No matter where you've chosen for your holiday, hiring a car opens up unlimited possibilities for adventure. Driving can provide amazing experiences that you might not otherwise have had. From hideaway towns to secluded coves, you can pick any point on a map, hop in the car and go! Put yourself in the driving seat with a holiday hire car.
Go the extra mile (literally) and explore the true meaning of freedom on your villa getaway. Whether it's your first time driving a hire car on holiday, or you're nervous about driving somewhere new, here's our top tips for taking your road trip to the next level…
Choosing a car that can fit all the family (and beach gear!) is one of the most important elements in your car search. Spacious journeys are far more enjoyable than everyone being squeezed in with bags of luggage and belongings. Whether you're travelling as small or large group, our car sizes have you covered with roomy interiors and plenty of boot space. Large cars can carry up to 9 people, from people carriers to SUVs – you're sure to find four wheels that'll keep the good times rolling!
You might want to hire a sat nav if one's available. Not only can it calm any worries about directions and get you to where you want to go quicker, it might save you a few arguments with your "navigator"!
Make sure that the little ones can be strapped in safely. You'll need to either request car seats when you book your hire car, take your own as baggage, or bay yourself an inflatable Bubblebum booster seat for slightly older kids – the perfect solution for travelling lighter.
Check to see what's included in your car hire package before you book. Keep an eye out for zero excess, fair fuel policy, unlimited mileage, additional drivers and breakdown assistance. Most of our suppliers' policies come with these as a minimum.
Check out the specific driving laws of the country you're going to. The AA has a fantastic country by country guide with all of this information in one handy place.
Remember to pack all of the documents you need to hire a car. All of our suppliers accept a valid photo card driving licence or old paper licence, and they'll want to see a credit card in the name of the lead driver.
You'll want to know about any toll roads near your villa, and how to settle those. Check your villa directions for details and perhaps pop a few of the sights you're planning to see into Google Maps for directions. That'll also tell you if there are any tolls on those routes.
Look out for the fast track links or forms that we'll send over to fill in before you arrive. They should make the car collection process quicker.
Seated safely in the back with a BubbleBum booster seat, your children will have plenty to look at out the window. The BubbleBum inflates with a couple of puffs, and folds away when not in use, ready for the next trip! It fits easily into a rucksack or carry-on bag, meaning it's ideal for road trips abroad!
Buckle up and discover panoramic views, stunning scenic roads and unforgettable driving routes – all from the comfort of your holiday hire car…
Starting from the town of Sorrento, take the wheel to discovery…
We've all heard of Pompeii, the ancient Roman city buried under ash and preserved for centuries due to the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. And if you're staying along the Amalfi Coast, this fascinating town is only an hour's drive away from your door.
You can drive straight there along the SS145, but keep an eye out for the magical gems along the way and turn this trip into a day of discovery. Once you're out of Sorrento you'll reach Montechiaro with the Marina di Equa offering panoramic coastal views. Feeling peckish already? You can have a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants along the marina.
When you're ready to move on, the route takes you inland past other towns like Vico Equense before you drive into the Parco Regionale dei Monti Lattari. This wildlife park is home to the Lattari Mountains which on a clear day you'll be able to see during your drive. Not long after leaving here, you reach Pompeii!
On your journey back, there are several beaches to stop off at so if your legs are tired from all the walking, take a dip in the warm waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Relax and paddle at Garden Beach or Lido da Vittorio, the perfect way to break up the journey home.
Fasten your seat belts and explore the breathtaking landscapes of Lanzarote. With year-round sunshine, delightful sandy beaches and plenty of natural beauty, this Canary Island has an array of amazing places waiting to be discovered. And what better way to uncover these treasures than in your own hire car? With the freedom to explore you'll be in the driver's seat when it comes to deciding what you see and do!
Head to Jameos del Agua in the north of the island and be prepared to be wowed by the beautiful salt lagoon and impressive underground caves! With plenty of road signs directing you to this cultural attraction you'll have no trouble finding this impressive wonder. And boy will it be worth the journey! Celebrating the work of local architect César Manrique, this volcanic landscape is designed around two caves, one just as spectacular as the last.
Hidden within the first cave is a natural lake boasting crystal clear water. Home to species only native to Lanzarote, you may come across an albino crab along the way! The second is designed as a large concert hall, where you can enjoy a magical night out in this beautiful and unique location. Events usually include a tasty dinner, so if you're looking for something special to celebrate an occasion then this can be added to your wish-list!
