Aug
17
2018

5 ways to play in Madrid when you have your own set of wheels

By Europe /

The bustling city of Madrid is a city of elegant boulevards, historic palaces and plazas and rich European art. Spain is also home to many other historic regional cities, towns and scenic countryside. Lock in a cheap price to hire a car at Madrid Airport with DriveNow and get ready to explore one of Europe’s most popular destinations outside the capital. Here are five places to visit after you’ve explored Madrid.  El Parque Natural del Cabo de Gata Five and a half hours south of Madrid. When people think of Spain’s beaches, most imagine the Mediterranean’s crowded seaside resorts. However, El Parque Natural del Cabo de Gato is a stunning stretch of coastline where you can discover flawless, tranquil beaches without the crowds. This area in sunny Almeria comprises of quaint villages, green mountains, rocky cliffs, sandy beaches and stunning blue waters. Ubeda  Three hours south of Madrid. Travel south to the beautiful province of Jaen to witness one of…

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May
02
2018

Spring into action with these great Berlin attractions

By Europe / Germany /

Berlin attractions are at their peak in spring. The sun is shining, the parks are green and the streets are alive with smiling locals as the weather warms up. Are you planning a trip to Germany’s capital this spring? Find a cheap deal to hire a car from Berlin Airport and check out these Berlin attractions. Berlin Wall You can’t visit Germany without exploring the world’s most famous wall. For nearly 30 years it was a symbol of the Cold War, dividing Berlin and the world. The destruction of the wall was one of history’s most celebrated moments. As a result, there’s little left of it. There’s a section of the wall that’s about 1km long with more than 100 paintings. They document the city’s history and pay tribute to the lives lost while trying to escape to freedom. Beer Gardens One of the most popular Berlin attractions is the beer gardens. With spring beginning and as more people take…

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Apr
26
2018

London calling with 5 hot restaurants for foodies

By London /

London’s food scene is alive and kicking with flavours from every corner of the globe. Tuck into a nicely done steak and chips, or lap up a delicious Asian soup dish with dumplings. London and it’s seemingly endless number of top restaurants are calling. When you touch down at Heathrow Airport, pick up a hire car from DriveNow. Then you’ll be set as you race from one place to another, enjoying all the goodies that London’s food scene has to offer. Stop by some of these great London restaurants. Royal China This is a great place to take yourself when you’re craving dumplings and special dim sums. Royal China (check out this tempting dish above) is sure to tempt your taste buds with aromatic rice, honey roast pork and other meat creations. Even when you’re about to burst you won’t be able to resist some black sesame dumplings covered in peanut crumbs to top it off. The Harwood Arms The…

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Feb
08
2018

Top London spring attractions and things to do

By London / UK /

If you’re planning a London spring holiday then a self-drive itinerary is the way to go. Between March and May, the dreary winter comes to an end, leaving the city’s parks and sidewalks blooming in a sensational London spring. Browse DriveNow’s cheap car hire deals from Heathrow Airport to begin your self-drive holiday. With a hire car you’ll have the freedom to embark on day trips outside the city and admire the beautiful countryside. Here are some of London’s best attractions and things to do in the springtime. Get inspired by London’s exquisite parks Spring is the best time of year to visit London’s famous parks, where you can admire a variety of colourful flowers in full bloom. Make sure you take a walk through the tranquil Royal Botanical Gardens in Kew. Incredibly, you’ll discover more than 30,000 types of plants in the one place, with a 250-year history to go with it! Rent a rowing boat at Hyde Park From Easter until late October, members of…

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Sep
28
2017

Top five things to see or do in England this autumn

By UK /

As England leaves behind a lovely summer, many people are more inclined to spend the days indoors. The days may be shorter and the evenings cooler, but that doesn’t mean you can’t travel around England to explore some of its best attractions. There are still plenty of great festivals and sights to see around England in autumn. You just need to book one of DriveNow’s great car hire deals from Heathrow Airport and be prepared to get up a little earlier in the morning. Here are our top picks for things to see or do in England this autumn. See the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace It doesn’t matter what month you visit, there’s the iconic Changing of the Guard outside the Queen’s palace every morning at 11.30. This colourful display of marching and music is always popular with tourists. You can also join a tour of Buckingham Palace, which includes a walk through the Queen’s Gallery, State Rooms and afternoon tea….

