For most tourists who visit Germany, Munich and Berlin tend to be the most likely destinations.  However, more people are now being drawn to Frankfurt… and here’s why:

Frankfurt Rhien-Main Airport
With millions of passengers annually, this list would be incomplete without Frankfurt airport (the portal to this beautiful city) which caters for millions of passengers a year. So captivating is the airport that more than a million people a year go on an airport experience tour to experience flight operation live. Visitors get to witness what happens behind the scenes in the terminals, aeroplanes close up or get to watch from the runway while a plane take off.   Avis is one of the companies to offer car hire in Frankfurt airport.  Having your own means of transport makes exploring this breath-taking city a real adventure as there is much more to be experienced.

The Kaiserdorm (Imperial Cathedral)
Also known as Bartholomew’s Cathedral and built on the foundations of a pre-existing church. The cathedral was built in the 14th and 15th centuries although by strict definition its  not actually a cathedral since it was never a bishop’s church. Kings of Germany and Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire were elected and crowned in this church.  It has a captivating exterior architecture and a large collection of gothic art in its museum. From April to October, visitors are allowed to go to the top of the tower. A calorie-burning 324 steps is rewarded by a breath-taking panoramic view of the city.

Höchst Castle
This castle was built between the 13th and 16th century and was the former residence of the archbishop of Mainz. Close to the castle is the oldest church in Frankfurt – St. Justin’s Church which often plays host to classical concerts. In June and July, the entire Old Town becomes a showplace for the annual castle festival. For 4 weeks, visitors are entertained with numerous events, such as a garden party at the Bolangaro Palace, jazz concerts, the Höchst Summer Organ festival and the Old Town Festival around the castle and St. Justin’s Church.

Main Tower
Famous for its high-rise skyline, Frankfurt has over 15 extraordinary skyscrapers including the highest office building on the continent – the Commerzbank Tower.  Built in 1999 and the first high-rise to have a façade made of glass, the Main Tower attracts tourists from the world over especially those who like architectural feats.  It is the only skyscraper in the city with a view platform and a restaurant that is open to the public all year round. The 53rd and 54th floor are home to the highest radio and television station in Europe.

Goethe House and Goethe Museum
Frankfurt is the proud home of one of Germany’s most famous personalities, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.  Johann Wolfgang von Goethe is the great writer, biologist, physicist, artist and polymath whose Faust is regarded by many as the greatest long poem of Modern European literature. The Goethe House and Goethe Museum are on the site of his birthplace which was destroyed during WWII and restored to their original state. Goethe’s study on the second floor is a Mecca/Jerusalem to his fans the world over who visit in the museum in their thousand annually.

Goethestraße
Goethestraße is Frankfurt’s own version of “Fifth Avenue” with its collection of top designer brands located in this hub of prestige, class, exclusivity and extravagance (from Armani and Versace to Tiffany and Cartier). Less expensive products are sold in adjoining streets for more savvy shoppers and every Friday, a weekly market with around fifty stalls is held in Schillerstraße.

If you are visiting Germany and travelling by car,  check out our Germany driving guides with recommended road trips.

Guten Tag!!!

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Well it looks as though summer is finally here, and with temperatures topping those popular holiday resorts, it’s a great time to think about taking a ‘Staycation.’

There is so much happening in the UK this year, including the Queen’s Jubilee and the Olympics, so why not hire a car with Avis and explore what’s on your doorstep.

The Queens Jubilee

Next weekend we celebrate the Queens Diamond Jubilee and all get to enjoy an extended weekend to enjoy the festivities. With a number of events planned around the country, it is a great chance to take a short break.

The Queen will be attending the Epsom Derby on the 2nd June which is always a fun day out. Enjoy the sunshine and see if you can make some money on the horses.

Other exciting events include the concert at Buckingham Palace on Monday 4th June and the procession. The BBC have organised a concert with a number of top headline acts. If you haven’t already got tickets then why not head to Hyde Park and watch it on the big screens.

The Olympics

The Olympics are another great reason to take a Staycation this year. Instead of getting stuck in queues at the airports, why not hire a car and enjoy the excitement of the games. The torch relay has already begun, so keep an eye out for when it will be passing by near you.

With Olympic events taking place not just in London, but around the country, there are plenty of opportunities for you to enjoy the sports on a holiday at home.

To find out more about Avis car hire for your Staycation and to read about some popular UK destinations to visit then head to the website.

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We’re pleased to announce that the widely acclaimed Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet is now available to hire through our premium Select Series range.   Launched by Volkswagen in September last year, this is the first time that the impressive Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet will be available to hire in the UK, exclusively to Avis customers.

VW Golf Cabriolet

The new soft top Golf  is a fantastic addition to our Select Series range – just in time for summer!  This sophisticated cabriolet is the perfect option for a weekend break,  and with strong demand from people wanting to buy the Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet, it’s ideal for customers wanting to try before they buy.

