How to avoid additional charges when hiring a car

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Understanding the pricing of car hire companies is the basis of a successful service. However, many customers who rent through brokers and external agencies can be often misled. At the end of the day, it is the terms and prices of the car rental company that apply. In this article, we want to offer a thorough explanation of Marbesol’s prices and conditions for avoid additional charges when hiring a car.

Car hire is clearly one of the most practical solutions for discovering any part of the world. It gives you full independence and allows you to manage your own budget as you wish. There are however some cases in which the final price can increase, for instance: a delayed return, a traffic incident, insufficient cleaning or returning the vehicle without refuelling.

Despite the variety of car rental companies based at Malaga airport, there are significant differences in the offered services. For this reason, the Marbesol team insists in explaining the service terms upon arrival.

What does Marbesol have to offer?

Marbesol is a car rental company offering a wide selection of car models and prices. Thanks to this, every driver can pick the most suitable combination for the planned journey. To be exact, the offices of Marbesol are located a few minutes away from the airport terminal in Malaga. Compared to other companies which are right beside the terminal, Marbesol offers cheaper prices and a courtesy transport to save this gap. Besides, escaping the crowds at the airport can be seen as an advantage when parking or returning the car.

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An overview of our fares and prices

The number of services that are included in your booking depends on the type of package you buy.

  • Basic Package:

The basic tariff seems very attractive because of the lower price, but it’s not always the most recommendable choice. Especially for those who plan a long trip or tend to drive roughly, it’s not the safest one.

First of all, you only get the most basic insurance, which means any damages to the car or even a flat tyre will be charged separately. Road assistance is not included either. But most importantly, this package does not include the fuel in the price. So once you arrive at the office, you will also have to pay to fill the deposit.

  • “Plus” Package:

This fare does include some additional services, as for example road assistance, theft coverage and the full-to-full policy. But in the event of a car breakdown, the customer is liable for the extra costs, which can turn out to be higher than the price of the all inclusive package.

  • “All Inclusive” Package:

The all-inclusive package is clearly the safest one, since it gives the customer full coverage.
It also includes the full-to-full policy with unlimited mileage, a free additional driver, free GPS and a price reduction on baby seats. In short, if you are running on a low budget and are a careful driver, the basic or plus package may be an option. But if you want to play it safe, our team highly recommends booking the all inclusive package.

At the airport, customers who have booked ‘all inclusive’ will also benefit from priority check-in thanks to the Express Desk. At this point, you will be requested to show your ID and a driving license which is valid in Spain.

Once you go online and visit our website, remember to check the services included in each package and take your time to read the service terms. Regular clients can benefit from a variety discounts for visiting the Costa del Sol by signing up for the Marbesol Club.

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In case you have any questions or need to clarify the service terms, please contact the Marbesol Team at +34 952 234 916 or drop us a line using the contact form.

Before setting out for your trip, we recommend reading our Analysis of Traffic Offences On Spanish Roads.

Tipping customs in Spain compared to other countries

When visiting a restaurant in Spain, should you give the service a tip? Read about the current tipping customs in Spain and other countries around the world in this article.

How each country manages tips in bars and restaurants

If you visit Spain for the first time, you may be surprised to find out that tipping isn’t always expected in a restaurant. Of course, it is a good habit to leave the staff a tip after a delicious meal, especially if the service was friendly. Besides, wages in Spain are much lower than in many other European countries. But if you aren’t satisfied with your experience in the restaurant, at least in Spain the waiter won’t get mad at you if you decide not to tip him. Nonetheless, most of the times you can expect a fast and pleasant service. And because tips aren’t always expected in Spain, you may find the staff especially thankful for tipping them.

Restaurant tips can be indeed a controversial topic in some countries, since it really depends on the local traditions. A new trend called “#tipthebillchallenge” has appeared this August and has gone viral on social media channels such as Instagram and Twitter. The ones who accept this challenge offer the service the same amount of tip as the actual price of the meal. Obviously, this isn’t something that everyone can do:

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Countries where tipping is expected of you

According to the national consumer protection laws, tipping isn’t obligatory in any country around the world. However, some nations consider it rude or even have fixed percentages:

  • U.S.

