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Things to see and do in Paphos, Cyprus

Want to explore what Paphos has to offer? Here are the best things to see and do in this historical and culture-packed Cypriot resort.

The town of Paphos is located at the south-western tip of Cyprus, between the Troodos Mountains and the Mediterranean Sea. Despite the fact that it attracts scores of sun seeking tourists every year, Paphos has a fascinating history and is renowned as the birthplace of Greek goddess Aphrodite.

Evidence of the island’s past, which includes the main archaeological sites as well as most hotels and tavernas, can be found in lower Kato Paphos by the sea. The Old Town of Paphos as well as the commercial centre and industrial district are located further inland.

But if you are planning on exploring these areas in the near future, what are the best things to see and do? 

Explore Paphos Archaeological Park

Featuring a unique collection of artefacts that date back to the 2nd Century BC, the Paphos Archaeological Park is a must-see attraction for history buffs. Monuments on display include the basilica of Chrysopolitissa, the Hellenistic theatre and the Saranta Kolones (forty columns).

Wander around Paphos Old Town

On a laid-back afternoon, head to Paphos Old Town and stroll around the local market, where you can find everything from fruit and vegetables to jewellery and lace. In addition to the arts and crafts, you can also sample some local wine, as production goes back as far as 6,000 years. In fact, Cyprus boasts the oldest named wine which is still being made today – Commandaria.

Visit the Tombs of the Kings

Carved out of solid rock and with frescoed walls, this is the last resting place of top officials and members of Paphian aristocracy. Although each individual would have been buried alongside their jewellery and other significant belongings, the Tombs of the Kings were looted many years ago, leaving behind a mysterious stillness.

Take a walk along the coast

From the Tombs of the Kings to Geroskipou Beach there is a paved coastal path that allows you to witness Paphos in all its beauty. More adventurous types may also want to walk all the way from the airport to Coral Bay, just remember to keep cool and stay hydrated.

Out of the city

If you find yourself wishing for some time outside of the city, the district of Paphos has plenty of options. Akamas is a national park just outside city limits and is one of Europe’s most beautiful sites. There is a rich diversity of flora and fauna in the area. A particular favourite among visitors are the loggerhead turtles, which are a protected species and often come to the region to mate. As well as turtles there are plenty of other animals from foxes and hedgehogs through to several species of lizards and snakes.

Akamas is also deeply connected to the mythical past of Paphos. As previously mentioned, Aphrodite is believed to have been born in the area and when you spend time here you can visit the Fontana Amorosa. This is where Aphrodite is rumoured to have met her lover Adonis and the Fontana Amorosa is said to be her Fountain of Love. According to legend, anyone who drinks from this spring is overcome with a youthful sense of desire. Set on the Akamas Peninsula, the amazing Anassa Hotel puts you at the heart of this enchanting landscape and offers a host of luxurious amenities including a decadent spa.


Our guide to the wonderful city of Venice

Considered by many to be at the epicentre of the European pandemic, Italy has struggled to attract post-lockdown travellers. But with currently (August 2020) some of the lowest case numbers on the continent, Italy might just be the safest destination for post pandemic vacations. 

Here's our guide to one of our favourite Italian cities, Venice. 

While the idea of Venice doesn't necessarily conjure up images of the open road, the surrounding area has a lot to offer, best explored at your leisure in a rental car from Green Motion. Take in the sights of this amazing floating city, then hit the road and explore the beaches, mountains and natural parks of northern Italy. 

While you are in Venice, make sure you take in these must-sees in the city:

Basilica San Marco – St. Mark’s Basilica is the third building on its spot on the Piazza San Marco. Two other churches were there previously, the first built to hold the stolen bones of St. Mark. The current is filled with amazing mosaics, domes, statues, and the High Altar that supposedly contains some of the saint’s remains.

Doge’s Palace – A series of 120 doges ruled Venice, and their incredible three story palace predates the Renaissance. The facade features beautiful arches and pink and white marble. The palace is located on St. Mark’s Square. The inside of the palace is remarkable, and filled with artwork. Tours will take visitors across the Bridge of Sighs to the nearby prison cells, one of which once housed famous Cassanova.

Take a Gondola ride – Some may say the gondolas of Venice are a tourist trap, but so are a lot of other fun things! A gondola ride can be very romantic if taken around dusk.

