One of the most charismatic cities in Europe, it’s not surprising that Dublin is a popular destination for city breaks and holidays. The capital city of the Emerald Isle, Dublin is a great place to visit and has plenty to keep you busy on your city break.

 

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What to do?

There are lots of things to do in and around the city center. Sip a perfect pint of Guinness in Kehoe’s, a traditional style pub with friendly staff and locals, or explore the endless cobbled streets. Around every corner there is something sure to catch your eye – whether you enjoy history, social, shopping and culture, the city is packed with activities.

For those who enjoy exploring the cultural sites, head over to Dublin Castle, the heart of the city. If you enjoy wondering around museum or galleries, try out the National Gallery which plays host to over 2,500 paintings and 10,000 other works of art from the likes of Picasso, Monet and Caravaggio, just to name a few.

If it’s a nice day, go for a stroll in Phoenix Park, one of the largest national parks in Europe (707 Hectors to be precise). Or if you fancy a spot of shopping, make sure you visit some of Dublin’s markets and buy yourself a little keepsake from the city.

For more information on top attractions, check out the official Dublin Tourist Board website.

 

Outside the city.

While there is plenty to do in the city, Dublin is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Irish attractions. We really recommend getting out into the countryside, exploring a little further afield, and as Ireland is a relatively small country you can explore much more of it than you might think.

Rent a car in Dublin and head out into the stunning green countryside to explore everything else this fantastic country has to offer.

Just south of Dublin is Dun Laoghaire – Rathdown – which combines the vibrant feel of Dublin with the picturesque countryside of rural Ireland. Explore the town or take a drive down the coastline and enjoy some of the leisure pursuits the area has to offer. You might not necessarily associate Ireland with a beach holiday but in the summer months, they are some of the most spectacular in Europe and can’t afford to be missed.

Stop in on some of the other towns in the region too to get a real sense of what it’s like to live in Ireland. Towns with great names like Dalkey, Dollymount and Clontarf offer a real insight into what life is like on the east coast of Ireland and there are always plenty of things to see and do.

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This article is part 2 of the best driving roads in the world. What elevates a road beyond the simple tarmac is different in each case and here are the final five additions to our list (#6-10).

6. Iroha-zaka, Japan

Away from the metropolis of the main Japanese cities, you will find a beautiful tranquil countryside. And what better way to experience rural Japan than on the Iroha-zaka?

Connecting Nikko and Oku-Nikku, the road winds it’s way through the mountains and plains like a waterfall. With many challenging sharp turns and steep slopes, it’s a great route to experience.

 

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7. Great Ocean Road, Australia

Running along the southern coast of Australia, this incredible road is famous the world over for its beauty. Spot the Twelve Apostles rock formations and marvel as you pass through eucalyptus forests with koala bears sitting in the trees.

The road was built by returning soldiers from the First World War and to this day remains the world’s largest war memorial. Rent a car at Adelaide airport and head east along this stunning road for an unforgettable experience.

8. Col de Turini, Italy

The World Rally Championship has been held on this road for the last 50 years which should give you some indication about its qualities. It’s narrow, curvy, and weaves around the mountainous terrain… a driver’s dream.

It also comes with some beautiful views of the Italian countryside so stop at a convenient point and enjoy the view. Once you’ve safely navigated down the slopes, take a quick look up and marvel at the beauty of the Italian Alps.

9. The Schwazwald, Germany

Ever dreamt about driving through the Black Forest? Well you can. The Schwazwald, located in South West Germany, is one of its finest roads featuring smooth sweeping turns all elevated above the forest.

The drive takes you on a picturesque stretch from Baden Baden to Freudenstadt, presenting truly stunning views of the forest. A head-start in the morning can be important as the road maybe busy at times.

10. Betws-y-Coed Triangle, Wales

This breathtaking mountain road is a little different to most others you’ll find in the UK. You’ve probably seen it on TV or in countless car commercials and magazines and with car rental in Wales you can travel along this iconic stretch and many others.

