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A Little Slice of Paradise – International Beach Beauties

Lounge in a beach chair, soak up some golden rays, frolic in gently rolling waves, build sandcastles and collect shells, or meander down a dusty trail. When you’re deciding how to spend your vacation days, Kemwel can help you find the perfect inexpensive transportation to experience the destinations that fit your idea of a little slice of paradise.

CABLE BEACH, Australia

Beaches - couple walking towards beach chairs_97745348On the northwestern coast of Australia, Cable Beach is 22 kilometers of glistening white sands and the gorgeous blue-green hues of the Indian Ocean. With that kind of mileage, there’s no worry of rubbing elbows with the next blanket full of picnicking sun-bathers as you raise your beverage for a drink! If you’re feeling ambitious, rent a surf or boogie board to ride the waves, or simply recline under the shade of a beach umbrella. Tour operators offer camel rides, which can be a fun activity for the family, or a romantic sunset adventure. Further attractions include The Horizontal Falls, a natural wonder best experienced from an aerial, plane view, the interactive Crocodile Park, and another time-sensitive sight, the Staircase to the Moon. There is a clothing optional section of the beach to the North End, so if you’re of a more modest mindset, you might want to avoid this area. This destination is at its peak potential between March and October!

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A Ship’s prow rock formation

CATHEDRAL COVE, New Zealand

Navigate the walking track that takes you past both Gemstone and Stingray Bay until you pass beneath the peaked, stone arch that leads you to Cathedral cove. As you approach the opening on other side, you’ll notice what appears to be the prow of a ship rising in the distance. In actuality the rock pinnacle that you’re seeing has been shaped over time by the elements, but it lends a very Pirates of the Caribbean air to the snug cove. You’ll want to bring any books, towels, games and food along with you for a day of leisure, as there are no restaurants or other businesses to cater to your needs in the immediate vicinity. This intimate setting is accessible by foot, or water vessel, so leave your car rental parked in town.

Beaches - poppy flowersMONTANA DE ORO STATE PARK, US

When I was a little girl, my family would often visit Montaña De Oro for the Beaches and mountain scenery over the summer holidays. While it doesn’t offer crystal-clear turquoise waters or expanses of finely-grained sand, it is still a place that I enjoy and recommend to others after all these years. The main beach is split between a sandy and a pebble and shell strewn area. Dig your toes into the sand, or look for jade and unbroken sand dollars. If you glance back at the bluffs that overlook the Pacific Ocean, the bright red hue of the poppy flowers catch your eye as they sway in the breeze. There are a series of small secluded beach nooks further along the coastline that can only be reached by taking the narrow and often steep trail that connects them. Each has its own unique and interesting features and it is not difficult to find ones empty of tourists to make your own haven for a short while.

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Flying buttresses at the Beach of the Cathedrals

PLAYA DE LAS CATEDRALES BEACH, Spain

If you’re of an inquisitive nature as opposed to a relaxed approach during vacations, visit the Beach of the Cathedrals. Explore the sea caves that vary in size from mere cracks in the landscape to large chambers that become exposed at low tide. The natural arch formations resemble the flying buttresses that are such a prominent feature of historic cathedrals, which gave the beach its name. You’ll get all the sands, surf and sun you could hope for, as well as interesting scenic features to discover, all a short drive from Ribadeo, Spain

JASNA LAKE, Slovenia

Lakes, the forgotten beach-baring sister

Lakes, the forgotten beach-baring sister

While seaside beaches get the lion’s share of the glory, their inland sisters all too often are the wallflowers when in fact they have a charm all their own. Jazna Lake is an alpine beauty set amidst Slovenian Mountains.The lake is guarded by the peculiar statue of the Zlatorog (Goldhorn), who reigned from the range surrounding Triglav, where he hid his treasure according to local tales. While it’s unlikely you will find the manifestation of this golden, folkloric figure, you can still enjoy the bounty of his kingdom. While Slovenia may be short on ocean frontage, it has plenty of trails that lead to panoramic peaks, lush green forests and cool, clear waters that are the perfect complement to an outdoor escape.

