¿Sabías lo que son las tasas aeroportuarias?

Si has comprado alguna vez un billete de avión, seguramente te habrás fijado que en la factura final hay un desglose de cobros en el que se incluye unas tasas adicionales exclusivas llamadas aeroportuarias. Es decir, aquellos impuestos implementados por el uso del aeropuerto y que se cobran tanto a los pasajeros como a las compañías aéreas.

Sin embargo, muy poca gente conoce que, además de en las líneas de avión, también están presentes en otros servicios ofrecidos dentro de las instalaciones del aeropuerto. Es por ello, que el sector del rent a car no es una excepción en este sentido, y cuenta con este tipo de cargos que son obligatorios para todas las empresas de alquiler de vehículos instaladas en los aeropuertos de España.

Hasta ahora, Goldcar no había incluido su desglose dentro del proceso de reserva ni factura en la página web, de modo que se debía de abonar a la llegada del mostrador en la oficina. Sin embargo, con la intención de mejorar la transparencia y aumentar su conocimiento, el usuario cada vez que acceda a realizar su nueva reserva en www.goldcar.es  a partir del 3 de mayo, tendrá a su disposición este tipo de información denominado como Recargo de aeropuerto.

En específico, en nuestra web para España, se aplican para todos nuestros clientes que contraten servicios que comprendan desde la Flex Fuel hasta combustible total. De manera que, el cálculo se corresponderá al 8 % de la suma de la tarifa en cuestión aplicada, los extras del cargo y el depósito de combustible (con un máximo de 29 euros por alquiler demandado)

Es importante trabajar en la mejora de nuevos modos para acercar una mayor comprensión al usuario de las razones y fuente de las demandas, así como dar una mayor visibilidad de este tipo de condiciones implicados dentro del sector turístico genérico.

Un compromiso con el que Goldcar se siente identificado.

A Tour of Legends: In the Footsteps of El Cid

Legends, knights and dueling are on vogue: last year, more than 12,000 people visited El Camino del Cid, the path that runs through the vital places of Spanish hero Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar, also known as El Cid. 1,400 kilometers with a unique travel guide, the “Cantar del Mio Cid”, the famous twelfth century Castilian poem that tells his story. Epic history has pictured him as a brave, fearsome and imposing man. A legendary figure that tourists can get to know if they decide to discover this particular route that passes through the regions of Castilla-Leon, Castilla-La Mancha, Aragon and Valencia. The road starts in Vivar del Cid (Burgos), the popular Knight’ birthplace and ends in Orihuela (Alicante), a territory that was conquered from the Muslims during this tumultuous time of history.

El Cid legend

  1. First stage: exile

This first part of the route covers the trip that the famous knight made from Vivar del Cid to the village of Atienza (Guadalajara), after being forced by the King to leave Castile. A stretch that runs through Burgos, a must stop. Here you can admire its Cathedral, declared World Heritage by UNESCO, and where the remains of El Cid and his wife Jimena lie. After Burgos, don’t forget to visit the Abbey of Santo Domingo de Silos. The mighty Knight donated some goods to the monks who lived there and the cloister is a real gem of Romanesque architecture. After visiting the Burgos province, head to Soria in order to visit El Burgo de Osma, with its beautiful old town. Finally arrive in Atienza, Guadalajara, a charming town full of noble houses.

  1. Second stage: a border between Christians and Muslims

It was here, in the lands that cover the areas of Guadalajara, Soria and Zaragoza, where the Cid began to become a legend. After starting in Atienza, the fortress of Sigüenza it’s worth stopping by to admire the strength of this reconverted Parador Nacional. The tour continues through towns that treasure jewels of Arab origin, such as Anguita, with its beautiful Stork Tower, or Medinaceli, which holds the only Roman arch with triple arches. On the way to Ateca, the end of this second stage, you can enjoy a relaxing bath in Alhama de Aragon, famous for its hot springs.

El Cid Aragón

In this area of ​​Arab kingdoms or Taifas, the Cid led a powerful and numerous army. The route starts in Ateca and ends in Cella, Teruel, and on the way you will be able to admire places like the valley of Jiloca, the High Tagus and the Albarracin Mountains. In this part of the road trip, you must visit the Moorish historic site that is preserved in Calatayud, as well as Daroca, a town that preserves an important walled enclosure, and Molina de Aragon, with its castle, its medieval quarter and numerous mansions.

