What types of cars do you rent?

Car Hire Comparison UK: Most rental companies categorise the hire cars and broadly speaking, these are as follows: Mini, Economy, compact, Standard or Intermediate, Full Size, Luxury or Premium, Vans/Minivans (also referred to as MPV's or People Carriers), SUV's and, depending on the location, Exotic and/or Special Cars which may include such icons as Aston Martin, Ferrari, Bentley, Lamborghini and so on. The 'vans' or people carriers are typically available in derivatives from 5 seats through to nine seater. Some locations will also have soft tops (convertibles/cabriolets) available, from a sports car through to a family soft top or 4x4 with a removable, canvas top. Compare Car Hire.

The range is exhaustive and we invite you to look at the 'information' section for additional details on individual vehicles and specifications. Remember, that the extent of the range will be dependent on availability, location and country. 

Where can I get my rental car?

The good news is that 'Car Hire Assistant' has access to over 550 suppliers who, combined, have some 30,000 locations in 175 countries. Therefore, if you want to collect your rental car from a large city, small town, holiday resort, sea port or airport, there is an excellent chance that one of the rental companies we use will have an office near you. If you want to collect your hire car from one location and return it to another, this is also possible with some hire companies, although a premium is charged. Many of the companies we deal with also have kiosks or stations at major airports. 

Remember, our service is free, there are no hidden charges or booking surcharges. We search, so you can compare, not just the price of your rental car, but the options, types of vehicles, locations and service. Compare car hire prices with Car Hire Assistant, The UK  Car Hire Comparison Site - Compare Car Hire

Car Rentals made simple

Renting a car, van or people carrier (MPV) does not have to be a stressful experience. Using a car rental comparison site such as 'Car Hire Assistant' can save you  many hours attempting to find the cheapest deals and then trying to compare the hire options on a like for like basis. Moreover, the process of weeding out those rental operators that employ tactics of headline grabbing, low rental costs, only to hit the hirer with a huge list of extras, means you have to remain alert. Car Hire Assistant removes ambiguities with a guarantee of no hidden prices and a commitment to inclusive rental rates. Car options are laid out in a logical manner allowing the renter to compare 'apples with apples'. We also offer additional, complimentary services such as Car Hire Excess Insurance, Travel Insurance and Airport Transfers. Free service and no booking charges. The best comparison site for Cheap Car Hire

Rental Cars in Madrid

Wide range of compact, family, luxury and specialist performance cars for hire in Madrid, Spain through Car Hire Assistant, the Car rental comparison service. Anyone that has had to search for the best car rental prices will appreciate the time consuming nature of the process and the frustration of trying to compare prices on a 'like for like' basis. Car Hire Assistant removes the vagaries and ensures that our prices are presented in a manner that allows you to compare prices, benefits and terms on an equal basis. Your search for car hire in Madrid has brought you to our site and now we can get to work.

We are a car hire comparison site, which means that we will, on your behalf, seek prices from all the rental operators we have in Madrid. The number of rental operators we deal with varies, however, to give you an insight into the depths we go to, we have some 550 rental operators, with in excess of 30,000 locations in 175 countries. As will become apparent, this is an extensive network and maximises your opportunities to get the best price for your hire in Madrid. One fundamental  aspect of this comparison service is that all the hire companies know they are being compared and this encourages them to be competitive. Because none of us want to miss out on promotions and special offers, these will be included with our hire summary for Madrid and they will be marked with a best buy icon. 

To ensure that you are provided with a comprehensive choice, in addition to local rental companies in Madrid, we also seek prices from national and international operators who have rental locations in Madrid. Some of these operators may have several locations in Madrid, at strategic places, such as Madrid airports, railway stations or in the centre of the city.  Some of the companies we may seek quotes from will be familiar to you, they include; Europcar, National, Avis, Sixt, Hertz, Budget Rent A Car, Enterprise and Alamo. 