Lido – If you want to escape the city, Lido is an island between Venice and the sea that has a beach on where you can relax. Cabanas can also be rented.

Murano island – Close to Venice, Murano island is the home of the famous glass blowers of the famous Murano glass. Although the island is filled with souvenirs, it is an educational and fun afternoon learning and watching how the glass is blown.

Visit the markets – Venice has great markets where you can buy some delicious food at a fraction of the cost than at the restaurants. The morning fish market is a favourite. Head there early to watch the restaurant owners pick their fish and stay for the old ladies picking their dinners. There is also an organic produce market on Mondays.

Peggy Guggenheim Collection – This is a huge, avant-garde collection of art, comprised of more than 200 artists. There are countless pieces by surrealists, abstract expressionists, and Italian futurists. In addition to works by Max Ernst, Jackson Pollock, and various other big-name artists, the collection also includes local works.

Campanile di San Marco – Built in 1912, this tower is actually a replica of the original Bell Tower of St. Mark. It is said that every last detail of the structure is a match. You can climb up through the inner workings and get a great view of the city.

I Tre Mercanti – This food gallery can be found just a stone’s skip away from St. Marco’s Square. The specialty here is Italian dishes but the cool part is the number of regional specialties from around Italy. There are over 97 pasta sauces here! It’s kind of like heaven, really, especially the tiramisu.

Burano – Another one of the islands around Venice is Burano, which is known for its colorful, block-like buildings. The government actually regulates house-painting on this island. Wander the streets, and admire the many art galleries and shops along the way. 


Zanzibar - our guide to the Spice Island

Zanzibar Travel Guide - welcome to paradise!

Zanzibar is an African island paradise sitting off the east coast of Tanzania. Zanzibar is an autonomous state of Tanzania, and is actually an archipelago, with Unguja (Zanzibar) and Pemba being the two largest and best known islands. Zanzibar is nicknamed the Spice Island, so it’s no surprise that it is an increasingly popular foodie destination. Equally appealing are the powdery white sand beaches and warm waters of the Indian Ocean.

Dining in Zanzibar

Taking inspiration from Africa, Arabia, India and Europe, Zanzibar’s cuisine is as varied as it is delicious. Given its plethora of spices, you can guarantee that anything you eat on the island will be brimming with flavour. A popular dish for locals is biryani, an Indian dish that consists of rice cooked in spices and then mixed together with a fragrant meat or fish curry. Seafood plays a big role in the local cuisine; octopus curry is a delicacy on the island and is cooked in an aromatic coconut-cream sauce.

Attractions in Zanzibar

Immerse yourself in the charm of the historical area of Stone Town. Wander through the narrow streets, taking in the old-world vibe. Make sure you plan to pass by the beautiful cathedral, the Persian baths, the clock tower, and the old fort to admire the architecture. Take a fascinating spice tour on this Spice Island, then head out to the north coast to soak up some of the best beaches in the world. From kayaking, snorkelling tours, and party boats to a beach curio market with local artists or a massage near the water’s edge, there’s a little something for everyone.

Driving in Zanzibar

Hiring a car in Zanzibar will unlock the island and give you a feeling of adventure and freedom. It allows you to explore the island at your leisure, stop in small villages or jump out of the car to take photos of beautiful sunsets and amazing beaches.

Driving around Zanzibar is an adventure in its own right. The roads are a microcosm of the island itself. Around Stone Town they are cramped, bustling, and at times a frenzy of people, traffic, and animals. The roads in the rural parts of the country are wild and open and occasionally you’ll pass a bus of people commuting to work.

Zanzibar car rental

Things to be aware of when renting a car in Zanzibar include parking – particularly in Stone Town this can be difficult to come by so be sure to check the parking situation with your hotel before travelling. Another thing to be aware of for international travellers is the requirement to have a Zanzibar driving licence – this document can be pre-arranged via your car rental company. Police roadblocks are also a common sight in Zanzibar, luckily Green Motion Zanzibar are just a phone call away to clear up any potential situation with the police. When driving in Zanzibar just remember to keep calm, keep your wits about you, and enjoy the experience!


