Car Hire in Almeria airport
This information is correct as of May 2015
Spain’s sunny south coast if perfect for beach holidays, and renting a car is the perfect way to hop from beach to beach around Almeria.
Car hire companies in Almeria airport
Europcar, Goldcar and Hertz have car rental branches in Almeria airport. You can find all of these offices inside the terminal building, but the pick up location may be in one of the car parks just outside of the airport.
Driving around Almeria
There is a one-way system and roundabout around the exit of Almeria airport, but it’s fairly easy to navigate. There is a roundabout allowing you to take the main road or a dual carriageway into Almeria. You could also take the A7 in land if you’re hoping to drive to Tabernas or Nijar.
The closest petrol stations to Almeria airport
The closest petrol station is about a kilometer away from the airport exit. When exiting, turn left onto Nijar la Canada, and continue for 1 kilometre. The petrol station will be on your left (past the roundabout).
The airport is only 10km away from the centre of Almeria. This Andalucian coastal town is home to the Alcazaba, and you can also reach Tabernas (Europe’s only desert) from here too. To reach the city, exit the airport on the N347, and continue until you reach the roundabout wherein you’ll need to the the fourth exit onto Calle Autovía del Aeropuerto. Continue on this road, taking the second exit on both roundabouts, so that you come into the town of Almeria.
Roquetas del Mar
If you drive west of Almeria, you’ll come to Aguadulce, home to a lively water sports marina and plenty of seafront hotels. If you continue through Aguadulce, you can move into Granada and enjoy the sights of Alhambra Palace and the Old Town. Occasionally, it can be faster to tale the E15 to Aguadulce, but if you want to take the coastal route follow the N344 through Almeria. Continue until you reach the end of the N344, and merge onto the N340a when you’re in the centre of Almeria. Continue along Almeria’s south coast until you reach Aguadulce.
The salt marshes in-land are fun to explore if you’re an avid bird watcher, but beach bums might prefer to migrate to San Jose and the beaches further north up the east coast.
To reach the National Park and San Jose, take the ramp for the AL-12 when leaving the airport, and turn right onto the N344. At the first roundabout, take the first exit to continue onto this road. When you reach the roundabout on the edge of Retamar, take the first exit onto Calle Cabo de Níjar, and continue on this road until you see the signs for Calle San Jose. Take the second exit onto the ALP 202, then take the first exit at the next roundabout. To get to San Jose, follow the signs southbound, but if you want to explore further north follow the ALP 826. Most car parks here are part of resorts or hotels, but there is space for cars along San Jose beach.
Tabernas is a desert area north of Almeria, popular with hikers and nature enthusiasts. To get there, follow the N347 northbound when exiting the airport. When you reach the roundabout for the E15, take the third exit. On the E15, take the exit 452 for Granada, and follow the A92 north to reach the town of Tabernas. The roads here become much more scenic, and the villages are few and far between.