In the United States, the salary of a waiter depends largely on tips from customers. In fact, the salary is divided into a fixed part (relatively small) and a variable part, according to how much money has been made in the restaurant. This way, the members of the staff are encouraged to give their best. Therefore, if you don’t tip the waiter, that person will be losing money.

Depending on the restaurant, the tip may be already included in the bill or suggested separately, Generally speaking, it will be worth 15-20% of the price, unlike other countries, where it is almost mandatory.

At the beginning of the year, President Trump suggested that tips should go to the restaurant owners, rather than to the waiters, which would strongly affect their income.

  • United Kingdom.

In most restaurants in the United Kingdom, the tip is already charged as a part of the bill with the name “service included”. We recommend double-checking the bill, since paying that amount isn’t obligatory. It is usually around 10-15% of the bill. In case you think the service didn’t deserve it, you will have to state it clearly and claim you money back.

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  • Germany.

In Germany, VAT is included in the bill, but not the service. Whereas most people do pay 10% more for the service, not leaving a tip really means you weren’t happy with the service. Usually, when you ask for the bill, the staff will ask you a question like “Did you enjoy your food?” as a tip reminder. Or they may get back to you with a purse and spend some time looking for coins, waiting for you to round up.

  • Mexico.

In Mexico, the common tip is worth of 15% of the final price. Although it is not mandatory, no tip is also considered as a sign of a dissatisfied customer.

For more details or to prepare your next trip, we suggest having a look at the exciting “Tip Advisor” guide, which shows the tipping customs all around the world.

Does your group of friends usually share expenses when travelling? Then you might be interested in reading our entry about apps to share expenses with your friends.

Apps to share expenses with your friends

We have all seen ourselves in the situation of paying a group restaurant bill or sharing travel expenses with friends, and it goes without saying that it is not an easy task. For this there is nothing better than using applications that work as thinking minds and help us calculate common expenses. Say goodbye to the calculator and avoid defaults with your friends.

From Marbesol we advise you some apps that you must have installed on your mobile to share expenses with your friends.

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Meet the best Apps to share expenses with your friends

These are the mobile applications to share expenses that you should know before embarking on a group trip with friends:

Splitwise

The best way to keep track of accounts and make sure everyone pays their share is to use ‘Splitwise’, a very simple application that balances accounts and reminds you if you owe something to someone.

It is designed to share expenses in different situations, whether on a trip with friends, with your roommates or dinner at a restaurant. You just have to create a group in the app and enter the expenses and people who must pay for it, and the application will be tracking the total calculation, even send a “friendly email” to those who still have money.

In addition, it allows payment via Paypal, which facilitates everything even more. You can download the application for both iOS and Android.

Bizum

When it comes to paying a group account, what works best is Bizum, an app to send and receive money with your mobile, instantly. A new way to pay expenses safely, easily and quickly, forget about making bank transfers and wait several days to receive the money.

Many banks include it in their mobile application, such as Santander or BBVA, but others have created a separate app that works in the same way, such as Unicaja with ‘UniPay’, the download of the application is free and its service has no associated expenses or commissions.

It’s as easy as creating an account, entering your friend’s phone number or simply choosing it from your mobile’s contact list, entering the amount you want to send, and Bizum is responsible for everything else.

Soon, the application plans to launch two new services, such as ‘online shopping’ and ‘payment in shops’, which will work in the same way, transferring the money from one account to another.

 

Twyp

Twyp works in a very similar way to Bizum, but it is more complete. It is an application to send and receive money from your friends, pay at stores, take money at certain supermarkets, among others. It is an international initiative of ING Bank to make life easier for people. It is available in Spain and very soon we can use it in other European countries.