Beaches Lake Atitlan_154182032ATITLAN LAKE, Guatamala

Another lake sister, Lake Atitlán, offers up rich Mayan heritage above and below its deep waters. While the towns that surround its shores still hold to aspects of Mayan culture and dress, there are remnants of long past villages that can, under the right circumstances, be seen beneath a clear surface. Many a entrepreneurial boatman will allow you a ride on the lake for a price if you flag them down from a jetty. Although tourism is constantly on the rise, there is still much unspoilt beauty and a firmly relaxed atmosphere in abundance in the lakeside communities.

From lakeshores to seashores, Kemwel is here to lend advice and offer pertinent recommendations to ensure your next trip isn’t ALL wet—It’s a fast and simple process to confirm your rental car with the Kemwel car rental booking engine. If you would like more details about driving abroad, or on the variety of car hire services available with Kemwel, please view our information pages!


Golfing and Fishing in Algarve, Portugal

Fishing in Algarve

The Algarve in Portugal has plenty of excellent golfing and fishing spots for the keen golfer and fervent fisherman. These activities make a holiday to Portugal extremely exciting and offer some beautiful views of the ocean, the mountains, and the landscape while you enjoy your favorite sport.
If you are keen to spend your holiday fishing in Algarve, Portugal, or enjoying a golfing holiday in Portugal, then here are the top fishing and golfing opportunities available:

 

Golfing

There are plenty of golf courses in the Algarve that are easily accessible by car, although it is advised that you book your stay and course in advance of your arrival to ensure there is a spot for you.
Golfe dos Alamos

Golfing Holiday in Portugal
The varied landscape of the Golfe dos Alamos course is located just north of Portimao. The course has two lakes and spectacular views of the mountains, as well as a bar that offers drinks and light snacks, and a high-end restaurant for evening dining. It’s also possible to hire your clubs, trolleys and buggies. The greens here are exceptional and include chipping and putting greens.
Alto Club Golf

Algarve Golf Courses
The last course to be designed by golfing champion Sir Henry Cotton, the Alto Club Golf Course is great for players with low handicaps, as well as golfers with an average level. Surrounded by the Monchique mountains, the course runs through two valleys and offers unbeatable views. It also features a gorgeous club house that was built in 2003 and is close to its 18th hole, a must-do hole for any golfer in the Algarve.

 

Fishing

The Algarve has great choices for sea fishing and freshwater fishing, and is perfect for a family holiday, a couples fishing break or a solo getaway. Please note that an electronic license is needed for fishing in Portugal and depends on which type of fishing you want to do. There are fishing competitions held for men, women and children throughout the year.
Sea Fishing

Sea Fishing in Algarve
Portugal is located on the Continental shelf – a platform underwater that extends out to the Atlantic Ocean – which means there is a great number of fish and great diversity in the sea. Expect to find large tuna and shark, as well as smaller sardines, bass, mackerel, salmon and blue fish. There are a number of excellent locations for sea fishing. For role fishing the Algarve Coast, Sagres, and Cape St. Vincent are ideal. For beach casting you can head to the Alentejo Coast, Povoa de Varzim, Lagos ad Vila Real de Santo Antonio. For deep sea fishing you can find spots off Sines, Peniche and Nazare.
Freshwater Fishing

Freshwater Fishing Algarve
The freshwater fishing season runs from April to November and can only take place between sunset and sunrise. Salmon fishing is only allowed during the salmon fishing season. For trout you can fish in the Minho, Alge and Lima rivers, as well as Lagoa Comprida, for bass the Agueda River region is ideal, as are the Algarve dams and the River Sado, and you can find salmon in the Lima and Minho rivers.


Planning Your Own Fishing or Golfing Holiday in Algarve

Of all the natural beauty and cultural gems in Portugal, fishing and golfing enthusiasts will be especially delighted with all the opportunities presented in Algarve. While planning your next leisure trip remember that Kemwel offers some of the best travel deals on everything from cheap car rentals in Portugal to cozy hotels and more. Simply browse our rates online or give our friendly travel experts a call, toll-free at 1-877-820-0668.

Algarve Holidays

 


Scenic, Playful & Adrenaline-Infused Snowtivities

For those scheming to take an alpine ski trip in the upcoming months, whether with friends, family or flying solo, Kemwel has compiled some suggestions to supplement your snowtivities!