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Jul
24
2017

The best of Birmingham in the English summer

By UK /

English summer in Birmingham is absolutely glorious. The city in West Midlands is one of the greenest in all of England, with more than 3,000 hectares of green park spaces. It also has more kilometres of canals than Venice! There’s also plenty of activities to keep you busy in Birmingham during the summer months. Snap up one of DriveNow’s great car hire deals at Birmingham Airport and add these ideas to your bucket list. Aston Hall Aston Hall is one of the last great architectural masterpieces from the Jacobean era. This seventeenth century red-brick mansion overlooks a gorgeous public park. Step back in time by joining a guided tour, who explains Aston Hall’s history as you walk through the detailed interiors. Learn about those who lived here and the 1637 government attack on these walls. If you want to relax and admire the site’s beauty in peace, take a stroll in Lady Holte’s Garden. Kingsbury Water Park Drive half an…

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Jul
20
2017

Monkey mayhem at Stoke on Trent: 5 things to do

By UK /

Stoke on Trent is one of Staffordshire’s most charming cities. It’s home to England’s pottery industry. People even famously refer to the area as ‘The Potteries’. But there’s more to Stoke on Trent than meets the eye. It’s a place full of many. Hire a car from Stoke on Trent and tick off these five things to do. Visit the Trentham Monkey Forest The Monkey Forest at the Trentham Estate is one of the most charming places you’ll ever visit. Walk along a path to see them swinging in the trees and interacting with each other. You’ll be able to get up close and personal with more than 140 Barbary macaques from Algeria and Morocco. Admire Trentham Gardens While your at Trentham make sure you also put aside the time to visit the glorious Trentham Gardens. It doesn’t matter what time of year you visit the gardens, you’ll find an intriguing landscape. Admire the Trentham Lake as you take a quiet stroll along…

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Jun
09
2017

Quirky Paris attractions you must visit

By Europe / Paris /

You know of all the most famous Paris attractions. There’s the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral and The Louvre, to name a few. But did you know there are so many unconventional things to see and do. Find a cheap car hire deal at Paris Airport so you can travel off the well-worn path to experience these quirky Paris attractions. Explore the Catacombes de Paris Authorities believe more than 300 km of tunnels exist underneath the streets of Paris. This maze of tunnels are full of mystery and some areas are open to public tours. It includes a section that has the skeletal remains of millions of Parisians, dating back to the 18th Century when cemeteries were getting full. Go souvenir shopping at the Saint-Ouen Flea Market Love shopping? Then the Saint-Ouen Flea Market is definitely worth including on your list of things to do in Paris. It’s not far from the Sacre Coeur Basilica in North Paris. It was once…

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Apr
12
2017

The sun is back! 5 London day trip ideas

By UK /

Summer is the best time to go on one of many famous London day trips. The best thing about London day trips is that you get to explore the region at your own place while also taking in the impeccable scenery. Whether you prefer the rolling green hills as you journey inland, or the peaceful beach towns as you travel along the coast, take your pick from on of these great London day trips. Just hire a car from Heathrow Airport and begin your adventure.  Harry Potter Warner Bros Studio Tour Any passionate Harry Potter fan will tell you this is by far one of the best London day trips. Visit Studios Leavesden where all eight Harry Potter films were produced. It’ll help you see how JK Rowling’s incredible world of magic came to life. You’ll get to step onto original sets, walk through Hogwarts and come face to face with the animatronic creatures. Best of all it’s just a 45 minute drive from London….

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Jan
23
2017

London calling: 5 restaurants to warm you up

By UK /

Good food is the right way to anyone’s soul. In London you can savour almost every flavour known to mankind. It’s one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world, with cafes and restaurants that show off the best tastes from every culture. All you need to do is find the time to pick up a cheap car hire deal from London and travel to some of these fantastic restaurants. Barrafina (pictured) One of the most popular Spanish diner-style tapas bars in London is Barrafina. You’ll find three Barrafinas in London – on Adelaide Street, Drury Lane and the original is on Soho’s Frith Street. These cosy spaces offer authentic tapas from many different regions across Spain. Barrafina is also a great spot for after work drinks with the dishes served with sine Spanish sherries, wines and Cavas. The Ledbury Few restaurants have the friendly and welcoming vibe that you’ll get at the Ledbury. This restaurant in Notting Hill takes it to…

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