All drivers dream of taking to open roads and experiencing the full thrill that sitting behind the wheel can deliver. Whilst many countries are famed for their impressive public roads, few can rival the true delights found in Germany – with the 5.5 miles straight of Ehra-Lessien one of the most famous.

Driving in Germany

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Driving in Germany brings to mind the freedom of the auto-bahn and German models such as the BMW. This dream can become a reality with Avis car hire as our services operate at all of Germany’s major airports as well as many other locations around the country. Driving in Germany has never been easier with its modern road network and our fantastic hire options combining to create the perfect environment for unbridled driving enjoyment.

German roads

Germany’s network of motorways is one of the longest in the world behind China, the United States and Spain. People imagine the auto-bahn to be a super highway where cars travel at ridiculous speeds. In reality the auto-bahn looks similar to many British motorways making it a safe and efficient choice for travelling from one part of Germany to another. The auto-bahn contains fantastically engineered roads that are well maintained. It’s completely toll free too; so you won’t blow your budget paying to experience one of the wonders of the driving world.

The system for naming the autobahns is extremely simple, allowing you to navigate the roads with ease. Every autobahn starts with the capital letter A, which is duly followed by a space and a number. If the autobahn is one of the main routes it carries a single digit number; for example A 5. If the autobahn is shorter, connecting two main cities or region, then it will carry a double digit number.

Choosing your car

You want a car to provide you with a smooth transition through the German landscape. With Avis this can become a reality as we have a wide selection of vehicles to let you hit the autobahn in style.

There are thousands of kilometres of road to take advantage of in Germany, it is not surprising that people from all over the world want to experience driving in Germany first hand – so what are you waiting for?

For more information about Germany, visit the official Germany Tourist Office website.

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Any surfer will tell you there is no single thing that makes this sport so exhilarating and addictive. Combining athletic prowess, adrenaline and skill with a chance to bask in the warm sun and fresh air, surfing is about more than just catching a few waves.

Australia, with its miles of golden beaches, hot climate and natural reefs is one of the most celebrated places to grab a board and hit the waves. If you’re considering a surfing holiday, the land down under certainly merits consideration.

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Getting there

Flying is the most practical way of reaching the country, with the beautiful landscape more than worth the lengthy flight time of over 20 hours.

As Australia is largely barren some towns and cities are spaced hundreds of miles apart. Upon arriving in Australia car hire is something you will certainly want to look into. Internal flights are available, but these don’t provide the same freedom as private car hire and are not particularly practical for those planning on carrying their surfboard with them.

Renting a car in Australia should be as straightforward as hiring a car in the U.K. Just be sure that when packing your sun cream and surf wax you remember to take your relevant paperwork with you as well.

Surfs up

Surfing is very much part of Australian culture and any trip to one of the larger, more populated, beaches will provide evidence of this. Different beaches cater for different levels of ability so it is worth investigating this before you travel.

For beginners

Despite its reputation, Bondi Beach is a good place to start as there are plenty of surfing instructors on hand to help you learn the ropes. Another good beach for novices is Noosa’s Main Beach in Queensland. This is home to more moderate waves but is still suitable for rookies.

For experts

Seasoned veterans searching for serious swell will find North Narrabeen in Sydney a great option. With some of the most powerful waves on the peninsula it has few rivals – except for Kirra Beach in Queensland where you’re likely to find some of the most accomplished surfers.

Prevelly Park in Western Australia is where hardcore Hawaiian surfers meet for some the most challenging (and dangerous) surfing Australia has to offer – getting that blood and adrenalin really pumping.

Staying safe

Locals of any Australian surf beach will tell you the best spots to hit. Dangers often lurk beneath the water, hidden from view, so gaining some local insight could prove invaluable when it comes to staying safe.

Familiarise yourself with the rules and regulations at your chosen beach and, if new to the sport, avoid isolating yourself from other surfers. Make sure you wear clothing which is clearly visible and attach your surfboard to your ankle securely.

