Driving Rules

When driving in Malaga Province or any part of Spain you need to ensure you always have your driving licence, personal ID and vehicle papers present.

Guardia Civil in Spain

Seat belts must be worn in the front and back, and children under 12 must sit in a proper child seat. Children under 12 aren’t allowed to sit in the front seat.

Car must carry two red warning triangles, a spare set of bulbs and fuses, and a reflective waistcoat. In case you need to pull over because of car problems, you must first put on the waistcoat and then place a triangle behind the car to warn other drivers (for smaller 2-way roads, place one both behind and in front). Waistcoat must be stored within reach of the driver so they can put it on before exiting the car.

Speed limits: in built-up areas 50 km/h, on main roads 90 km/h, and on dual carriageways and motorways 120 km/h.

VERY IMPORTANT: Don’t drink and drive.

Finding somewhere to park in towns and cities along the coast is a daily challenge and there’s a chronic shortage of parking spaces in most localities. Free street parking is extremely difficult to find unless you’re prepared to walk some distance to the town centre. However, be wary of doing this, as parking infractions are enforced more often now days by fines and/or towing away by the ever-active gruas (tow trucks).

Street parking is also available in some areas in blue zones and must be paid for from around 9am to 2pm and from 4pm to 9pm. Parking in blue zones is free on Sundays and public holidays. Tickets cost from 0.45€ to 2.85€ an hour and you can usually park from 30 minutes up to a maximum of two hours.

Service stations are easily found on the Costa del Sol and many also have small shops and a café or restaurant attached. Main service stations are 24-hour and those that aren’t list the nearest 24 hour station. Petrol prices vary and if you do a lot of driving it may be worth shopping around to get a cheaper price.