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Tips for renting a car in winter.

How to condition a rental car in winter?

When traveling in winter with cold snaps, it’s important to keep a few things in mind. The main problem of this station is the low temperatures and adverse weather conditions that we can find on the road. For this reason, at Perfect Car Hire we want to offer you useful tips for renting a car in winter.

The winter conditioning package is designed to ensure the safety of the driver, passengers and the car itself when driving through snowy or icy areas.

Among the tips for using the car in low temperature conditions, it is worth checking the vehicle, as well as knowing the weather conditions and the state of the roads, and being equipped with chains, an emergency first aid kit, a blanket, a charger mobile phone, water, and carry at least half a tank of fuel.

When driving in winter, it is recommended to increase the safety distance, avoid sudden braking, pay attention to the possibility of aquaplaning, and find out how to act if the car gets stuck in the snow.

What problems can I encounter if I park my rental car on the street in winter?

Starting difficulties: With patience, put the ignition key in the ignition position, the warning lights will come on and you will be able to use the electrical systems. As soon as the warning lights go out, put the key in the starting position, always stepping on the clutch so that the vehicle suffers less. If it does not start, we return the key to its initial position, wait a few seconds and start again. You should not force the car by trying continuously.

Sheet of ice on the windows: To remove all the ice from the windshield, windows, headlights, rear-view mirrors… you must use a plastic scraper. You should never use hot water because you could burst the glass. However, if you see that the windows are fogging up, use hot air and wait until they are completely demisted before starting and driving.

What driving problems can I encounter in winter?

Rain and fog on the road: Leave more space between your car and the one in front, reduce speed, turn on the corresponding lights, increase precautions and make sure that all the elements involved in visibility (windshield, wipers and wipers) are in place in perfect condition and clean.

Snow and ice on the road: these weather problems are treacherous and can cause the car to slip. Be patient, put the chains on the tires if necessary, increase the distance to the other cars even more and slow down.

Your rental car to travel in winter at Perfect Car Hire

Winter conditioning is optional. We recommend that when taking a rental car, ask about those accessories you need to facilitate driving in winter, such as snow chains and other elements such as ski racks, GPS, child seats, luggage chests, etc. etc…

The easiest is to request the winter equipment in advance (when making the reservation). At Perfect Car Hire we will advise you without obligation and we will prepare your rental vehicle so that your car is as comfortable as possible.

6 rural getaways for the interior of Alicante.

Rural getaways with a rental car

Do you still have no plan for next weekend, your next vacation or this Christmas? Well, here we bring you 6 possible getaways to towns in Alicante that you should not miss. Rent your car at Perfect Car Hire and plan some dream days!

Biar: One of the towns in the interior of Alicante that is worth visiting in autumn. It is located next to large areas of forest where we can do numerous hiking trails of different levels of difficulty. The castle and the access gates to the old walled enclosure are just some of the amazing places to see in and around Biar.

Banyeres de Mariola: A short distance to the northeast of Biar we reach the neighboring town, its urban center is the one located at the highest altitude in Alicante, at about 816 meters above sea level. Its impressive Sierra de Mariola is full of lush vegetation and rural roads full of charm. From its castle some remains of its Islamic origin can be seen. Among the elements that stand out the most we find the Torre del Homenaje, from the Almohad period, built using the tapial technique. One of the curiosities of this castle is that, from the top of its tower, you can see four provinces: Albacete, Murcia, Alicante and Valencia.

Alcoy: On the other side of the Sierra de Mariola Natural Park, to the southeast, we find the city of Alcoy, also popularly known as the city of bridges, due to the numerous viaducts that cross the rugged orography of the urban center.

In Alcoy there is also the Carrascal de la Font Roja Natural Park, especially interesting in autumn due to its chromatic changes in the leaves of the different species of trees in the area.

Its old quarter is worth a leisurely visit, as it is home to numerous modernist buildings and historical sites, especially linked to the economic strength generated in the past by the industries that used the force of water to move their machinery.

Cocentaina: A very short distance northeast of Alcoy we arrive at the place where the popular Fira de Tots Sants is held around November 1. It has a beautiful historic center, of which the Palau Comtal stands out. Likewise, from Cocentaina we can take a hiking route between a leafy forest and various springs, to ascend to the Montcabrer peak (1,390 m), which constitutes the summit of the -mentioned above- Sierra de Mariola.

Lorcha: Its main attraction is the mighty river Serpis. Next to this river we can take a pleasant hiking trail along a greenway through a lush forest. A road that, long ago, was used to connect Alcoy with Gandía through a railway.

