Many people choose to tour Southern Spain and the coast when they rent a hire car as part of their holiday package, but what about the inland options? Madrid is a cosmopolitan city with a style and flair more akin to Milan in Italy than other Spanish towns; it also makes a great place from which to take day trips into the surrounding areas of Spain. Madrid is the third most populated city in the European Union, with Berlin being the second and London being the first. Madrid is serviced by a single airport; Barajas International Airport is one of the ten busiest airports in the world.
As you would expect from an airport of this size, every major international and European hire car company is represented within its facilities including Europacar, Budget, Hertz, Avis and Sixt. From Madrid you can visit a whole range of other Spanish cities. Toledo, Segovia, Avila, El Escorial, El Valle de los Caidos, Salamanca, Seville, Cordoba and Toledo by Ave are all easily accessible within a lazy days drive from Madrid. For a little more diversity why not take a fly-drive, picking up your hire car in Madrid and dropping it off somewhere along the cost such as Alicante Airport on the Costa Blanca, giving you a taste of Spanish coastal life along with your exploration of the inland cities and historical sites.