Sign in

Blog

Prague in the Snow

Surely, there is nowhere prettier in the snow than Prague with its beautifully preserved antique streets - like a fairytale – and festive Christmas markets where cinnamon-scented rolls (known as Trdelník) and too much mulled wine (known as svařák) makes you purchase strange and quirky presents and way too many Christmas decorations. There are several Christmas markets in Prague, with the market in the Old Town Square being the largest and most well-known.

Although pretty, do be aware that Prague is also very cold in December, which only makes its richly decorated restaurants seem all the cosier. Sit in its Art Nouveau interior cafes or trendy underground bars where you can warm yourself with roast game and wine.

If you’re travelling with children, or are a big kid yourself, then we’d recommend that you spend some time at Prague Zoo (voted the 4th best zoo in the world). In winter, the zoo features a Christmas program which is great even without the kids, you just need to be an animal lover.

And if you’re in Prague on the 5th of December, don’t miss out on seeing St Nicholas (Mikuláš). St Nicholas, or Mikuláš, is usually accompanied by devils and angels who come to find children who have been naughty as well as children who deserve a treat. The Mikuláš tradition is usually staged in every square of the Christmas market where you can see them roaming the streets.

Lastly, what is a winter paradise without some ice-skating? Prague has a number of good ice-skating spots, such as the Ovocný trh which is usually less busy or head to Prague 3 where you can skate under the giant TV Tower. 

Winter, specifically Christmas, in Prague is absolutely stunning, helping you to recapture the magic of the Christmas season. 


Dominican Republic - luxury or adventure?

Need advice on where to go on your Dominican Republic adventure?

Santo Domingo, the oldest city in the “New World” and also the biggest city in the Caribbean, is full of energy, history and culture.

Santo Domingo is the centre of everything in the Dominican Republic, from clubs to some of the oldest surviving buildings in the Caribbean.

You must see Malecon, the seaside walkway which stretches along the Caribbean and is particularly enchanting in the evenings. 

Zona Colonial is the oldest part of the oldest city of the Americas which is beautiful with cobbled streets, museums and churches to explore.

If you get tired of the tourists crowds, there are many deserted beaches as well as Playa Limon where you can find cave paintings at El Pomier.

For those a bit more adventurous, you can take a brisk climb up Pico Durante which is the Caribbean’s most weighty peak. The picture point at the top of ocean views is not to be missed.

There are also a large variety of sailing sports off of Cabarete which is one of the best kite surfing destinations.

Or you can also very easily make your Dominican holiday one of luxury with coconuts, palm trees and clear waters at one of the many all-inclusive resorts. 

We would highly recommend a bit of both worlds - mixing in luxury and adventure.  


Experience where the locals go and do in Rome

In general, many tourists don’t visit any of Rome’s beautiful parks. Villa Pamphili, in particular, is the largest public park in Rome and is probably also the most well-kept and beautiful. Go for a walk – or even a run – to get a sense of where the locals escape to.

After a long walk, why not experience one of the largest parts of the Italians life and culture. I am obviously talking about food. Instead of merely dining at a delicious local restaurant, we recommend taking a cooking class such as Mamà – Laboratori di Cucina near the Salaria. The classes are in Italian so it helps if you can speak a bit or bring a friend who can translate for you. There’s even prosecco to enjoy while you’re cooking – and lot’s of it!

If you’re looking for adventure, we could recommend that you rent a hire car and drive to Bomarzo. The private park dates back to the 16th century when a rather eccentric prince, Vicino Orsini, commissioned grand statues of mythical creatures – mostly of monsters and dragons – which are spread throughout the park.

Or if you want to journey by bike, then pedalling around Villa Borghese is a must. Villa Borghese is a landscaped garden and the third largest public park in Rome. You can access the park from several districts in the city, being Pinciano, Flaminio and Salario.

After a long day of sightseeing, enjoying a gelato is the best way to wind down. Remember to say ‘yes’ to panna which is whipped cream! You’ve done a lot of walking / cycling so you won’t need to worry about the calories. 


Not to be missed stops in Florida

Dreaming of your next holiday to Florida and want to get started on your check-list of where to go? Then we've got the perfect destinations for you!

Everglades National Park, Florida

Certainly an attraction not to be missed during your visit to Florida is the Everglades National Park. The park is an adventurers dream with hiking and canoe trails, tram and airboat tours, wildlife watching and camping.

Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando, Florida

You can’t go to Orlando without taking a trip to Disney World – whether you are travelling with children or not! You must first understand that Disney World is huge with 4 main theme parks and 2 water parks, you could spend several weeks here before you see and do everything on offer!

South Beach, Miami, Florida

South Beach’s reputation as a trendy and sociable scene is well deserved with its sun and sandy beaches, relaxed lounges and lively dance clubs (many operating until dawn). We’d also recommend that you take a stroll through South Beach’s Art Deco district which has over 800 candy-coloured art deco-style structures.

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Known as the ‘Venice of America’ or the ‘Yacht Capital of the World,’ Fort Lauderdale is home to over 50,000 private yachts making it a dream destination for boaters. Every year the city hosts the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show which is the largest show of its kind in the world. 