Although the precise terms of some rental companies will differ, you can be assured that the prices you are quoted for your Madrid rental car will be fully inclusive, with no hidden charges such as airport collection premiums, credit card surcharges or booking fees. Our fully inclusive prices will include; Collision Damage Waiver, Third Party Liability Protection, Theft Waiver and taxes. You will be given the opportunity to review the specific terms of the rental company in Madrid before you book. If you have read to this point, they you may like to know, that in the time it has taken you to get to this point, you could have entered your hire details and received a summary of the best deals in Madrid. We have timed the process and it takes under a minute. It is a free service, we don't add on a booking fee or surcharge for using ours service, so you really have nothing to lose, but everything to gain. 

When you are presented with the summary of hire prices for Paris, you will also be given the opportunity to filter the type of vehicle you are seeking. These are categorised as; Mini, Economy, Standard or Intermediate, Full Size, Luxury or Premium, Van or Minivan (people carriers), SUV and Exotic or Special. The extent of vehicle options available in Madrid will be dependent on the availability for the dates you require. However, some operators also specialise in top of the range rental cars and/or special or exotic cars and these might include; Porsche, Ferrari, McLaren, Aston Martin, BMW M5's and so on. Wide range of compact, family, luxury and specialist performance cars for hire in Madrid, Spain through Car Hire Assistant, the Car rental comparison service.

No matter which part of Madrid you want to collect your rental car, we are confident that we can accommodate your needs with little need to compromise. Remember, we will contact independent and national operators in Madrid, to ensure that you receive the best prices and, the most choice (locations, types of vehicles etc.) If you want to take a look at the specifications of specific models contained within the categories listed above, please refer to the link above. Car Hire Assistant would be delighted to help you find the best deals in Madrid and we hope you will give us the opportunity.

 

Mediterranean Spain which, in spite of Spain having a reputation for sunshine, only applies to one fifth of the country. Nonetheless, it has high sunshine levels, from 6 hours per day in the winter and up to 12 during the summer. Winters are mild, but much warmer than central Spain. Central Spain and the Southern Atlantic coast have a generally low rainfall though winter, although snow can be heavy on the Sierras. Summers are generally hot, particularly in the Guadalquivir valley of Northern Andalucia running out to Seville where some of the highest temperatures are recorded. Sunshine levels average 5 hours per day in winter and up to 12 hours in summer. North and North West Spain can be influenced by depressions from the Atlantic, these areas are characterised by cold winters and mild summers, with a predominance of cold temperatures. Snow and strong winds are also commonplace. Sunshine levels average 3 hours per day during the winter and up to 8 hours in the summer.

According to Instituto de Estudios Turisticos, there are over 12 million visits by British nationals to Spain every year. Street crime (typically using distraction techniques and working in teams) can be a problem, with thieves targeting money and passports. In some city centres and resorts, thieves posing as police officers on foot patrol may approach tourists and ask to see their wallets for identification purposes. According to the FCO, there are a significant number of travellers reporting that their passports have been stolen while passing through the airport whilst arriving or departing the country. Hotels have a legal duty to register the passport details of tourists when they check-in, but you should insist that they take a photocopy of it rather than leaving it at reception.

When driving, it is important to be wary of approaches by bogus police officers in plain clothes travelling in unmarked cars. In all traffic related matters, police officers will be in uniform. Unmarked police vehicles have a flashing electronic sign on the rear window which reads Policia (Police) or Guardia Civil (Civil Guard), and typically have blue flashing lights. The Civil Guard or Police will only ask you to show them your documents and will not ask for your bag, wallet or purse. You must provide ID (such as your passport) if requested by a Police Officer, if you fail to do so, The Police have the right to hold you at a police station until your identity is confirmed. You also have the right to ask them to identify themselves. The Police have the right to hold you at a police station until your identity is confirmed. Another issue to be aware of is so called "highway pirates" who typically target foreign registered and hire cars. Some will try to make you stop by claiming there is something wrong with your car or that you have damaged theirs. If you decide to stop try to do so in a populated area such as a service station and if it is at night, in a well lit area. be wary of anyone offering assistance.