Volcanic adventures in the Canary Islands - the Green Motion guide

Canary Islands Travel Guide

The Canary Islands, a Spanish archipelago off the coast of north west Africa, are rugged volcanic isles known for their black and white sand beaches. Drive your Canary Islands rental car over soaring hills, volcanic landscapes, and through gorgeous canyons; discover beautiful quaint little towns, eat your weight in wonderful Spanish cuisine while marveling at wonderful views.

Dining in the Canary Islands

The cuisine of the Canary Islands has much in common with that of the Spanish mainland, but there are differences that distinguish the islands from the rest of the country. Influences from the islands’ original inhabitants, nearby Africa and Latin America can be seen in dishes such as Papas, thought to have been brought over from South America by the conquistadors. Mashed with a special sauce called mojo picon, this potato dish is served with almost every meal.

Attractions in the Canary Islands

While it’s tempting to kick back on the sunny beaches occasionally dragging yourself down to the ocean to cool off, for those who haven’t just come to the Canaries for the sun sea and sand, there is a plethora of exciting things to do and places to explore. The archipelago is of volcanic origin and offers strikingly diverse landscapes including sub-tropical flora, lush pine forests, giant sand dunes and soaring mountains.

Tenerife

Tenerife is a year-round holiday destination thanks to its warm climate, natural surroundings and excellent tourist infrastructure. Get lost in nature, relax on the beach, climb mountains, go shopping, see a show, explore the old town cobbled streets, go golfing, lose yourself in a theme park – the possibilities are endless!

Above all, make sure your Tenerife experience involves the wonderful local food. Relax on a restaurant terrace with sea views and taste the local shrimps; unmissable.

The south west coast of Tenerife is a spectacular spot for watching whales. Up to 26 species are found just off the coast, including baleen whales, killer whales, dolphins, pilot whales and even blue whales. Tenerife also boasts World Heritage Centres which are well worth a visit; the Teide National Park which houses Spain's highest mountain, and La Laguna's old town with its colonial architecture.

Gran Canaria

On Gran Canaria you will be sure to find plenty of experiences that make every day of your trip special; golden beaches, stunning landscapes, and a big city full of fun things to do. Sail out to watch whales, walk in the Canary pine forests, have fun at a water park, wander quaint shopping streets, visit museums, or just relax on a beautiful beach!

Discover almost 60 kilometres of beach on 236 kilometres of coastline, all bathed in gentle sunshine. Grand Canaria’s UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve features volcanic landscapes, unique Macaronesian flora and extensive pine forests.

The Maspalomas is a surprising mix of desert and oasis in south Gran Canaria. A unique and beautiful natural area with a huge range of ecosystems. The dunes, constantly molded by the wind, change their appearance every day and are one of the main attractions in the area.

Lanzarote

Lanzarote is an island of extraordinary beauty. Its iconic volcanic black sand desert contrast with white sand beaches. With 300 days of sunshine a year Lanzarote is a firm favourite with sun-seeking tourists, but there is much more to this island than just its beaches.

Lanzarote has retained its authentic charm and traditional aesthetic that is perhaps not as easily found on the other Canary Islands. This is mainly due to the influence of renowned artist and architect Cesar Manrique, whose impact can be seen in many of the island’s famous attractions from urban murals and art installations to cave bars and cactus gardens. 

Canary Islands driving routes

Hiring a car really gives you the freedom to explore the picturesque Canary Islands at your own pace. Each island has its own unique characteristics which bring tourists back year after year. Renting a car in the Canary Islands gives you the opportunity to discover scenic driving routes such as the road through the Corralejo Dunes in Fuerteventura.

Canary Islands car rental

You may be on holiday, but it’s worth remembering that Spain has strict driving rules. Swap out those beach flip-flops for proper shoes when driving and be careful with your drinking – in Spain you’re allowed just 0.5 milligrams of alcohol per millilitre of blood.

As in Spain, driving in the Canary Islands is on the right. Speed limits range from 120kmh on motorways to 90kmh on other roads and 50kmh in urban areas. Main roads on the islands are prefixed by letters denoting the island they’re located on – FV- Fuerteventura, GC- Gran Canaria, LZ- Lanzarote, TF -Tenerife.


