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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!