You drive on the right in Spain. Care should be taken when driving in Spain because regulations and customs are different from those in the UK and the accident rate is higher, especially on motorways. It is a legal requirement for motorists travelling in Spain to carry two red warning triangles which are to be placed, in the event of an accident or breakdown, in front of and behind the vehicle. Drivers are also required to have a spare pair of glasses (if needed for driving), a spare wheel and a full set of spare light bulbs plus the tools to change them. If you exit your vehicle due to an accident or breakdown or whilst waiting for the arrival of the emergency or breakdown services, you must wear a reflective jacket or you could face a heavy fine.

As with the UK, Spain has strict drink driving laws. Penalties include heavy fines, loss of licence and possible imprisonment. Seat belts are required for all passengers in the front and back seats. No children under the age of twelve should be in the front seat and small children must be in an approved child safety seat in the back seat. Your car hire agency will be able to provide a seat so let them know you need one when you reserve the car. Talking into a mobile phone whilst driving is forbidden, even when stopped on the side of the road. You must be completely away from the road. Using an earpiece is also prohibited, although you are permitted to use a phone provided your car is fitted with a completely hands free unit.

People tend to drive very quickly on motorways and dual carriageways and although the speed limit is 120 kph cars are often travelling at 160 kph or more. The Civil Guard is attempting to address this issue with the increased use of mobile speed cameras, radar on motorways and the use of unmarked cars. It is worth noting that Spanish drivers do not usually stop at zebra crossings unless they are accompanied by traffic lights, therefore you should take care if someone is following you and you elect to stop. Roads in Spain have improved considerably, however, in contrast to the excellent new motorways (autopistas) and trunk roads, many secondary roads in rural areas and small towns (particularly parts of South West and Northern Spain) are full of potholes and in generally in a poor condition, some may also be quite narrow. Some main roads are also in poor condition with undulations and dips and tend not to be up to the standards of roads that are typical in northern Europe.

It is illegal to smoke in indoor public places such as bars, restaurants, airports and shopping centres. Smoking is also illegal outside hospitals, schools and children's play areas. Fines for breaking laws range from €30 to €600k and are being strictly enforced.

The currency in Spain is the Euro. When changing money, you should always use official money exchange offices or banks, given the possession and/or use of counterfeit money is considered a very serious crime in Spain and may lead to prosecution. ATM's are available in all cities and holiday resorts and instruction are also given in English.

Planning your Trip

Things always seem to go better when they are carefully planned and flying to another destination is no exception. Plan well and all things being equal, you should have an uneventful trip with less stress. Here are the top tips:

Before you leave

  • Ensure that you have your airline tickets, vouchers for hotel bookings, car rental and/or airport shuttle transfers, your passport, visa (if required), money, credit cards and travellers cheques. If you are renting a car at your destination, make sure you have your driver's licence (paper and photo) and, if necessary, an international drivers permit. These items should all be kept in your hand luggage.
  • Familiarise yourself with the 'banned item' list, these change from time to time, but it is important to know what can go in your hand luggage, what must go in the hold and what you simply cannot take with you.
  • Avoid wrapping items such as gifts or presents because these may be opened by security at your departing or destination airport.
  • If you are taking essential medicines, ensure that that they are in their original packaging and, if they are prescription drugs, try and get a letter from your doctor confirming that these have been prescribed for you. Also remember, that is some countries, certain drugs are banned, even if you have been prescribed them by your doctor. If in doubt, check with the airline and/or embassy.
  • Make sure that you choose comfortable clothing, especially if it is a long journey, also be cognisant of the weather at your destination, which may influence your choice of clothes.
  • Check the weight of your luggage. Most airlines have a strict policy on exceeding baggage limits and airport surcharges can be very expensive. In addition, some airlines will not allow you to pay in excess at checkin, which could lead to delays and inconvenience.