Car rental in Albania - the Green Motion travel guide

Albania Travel Guide

Between the rugged cliff lines that tumble into impossibly turquoise seas, ancient Ottoman towns that clamber up hillsides and wild mountains that call to be explored, Albania is a destination with something to satisfy every type of traveller. Enjoy the lively atmosphere of Tirana, become a beach bum in Himara, step back in time in Shkodra, hike in the Albanian Alps, and explore the city of a thousand windows in Berat – there is surely something for everyone in this wonderfully diverse country.

Dining in Albania

The most famous food in Albania is byrek, a tasty salty pie made with filo pastry. You will find it everywhere in the country, in different sizes and types. Fërgesë is one of the tastier and best Albanian foods made with peppers, tomatoes and cottage cheese. You’ll find it mostly in Tirana and surrounding areas, because it is a typical dish of the central region of Albania.

With miles and miles of stunning coastline, Albania is of course famous for its wonderful seafood. In the coastal restaurants and in the main towns through the Riviera, such as Vlora and Saranda, you can eat fresh, excellent fish while admiring the fabulous sea panoramas.

Attractions in Albania

Ottoman, Greek and Roman Empires have all played their part in Albania’s history – archaeology fans will marvel at astonishing ruins, as fabulous as anything that exists in Greece – but with a fraction of the tourists. Explore the UNESCO-listed Ottoman town of Gjirokaster, and beautifully restored bazaars, or explore more recent history in Tirana – with its crumbling, communist murals.

Albania driving routes

There are a number of fantastic driving routes in Albania, such as the spectacular Llogara Pass, and the road between Permet and Korce via Leskovik. Click here to read the perfect one-week Albania road trip itinerary. Albania is a dream destination for road trips; towering mountains sit majestically above endless Mediterranean coastline, and the crystal-clear water sparkling invitingly below as you weave your way along amazing mountain roads.

Albania car rental

Rent a car in Albania to explore the gorgeous coastline, tiny villages and mountainous countryside, affording you the flexibility to stop off at every pretty cove and epic view that passes by your window.

Speed limits in Albania are generally 40kph in towns, 80kph outside built up areas, 90kph on major roads, and 110kph on motorways. In Albania you drive on the right hand side on left hand drive vehicles. Albania is a mountainous country and therefore care must be taken on the relatively narrow winding roads. 


Our guide to the incredible South Africa

South Africa Travel Guide

With golden beaches, jagged mountains and national parks full to the brim with exciting and beautiful wildlife, South Africa is the holiday capital of Africa, visited by over 10 million tourists per year. Topping the long list of attractions in South Africa is its remarkable wildlife and amazing natural scenery. From plains, mountains and deserts to coastal and ocean, South Africa’s National Parks and Reserves have a multitude of flora and fauna to explore.

Dining in South Africa

The Braii (South African barbeque), is practically a religion in South Africa. Almost all campsites, parks and picnic spots have built-in Braii facilities. The long and bountiful coastline provides plenty of fresh seafood, and the warm coastal climate gives a Mediterranean feel to much of South African cuisine. The country’s multi-cultural heritage is reflected in the variety of culinary offerings.

In Johannesburg, soak up local food and live music at Neighbourgoods, an offshoot of the popular Cape Town Market, held in Braamfontein. On Sundays, try Maboneng’s Market on Main for local food. This rejuvenated area – ‘place of light’ in Sotho – used to be synonymous with poverty and crime and lined with disused factories. Now, it’s a creative hub and also home to Arts on Main, which is filled with hip galleries, boutiques and cafés.

Visiting Cape Town

Unmissable Cape Town landmark, Table Mountain, is the crowning glory of this diverse and exciting city. Hop on the cable car to the top for panoramic views, or hike up through the Table Mountain National Park if you’re feeling fit. Visit Robben Island to see where Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years imprisoned on the island. Take a stroll down the V&A Waterfront for local specialties like Mulva Pudding in one of the many waterside restaurants.

Visiting Johannesburg

Johannesburg may lack Cape Town’s wild setting but this busy hub is more than just an entry point. It’s an energetic city developing at pace, with an artsy vibe and a bustling food scene.

Start with a tour of one of Johannesburg’s most potent symbols of change, Constitution Hill. This is the site of the Old Fort Prison and its notorious Number Four section, where both Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi served time, and which is now a museum.

