggestions.
Elche is the historic town that's the epicentre of women's shoe manufacturing that's extremely prevalent in this area of Spain. It's home to three UNESCO world heritage rankings, and it has a vibrant character that most of the coastal towns don't have. If you thought that palm trees were surprisingly high in volume during your stay in Alicante, you haven't seen the heights that Elche brings when it comes to palm trees. There are literally hundreds of thousands in Elche, all stemming from the rich history of African Moors that took over this region hundreds of years ago. Their legacy lives on to this day. Even Hans Christian Andersen, the famed author of some of the greatest works of fiction the world has ever seen, described Elche as one of the most luxuriant locations in all of Europe.
Serra del Maigmó and Serra del Sit are two peaks within the Valencia area that are notable for their outstanding natural beauty. The highest peak is at a whopping 1296m above sea level! It has been a protected space since 2007, covering a vast area of land that's thousands of hectares big. It's the largest parkland/forest in The Community of Valencia, and attracts thousands of hikers every year. Not only does this area boast an incredible looking landscape, but it has an amazing flora and fauna. The wildlife is also key to its protection, as the biodiversity of the woodland area is some of the highest in Spain. Keep in mind: experienced hikers find this trail to be quite moderate, whereas first-time mountain climbers might find the trail to be quite tricky. Look out for the Golden Eagles, Peregrine Falcons and Aoudads!
Murcia is the historic city further south to Alicante known for its ‘Huerta' (gardens). It's the seventh biggest city in Spain, with a stunning Gothic cathedral, Moorish architecture from before the first millennium and famed Salzillo sculpture museum. The Murcia Cathedral is another Reconquista-built stunning piece of architecture with a bell tower that took 270 years to build. Just like Elche, it has its folklore, Baroque churches and a garden-like yet cosmopolitan feel. The Salzillo sculpture museum features over 500 examples of the incredible artist's work, and many visitors who see all the different examples of his work leave with a feeling of cultural significance. His signature style evokes the Huerta culture and the feel of rural Murcia from 300 years ago. The Huerta stems from hundreds of years in agricultural and horticultural tradition. The Segura valley is truly a wonderful sight that the Spanish are proud of.
Benidorm is one of the most popular resort locations in Europe, with as many as 300 skyscrapers, it's the 14th largest city in Spain. Known as the Dubai of the Mediterranean, it attracts millions of visitors every year. For the nightlife, the sandy beaches, the all-inclusive packages and the amazing scenery. Before the 1960s, it's hard to imagine that this huge bustling metropolitan area was just a sleepy fishing town. All of the sand on the beaches are 100% genuine and not at all imported from other regions. If you're looking for some nightlife during your stay in the Alicante region, you should check out the hundreds of nightclubs and bars in Benidorm.
The resort town of Moraira is one of the nicest spots in the Costa Blanca, with some amazing spots for local cuisine. The open air market is a must for Moraira; and so is the marina with its seafood restaurants and character. The six beaches within the town are visited by both tourists and locals alike, with their clean and vibrant appeal. What many visitors to Moraira don't know, is that it has a very unique and distinct castle that was built in the 18th Century. Moraira is very much viewed as an up-market area with its own Yacht Club and vineyards producing award-winning wines. Moraira, along with surrounding towns, are also notable for their sizable golf courses.
If you drive further up the AP7 than Benidorm, you'll come across the town of Calpe. This ancient fishing town has one of the best beach views in all of Spain no less. The Cala Les Urques beach, situated alongside the Calpe Promenade, has an amazing view of the famous Parque Natural de Penyal D'Ifach. You can actually reach the viewpoint at the summit of this magnificent behemoth of a mountain, but allow for about 2.5 hours to get to the top as it is quite steep, as is clearly visible from the surrounding beaches below. From the top of this summit, you can see the rest of the Costa Blanca down below, making the best viewpoint in the region of Valencia. According to some, it is an easy enough walk uphill achievable even when wearing flip flops, but we would advise that you were a sturdy pair of trainers or walking shoes.
Denia is almost like one big party that lasts all year long. It officially holds the title as holding the most festivals out of any town in Spain, and it's easy to see why it has become a holiday mainstay for the area. The old cobbled streets juxtapose the brightly coloured buildings in the old town. The main shopping lanes in the city centre attract hundreds of thousands of shoppers every year, and the food in this part of Spain is amazing. Denia has its own delicacy; the Denia Prawn; which visitors should definitely try when they get the chance. If you're interested in taking a rather massive detour to the Balaeric islands, then it is possible to catch a ferry from Denia to several locations such as Ibiza.
Benissa is a small town situated inland from the Costa Blanca. It's a place with a deep-set historic character since it still has Medieval architecture that stands to this day. Visit the Centre d'Art Taller Ivars, an art gallery installation inside a church. The artworks are in keeping with the locale of the area, but the styles vary. It's also a brilliant local arts centre for the community. Visit the Parroquia Purissima Xiqueta i Sant Pere Apostol, a large functioning church with stunning stained glass windows and brilliant photo taking opportunities. If you ever find yourself in a beach that's labelled as being in Benissa, it's because there is a section of coastline that is technically part of the municipality of Benissa without being part of the inland town itself. These beaches are also extremely picturesque and worth visiting if you get the time.
Cartagena owes its namesake to the Carthaginians who held this incredible natural harbour town as one of its strongholds. There are almost hundreds of Roman sites in this area, which is due to the Romans invading Cartagena from the Carthaginians. The biggest attraction for visitors to this historic city is the Roman Theatre Museum. It features some of the amazing artefacts found from the site of the amphitheatre as well as the surrounding area within the city. There are temporary exhibitions, tours and workshops available from this amazing historic centre. The amphitheatre itself is one of the best examples of archaeological preservation, since it has all the stylings of Rome's Colosseum but with more clarity and rigorous attentiveness. The architecture of the whole town is a mixture of so many styles that blend into a magnificent cacophony of baroque and modernist.
Javea, otherwise known as Xàbia, is one of the largest coastal towns in the Costa Blanca. There has always been speculation as to the origins of some incredible found artefacts at archaeological sites in this region of Spain, but Javea has physical evidence of the existence of cave dwellers from over 30,000 years ago. As was mentioned, Javea was the birthplace and home of the famed tennis player David Ferrer, so it boasts some great tennis courts and other sports activities available for visitors. Yet another town with an amazingly rich history, gothic architecture, and another Archaeological museum! Javea has an amazing indoor market, that sells local produce at low prices. This is the perfect spot for any budding chefs hoping to try their hand out at cooking the local cuisine. Try it out for yourself.
Valencia is one of the oldest and most famous cities in Spain. It was founded by the Romans, and just like the rest of the coastal cities and towns to the south in Costa Blanca, Valencia was conquered by Visigoths and Moors. The Valencian Gothic cathedral is the most fascinating landmark in the city centre and was consecrated as Catholic in the 13th Century. The most impressive part of the cathedral is the mixture of styles. It also holds some extraordinary pieces of fine art, with pieces from many different eras of Valencia's history. Legend has it, the Holy Grail resides in a chapel inside Valencia's Cathedral. Valencia, as a city as well as a major region of Spain, is famed for its incredible cuisine. Once you've visited just a few of the famed restaurants in Valencia, you'll really have your finger on the pulse of what makes Valencian food so magnificent. You're probably aware of the famous football team based in Valencia, but what you maybe weren't aware of, was the fact that you can visit the Nou Mestalla.