Heading for the airport

  • Always remember to allow plenty of time to arrive at the airport. As a general rule, if you are taking an international flight, you should aim to be at the airport at least 2 hours prior to departure. For local or domestic flights, at least one hour.
  • Make sure you know what terminal you are departing from, some airports are very large and the distance between the terminal buildings can be considerable.
  • Allow plenty of time to get to the airport. Road maintenance often happens at night, and this can occasionally lead to unexpected road closures, so check before you travel and allow ample time for your journey. If you are travelling during the day, then traffic may become your curse, once again, check on travel information sites and allow extra time for unexpected delays.
  • If you are driving to the airport yourself, it is advisable to book your airport parking in advance. Many websites no offer this service and it can be much cheaper than attempting to find parking on arrival.
  • If you are using public transport to get to the airport, then make sure you have booked advance tickets and also, that there are no planned maintenance (in respect of railways) or anticipated road works in the case of coach travel.
  • If you are travelling by hire car and intend to leave it at the airport, make sure the rental company has facilities to allow you to drop it off. Not all car rental companies have airport facilities, many are located just outside.

On arrival at the airport terminal

  • Since 2001, airport security has been tightened considerably and, on occasion, additional security measures are employed at very short notice. As a consequence, the amount of time taken to go through airport security has lengthened considerably and it can also be unpredictable, especially if additional measures have been introduced.
  • Make sure you are familiar with what you can take through security, particularly in relation to banned items and liquids. Remember, even if you have purchased something at the airport (such as drinks), you may not be able to take it through security and/or on the airline.
  • You must keep your baggage with you at all times. In part because of the security issues at airports, but also because it will almost certainly contain your essential travel documents and you would not want to lose them or have them stolen. You should never look after the belongings of other people or agree to carry anything onto the aircraft on their behalf.
  • Once you are through passport control and security, make sure you keep a close eye on the 'departure boards', many airport no longer make verbal announcements and you need to know which gate number your flight is departing from. Also consider the amount of time it takes to get from where you are to the gate, some airport are very large, such as Heathrow and it can take up to 30 minutes to get to the gate.

On the plane

  • If you are going on a long journey, then try to relax and get some sleep. For shorter journeys you may want to read a book, watch a movie or listen to music on your MP3 player. So make sure you have packed laptops, tablets and/or music players into your hand luggage.
  • It is advisable not to eat too much on long haul flights, because this can lead to an inability to sleep or indigestion. Move around the aircraft as much as you can to keep your circulation working. If you have flight socks, then consider using them.
  • Avoid too much alcohol, but drink plenty of other beverages to avoid dehydration.
  • Even if you are a seasoned traveller, it is worthwhile spending a few minutes to decide exactly what you need from your hire car. 
  • When considering the type of vehicle you wish to hire, consider the passengers and the luggage. Hiring a Suzuki jeep for 4 people with luggage could really be a problem. All too often hirers count the seats, but not the luggage.
  • If you are going on holiday and want to relax consider carefully whether you want a manual or automatic gearbox. 
  • Most cars have air conditioning as standard, but some of the economy vehicles may not, therefore if this is important to you, check carefully before you book and upgrade to the next model if necessary.
  • If you are not familiar with the country you are travelling to, then you need to think ahead. Planning the journey from your arrival airport to your destination is often overlooked. Do you need a local map, SatNav or will you take written directions? There is nothing worse than arriving at the airport in the middle of the night and getting lost! 
  • Do you need booster seats, child seats or a ski rack? These are often available from the hire companies at an additional charge, but they have to be booked in advance.  
  • Will you be the only driver? Some rental companies will allow a second driver at no additional charge (or for a small fee), but this needs to be booked in advance.
  • It is recommended that you remove the identiying tag from the car key ring and keep it in a safe place until the termination of your hire to avoid highlighting that you are a tourist and using a rental car. 
  • One Way Hires or dropping the car off at a different location can be convenient, but expensive. Most car hire companies allow this option, but it is worth checking the difference between these options and returning the car to the airport terminal. 
  • Check the terms of your hire carefully. Some rental companies will supply the car with a full tank of petrol and will expect you to return it with a full tank. If you don’t, then there could be additional charges levied and the cost of fuel may not be the most competitive. If your car is not provided with a full tank of petrol then you should plan to stop as early as possible refuel. 
  • Before you accept the car, make sure you check the condition carefully, noting any damage, including scratches, dents, tyres or windscreen damage. You should ensure that these are written on the handover form to avoid any arguments when the vehicle is returned. Also remember that, as the driver, you are responsible for ensuring that the hire car meets local road and traffic regulations, this includes, but is not limited to tyres, lights, wipers and brakes. If you are not happy, reject the vehicle and ask for an alternative. 
  • Above all, familiarise yourself with the car before you drive. Being in a different country with an unfamiliar car can be stressful. Take your time.
  • Rules of the road and more specifically traffic laws and regulations vary enormously between different countries. Therefore, whilst your drivers licence may be valid, your appreciation of local driving laws may not. To avoid frustration, fines, arrest or accidents, all travellers would be well advised to familiarise themselves with the local driving regulations before they embark on their journey. Many European countries also impose 'on the spot' fines for offences such as speeding. Also worth noting is that the car hire company will hold you personally liable for any fines incurred whilst you are using the vehicle, for example, parking fines