A 15-minute drive away in your South Africa rental car is The Apartheid Museum, where visitors are arbitrarily divided into ‘white’ or ‘non-white’ to explore the history of segregation and its impact on South Africa, illustrated with haunting artefacts and images.

South Africa driving routes

Of course, the most famous road trip route in South Africa is the Garden Route. This can be done in anywhere from 3 days to 2 weeks depending on how much time you have to spend along the way. Grab your rental car in Cape Town and add some extra stops to the route, or start at Port Elizabeth and take your rental car on this most infamous of road trips. Check this blog post for the ultimate Garden Route road trip itinerary.

Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park offers what most others don't: the chance for a DIY safari. Many African national parks are only open to those who can afford private tours, but partly thanks to its reliable network of roads, Kruger is accessible to all. You can experience it in your own South Africa rental car, in your own time and in your own way, for a fraction of what you'd normally pay in many of Africa's other nature reserves.

South Africa car rental

Driving in South Africa is on the left with right hand side drive vehicles. Roads are generally good and you may not necessarily need to rent a 4x4 in South Africa. You may find yourself driving very long distances so make sure you stop frequently as fatigue is the main cause of road accidents. Also refuel regularly as fuel stations can be few and far between. 


Réunion – the Green Motion travel guide

Réunion – our travel guide

Réunion is a scenically magical island that enjoys a truly astonishing diversity of landscapes. Expect awesome mountains, emerald forests, tumbling waterfalls, soul-stirring panoramas, energetic coastal cities and a sprinkling of white- or black-sand beaches – not to mention the formidable Piton de la Fournaise, one of the world's most accessible active volcanoes. With its extraordinarily varied terrain, Réunion is a dream destination for lovers of the outdoors.

Dining on Réunion

Reunion Island boasts a rich culinary tradition inspired by the various ethnic groups that make up its population. Sample typically Reunionese dishes, swordfish and bream that’s been steamed, grilled or oven-cooked, as well as raw tuna and marlin tartare, carpaccio or sushi. More modest restaurants will serve up tasty and straightforward dishes in the purest Reunionese culinary traditions, whilst others – located in prestigious establishments and bearing the labels Restaurateur de France, Restaurant de Tourisme or Qualité Tourisme île de La Réunion - are an opportunity for you to enjoy Reunionese cuisine with a modern touch.

Réunion Attractions

Whale and dolphin watching, diving, safe swimming in the protected lagoon and snorkeling in the Marine Nature Reserve of the Ermitage are just some of the coastal activities waiting for you on Réunion. There have been shark attacks off the island in recent years so do make sure you swim only where advised by local signage.

Away from the beautiful beaches, head inland to explore lava fields, volcanoes and lush forest landscapes. The jewels in the crown of Reunion Island, its volcanic peaks, craters and ramparts are on UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites.

Réunion Driving Routes

The Lava Route (N2 road) stretches from St. Philippe on the southeast coast to Saint-Rose on the east coast. This road hugs the east coast and passes old lava flows from past eruptions of Piton de la Fournaise as well as patches of forests. Look out for signposts which mark the year of each eruption and resulting lava flow. You can stop at various points along the way for photo opportunities. The Anse waterfall makes for a relaxing pitstop – there’s a café and WC facilities.

Car Rental on Réunion

The Roland Garros Airport in Saint Denis is Réunion Island’s main point of entry. Green Motion's car rental station is located close by the Airport terminal. Upon arrival, please call +262 262 28 52 52 to arrange your collection. The pick-up point is directly outside of Terminal 1 next to the tourism office, where the branded Green Motion shuttle will be waiting for you.

Kick off your Réunion Island road trip by heading for the west coast on the N1 highway. Just past Saint Denis, you’ll experience what has to be a masterpiece of modern engineering: a long section of the highway is basically suspended above the ocean!


Dreaming of your post-lockdown UK staycation?

Post-lockdown travel is likely to see people vacationing closer to home than usual for a while - let's take this opportunity to explore the magical United Kingdom!

Here are some of our recommendations for your United Kingdom staycation

London

London is packed full of iconic landmarks that any trip to the city must include. Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament are the perfect place to start: truly stunning architecture. Slightly along the river the London Eye is the most impressive of Ferris Wheels and gives the opportunity to see the beauty of this wonderful city from above.