  1. Third stage: the conquest of Valencia

Cella was the place chosen by the famous knight to raise an army in order to conquer the city of Valencia. This third stage of the Camino del Cid recreates the adventure that began in this town in the province of Teruel and ended with the conquest of Valencia. Before arriving in Valencia, the end of this section, there are a couple of stops you shouldn’t miss: Segorbe, with its impressive old town, wall and cathedral, and Sagunto, with its incredible Roman theater.

El Cid-Valencia

  1. Forth stage: the defense

The last part of the trip will allow you to discover the fortresses that El Cid built to defend the conquered lands in Valencia from attacks. Set off from Valencia, the city that El Cid managed to conquer in 1094, and pass by Alzira, Xativa, the castles of Villena, Sax and Petrer. On your way, visit the Palm Groves in Elche, declared World Heritage by UNESCO, and end your trip in Orihuela, the southernmost point that was influenced by the famous medieval knight.

El cid

And finally, the prize! Don’t forget to stamp your safe-conduct letter, the Camino del Cid travelers’ credential, boasting the seals of the different localities on the route. These documents are very similar to the actual safe-conduct that was used during the Middle Ages to ensure free and safe transport of travelers and goods.

El Cid

5 Unique Places in Terceira

Holiday in the Azores: 5 unique places to enjoy on Terceira Island

A great holiday in the Azores isn’t complete without visiting  Terceira Island. Discover 5 unique places in of interest in Terceira and enjoy this beautiful part of Portugal.

Known locally as The Lilac Island, Terceira Island is approximately 90 miles from the city of Sao Miguel and 66 miles from Faial, and is one of the of best places to visit in the Azores.

Terceira is unique in itself with historical heritage, culture and a laid back way of life for the locals clearly on show. Then there’s the colourful houses with the triangle chimneys, not to mention the chapels that are painted in bright colours too. There is an abundance of things to do in Terceira, too many to put down on here, but we’ve put together our 5 favourite and unique places on Terceira to give you some suggestions of what to do in Terceira to make the most of your holiday in the Azores.

  1. Go Whale Watching!

There’s nothing better than seeing nature and on a trip into the Atlantic ocean you’re guaranteed to see either whales or dolphins, or both, at any time of the year. Responsible tour guides and skippers get visitors close enough to see these amazing mammals very clearly, and, now and again, maybe they’ll get you a little wet with a splash of their tail fin!

Known as one of the very best places in the world to see whales wild, going out into the ocean and seeing them in the natural environment is definitely top of many peoples’ wish list of what to do in Terceira. About 27 species of whales and dolphins have been spotted off the island and the trips run all year round. See these beautiful creatures as they playfully make their way around the boats. A must do as far as things to do in Terceira go!

 

  1. Monte Brasil

Have you ever visited a volcano? One of the favourite things to do in Terceira for visitors is to head to the shores of Angra do Heroísmo where you will find a now-extinct volcano, Monte Brasil. With outstanding scenic views over the naturally-formed peninsula this is a terrific place to visit and one of the best tourist sites in Terceira to take in the island. Make the most of your hire car by heading to the summit in it before heading along to São João Baptista Fort which is nearby and the oldest occupied fort in Portugal. As I said history is abundant here and a visit to the island has to be one on the list of what to do in Terceira.

 

  1. Biscoitos Wine Museum

One of the places you should know about in Terceira is in the picturesque town of Biscoitos, a family-run wine cellar with a museum. There you can enjoy the well-tended gardens while discovering the history and the art of viticulture in the region. The rocky, windy peninsula makes a perfect place to make the wines as the vines grow from the rich and porous lava rock. If you like wine then Biscoitis museum is a must on a list of things to do in Terceira, and  what to see in Terceira too. Antique wine-making tools and the short but very interesting and informative tour ends  how it should, with a  sampling of the locally produced wines that you’ve just learnt about! You can even buy them, at a very reasonable price.

  1. Praia da Vitória

A drive to Praia da Vitória will serve you up with a treat when you arrive as the views and scenery are simply breathtaking. What to see in Terceira? Well, this is certainly one of them. The colourful churches immediately catch the eye and are famous as one of the most popular tourist attractions in Terceira. With cobbled streets, colourful houses, a stunning town hall, a modern marina, and  beaches that are simply beautiful, although in the summer months they can be very popular. If you’re planning a trip of what to visit in Terceira, this place has to be on it. In the town wander around and take a look at the old town wall which has stood for over 500 years.