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Airborne Adventures | Chamonix | France

Located on the France/Switzerland border, Chamonix is depicted primarily as a ski destination nestled in the snow-capped peaks of the French Alps. What you may not realize is all of the ways you can also experience the majestic beauty of this alpine destination without ever touching a ski pole!

While some people may feel a level of trepidation initially in going airborne, choose the means that makes you feel the most secure knowing the unimpeded views of Chamonix and the French Alps will be well worth it! Take your family aloft in a hot air balloon. Where the footfalls of winter boots and swoosh of skis would resound across the snow-laden landscape, your bSnowtivities Ibex pausing-122603941irds-eye view allows you a level of anonymity to catch a glimpse of woodland and mountainous creatures alike. A Capra Ibex as it pauses in a clearing, a lynx slinking between the trees, or perhaps a royal eagle soaring in the distance.

If you’re feeling more adventurous, have you ever considered a paragliding expedition? Mieusey, just west of Chamonix, is the self-proclaimed creator of the sport. Paragliding lessons are available if you’d prefer to experience the wonder of free-flight alone, or professionals can take you on a tandem flight.

For the most comfort, without losing access to the spectacular views, take a helicopter tour of the area. There are a variety of local companies that offer these exciting services not just during the winter, but all year long! There’s much more to see in Chamonix, so whether you pick up your car rental from Geneva on the French or Swiss side, or confirm your rental car from Chamonix itself, don’t miss out on any of these high-flying activities!

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Well Grounded | Bergün | Switzerland

Take a scenic journey that begins and ends in the quaint valley town of Bergün, Switzerland. Grab your toboggans and for a few francs, board the Rhätische Bahn, an alpine train that will transport you through the unspoilt climes of the Albula Alps. Traverse winding tunnels and stone bridges until you reach the summit of the Albula Pass in Preda. Typically closed to vehicular traffic during the winter season, this byway becomes a sledder’s paradise. Warm the cockles of your heart with a steaming beverage from the summit hotel before sallying forth, back into the snow. Feel the exhilarating thrill of the wind whistling past the runners of your sled, as it whooshes down six kilometers of sunlit or floodlit trails, back to the quiet village below. The echoing peals of laughter and surprise will reach the town long before you do.

Another enterprise that continues to rise in popularity in snowscapes worldwide is the art of igloo building. From Bergün, it’s a short drive to Filisur, where a one-day training course on simple igloo construction and an accompanying night stay is available during select winter periods. Whether you’re a family with kids on a whirlwind adventure, or a couple, romanticizing your time in this snug abode, your party will be sure to find the activity fun and invigorating!

Snowtivities Black Forest Activities

Circulation | The Black Forest | Germany
As you drive through the Black Forest, it’s clear why many fairytales from the Brothers Grimm storybooks were inspired by the scenery lying beneath its mysterious woodland canopy. Freiburg, on the southwestern edge of the forest, is one of many cities that offer a pleasant base of operations where you can find accommodations, as well as purchase or rent any sports equipment you may need. A set of snowshoes provides a means of locomotion that will expedite meanderings across the diverse forested terrain.

Snowtivities X-Country Skiing_71546584Nearby Schluchsee Lake is a man-made creation and the largest body of water in the Black Forest. During the winter it freezes over providing the perfect setting for skimming lightly across its icy surface on skates in leisurely circles, or for a lively competition.

In Freudenstadt, long after the holidays are over, horse-drawn sleigh rides are still readily available. A circuitous tour through the idyllic town and its perimeter, by a knowledgeable local, can offer intriguing insight into the history of the town and region! Miles of groomed cross-country trails originate just outside the city limits, or there are designated areas within town where Nordic skiing is permissible.

From packing light and important travel documents, to must-see destinations and cultural events, at Kemwel, we delve into the details of travel to provide relevant recommendations and details to assist you in making your vacation plans.

Make the most of the snow! Check out these family friendly European destinations that are chock-full of outdoor, snow-laden excitement! Contact a Kemwel car rental specialist today to confirm a rental car, a chauffeured driver or specialty vehicle toll-free at 1-877-820-0668.


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