Guide to common rental car definitions:

These definitions are provided only as a guide and it essential that you refer to the terms and conditions of your rental agreement for specific terms relative to your hire.

Collision Damage Waiver (CDW), also referred to as: Loss Damage Waiver (LDW)
If the hired car or any of its parts or accessories is damaged other than by theft, attempted theft or vandalism, while on rental, CDW limits your liability to the amount of the non-waivable excess, if any, which applies in each country, provided that you have adhered to all the terms and conditions of the Rental Agreement. CDW does not cover any damage caused as a result of theft, attempted theft or vandalism.

Theft Waiver (TW)
It is an insurance offered by the car rental firm limiting your liability to the excess amount in case of theft of the vehicle. This does not over negligence, if for example you can't return the ignition key, or you left it in an unsafe place, you could be liabel for the full cost of the vehicle, as would be the case with most domestic car insurance policies.

Third Party Liability Protection
Offers protection against any third pary liability such as damage to another vehicle or personal injuries to an individual not travelling in the hire car. TPLP typically does not have an excess or deductible amount to pay.

Super Collision Damage Waiver (SCDW)
Covers tyres, roof and windscreen.

Personal Insurance (PI) Insures against the cost if you accidentally kill yourself or a passenger. (Also see ALI below)
 
Personal Effects Cover (PEC)
Covers property that has been stolen from a vehicle.
 
Additional Liability Insurance (ALI)
This is an optional insurance that protects the hirer and other other authorised drivers against claims made by third parties for personal injuries, death and property damage caused by the use of or the operation of the rental car.

 

The top 20 tourist destinations around the world for British nationals are as follows; 1. Spain 17m, 2. France 14m, 3. USA 6.5m, 4. Ireland 3.579m, 5. Italy 3.5m, 6. Greece 3m, 7. Germany 2.372m, 8. Portugal 2.254m, 9. Turkey 1.920m, 10. Cyprus 1.3m, 11. China (including Hong Kong) 1.212m, 12. Egypt 1.202m, 13. UAE 1.1m, 14. Thailand 812k, 15. India 734k, 16. Australia 670k, 17. Canada 650k, 18. South Africa 451k, 19. New Zealand 300k, 20. Pakistan 285k.

The coveted, top 10 most visited countries in the world are; 1. France 75.5m, 2. United States 50.9m, 3. Spain 48.2m, 4. Italy 41.2m, 5. China 31.2m, 6. United Kingdom 25.2m, 7. Russia 21.2m, 8. Mexico 20.6m, 9. Canada 20.4m and 10. Germany 19m.

According to SkiHorizon, the top winter ski resorts were Switzerland, France, Austria and Italy. The French preferred, Val Thorens, Les Deux, Avoriaz, Les Arcs 1800, Les Menuires, The village of Les Coches, Saint Sorlin d'Arves, Risoul, Tignes Val Claret and Plagne Bellecote. For the British, it was; Morzine, Les Arcs, Saas Fee, Serre Chevalier, Avoriaz, La Plagne, St. Anton, Megeve, Puy St. Vincent and Alpe D'Huez. Whilst the Dutch opted for Risoul, Val Thorens, La Plagne, Saint Sorlin 'dArves, Menuires, Les Deaux Alpes, Avoriaz, SFL, Arca and Oz.