Buckingham Palace and The Mall provide the royal glamour that London is famous for and a short walk back into central London brings you to the famous hustle of Piccadilly Circus and Oxford Street. Slightly further south Trafalgar square and Nelsons Column offer a spectacular history lesson.

Waterloo Bridge might not be the most famous of London bridges, but it does have by the far best view. For a flavour of true English culture Borough market displays the best of English produce. 

While you could get lost for days in London, we would also recommend taking your Green Motion rental car to explore a few of the many hidden treasures which the UK has to offer.

Brecon Beacons, South Wales

This beautiful National park has gardens, castles and caves to explore, as well as 140 miles of rivers and 35 miles of canal.

Cornwall

The beauty of the stunning Cornwall coastline has to be seen to be believed; from the nightlife of Newquay to the quaint St Ives, not forgetting the iconic Lands End, Cornwall is the perfect holiday destination in the British Isles.

Devon

Teignmouth, a picturesque town in Devon on the south coast of England, has been a popular holiday destination since the Georgian times. The traditional seaside town has, in recent years, also gained the reputation of a foodie hotspot. Great food beside the beach, how can you go wrong? Don't forget to stop in at the bustling university town of Exeter on your way through! 

Bristol

Enveloped in the hills of South West England, Bristol has its own unmistakable identity, carved out by passionate locals and spirited fans. Discover things to do in Bristol born out of the city’s centuries-old heritage and irrepressible creative spirit. Float over historic landmarks in a beautiful balloon, seek out world-class street art and follow the sound of live music flowing into cobbled streets.

Kent

The Garden of England - beautiful beaches, stunning castles, exciting culture and delicious food and drink.

Kent is one of the best UK destinations for a day trip or short break, with a multitude of things to do and places to see. With some of the best beaches in Europe - voted by Lonely Planet - as well as art galleries, elegant stately homes, romantic getaways, fun-filled family attractions, and more than 4,000 of exhilarating foot and cycle trails.

Oxford

A visit to Oxford, which dates back to Saxon times, is a trip into the brains of a nation. Tour the hallowed halls of the university and follow in the footsteps of Prime Ministers, poets and the one and only Harry Potter. For leisurely sightseeing, take a trip on a punt (a traditional flat-bottomed boat).

Cambridge

At the heart of this spectacular city is Cambridge University, which is split into 31 architecturally stunning colleges. The most famous is Kings College, with its distinctive gothic chapel and illustrious list of former students. You could spend the day in the bustling market square or punt lazily down the River Cam - either way, Cambridge is a truly idyllic place to explore.

Birmingham

Visit Birmingham and indulge your inner kid at Cadbury World, the famous chocolate factory where you can order a liquid pot of choc with your choice of sweet treat added, from marshmallows to moreish candies. The city is renowned for its dining scene, which ranges from the flavourful family-run eateries of Balti Triangle to its Michelin-star restaurants.

Nottingham

The story of outlaw Robin Hood lives on in Nottingham and beyond. Take a Robin Hood Town Tour to see the sites associated with the folk hero, find the famous Robin Hood statue and run free in Sherwood Forest. There’s even a Robin Hood Beer and Cider Festival.

Find fantastic views over the city from the top of Castle Rock, before visiting Nottingham Castle, Kelham Island Museum and Art Gallery to discover how the city came into being. Then explore the subterranean depths of the Nottingham Caves, with its medieval tannery and enchanted well.

Manchester

A city alive with character, Manchester is rich in art and heritage, and as proud of its music scene as it is of its world-famous football teams.

Lake District

The Lake District National Park is the largest in the UK and boasts England’s highest mountain – Scafell Pike – and its largest lake – Lake Windermere. Visit Hill Top cottage to see where Beatrix Potter penned many of her famous works, or retrace the footsteps of William Wordsworth at his home Dove Cottage, now a quaint museum packed full of memorabilia.

Liverpool

Home of The Beatles, Liverpool has moved on from its industrial roots to become one of Britain’s most dynamic and vibrant cultural centres.

Newcastle

The cities of Newcastle and Gateshead face each other across the River Tyne, in North East England, coming together at the dazzling Quayside. Must-see attractions include the award-winning Gateshead Millennium Bridge and the Angel of the North, a steel sculpture by Sir Antony Gormley.