Having already received impressive reviews and awards including the title of CarBuyer’s  Best Convertible, the Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet is an apt addition to Avis’ existing range of vehicles and 90 of the new cars have been introduced  to branches in London, Manchester and Scotland.

The Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet is the first soft top vehicle on the Avis Select Series fleet, which now includes an impressive range of vehicles…

If you’ve driven any of these beauties and have any feedback – let us know!  We’d love to hear your reviews.  Please comment below or post your comments on our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/AvisRentACarUK

 

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There are many destinations which attract tourists the world over every summer but none more so than the Algarve, Portugal.  The Algarve is one of Portugal and Europe’s most popular tourist destinations and for good reason, with with the great weather, beautiful beaches, rich culture and history.

Most visitors reach the Algarve through the region’s only international airport, Faro Airport.  Companies offering car hire at Faro Airport such as Avis offer a variety of Faro car hire options suitable for any number of people and occasion. Travelling by car makes it a lot easier to travel between the various towns to experience and enjoy the best the Algarve has to offer.

There are many places of interest which tourists to this region must visit to really appreciate the best it has to offer. Here are a few of the places you should consider visiting should you find yourself in one of Europe’s top summer holiday destinations.

Sagres’s Beaches

Situated a few kilometres from Cape St. Vincent, Sagres is known for its great beaches and coastline, which attract sunbathers and water-sport enthusiasts. How many towns in the world give you a choice of four different beaches? Choose from Praia de Mareta (the town’s main beach), Praia da Baleeira, Praira do Tonel or Praia do Martinhal.

Praia da Mareta beach, Sagres, Portugal

Barbelote Waterfall

Monichique is a town which does not feature highly in most travel brochures.  However this quaint town steeped in Roman history offers more than walking trails which offer a panoramic view of the Algarve.  It is home to Barbelote Waterfall which is the largest waterfall in Portugal and a breath-taking sight to behold.  It is advisable to take a guide or a map as it not easy to find which is why it remains relatively less publicised and explored. Plus, there is an also less famous “ghost town” in the area to make getting lost a more interesting affair.

Pego do Inferno (Hell’s Pond)

Do not be turned off by the name.  Located in Tavira, Pego do Inferno is a beautiful waterfall shaded by trees and with a nice pebble surrounding where visitors can relax, picnic or just enjoy the therapeutic view of the waterfall cascading into an emerald green lagoon. There are often a few more adventurous visitors making a splash into the lake below but it is a great relaxation point for locals and tourists alike.

Fuzeta Beaches

When travelling The Algarve, you are never far away from a beach. Fuzeta has two beaches, the first a small beach located in the town. It is ideal for families as it is wave free and quite safe. The second which is often referred to as the “real” Fuzeta Beach is the ocean side which attracts a lot of visitors in the peak of summer. The beach extends for miles so there is room for you to have a bit of privacy if you prefer.

Pera – International Sand Sculpture Festival (FIESA)

Portugal is home to the largest sand sculpture festival in the world. This is an annual mega exhibition of sand sculptures held in Pera, Algarve. This is better experienced that described. The sculptures are not the kind you are used to. These are not bucket and shovel sand works by little kids but the work of very talented artist who come from the world over to take part in this great event. The sheer size of some of them will leave you bewildered. Each year is dedicated to a different theme. It is open to the public every day from April to October and is a favourite with families.

Loulé – Carnival in Loulé

One of the famous events across the Algarve is the Loulé Carnival which is held in Loulé. Its takes place annually in February and lasts for 3 days. It is similar to Brazilian carnivals in its style –a colourful event with music, dancing, partying, with flamboyant processions. The centre of Loulé is cordoned off for this event and it you have to pay to gain access to the frenzied atmosphere on offer. In Portugal, it is customary for people to throw “water bombs” so dress prepared in case you become a target or get hit by a stray.

The Fortress of Sagres & Henry the Navigator

Located south-west of Sagres, is one of the most important places in the Algarve and Portugal. It holds monuments of national importance. From the pebble circle which was detected in 1921 and dates back to the time of Henry the Navigator to Henry the Navigator’s fortress which was built in the 15th century. There is an also a breath-taking view from a lovely lighthouse (Europe’s second most powerful lighthouses). Sagres is an area that would be of interest to visitors who like a mixture of history and archaeology with their sea-side relaxation.

Praia da Marinha

Portugal is famous for its beaches so it is only right to end this with one. Located between Armação de Pêra and Carvoeiro, Praia da Marinha. It is a small cove beach. Put simply, it is a place that is to be seen and not written about.

Don’t miss our ‘Great Drives’ blog post with a recommended road trip around Porto.

 

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From modern harbour towns, through medieval villages, to ancient caves – a drive through Northern Spain takes you back in time.   There’s more to this region than superb architecture.   Head south from the sandy beaches to discover rolling hills, high passes, forests, fields and Romanesque churches.