Although France leads the league table in terms of visitor numbers, the top spot in terms of revenue earned from tourism goes to America (World Tourism Organisation figures for 2010) of $103.5bn. 2. Spain $52.5bn, 3. France 46.3bn, 4. China $45.8bn, 5. Italy 38.8bn, 6. Germany $34.7bn, 7. United Kingdom $30.4bn, 8. Australia $30.1 bn, 9. Hong Kong (China) 23bn and 10. Turkey $20.8bn.

The worlds safest roads based on the estimated number of road traffic deaths per 100,000 of population are; 1. Netherlands(49), 2. Sweden (53), 3. Norway (56), 4. United Kingdom (57), 5. Switzerland (69), 6. Germany (71), 7. Finland (72), 8. Denmark (74) 9. Japan (75) and 10. Iceland (79).

The top selling cars in Europe in 2011 are; 1. VW Golf, 2. Ford Fiesta, 3. W Polo, 4. Opel Corsa, 5. Renault Clio, 6. OFord Focus, 7. Opel Astra, 8. Peugeot 207, 9. Fiat Punt0, 10. Renault Megane, 11. VW Passat, 12. Nissa Qashqai, 13. Fiat Panda, 14. Citroen C3 and 15. Skoda Octavia.

As part of its strategic expansion effort to broaden its global footprint, Budget Car Rental has substantially increased its position in Spain with the opening up of 60 new car hire facilities in the first half of 2012.

This development brings the total number of Budget hire locations in Spain to 99, and the Company expects to open a further 25 locations by the end of the year.

“We believe Budget has been under-represented in Europe, so we’ve made it a priority to expand our network to better serve value leisure travellers ” said Larry De Shon, president, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), Avis Budget Group. “Our expansion in Spain will better position us to generate incremental bookings and drive sustained, profitable growth across the EMEA region.”

Budget Spain is well placed to serve customers at 34 major airports and in accessible locations in metropolitan areas, including Barcelona, Madrid, Palma de Mallorca and Seville. Budget’s car hire fleet in Spain offers budget conscious business and leisure travellers quality, well-maintained vehicles with manual and automatic transmissions from a range of manufacturers, including Audi, BMW, Citroen, Ford, Mercedes, Nissan, Opel, Peugeot, Renault, Seat and Volkswagen. Budget Spain also offers travellers global positioning system (GPS) navigation devices, child safety seats, vehicle damage coverage options and personal property protection packages.

Compare car rental prices in Spain with comparison site, Car Hire Assistant. Compare up to 800 rental firms, including Budget Car rental in less than a minute and save on your car hire rates. Car Hire Assistant is a free to use comparison service, with no hidden fees or charges.

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As athletes jet into Heathrow for the London 2012 Olympic Games, a new survey has revealed 13 per cent are planning to leave the country in the coming weeks.

VoucherCodes.co.uk has seen a 25 per cent increase in people looking for last-minute travel deals over the last few weeks. Insight from the leading shopping website shows the number of travel deals available through the site is up 46 per cent on last year.

With the biggest sporting event in the world descending on London, a quarter of the capital’s residents say they’ll be heading out of the capital, while another quarter report they would like to escape the tourism influx but cannot afford to.

With an appalling run of weather in the UK and Euro exchange rates the most competitive they’re been for years, it’s no surprise to find that the top getaway destinations are all European hotspots, with Spain topping the list and France coming in second place.

One in ten will be heading to the sun-drenched Canary Islands and one in five (21 per cent) will be following celebs such as Millie Macintosh and Professor Green to the white isle of Ibiza.

Duncan Jennings, co-founder of VoucherCodes.co.uk said: “August is typically one of the most expensive times to go away, however this summer’s sporting events mean travel operators are especially eager to tempt Britons abroad during what will be one of the busiest times of year at home.

“We’re seen huge numbers of deals on the site at the moment, but if holidaymakers want to get the cheapest packages, they could do worse than waiting until September and the end of school holidays, when prices typically plummet.”