 

  1. Algar do Carvão

One of the places you should know about in Terceira is an ancient lava tube, Algar do Carvão. One of the most interesting tourist sites in Terceira, the lava tube is situated at the geographic centre of the island. For things to do in Terceira, or anywhere else on the Azores,  Algar do Carvão is a must as it’s one of only several places in the world where you can actually get inside an extinct volcano!  Put your walking shoes on and prepare to negotiate several hundred steps to explore the insides of this amazing geological structure. Talk about what to do in Terceira with anyone and this is a firm favourite. Deep down inside you will find a lagoon glistening in the light shafts, and stalactites above make this whole scene surreal and definitely establish Algar do Carvão as one of the top tourist attractions in Terceira.

 

Tourism in Terceira, all that you need to see and do

Overflowing with history and culture you may be wondering just what to see in Terceira or even be a bit overwhelmed by the amount of places of interest in Terceira. Plan ahead, and you’ll get to see the very best the island has to offer, it’s best to allow a few days if you can. As regards to what to visit in Terceira we’d recommend you take in all of the above and the many historical and military tourist sites in Terceira that are well-maintained and affordable. Just strolling the cobbled streets before heading for an evening meal past colourful houses and churches in the shadow of a volcano makes this place unique and enjoyable as are so many tourist attractions in Terceira.

The most romantic places in the cities of love

No doubt that the canals in Venice are one of the best and most romantic places in the world to celebrate love, but isn’t actually any place good for love? Casanova had it easy in the City of Canals, but you can also enjoy the most romantic of all experiences at the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, in one of the many viewpoints of the Alfama district in Lisbon, in the house of Romeo and Juliet in Verona, or even in Teruel, a Spanish town famous for its lovers, or in Salamanca, the hometown of Calixto and Melibea. You can have an affair to remember dancing tango in Buenos Aires, in the exotic beaches of Bali, in the Prague Castle, under the sun of Tuscany, in Sissi’s Vienna, near the Little mermaid in Copenhagen and even at top of the Empire State Building. What city would you like to fall in love with? These are the most romantic places in the cities of love. Want to feel their attractiveness and their romantic atmosphere?

Continúa leyendo The most romantic places in the cities of love

Documents needed when driving a hire car in Spain

Avoid a fine a possible problems with your hire in Spain by making sure you have the correct paperwork with you in your hire car

Spain is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world and many of its visitors will hire a car while in the country, it´s a great way to see the country. Spain welcomes foreign drivers and has some of the best roads in Europe for drivers to enjoy and it’s important for drivers to make sure they have the correct documentation with the to avoid any unnecessary problems (including fines for not having the right documents in the vehicle) should the authorities wish to see them at a roadside check.

 

Firstly drivers must carry a valid drivers licence and they must be over 21 years old and held the licence for at least a year. International Driving Permits are recognised but not compulsory for drivers coming to Spain from other EU or EEA countries. For drivers from the UK there is no longer the need for the paper counterpart which was abolished in 2015.

Drivers must also carry a valid form of ID, whether that is an ID card or a passport. We’d always recommend drivers to keep their passport with them at all times as it is often asked for as a means of identification by the police at the checks.

 

Proof of insurance is also obligatory to carry in the car and must be cover at least third party, fire and theft. You will find in all Goldcar vehicles that the insurance documents will be in the glove box along with the registration documents. The vehicle must have the registration documents in it at all times as they carry all the necessary information about the vehicle, including if it has a passed a Spanish vehicle inspection (MOT) and is therefore roadworthy.

So there you have it, as we stated before drivers must make sure that they have t he relevant documentation on them and Goldcar make sure that the vehicle documents are in the car ready for you to go and enjoy a hassle-free holiday exploring this wonderful country.

Below we’ve put a checklist of the documents for drivers to take a look at before travelling to Spain.

 

Documents needed when driving in Spain:

  1. A valid driver’s licence (Driver must be over 21 and been driving for at least 1 year)
  2. A valid form of ID (Passport or ID card)
  3. Vehicle insurance
  4. Vehicle registration documents