Penàguila: Just 16 kilometers from Alcoy we find a charming town where nature is the main protagonist, Penàguila. Peace, tranquility and delicious cuisine are the keys to fully enjoy this inland destination anchored in time. A wonderful enclave surrounded by olive and almond trees.

You can visit the Jardín de Santos, a magical corner to disconnect and forget about time. This garden is surrounded by large trees and is located in the middle of nature. In addition, it has a recreation pavilion. This neoclassical building has a large pond, a forest through which to discover different statues, a viewpoint and a plant maze made up of large hedges.

And if you want to teleport yourself to a safari, all you have to do is come to Safari Aitana, in the heart of the Sierra de Aitana. Elephants, llamas, giraffes, lions… Everything you can imagine! This place is ideal to spend a day with the whole family.

What are you waiting for? Discover our promotions and exceptional prices and rent your car now at Perfect Car Hire to enjoy a few days of nature and relaxation.

Reasons to rent a minivan for your Christmas holidays

What car to rent at Christmas?

If you want to travel in a rental car the next Christmas holidays, do it in the most comfortable way for you and yours. Take advantage of the offers on rental cars at Perfect Car Hire and rent a minivan this Christmas with all the features.

It is not necessary to go far to enjoy the Christmas holidays, escaping close to home to a rural house with friends or going to visit family with a trunk full of gifts is also a great plan. With Perfect Car Hire’s minivans you will be safe, and at the best price!

We inaugurate next December with TOP prices on our website for your long weekend and New Year’s Eve gatadas.

Advantages of renting a minivan for your Christmas holidays

Escape in sight? Do you want to live a different Christmas? Take advantage of your holidays or the bridge and embark on a new adventure on the road. These are the advantages of renting a car on your next vacation and why choose a minivan car at Perfect Car Hire.

Everything ready: renting a family minivan makes your trip more comfortable, since you won’t have to waste time setting up or spend money fixing damage. With a rental minivan you will not have to worry about checking the mechanics of your car, checking deposits or the condition of the wheels. Thanks to the good condition of our rental vehicles, you will know that you have a car in perfect condition and ready to do all the kilometers you want.

Space and safety for the whole family: traveling with space and in a spacious and safe car is the best option for your family vacations. Children will be much more comfortable than in a smaller car, having things at hand to distract themselves so that your trip is more relaxed. In addition, when you rent your minivan you can reserve the option of a child safety seat for babies and booster seats for children. You can also contract the coverage of a second driver to take turns with your partner when driving.

Large capacity trunk: whether you are traveling with children or with friends, a good trunk to store the travel cot, tents, suitcases, coats or Christmas gifts is always a luxury. With a minivan you will not have space problems thanks to the large size of its trunk, and traveling with packages between the passenger footwells can be dangerous as well as very uncomfortable. You can also use the trunk space to increase the number of seats, our minivans are convertible from 5 to 7 seats so that you can travel more people in a single vehicle, yes, with light luggage.

Air conditioning: Could there be anything worse than having your car’s heating break down on cold Christmas mornings and nights? Say goodbye to frozen windows or having to drive with a coat by renting your car this Christmas.

Hire your minivan at Perfect Car Hire at the best price

This year you have the cheapest car rental service at Christmas than ever. With our rent a car offers it will be very easy for you to enjoy Christmas wherever and with whomever you want.

We have a fleet of rental cars, including models such as our Opel Zafira minivan, compact on the outside, minivan on the inside, with the ability to easily convert from one to seven seats.

Enjoy a Christmas route by car discovering all the charm of the snowy inland towns or escaping by car to warm coastal destinations, fleeing the winter cold. Whatever your plan, renting a car at Christmas is the best option to enjoy a perfect trip.

And finally, don’t forget that when you hire a car from Perfect Car Hire, you have roadside assistance insurance in case any problem occurs. Arrive on time at your destination and enjoy yours this Christmas by renting one of our minivans!

Discover the best ‘Apps’ to find speed cameras on the roads.

We find radars on our roads and highways to remind us of the speed limits of each road in order to avoid accidents. That is why you have to respect the traffic regulations and, above all, the speed limits. What happens is that we are not exempt from a fine every time that, by mistake, we exceed the limit by just a few more kilometers per hour.

Now we can avoid scares in our economy by using one of the following speed camera detection applications that we can install on our Smartphone and that will notify us of the hundreds of fixed and mobile speed cameras that are located throughout the road network of our country.