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Ryanair is making drastic cuts to its flights Madrid and Barcelona services this winter in response to the rising airport departure taxes which have been implemented at both Madrid and Barcelona El Prat airports.

The service cuts, which include fifteen cancelled routes, amounting to nearly 500 weekly flights, will take effect from November. The cuts, which Ryanair claims are the unavoidable response to the Spanish Government’s doubling of airport taxes at both Madrid and Barcelona El Prat airports will affect 2,300 local jobs in total.

 Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary said: “Ryanair objects to the Spanish Government’s decision to double airport taxes at both Madrid and Barcelona airports. Sadly, this will lead to severe traffic, tourism and job cuts at both airports this winter.

“ Ryanair’s cuts alone will cause a combined loss of 2.3m passengers and over 2,000 jobs at Madrid and Barcelona El Prat airports to other lower cost airports elsewhere in Europe, where Ryanair continues to grow. These route and traffic cuts can be reversed but only when the Spanish Government’s and its airports monopoly AENA reverse these tax increases and cuts its high airport charges”.

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Part of the enjoyment of going on holiday can often include experiencing new things or doing something that gives you enjoyment or pleasure. This will often include sampling the local delights, perhaps by way of a tour or excursion, or perhaps a dinner/cruise, visit to a theme park or a shopping excursion. Whatever your tastes, finding the right sort of event, tour or excursion can be a time consuming process. Car Hire Assistant, working with City Discovery have highlighted a Holiday Treat that may appeal to you, the details are below. For prices or more information about booking, select the link below:

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Classic City Tour of Barcelona

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Summary:

  • Type: Day Tours in Barcelona
  • Departs From: Barcelona
  • Meeting Point: Ronda Universidad, 5
  • Duration: 3.5hours
  • Available: Departs Thursday at 09:00
  • Description of Event: Barcelona

    Barcelona is one of the most beautiful and vibrant cities of Spain and this classic tour gives you a quick overview of its main highlights.

    Explore Via Laietana, the Cathedral and its cloister, Gothic Quarter, Placa Sant Jaume (Generalitat and Town Hall). You will continue on to the Villa Olímpica (athletes residential complex during the Olympics) and the Port Olimpic (Olympic harbor), which you will tour on foot. Afterwards you will ascend Montjuïc Mountain, which offers a panoramic view of the city and harbor. Tour the Olympic Stadium, Palau Sant Jordi and Calatrava Tower.

    Visit the Poble Espanyol (Spanish Village) which reproduces the most typical regional architectural styles in Spain. Here you will also be able to taste Catalan Cava, the renowned local sparkling wine.

    Highlights 

  • Plaza de Cataluna 
  • Via Laietana
  • Cathedral and its cloister
  • Gothic Quarter
  • Plaza Sant Jaume
  • Villa Olimpica
  • Port Olympic
  • Montjuic Mountain
  • Olympic Stadium
  • Palau Sant Jordi
  • Calatrava Tower
  • Poble Espanyol
  • Includes 

  • Services of a guide 
  • Excludes 

  • Meals and drinks
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Personal expenses
  • Optional activity costs
  • Please Note 

    Children 7 years old and below are free of charge. Tour is not available in French and Italian during Thursdays from May to October. During this period, it will be available in German instead.

    For more information and prices, visit our main page – City Tour of Barcelona

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    The annual British Behaviour Abroad report, compiled by the Foreign Office & Commonwealth Office, has revealed staff handled 19,874 assistance cases last year – up three per cent from the previous year.

    The report highlights a significant increase in the number of hospitalisations reported to consular staff among British people travelling to popular holiday hotspots including Spain, Greece and Egypt.

    In the year to March 31st 2012, on average, 70 British people were hospitalised every week while abroad. Over 30 per cent of these were in Spain – of which half were on the islands of Majorca and Ibiza which have seen a steep rise in cases over the past two years. USA and France also recorded significant numbers of cases.

    Minister for consular services Jeremy Browne said: “While the prospect of ending up in a foreign hospital may be the last thing on your mind as you head overseas for a summer break, sometimes things do go wrong on holiday and many people deeply regret not taking out comprehensive travel insurance.