To start using Twyp you just have to download the app and register, you only need a bank card, your mobile, a phone number and an Internet connection to pay your friends, et voilà!

Taking money out of a supermarket is now a reality. Through the application ‘Twyp Cash’ you can have cash at the same time you pay with the mobile when making the purchase in a supermarket or filling the car deposit. It can be used in the stores of the DIA group and the Galp and Shell service stations.

Take advantage of our Summer Offer! The best prices to rent a car in Malaga you will find in Marbesol. Get a 25% discount on our selected vehicles now. Reserve now!

Now that we are in summer, would you know what to do if a jellyfish stings you? Check out our latest post and remember these tips to know what to do in case of sting and how to avoid them.

What to do when a jellyfish sting you?

The marine animals that most worry in summer to the malagueños, the jellyfish. Follow these recommendations to know what to do in case of sting or how to avoid them.

In Malaga we enjoy wonderful beaches along its coastline, we have an unbeatable climate and the water has the perfect temperature to cool off in the hottest days, but, as in all beaches, there are times when certain marine creatures approach shore to pay us a visit.

What happens when the people of Malaga hear the phrase: “jellyfish plague”? We can say that it is the nightmare of every summer, and that is, when the jellyfish travel the coast of Malaga from east to west, even if only certain days to summer, we feel it as the end of the world, since with the heat the only thing What you want is to take a bath and cool off.

The species that most frequently visits the beaches of Malaga is the Pelagia Noctiluca, normally lasts about two and three days, but, do not be alarmed or afraid of it, only caution. In addition, the Diputacion de Malaga and the Aula del Mar have put into operation an app called ‘Infomedusa’ to know at all times the state of each beach in the province.

From Marbesol we want to mention a series of recommendations to follow to know what to do in case of sting and how to avoid them.

How to avoid a jellyfish sting?

The jellyfish use their tentacles as a defense mechanism against their predators, these tentacles have urticating cells that when touching the skin cause pain and itching in the affected area. Next, we will mention some tips that you should follow to avoid jellyfish sting:

  • Pay attention to the colors of the beach flags and follow the instructions of the lifeguards.
  • Never touch the jellyfish. Although they are not alive, their stinging power persists.
  • Stay out of the water when there are jellyfish and avoid the areas where the waves break, as this is where they tend to accumulate.
  • If you are bathing and you see jellyfish, leave carefully and tranquility of the water.

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What to do in case of sting?

If after following the aforementioned advice we are stung by a jellyfish, it is necessary to carry out these guidelines:

  • Go as quickly as possible to the post of ‘relief’ on the beach.
  • Never scratch or rub the area of ​​the sting, since by effect of the pressure, the stinging cells tend to be activated.
  • Clean the area with saline or seawater, but never clean the wound with fresh water.
  • Apply cold intermittently to relieve pain for about 10-15 minutes.
  • Use a specific ointment or pain killer.

 

If you need to rent a car this summer to move around the Costa del Sol, trust Marbesol to enjoy your holidays. Choose the car that best suits you at the best price. Book now and take advantage of one of our succulent offers.

Check out our latest article about upcoming concerts and festivals in Malaga for this summer 2018.

Everything you need is in the shopping centers of Malaga

Find out which are the most popular shopping centers in Malaga and where they are located to make the best purchases in the city.

The center of Malaga is a must for all those who visit the city and want to make their purchases. But not only tourists go through the center of Malaga, but also the people of Malaga go to the famous Calle Larios to enjoy a walk and make the necessary purchases.

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In Calle Larios and its surroundings, we can find many shops of all kinds such as fashion stores and accessories, perfume and cosmetics stores, lingerie and other types of services, such as pharmacies and restaurants.

Malaga is a very tourist city at any time of the year and because of this, there are so many shops. Not only can we find all kinds of entertainment and stores in the city’s downtown areas, but we also discover different shopping centers distributed in different areas.

Shopping Centers of Malaga

Among the most popular shopping centers, the following stand out because of their central location and their wide variety of shops.