Whilst you’re in Wales, why not also enjoy a trip to the stunning Snowdon and Snowdonia mountains, or one of Wales’ many castles?

We hope you enjoyed our top 10 roads around the world.

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We have put together our top 10 most famous roads in the world for those looking for travel inspiration. Whether you enjoy scenery or adventure, there is something for everyone in this list.

Read on to see roads 1-5 in our countdown

1. Lombard Street, San Francisco

The name might not be immediately recognisable but the chances are that you’ve seen this street on TV and films many times. It has appeared in movies from the likes of Hitchcock to even animated series such as the Simpsons. Its unusual winding shape makes it so memorable. Located on a steep hill in San Francisco, this road zig-zags its way down the hill surrounded by beautiful flower beds and shrubberies.

When renting a car from San Francisco’s airport, it is a must that you visit this location. Make sure hire car from San Francisco airport and step into a scene from your favourite movie.

2. Champs-Élysées, France

One of the most iconic roads in the world, this main thoroughfare in Paris leads right up to the base of the Arc de Triumph. It is a postcard worthy scene in Paris, so whether you travel by car or simply want to visit by foot it is a must visit when in the city. It is also the traditional finishing place of the Tour de France which means it has extra significance for cyclists. It might not be the best driving road in the world, traffic does get a little busy, but it’s definitely worth driving down if you’re going to rent a car in Paris.

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3. The Overseas Highway, Florida Keys

Another road made famous by the movies, is the enormous bridge that links the islands of the Florida Keys to provide a cinematic drive that is literally on the water. If you drive along the bridge at the right time of day you will enjoy some stunning views and sunsets. This vast 127.5 mile long stretch of road is a great journey to take if you enjoy long scenic drives.

4. The Atlantic Road, Norway

This five mile stretch of road has become famous because of both the spectacular scenery and unpredictable weather. Rising above some very dramatic coastline and then falling again towards the water, it almost feels like you’re driving on the sea itself.

On a good day you might even catch a glimpse of a whale or two just off the coast. Hire a car in Norway and take on this incredible stretch for a driving experience you won’t forget.

5. Stelvio Pass, Italy

The highest paved road in Europe crossing the Alps, this is an incredible road but one that only confident drivers should attempt. At nearly 10,000 feet, this can get a little scary at times but while the location will get your adrenalin pumping the views will more than certainly take your breath away.

The next instalment of our top 10 roads is coming soon.

 

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Let Avis take you on an inspiring journey this Christmas with two-time Academy Award® winner Emma Thompson and fellow double Oscar® winner Tom Hanks.  Disney’s “Saving Mr. Banks”; inspired by the extraordinary, untold back story of how Disney’s classic “Mary Poppins” made it to the screen. Set in 1960 California, the film tells the tale of a time Walt Disney’s daughters begged him to make a movie of their favourite book, P.L. Travers’ “Mary Poppins,” he made them a promise-one that he didn’t realize would take 20 years to keep.

In his quest to obtain the rights Walt comes up against a curmudgeonly, uncompromising writer who has absolutely no intention of letting her beloved magical nanny get mauled by the Hollywood machine. But, as the books stop selling and money grows short, Travers reluctantly leaves her beloved London  and agrees to go to Los Angeles to hear Disney’s plans for the adaptation.

 

For those two short weeks in 1961, Walt Disney pulls out all the stops. Armed with imaginative storyboards and chirpy songs from the talented Sherman brothers, Walt launches an all-out onslaught on P.L. Travers, but the prickly author doesn’t budge. He soon begins to watch helplessly as Travers becomes increasingly immovable and the rights begin to move further away from his grasp.

It is only when he reaches into his own childhood that Walt discovers the truth about the ghosts that haunt her, and together they set Mary Poppins free to ultimately make one of the most endearing films in cinematic history. Inspired by true events, “Saving Mr. Banks” is the extraordinary, untold story of how Disney’s classic “Mary Poppins” made it to the screen-and the testy relationship that the legendary Walt Disney had with author P.L. Travers that almost derailed it. ©Disney

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