Freedom from plane and train timetables, avoiding the herd of grumpy tourists while they shuffle onto budget airlines, discovering wonderful restaurants and seeing places that may not be included in any guidebook. These are the benefits of a driving holiday. Renting a car in Europe is the perfect way to see the continent and opens up a wide variety of options.
There are a number of well-worn routes you can take through European road and see some of the world`s most famous cities, or escaping the throng to rugged coastlines or national parks. Pick up a car at your arrival airport and simply set off exploring.
One of the biggest attractions of a driving holiday in Europe is that during a one or two-week holiday you can experience the real Europe without the hassle normally associated with travel. For example fly into Geneva in Switzerland and enjoy the grand lake or visit France and see the alpine towns and Europe`s tallest peak, Mont Blanc. Drive through the dramatic Mont Blanc tunnel and enjoy the wonderful cuisine of Northern Italy.
If the mountains do not appeal it is just as easy to drive through the European lowlands and visit the bustling city of Amsterdam before setting off into Belgium where you can while away time in the medieval streets of Bruges, or the heart of European Government in Brussels.
If you would rather chase the sun and the rich history of Southern Europe nothing could be easier than renting a car in Spain and visiting some of the fantastic historical cities while enjoying the warm Mediterranean. Arrive at the gateway to Spain; Malaga with its old port city area and eleventh century Alcazaba palace. Drive to the dramatic gorge town of Ronda and then the ruined castles at Zahara de la Frontera. Continue north to historic Seville, which plays host to one of the largest cathedrals in the world. From there take in Cordoba and Granada. A trip like this can take as long as you like depending on how much time you spend at each location, but the memories are guaranteed to last a lifetime.
There are plenty of national or international companies that provide car rental, Spain is no different. It could not be easier to give yourself a real breakaway from the cut and thrust.
If you pre-book your car rental you should ensure that you have sufficient cancellation cover with your travel insurance provider. If you should need to cancel your holiday you can claim for any deposits you can not get back directly.