Car or Van Hire? 7 -9 seats

Often when we take a break abroad and hire a vehicle we look at the cheapest possible option, or the one that just about fits the purpose, i.e. a 5 seater family car when travelling with a family of 3 to 5. But what we don’t consider is that very often we could make our holiday or trip much more comfortable and enjoyable, just by looking at a slightly larger vehicle than we had originally considered. Take the example of the four golfer coming away for a week’s golf and booking a family estate hire car. It may well be able to squeeze everything in (with a couple of sets of golf clubs on laps!) but it’s not very comfortable, nor practical.

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7 things not to miss in Granada

History, culture and family fun make Granada a favourite for tourists. If you don´t know this place very well, we will show some things to do in Granada, enjoy them

7 Things to do in Granada

The Alhambra

Originally constructed for military use, the Alhambra was all at once more than just a beautiful and immense building it’s has three purposes; an “alcazaba” (fortress), an “alcazar” (palace) and a small “medina” (city). Its triple purposes explains its many unique and distinctive features with the name Alhambra coming from Arabic and meaning red or crimson castle, so called, allegedly, because the construction of the Alhambra fortress  was done by torchlight. A wonderfully place for all the family with tickets starting at 14€.

The Generalife Gardens (Garden of Paradise)

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This place is found inside the Alhambra ground and is well worth a visit. A beautiful promenade takes the visitor to the “Patio de la Acequia” which is the best know area and what is known as the heart and soul of the palace grounds A wander around these gardens is a great way to spend an hour or two just enjoying nature and history too. If you head up to the north portico you’ll find the impressive Patio de los Cipreses, which has a pool in the middle. With a lovely fountain dating from the 16th century the gardens were originally olive groves.

Lorca’s House

Federico Garcia Lorca, Spain´s most famous 20th-century writer who was killed for his political opinions and sexual orientation in 1936 – just before the start of the Civil War. He was banned under Franco and after Franco died; his legacy was finally acknowledged by his home city. You can visit the Lorca family summer house in Granada for a look back to unsettled times in Spain.

Albaicin

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El Albaicin is the old Moorish quarter of the city that is made oup of little streets and alley ways, all boasting lots of small shops selling anything from crafts to clothes. Facing the Alhanmbra the Albaicin in a steep climb to the top for some but well worth it as the view of the Alhambra from the Church of San Nicolas is impressive indeed. The moors first settled in the area in the 11th century and plenty of history remains from that time.

Granada Science Park

Covering a huge 70km² and split into two main buildings the park is fascinating for young and old as it takes you on a journey through our own body, our mind and our world – with help for foreigners with English explanations.

Just a 10 minute walk, the park is one of the best places to take the kids in Granada for some educational fun!

The Arab Baths

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Dating back to the 11th century the Arab Baths are one of the most important cultural, historic and architectural places in Granada, symbolising, as they do, the religious chaos of the time. Water was a symbol of purity for the Muslims so the baths were built by the Muslims around the city but most were later destroyed by the Christians. A wonderful glance at the life of people in those times. Not cheap at 60€ for 90 minutes but an experience not to be missed if possible!

Corral de Carbon

Following the Moorish period charcoal vendors brought their goods into the town from the forests to be sold in its terrace and the Corral de Carbon became the trading centre for the area. It is one of Granada´s oldest and best preserved monuments and has a double-arched gate, a flag stoned courtyard and a central well. Once the Christians came the pace was used as a theatre. Take a look it’s easy to picture this place full of traders of theatre goers.

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7-minute guide : Driving in Italy

Italian drivers like to drive fast and aggressively and it is common to see cars jumping from one lane to the other or braking late to an orchestra of car horns behind them. Unlike the UK do not expect Italian drivers to slow down for you or let you out of a junctions. However, Italy has some of the fret European roads to drive along with modern motorways networking the country to the wonderful coastal roads that wind along the Mediterranean coast. Italy is a treat for any driver and by taking a hire car you can get to visit some of the best tourist sites in Italy. Here’s 5 tips on getting the most out of your driving holiday in Italy.

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A trip to visit the settings of Game of Thrones in Spain

If you’re a fan of the most watched series at the moment, start packing your suitcase in order to follow the route that we propose you today and delve into the heart of some of the seven kingdoms of Game of Thrones in Spain! If you’re not one of its staunchest followers or you still have not seen the fifth season… watch out for spoilers! This journey across the Spanish settings of George R.R. Martin’s saga covers the adventures of the GoT characters in a story of power, fantasy and of course, unforgettable places. In virtually every season, the spotlight has been on the green Ireland, main setting of a story that has conquered half the world, staging the castle and the gray days of Winterfell, while the old town of one of the most visited cities in Croatia, Dubrovnik, is the alter ego of King’s Landing. Morocco was the perfect place to recreate Astapor and Yunkai, and in northern Europe, the volcanic and frozen landscapes of Iceland, with Europe’s largest glacier, represent every millimeter of the dreaded Wall.

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Why take out fully comprehensive cover when you are hiring a car?

Every vehicle that is on the road in Spain must have obligatory insurance that covers at least damage to third parties such as other vehicles and people. However, we would highly recommend taking out fully comprehensive cover for your hire car so that you and the car’s occupants are not only fully covered for accidents but also for any damage or theft involving the vehicle. When we go on holiday we do so to relax and take time out and one way to significantly help that is to make sure your hire car is fully covered against any eventuality. Here we’ve put together 5 benefits of taking out fully comprehensive cover with Goldcar.

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