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Driving in Benidorm

Driving in a new country can be daunting. These tips offer insight into what to expect when driving in Benidorm.
|-Driving in Benidorm

1. Understanding the Driving Culture

Driving in Benidorm, is generally considered safe and straightforward. However, it’s essential to understand the local driving culture. Spanish drivers are known for their aggressive driving style, so be prepared for close overtaking and frequent use of horns. Also, remember that in Spain, you drive on the right-hand side of the road.

2. Recommended Car Type

As for the type of car, it depends on your needs. If you plan to stay within the city, a small, compact car is recommended due to narrow streets and limited parking spaces. However, if you plan to explore the surrounding countryside, a larger car or SUV might be more suitable.

3. Parking in Benidorm

Finding parking in Benidorm can be challenging, especially during the peak tourist season. Most of the city center areas are paid parking zones. However, there are some free parking areas available, but they tend to fill up quickly. Parking prices vary, but generally, it’s not overly expensive.

4. Driving with an International License

Foreigners can drive in Spain with an international driving permit (IDP) along with their valid national driving license. However, this is only valid for six months. After this period, you will need to obtain a Spanish driving license.

5. Obtaining a Spanish Driving License

To get a Spanish driving license, you will need to pass a theoretical and practical driving test in Spanish. Before taking the tests, you must enroll in a driving school for mandatory classes. Also, you will need to provide a medical certificate proving you are fit to drive.

6. Familiarize Yourself with Local Traffic Laws

Before you start driving in Benidorm, make sure to familiarize yourself with local traffic laws. For example, the use of mobile phones while driving is strictly prohibited, and seat belts are mandatory for all passengers. Also, be aware of the speed limits, which vary depending on the type of road.

7. Be Prepared for Roundabouts

Roundabouts are common in Spain, and they can be confusing for newcomers. Remember that vehicles already on the roundabout have the right of way. Also, you should indicate your exit as you approach it, not before entering the roundabout.

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