If the thought of seeing what years of volcanic activity looks like on the surface has you bubbling with excitement, then a trip to Timanfaya National Park is a must! You'll drive inside the park right up to where the restaurant is and from there hop on a bus for a ride through the volcanic terrain. From exploring the one hundred year old craters to the breathtaking active geysers of the Fire Mountains, this experience is out of this world! While the volcano beneath is inactive, be prepared to still feel its heat as temperatures of 400°C-600°C can be found just below the surface!
From a sizzling excursion to something a little more chilled. Take the LZ-67 and LZ-30 roads and drive the short distance to La Geria to sample some of Lanzarote's finest wines. While the driver may not be able to taste the tipples there and then, you can purchase a bottle in one of the local bodegas to take back to your villa and enjoy by the pool! Plus seeing the volcanic ash landscape of La Geria valley still makes the trip worthwhile!
Seeking breathtaking beaches on your travels? With a choice of light and dark sands you'll be treated to an array of idyllic shores – all just as breathtaking as the next. When it comes to charcoal beaches it doesn't get any better than El Gofo's Charco de los Clicos. Its combination of black sands, red rocks and of course the famous Green Lagoon makes for a vibrant holiday snapshot! From here head along the coast and enjoy a scenic route to the captivating Los Hervideros. Taking the L7-703 section, you'll love how the road curves around the coastline framed by deep blue sky, crushing waves and lava landscape. A visit here is worth timing with a high tide to experience the full power of the waves or "boiling pots" crashing into the rocky cliffs.
The rest of your day can be spent at one of Lanzarote's beautiful beaches inside Los Ajaches Natural Park. Often seen as one of the best shores in Spain, the Papagayo beaches are a must-see for your journey. Silky golden sands, turquoise waters and towering cliffs sheltering from the winds provide the perfect spot for soaking up the sunshine. While the amazing views of Fuerteventura´s sandy dunes on the horizon are worth hopping in the car and making the trip for!
No matter where you're staying along the Algarve, pick up this east to west trip to the southwestern most point of mainland Europe! Using the N125 road passing through well-known towns and ports – join in where you can and explore the beautiful southern Portuguese coast.
The wonderful Albufeira is where we start. The Old Town oozes with traditional Portuguese charm, with quaint cobbled streets lined with restaurants. Local shops entice the first ice cream purchase of the day and the bustling market is a great place to pick up some handmade souvenirs (or sweets for the car!). The sandy beach is only a short walk away too and if you're lucky beautiful handmade sand sculptures will be lined along the shore.
The next stop is the stunning resort of Carvoeiro. With so much to take in from beautiful architecture to panoramic views, why not hop on the Carvoeiro tourist train? Kids will love being aboard the land train as it takes you around town, and you'll get to sit back and let someone else do the driving! Filled with restaurants and cafés, many with amazing seaside views, it's the perfect stop for a light bite.
Back on the N125, head west again for Lagos. On this 30 minute journey you'll cross the impressive Arade River and the lush green fields of the Algarve wetlands, so be sure to admire the views along the way (with one eye on the road of course!). You'll know you've arrived when greeted with the 16th century walls that surround this seafaring town. Filled inside you'll find antique shops, pavement cafés and boutiques lined along the cobbled streets. Watch boats bring in the catch of the day in the large marina or seek out local history at the nearby Ponta da Bandeira Fort.
If you want to keep going and turn your road trip into a day trip, this last leg takes us to the Southwest Alentejo and Vicentine Coast Natural Park to the most southwestern point of mainland Europe. Beautifully preserved beaches, rare flora and fauna, and the Cabo de São Vicente lighthouse fill this wondrous park – so grab your walking shoes and take a look around!
Before you reach the park, why not stop at a couple of beach towns on your way to break up the trip? The wonderful Praia da Luz and Salema are idyllic places to jump out the car and stretch your legs on the road from Lagos to Sagres. With quaint seaside cafés they might be the perfect place to fill up on a hearty local meal so you can spend the afternoon exploring the national park.
When you reach Sagres and the park, this magical landscape will have you eager to jump out and take in the surroundings. Whether you want to learn the history of the Fortaleza de Sagres or the lighthouse, pick a coastal trail for a walk or stick to the beach and bask in the sun – Sagres has it all.
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