El Corte Inglés, one of the most traditional places in the city when making purchases.

The Malaga Plaza Shopping Center, also known in the city as FNAC because it contains this trade inside. This shopping center is located in the center of the city, next to the Corte Inglés.

The Vialia Shopping Center, located in the María Zambrano train station.

The Larios Centro Shopping Center, halfway between the Vialia Shopping Center and El Cortes Inglés. In all three cases, we have underground parking where we can leave the car while we make purchases.

Very close to Malaga airport we find the Plaza Mayor Shopping Center, an open space with lots of shops and leisure areas. It is fifteen minutes by car from the center of Malaga, right between the town of Torremolinos and the airport of the city.

This open mall is a little further away from the city, but it is a great place to spend an afternoon with the family.

Muelle Uno-Marbesol

A new Shopping Center that has been open relatively recently, is Muelle Uno, another open shopping center, located in one of the most privileged places of the city, the heart of Malaga.

It is one of the oldest ports in the world and after the reform of recent years, links the historic center with the cruise terminal of the port of Malaga. It consists of a pleasant park of palm trees and another commercial and leisure area.

In this place, different events, exhibitions, concerts and artisan markets are organized. There are also some of the most emblematic buildings of the city, La Farola de Málaga (1817) and the Capilla del Puerto (1732).

The views are excellent offering a complete panorama of the monumental area of the city center, such as the Gibralfaro Castle, the Cathedral of Malaga and the headquarters of the Pompidou Museum in Paris.

 

If you come to Malaga you can not leave without making purchases with which to take a pleasant memory of the city. You can also visit the downtown area of Calle Larios or the Port of Málaga, especially the Muelle Uno.

Contact us and we will inform you about the services of car hire Malaga that we offer so you can enjoy a tourist route throughout the city of Malaga and its shopping centers.

The best gastrobars in Málaga

Have you heard about Gastrobars? The new concept of haute cuisine.

For a few years now a new culinary concept has been heard that is still unknown to many, the Gastrobars.

Halfway between haute cuisine and the classic tapas bar, what this type of gastronomic establishment tries to do is to bring this author’s cuisine closer to a public with less purchasing power. How? With first quality products and a more elaborate plating at a much more affordable price.

Although the first emerged in Madrid and Barcelona, this concept is already expanding throughout the rest of the country. Malaga has contributed significantly to this expansion, so today we bring you the best gastrobars in the city.

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Air Gastrobar

Located in a building from the beginning of the last century, this restaurant fuses traditional Mediterranean cuisine with the creativity of signature cuisine.

In your letter, you can find from “tapas” with the most unexpected ingredients to meats and fish of the best quality. You decide if you want to taste them at street level on the terrace or in your living room with views of the mountains of Málaga.

Mixtúrate Gastrobar

The gastronomic proposal of this place offers elaborated dishes of the international cuisine without forgetting the typically fried malagueñas.

His concept is as avant-garde as its location: in the neighborhood of Soho, bet on the “food that tells stories”, accompanied on numerous occasions of live music.

Gastrobar Terral

Although the first can be associated with the typical Andalusian bar, its traditional cuisine, the quality of its raw materials and the reinterpretation of its homemade recipes will not leave you indifferent.

His specialty is the Salmorejo from Cordoba, which can be paired with the wide variety of wines available on his menu.

Charlotte Gastrobar & Coffee

Undoubtedly inspired by the most modern French bistro restaurant, both in its menu and in its decoration. In it, you can enjoy breakfast and snacks to lunch and dinner.

Located in the Ciudad de la Justicia neighborhood, it makes a more modernized function of the neighborhood café without losing the quality and sophistication of the dishes of a Gastro bar. Its exquisite menu and its cozy atmosphere will surprise you.

 

In order to taste the excellent food of these restaurants, in Marbesol we invite you to hire our services. You can have the vehicle you want to travel and enjoy the best Malaga cuisine in season.