Map showing driving route through Northern Spain

High points on route include -

1/ Pamplona – Follow in Hemingway’s footsteps

2/ Monte Igueldo, San Sebastian – Live the high life

3/ Santiago de Compostela – Holy city

4/ Guggenheim Museum – Architectural masterpiece

Click here to view the two page driving guide in full

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Back in 2006 we conducted some research to ask you “if you had the choice of driving any make/model available, what would it be?” – the Audi A4 and A6 scored highest and so, in 2007, we added them to our Select Series fleet.

We are pleased to share with you that now, 5 years on, we still have the popular Audi A4 and Audi A4 Avant (estate) models. Not only that but we will soon be adding the stunning new Audi A1!

Have you ever used Avis Select Series and have you enjoyed it? Do you enjoy driving the Audi models?

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Satellite navigation used to be something you would only find in expensive cars, but now with the availability of portable Sat Nav systems, more and more people are taking advantage of these intelligent little machines.

If you haven’t got a Sat Nav system already then there are a number of reasons why you should invest in one.

  • Keep getting lost? -  Pretty straight forward really, but satellite navigation gives you clear directions to wherever you want to get to. Some even let you specify if you want the quickest route or the most scenic route! By getting you there in the shortest time it also means less harm to the environment and your wallet!
  • Speeding? -  Not that you should be speeding anyway…but this handy feature helps point out when you’re are approaching a speed camera and tells you what speed you are supposed to be going so that you are fully aware.

GPS unit in car

  • Hungry? - Satellite navigation can tell you where the nearest restaurants are! This is great when you are in a place you have never been before!
  • Running low on petrol? – Satellite navigation systems know where the nearest garages are and can direct you to the closest one so you don’t waste time (and the end of your petrol) trying to find one!
  • Hate being stuck in traffic? – Some satellite navigation systems can be fed information such as where there is congestion and can then suggest routes to avoid it.

Satellite Navigation systems can be hired along with your car with Avis. You can do this by simply ticking the GPS request box during booking or by giving us a call!

Find out more information about satellite navigation with Avis here

 

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Get Ready. Get Set. Get Away!

Every now and again you have to say, ‘it’s time to take a break’.  Spring is that time.  Be spontaneous and get out there.

Our Spring sale is now on – offering up to 20% off car hire across Europe and North America.  Prices start from as little as £12 per day.

So if you’ve already booked your summer holiday but haven’t gotten round to arranging your car hire – you can take advantage of these great offers,  which are available on all summer rentals!

Spring sale

Great Spring Offers end 24 May 2012.

Don’t miss out - book today!

 

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The Lake District is one of the true gems of the England and there’s no better time to visit than Spring.

Download our latest Avis Great Drives guide and see our recommended road trip that will show you the best of what the Lake District has to offer.

 

Lake District

- Pick up your Avis hire car from Newcastle-upon-Tyne and head south on the A19 road to the super-stylish Seaham Hall hotel and spa.
- Take a stress-free drive on the A1M and A66 to Barnard Castle, passing through lush moorland on your way to the Lake District.
- Go through the steep Kirkstone Pass, known locally as “The Struggle”, to reach the grey stone cottages of cutesy Ambleside, on the banks of Lake Windermere.
- Park in a lay-by before the road plunges down into the town and look back at the grey of the asphalt weaving its way between green hillsides.
- From Ambleside, follow the B5385, which twists and turns its way to Coniston, then head back to Newcastle via the A595 and A69, stopping off at Birdoswald Roman Fort and the 2000 year-old village of Haltwhistle and along the way.
- It’s a quick drive east along the A69 to drop-off your Avis hire car back in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

Click here to download the full guide with map and high points.

Happy driving!

 

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Driving when you’re tired can be extremely dangerous and is one of the biggest causes of road accidents in the UK. It is therefore important to understand the risks of driving when tired and how you can avoid the dangers.

Here are some top tips to prevent you falling asleep at the wheel:

  1. Take a break from driving every two hours – Try and plan a 15 minute break every 2 hours of your trip. A short stop over gives you a chance to get out of the car and wake yourself up a bit. Take a short walk, get some food and just generally wake your body up.
  2. Have a good night’s sleep before any long drive – This probably sounds obvious, but if you know you have a long journey, make sure you have an early night so that you are as fresh as possible before you start.
  3. Avoid making long journeys between midnight and 6am – This is when you are at your most vulnerable and most likely to fall asleep. If you can, try and stick to daytime driving only.
  4. Drink coffee or high caffeine drinks – Drinking caffeine can help wake you up and increase alertness. Remember though that after the effects wear off you are likely to fall into a slump and become tired again, so keep topping your caffeine levels up to combat sleepiness effectively.
  5. Share the driving – Whenever possible share the driving with others in the car. Every few hours switch the driver so that each passenger has a chance to relax and sleep.

If you feel tired when you are driving, turning up the music and opening the window can feel effective for a short period of time, however in the long run this will do little to prevent you falling asleep.

Remember – if you follow this advice and still feel tired behind the wheel, stop and take a nap. This is the most effective way to recharge and is the safest option for both you and other road users.

 

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