Scotland

Scotland is not just the land of Braveheart, haggis, and sheep herders. It is filled with castles, stunning lochs and mountains, beautiful parks, and welcoming locals. Wherever you are, you’ll find yourself occupied with rich culture and history. Make sure you visit the highlands for some of the most stunning views and landscapes in the world.

Inverness

Explore the Scottish Highlands – Visit the highlands of Scotland for gigantic mountains, rugged terrain, glaciers, lochs, and kilt-clad Scotsmen. For centuries, people have carved out a living here. While the land may be harsh and unforgiving, it’s beautiful landscape and you haven’t seen Scotland until you’ve been here.

See the Cuillins – This dramatic mountain range dominates Skye and has attracted walkers, climbers and artists for centuries. There are two peaks (red and black) and this can be done as a daytrip or a longer two-day hike.

Play golf – The Scottish invented golf. If you’re not lucky enough to play a round at St. Andrews, there are plenty of immaculate-kept greens to keep any golf player happy. Try to play during the low season (between November and March) if you want the lowest prices.

Try to find Nessie – Visit Loch Ness and try to find the famous monster that is said to be swimming in its depths. When you get tired of that, simply cruise around this amazing lake. The hills nearby provide for good hiking too.

Glasgow

Visit Glasgow University – The university houses an art gallery, museum, and dates back all the way to 1451. You can take walking tours and marvel at the architecture.

See the Cathedrals – The cathedrals in Scotland are marvelous with their unique Gothic architecture and imposing heights. One of the best is Glasgow Cathedral.

Try the local markets – Scotland is full of farmers markets where fresh produce lies at your fingertips. The bigger cities like Glasgow and Edinburgh have several of them, but you can usually find smaller markets in towns outside of the cities as well.

Edinburgh 

Edinburgh is a glorious city filled with beautiful cobblestone streets, parks, museums, history, a castle, and maybe even ghosts. There’s a lot to do here and, after a long day of sightseeing, spend the evening in the pub, hanging out with the fascinating locals.

Spend an Afternoon at Edinburgh Castle – Not only is this castle beautiful, but it’s an important Scottish monument that provides a fascinating history of the city.

Eat great pub food – Pub food is often the best in the country, which is why you see many locals eating lunch or dinner here. Since it’s so affordable, it’s also a good way to eat out. Pubs are a great place to try good beer, food, and even haggis.

Puzzle over Rossyln Chapel – Figure out the Da Vinci code at this historic chapel with its intricate art work and symbolism. The place raises a lot of questions: why is there corn on the wall if it wasn’t discovered until centuries later?

To discover all this and more book your staycation car rental with Green Motion in key cities and locations around the wonderful, historical, cultural United Kingdom


The ultimate road trip - your New Zealand Travel Guide

New Zealand Travel Guide

If there’s a country that’s made for road tripping, it’s New Zealand. This epic landscape of national parks, glistening fjords and rocky coastline is indescribably beautiful. If you’re lucky enough to score a New Zealand car rental, you can have a break that’s as peaceful or action packed as you wish. Spend your days hitting the world-class surf, hiking along the mountainous parks, exploring Maori culture or simply kicking back and taking in one of the world’s only dark sky reserves. Then there’s the cities like Auckand which teem with fascinating museums, galleries and some fine eateries. Pick up your Auckland car rental from Green Motion and have the freedom to explore the country at your own pace.

Dining in New Zealand

While the cities aren’t short on modern restaurants serving up everything from sushi to Peruvian, the real cuisine of the country is found in rural areas best reached with your New Zealand car rental. It’s unthinkable to visit for the first time and not try a hangi, a Maori classic that sees meat and vegetables slow cooked in a traditional underground oven. Then there’s the crayfish, a Kiwi favourite. Freshly caught seafood might not be cheap, but it’s well worth the spend. Finish off with a pavlova, a meringue dessert whose origins (is it Australia or New Zealand?) is always up for debate.

Attractions in New Zealand

You could spend a lifetime in New Zealand and still not do and see everything there is to do in the country. However, a car rental in New Zealand gives you much more opportunity to scoot across the country taking in as much as you can in your vacation. Things not to miss include the astounding Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound, the starkly beautiful Tongariro National Park and the geothermal Rotorua on the North Island. There’s simply no better place on earth for adrenaline junkies. Whether you’re into winter sports, paragliding, snorkeling or simply leaping out of a place, with a parachute of course, you’ll find it all within a short drive.