    “We witness many cases where people have invalidated their policy – perhaps by not declaring a pre-existing medical condition or not checking their policy covers a particular activity, such as hiring a moped. Unfortunately they are then surprised that the Foreign Office cannot pay for their bills and flight home. I urge anyone heading overseas this summer to research their destination, take out comprehensive travel insurance, and carefully check the small print of their policy.”

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    British Airways is today announcing the second phase of changes to its winter 2012 Heathrow schedule.

    The acquisition of bmi, which prompted the reshuffle, will further benefit customers British Airways said earlier, with the carrier launching a new three-a-day service to Rotterdam in the Netherlands from December 9th.

    Three flights per week to Alicante in Spain will also launch from October 28th. From the same day, British Airways will operate a new timetable to former bmi routes Almaty, Amman, Baku, Beirut and Freetown. Tbilisi, which will now become a direct flight, will also move over to become British Airways routes from October 13th. All of these routes will be operated by British Airways aircraft and crew, offering the airline’s service style.

    British Airways’ flights to Gibraltar will increase from seven to nine flights a week from October 28th, with additional services operating on Saturdays and Sundays. The airline will also take over bmi’s flights to Dublin. The Tel Aviv route will benefit from an increase in flights from 14 to 20 services per week from October 28th.

    A mix of B767 and B777 aircraft have traditionally flown the route, but from the new year revamped A321s will exclusively serve it, offering customers the World Traveller (long-haul economy) cabin complete with up-to-date audio video on demand and Club World with its fully flat bed.

    Due to poor revenue performance, bmi’s services to Dammam (from September 16th), Bishkek and Khartoum (from October 1st), Yerevan (from October 13th) and Amritsar and Casablanca (from October 28th) will be suspended.

    British Airways’ services to Cairo and Moscow will continue as normal, though bmi’s flights to the cities will cease from September 5th and October 12th respectively due to restrictions on the number of flights the airline is allowed to operate to both destinations. From September 16th, bmi’s Riyadh and Jeddah services will also stop as British Airways already serves these routes. British Airways’ Riyadh service will now have a Boeing 747 on the route, rather than a smaller 777. The flight will be re-timed, as will the airline’s second daily Cape Town service when it is reintroduced for the South African peak season from October 28th, 2012. Both services will arrive at Heathrow in the early morning, enabling customers to land in time for a full working day in London, and increasing opportunities for connections.

    Due to the volume of changes being made to British Airways’ network for winter 2012, these schedule changes will be amended on ba.com in stages over the next few days. Keith Williams, British Airways’ chief executive, said: “The acquisition of bmi is already starting to make a difference and we are announcing significant changes to both long-haul and short-haul destinations for the benefit of our customers. We will have seven new routes: Heathrow to Seoul, Alicante, Leeds.”

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    La Gomera, Spain, is part of the Canary archipelago, situated in a central location surrounded by the Tenerife, La Palma and El Hierro islands. The Garajonay National Park is located in the central part of the island. It maximum height is 1,487 m (Alto de Garajonay). However the central plateau (1,000 meters of altitude) and the formation of radial and deep ravines is the result of intense erosion. It provides an exceptional landscape. The humidity and the cloud from the sea is often stopped on this plateau and produces a “sea of clouds” effect. The park is also a UNESCO World Heritage site and is noted for its laurisilva rainforest ecosystem.  The landscape is also modelled by agricultural terraces that have strong cultural significance.

    Las Ubinas-La Mesa, Spain, is located in the central zone of the Cantabrian Range.  It encompasses an old growth forest, which maintains pristine conditions and high biodiversity. The area also has protected species such as the Cantabrian brown bears, woodpeckers as well as unique domestic species.  It has a rich cultural heritage. Las Ubiñas –La Mesa Park also includes several human settlement sites dating back to the  Neolithic period. It is surrounded by other biosphere reserves such as : Babia, Los Valles de Omaña y Luna, Alto Bernesga and Somiedo.

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