Well it looks as though summer is finally here, and with temperatures topping those popular holiday resorts, it’s a great time to think about taking a ‘Staycation.’

There is so much happening in the UK this year, including the Queen’s Jubilee and the Olympics, so why not hire a car with Avis and explore what’s on your doorstep.

The Queens Jubilee

Next weekend we celebrate the Queens Diamond Jubilee and all get to enjoy an extended weekend to enjoy the festivities. With a number of events planned around the country, it is a great chance to take a short break.

The Queen will be attending the Epsom Derby on the 2nd June which is always a fun day out. Enjoy the sunshine and see if you can make some money on the horses.

Other exciting events include the concert at Buckingham Palace on Monday 4th June and the procession. The BBC have organised a concert with a number of top headline acts. If you haven’t already got tickets then why not head to Hyde Park and watch it on the big screens.

The Olympics

The Olympics are another great reason to take a Staycation this year. Instead of getting stuck in queues at the airports, why not hire a car and enjoy the excitement of the games. The torch relay has already begun, so keep an eye out for when it will be passing by near you.

With Olympic events taking place not just in London, but around the country, there are plenty of opportunities for you to enjoy the sports on a holiday at home.

To find out more about Avis car hire for your Staycation and to read about some popular UK destinations to visit then head to the website.

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We’re pleased to announce that the widely acclaimed Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet is now available to hire through our premium Select Series range.   Launched by Volkswagen in September last year, this is the first time that the impressive Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet will be available to hire in the UK, exclusively to Avis customers.

VW Golf Cabriolet

The new soft top Golf  is a fantastic addition to our Select Series range – just in time for summer!  This sophisticated cabriolet is the perfect option for a weekend break,  and with strong demand from people wanting to buy the Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet, it’s ideal for customers wanting to try before they buy.

Having already received impressive reviews and awards including the title of CarBuyer’s  Best Convertible, the Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet is an apt addition to Avis’ existing range of vehicles and 90 of the new cars have been introduced  to branches in London, Manchester and Scotland.

The Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet is the first soft top vehicle on the Avis Select Series fleet, which now includes an impressive range of vehicles…

If you’ve driven any of these beauties and have any feedback – let us know!  We’d love to hear your reviews.  Please comment below or post your comments on our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/AvisRentACarUK


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There are many destinations which attract tourists the world over every summer but none more so than the Algarve, Portugal.  The Algarve is one of Portugal and Europe’s most popular tourist destinations and for good reason, with with the great weather, beautiful beaches, rich culture and history.

Most visitors reach the Algarve through the region’s only international airport, Faro Airport.  Companies offering car hire at Faro Airport such as Avis offer a variety of Faro car hire options suitable for any number of people and occasion. Travelling by car makes it a lot easier to travel between the various towns to experience and enjoy the best the Algarve has to offer.

There are many places of interest which tourists to this region must visit to really appreciate the best it has to offer. Here are a few of the places you should consider visiting should you find yourself in one of Europe’s top summer holiday destinations.

Sagres’s Beaches

Situated a few kilometres from Cape St. Vincent, Sagres is known for its great beaches and coastline, which attract sunbathers and water-sport enthusiasts. How many towns in the world give you a choice of four different beaches? Choose from Praia de Mareta (the town’s main beach), Praia da Baleeira, Praira do Tonel or Praia do Martinhal.

Praia da Mareta beach, Sagres, Portugal

Barbelote Waterfall

Monichique is a town which does not feature highly in most travel brochures.  However this quaint town steeped in Roman history offers more than walking trails which offer a panoramic view of the Algarve.  It is home to Barbelote Waterfall which is the largest waterfall in Portugal and a breath-taking sight to behold.  It is advisable to take a guide or a map as it not easy to find which is why it remains relatively less publicised and explored. Plus, there is an also less famous “ghost town” in the area to make getting lost a more interesting affair.

Pego do Inferno (Hell’s Pond)

Do not be turned off by the name.  Located in Tavira, Pego do Inferno is a beautiful waterfall shaded by trees and with a nice pebble surrounding where visitors can relax, picnic or just enjoy the therapeutic view of the waterfall cascading into an emerald green lagoon. There are often a few more adventurous visitors making a splash into the lake below but it is a great relaxation point for locals and tourists alike.

Fuzeta Beaches

When travelling The Algarve, you are never far away from a beach. Fuzeta has two beaches, the first a small beach located in the town. It is ideal for families as it is wave free and quite safe. The second which is often referred to as the “real” Fuzeta Beach is the ocean side which attracts a lot of visitors in the peak of summer. The beach extends for miles so there is room for you to have a bit of privacy if you prefer.

Pera – International Sand Sculpture Festival (FIESA)

Portugal is home to the largest sand sculpture festival in the world. This is an annual mega exhibition of sand sculptures held in Pera, Algarve. This is better experienced that described. The sculptures are not the kind you are used to. These are not bucket and shovel sand works by little kids but the work of very talented artist who come from the world over to take part in this great event. The sheer size of some of them will leave you bewildered. Each year is dedicated to a different theme. It is open to the public every day from April to October and is a favourite with families.

Loulé – Carnival in Loulé

One of the famous events across the Algarve is the Loulé Carnival which is held in Loulé. Its takes place annually in February and lasts for 3 days. It is similar to Brazilian carnivals in its style –a colourful event with music, dancing, partying, with flamboyant processions. The centre of Loulé is cordoned off for this event and it you have to pay to gain access to the frenzied atmosphere on offer. In Portugal, it is customary for people to throw “water bombs” so dress prepared in case you become a target or get hit by a stray.

The Fortress of Sagres & Henry the Navigator

Located south-west of Sagres, is one of the most important places in the Algarve and Portugal. It holds monuments of national importance. From the pebble circle which was detected in 1921 and dates back to the time of Henry the Navigator to Henry the Navigator’s fortress which was built in the 15th century. There is an also a breath-taking view from a lovely lighthouse (Europe’s second most powerful lighthouses). Sagres is an area that would be of interest to visitors who like a mixture of history and archaeology with their sea-side relaxation.

Praia da Marinha

Portugal is famous for its beaches so it is only right to end this with one. Located between Armação de Pêra and Carvoeiro, Praia da Marinha. It is a small cove beach. Put simply, it is a place that is to be seen and not written about.

Don’t miss our ‘Great Drives’ blog post with a recommended road trip around Porto.


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From modern harbour towns, through medieval villages, to ancient caves – a drive through Northern Spain takes you back in time.   There’s more to this region than superb architecture.   Head south from the sandy beaches to discover rolling hills, high passes, forests, fields and Romanesque churches.

Map showing driving route through Northern Spain

High points on route include -

1/ Pamplona – Follow in Hemingway’s footsteps

2/ Monte Igueldo, San Sebastian – Live the high life

3/ Santiago de Compostela – Holy city

4/ Guggenheim Museum – Architectural masterpiece

Click here to view the two page driving guide in full

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