What happens to your car when winter strikes

Whilst driving abroad it's important to adhere to the driving laws in that country. Failure to do so could result in a fine or temporary loss of your vehicle.

Wherever you drive, you are responsible for equipping and controlling your vehicle correctly. You may be liable to a fine if you impede the normal flow of traffic or cause an accident as a consequence of not adapting your vehicle (tyres/snow chains) to suit weather and road conditions.

In Italy from November 15 to April 15 in many Italian provinces it is mandatory to travel equipped with either winter tyres or snow chains on board specific to the type of vehicle rented. The following rental stations are already equipped with winter tyres or chains with no extra charge:

  • Green Motion Bologna Airport
  • Green Motion Bologna Railway Station
  • Green Motion Milan Railway Station
  • Green Motion Milan Malpensa
  • Green Motion Venice Airport
  • Green Motion Venice Downtown
  • Green Motion Venice Railway Station Mestre

We recommend you check in advance whether your travel itinerary or any stretches of road you may drive through fall under this obligation.

Winter tyres are made from a different rubber compound so they don’t harden when it is cold, providing increased grip on the road and greater safety.

Motorists will benefit from using winter tyres whenever the temperature dips below seven degrees centigrade. They are suitable not just for snow-bound roads but are effective on slush, ice, frost and even wet roads, providing improved road handling and reduced stopping distances.

Snow chains

Snow chains are compulsory in some parts of Europe (depending on local conditions) although different countries have different snow chain laws, so it is important to check these before travelling abroad.

The use of snow chains is taken very seriously in relevant countries, with heavy fines potentially issued for failing to carry them. In addition, if your vehicle is involved in an incident where snow chains should have been used, it is automatically considered to be your fault.

To be on the safe side, you should always carry snow chains when visiting the countries outlined above and use them wherever and whenever necessary.

Only use snow chains when the road surface is covered in snow or ice. If you try to use chains on a road that has been cleared of snow and gritted, you risk damaging the road surface and your vehicle.

We cannot be held liable for any loss howsoever arising as a result of any errors or omissions in the information below.

Country Snow Tyres Snow Chains
Belgium There is no legal requirement for the use of snow tyres. You are permitted to use snow chains where there is ice or snow, but this is not a mandatory requirement.
Cyprus There is no legal requirement for the use of snow tyres.
Finland Whilst travelling in Finland between 1 December and 31 March it is a legal requirement
to use snow tyres.
You are permitted to use snow chains but this is not a mandatory requirement.
Greece There is no legal requirement for the use of snow tyres.
Iceland Between 1 November and 14 April and it is a legal requirement to use snow tyres.
Ireland There is no legal requirement for the use of snow tyres. You are permitted to use snow chains but this is not a mandatory requirement.

Italy In Italy from November 15 to April 15 in many Italian provinces it is mandatory to travel equipped with either winter tyres or snow chains on board specific to the type of vehicle rented. We recommend you check in advance whether your travel itinerary or any stretches of road you may drive through fall under this obligation. You should carry snow chains when travelling in Italy. Road signs across Italy indicate when snow chains are compulsory.
Latvia If your vehicle weighs less than 3.5 tons, then between 1 December and 1 March it is a legal requirement to use snow tyres. You are permitted to use snow chains but this is not a legal requirement.

Lithuania Whilst travelling in Lithuania between 10 November and 1 April it is a legal requirement to use snow tyres. You are permitted to use snow chains but this is not a legal requirement.

Netherlands
There is no legal requirement for the use of snow tyres. You are permitted to use snow chains where there is ice or snow, but this is not a mandatory requirement.

Serbia Whilst travelling in Serbia it is compulsory to use snow tyres. You should carry snow chains when travelling in Serbia.

United Kingdom There is no legislation requiring the use of snow tyres. You are permitted to use snow chains but this is not a mandatory requirement

Please be safe this winter, and do everything you can to avoid a winter automobile accident. Contact your Green Motion branch for more information on how to stay safe this winter throughout your travels.

We strongly recommend you check The European Commission which has additional information on international traffic rules concerning winter tyres.


​Travel back in time in Romania

Travel back in time in Romania where you can visit quaint villages sprinkled with haystacks and horses within the Transylvanian countryside. Here are some tips on travelling through Romania.

The towns look like storybooks with our top recommendations being Sibiu located in the Transylvanian region and is as idyllic as they come, Timisoara which is the historical capital of the Banat region and Brasov whose Bran Castle inspired Bram Stoker to pen Dracula.

The mountains are seducing such as the Carpathian Mountains which are home to one of Europe’s largest undisturbed forests. Around 60% of the population of European brown bears live in the Carpathian Mountains as well as 400 unique species of mammals.

Everyone hitchhikes which means no one will think that you are a serial killer for trying to catch a ride, however as many of the locals also hitchhike you will have some competition! Much easier to rent a car from Green Motion Bucharest.

Vampires are real – how else do you explain all of the charming and beautiful Romanian people?