Of course, safety is not only important once you’re in the water and you need to be vigilant when traveling to your chosen beach too.

Unless you want to spend your entire holiday camped in one place, driving in Australia is the only option, but you must make sure the vehicle you select can support your surfboard. Always attach it securely, so as not to be a hazard to yourself or other road users, and ensure you have the necessary paperwork needed to drive in Australia.

For more information about Australia, visit the  official Australia and Sydney Tourist Office websites.

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The subtropical island of Cyprus, located in the Mediterranean, has most of the attributes anyone looking for a great holiday could hope for. The summer lasts on average for eight months and the average year round temperature is a pleasing 21-22°C (70-73°F) during the day.

With miles of sandy beaches such as Larnaca and Paphos, there is an abundance of relaxing space in which to soak up the sun, cool drink in hand. Should you ever tire of the beaches, almost a fifth of the island is covered in spectacular forests of breath-taking scenery and rich biodiversity.

Discovering Limassol

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Limassol (or Lemesos) is geographically the largest city in Cyprus and famous for holding the Limassol Carnival. This is usually held in February and while its origins reside in paganism it has morphed into a modern celebration characterised by fancy dress and street parties.

The Cyprian calendar is full of other great events for you to enjoy too. During the month of May, Limassol’s annual Flower Festival is held to welcome the arrival of spring.

Other festivals include the Festival of the Flood and the Festival of Ancient Greek Drama – so you’re sure to find something to do in Limassol, no matter what time of year you visit.

Exploring Cyprus

Cyprus is a relatively large island and a lot of it is rural and undeveloped. The best way to see its many sights is to rent a car in Cyprus. Taking your own car from the UK to Cyprus makes little economic sense and is far more difficult than catching a convenient flight to the island before renting a car in the local area.

You’ll need to take the necessary documents with you to do this but here at Avis we’ll make sure your car hire options are fully explained so that the process is as easy as possible.

Essentially, our Cyprus car hire is the same as it is in the UK. You’ll get the same high quality service and benefits with support as and when you need it. All our information is provided in multiple languages so you don’t need to worry about becoming fluent in Turkish or Greek before you leave – although learning a few useful phrases is still recommended for those who plan on enjoying some local bartering.

For more information about visiting Cyprus, visit the official Cyprus Tourist Office website.

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The famous birthplace of The Beatles, Liverpool has a lot of contemporary and historical attractions that charm countless tourists every year. With so much to see and explore you may want to hire a car. After all, you don’t want to miss anything do you?

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City of Culture

Bestowed with the title ‘European City of Culture’ in 2008, the tourist economy has received a significant boost and it is not hard to see why. Liverpool Cathedral is widely regarded as one of the finest examples of 20th century architecture and should be on the top of anyone’s to-do list.



Sport fans will surely be excited by Echo Arena, Goodison Park and Anfield Stadium – all of which are within a stone’s throw of the city. If practising your swing is more your cup of tea, then you’ll be spoilt for choice with several fantastic golf courses just outside Liverpool. Once again, hiring a car in Liverpool is the ideal option to connect you to all the attractions and

here at Avis we offer competitive rates and a quality of service unrivalled by our competitors.

Musical contributions

Few people can conjure up a mental image of Liverpool without considering its extraordinary contribution to music. The Cavern Club was where modern pop-rock music was born in the 60s, generating the “Mersey Beat” sounds of The Beatles, Gerry and the Pacemakers and The Searchers.

If a trip to The Cavern Club doesn’t exactly sound like music to your ears, then why not try the Liverpool Philharmonic? One of the most respected orchestras in all of Europe.


The architecture of the city is often compared to London and Bath, in both its beauty and the way it shapes the city. Yet, the lure of Liverpool would be nothing without its famous docks, which have made it home to some of the oldest immigrant and Chinese communities in Europe.

Renting a car in Liverpool means you‘ll be able to see everything the city has to offer, without the hassle of public transport. We offer plenty of flexible options, so whether it’s a short weekend away or an extended visit, we’ll have everything you need to settle into this fantastic city.

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