New Zealand driving routes

The only difficulty you’ll have in New Zealand is deciding on which route you’re going to take. There are plenty to pick from, but a good introduction is the Queenstown to Milford Sound on the South Island. This three to four-day drive is often considered one of the finest driving routes in the world. Pass by glistening lakes, lush sub-tropical forests and towering snow-capped mountains. Stop to explore the fjords by boat (or plane!) and, if you’re travelling in winter, you can hit the slopes. If you have more time, extend your New Zealand car rental and make stops to hike up the epic trails which zigzag up the mountainous terrain.

New Zealand car rental

Sold on renting a car in New Zealand? Good choice. Your best bet is picking up your rental at Green Motion Auckland International Airport. It’s super easy to reserve one of the vehicles, but be sure to do it in advance, particularly around the summer season and festive holidays. A few things worth remembering when you are driving in New Zealand. The first is that they are one of the only countries in the world to drive on the left. The country’s roads are famously twisty, so be extra careful when you are overtaking. And be sure to keep an eye out for animals on the roads! 


​Travels Through Africa: Your Kenyan Journey

Travels Through Africa: Your Kenyan Journey

A gorgeous African getaway, there is a lot going for this destination. Packed with wildlife and long journeys through nature, every eco-tourist is sure to want to visit this country.

The importance of ecotourism in Kenya is becoming increasingly prominent; to cater for this new wave of customer, Green Motion are delighted to announce the opening of our Nairobi location. Our Kenyan franchise offers some great hybrid choices, and even a few electric models to offset your carbon footprint.

There are so many fantastic places to visit while you are here, making it a challenge to choose only a couple as our favorites. However, we are sure that these Kenyan destinations are going to be full of family fun, education, and the chance to better connect yourself with nature.

Things to Do in Nairobi

If you have always wanted to go on safari, you are in luck with Nairobi. You won’t need to use your rental vehicle once on the reserve, because your tour guide will take you to see lions, giraffes, elephants, rhinos, and more as you stop to take photographs. However, tourists are advised to use rental vehicles to travel to locations to avoid unregulated taxi fares. You can get a quote for your preferred rental period by clicking here. Alongside the safari, you also have the giraffe center, as well as the Nairobi Safari Walk. The latter of these is a long wooden boardwalk that takes you over the safari park so that you can watch all the animals below you. A heart-racing experience, and one that you are sure to remember forever.

Things to Do in Mombasa

Green Motion’s core ethos centers around the conservation and protection of our planet and its wildlife, so we wanted to be sure you’re aware of other organizations in Kenya who share the same ideologies. The town of Mombasa is where you really get to embrace nature and help support protected areas.

Hop into your eco-friendly rental car and make your way to each of their natural getaways. Start with the Diani Beach with its white sands and clear waters; home to beautiful marine life. Remaining on the coast, you can move onto Haller Park, which is full of local wildlife such as giraffes, as well as native plants. Formerly a quarry, it was turned into a reserve to help animal life flourish. Finally, you have the Mombasa Marine National Park and the Shimba Hills Reserve; each of which offer the opportunity to see wildlife up close without disturbing nature. Not to mention the breath-taking views.

Self-Drive Safari

The self-drive safari involves a more flexible experience than the guided tours usually offered as you are able to use your hire vehicle to explore the safari site yourself. We would recommend selecting a hybrid or electric  rental vehicle for this activity so as not to contribute to the air pollution currently destroying the reserve’s natural habitats. Going with the self-drive option means that you can go on longer adventures, with no time constraints like you have with the toured version. Usually, you will be part of a convoy for safety purposes, and there will be the option to either camp out or just drive through for the day. It offers a really relaxing way of seeing all the animals you want to in your own time, and without disturbing them in their habitat.

Why Kenya?

Kenyan culture is one that we should all pay more attention to and learn to embrace. Some of the most wonderful people reside in this country, and their wildlife is often carefully cared for and protected. In fact, completely protected areas are plentiful in this region, which gives all of us hope for the continued preservation of our planet. We’d love to hear how your Kenyan adventure went, and if you decided to visit any of the locations that we went through in this quick guide. 


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