Holidays are a time for comfort and relaxation. Whether you are planning a `staycation` at home or a journey abroad, local car rental gives you the freedom to move around at leisure.
Exploring even the best-connected parts of Britain by public transport can be a journey of trials and frustration. England`s southern coast has airports, sea ports and railway stations from anywhere to anywhere, except usually the place to which you plan to travel.
Hire a car within sight of the white cliffs of Dover and head west along the A27. You will pass the site of the Battle of Hastings and arrive at historic Sussex towns such as Lewes, Arundel and Chichester. If you are a sports or culture enthusiast, choose the right time of year to see horse racing at Goodwood, theatre in Chichester and summer opera at Glyndebourne outside Lewes.
Roads to the west and northwest carry you through the lush valleys of the Hampshire Downs to King Alfred`s capital at Winchester and then Salisbury and Stonehenge. You may choose to drive south west towards the Jurassic Coast that starts at Lyme Regis. Park close by and take a walk along Lyme Regis`s curving harbour wall, just as Meryl Street did in `The French Lieutenant`s Woman`.
The Jurassic Coast all the way to Exmouth in east Devon is a World Heritage Site. This is a popular drive during the summer and the going may be slow. But that doesn`t matter, as everyone needs time to take in the sheer beauty of the cliffs and sea. Fossil hunters should ensure they hit the beaches at low tide if they want to find some ammonites.
During the summer months, the coast of southern Spain can be a continuous traffic jam between crowed beach resorts. There`s another world to be discovered by a leisurely drive inland, so first fly to Seville and hire a car at the airport.
You can find out online about airport fees, credit-card charges and local taxes. Seville can be very hot - temperatures reach 47 degrees C in summer - so take plenty of water and make sure that the car`s air conditioning is in perfect working order.
Seville oozes with the historical and cultural legacy of Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans and Moors. It`s an easy city to drive around but leave the car behind if you want to enjoy tapas - small snacks - with a glass of sherry as you explore the city.
You can take a comfortable drive along the A-92 road eastwards towards Granada. The fertile valley of the Guadalquivir River thins as you climb towards the mountains around Iznajar in the heart of Andalucia. Drive around the narrow roads between small villages, lakes and reservoirs. Take in the breathtaking scenery and watch the eagles soar around you.
Drive south from Seville along the E-5 towards Jerez through a landscape of cork oak trees and cattle ranches. Visit Medina Sidonia, the historic seat of the dukes of the same name. One of these dukes led the Spanish Armada against England, but fortunately he didn`t reach the Jurassic Coast that 121 car hire allowed you to explore so comfortably.