Say goodbye to fines! Below we present the best free speed camera warning applications that you can install on your mobile that, in addition, offer other types of information, such as knowing the maximum speed of the road, traffic incidents, planning the route or locating the cheapest gas stations in area.

  • Waze is the most widely used social traffic and navigation application in the world, with millions of users reporting traffic incidents and speed camera locations in real time. It is the traffic application best valued by drivers and the most complete. In addition, it is completely free.
  • SocialDrive is presented as the alternative to Waze, another free social application in which its thousands of users are informed in real time about speed cameras and other incidents in your area to other drivers.
  • TomTom AmiGo also offers us a simple application to receive alerts from fixed and mobile speed cameras that cross our path. In addition, it also allows us to join its user community to alert other drivers of the new radars. The app is free.
  • Coyote also has a community of millions of users who exchange information in real time to report the situation of speed cameras, accidents and traffic jams. Coyote attempts to verify each alert with its proprietary technology to prevent false or inappropriate alerts. This radar warning device is paid. After the 15-day free trial, it asks us to subscribe to pay €8.99 per month, €49.99 per year, or €89.99 every two years.
  • Radarbot is another application that offers daily updates of fixed and mobile radars thanks to the notices of its user community. Drivers notify each other of incidents. The application is free to download but you will have to pay 5.99 euros to unlock all its functions.

Find a public and cheap parking for your rental car.

One of the most common problems or cons that stop us when it comes to renting a car is where to park it while we are sightseeing, and we all know that there is nothing more exasperating than spending hours and hours going around the streets of the center of a city looking for parking. Sometimes you look for a place on the street, others even in a parking lot with a ‘free’ sign and where you don’t have to pay too much. If you don’t want to waste time and enjoy the experience and comfort of traveling by car, at Perfect Car Hire we recommend the following websites or applications.

Websites or applications to find free parking or public parking.

As we have already mentioned, moving to the center of a big city can be an adventure to park or find a space to leave the vehicle. Thanks to this post, traveling by car will now be easier.

Parkopedia: Parkopedia is a free application and has information on more than 60 million parking spaces in 75 countries around the world stored in its database. In addition to helping with the arduous task of finding a free space, the app provides information on public car parks, rates for private car parks that are within the search radius, or interesting filters such as whether the car park is indoors or outdoors, and if it is accepted. card or not.

E-Park: It is one of the most popular applications to find parking in regulated parking areas, thanks to the large amount of data it stores. In addition to indicating where there is a free space, the App allows you to pay from your mobile, without having to look for a parking meter. It also notifies us when the parking time is going to end so that we can renew it with a single click and forget about the clock and the possible fine.

Easypark: Locates the free spaces that are both on the street and in a car park. In addition, in both cases it allows you to make the payment from your mobile. It stands out because it offers very complete information in real time about the city and, in addition to having a wide presence in Spain, it operates in more than 900 European cities, so it is highly recommended for people who frequently travel abroad.

Parkifast: Very simple and quick to use. With a single click, it locates the free space in the nearest and most recent street and guides you with GPS towards it. It is an application in which all users contribute to optimizing public parking spaces. You do not need to notify when you leave a vacant place. Parkifast is capable of automatically detecting it without you even having to open the app, just having it installed. Also, don’t miss out on the new gas station price comparator, so you can always get gas at the best price!

ElParking: In addition to being an app to find parking with a presence in 100 Spanish cities and municipalities, ElParking offers a series of very interesting services for drivers. For example, users have the option to reserve a seat in advance and enter and exit it as many times as they need during the reservation time. From the mobile it allows you to know where you have parked, extend the time, finish the ticket manually, receive notifications or incorporate all the tickets in an invoice. Individuals can also share their parking space when they are not using it. It’s as simple as placing a device on the garage door so that drivers can open it from their mobile. Additionally, it has a valet parking service at the main airports and a gas station search engine.

What to see in Torrevieja and surroundings?

Torrevieja is a coastal city on the Costa Blanca, where you can breathe fishing and maritime culture. Its salt history is very relevant, since Torrevieja began to be inhabited as a municipality due to those known around the year 1800 as Reales Salinas. 50 kilometers from Alicante, Torrevieja is becoming year after year one of the most popular places for tourists from all over the world.

When the good weather begins in its streets, that cosmopolitan atmosphere comes from all those tourists who, with their different and complicated languages, invade the quiet streets of Torrevieja with strange sounds.

In addition to its fantastic climate, Torrevieja can boast of having some of the best beaches in the province of Alicante. From Perfect Car Hire we want to let you know about other alternatives to spend your free time away from the sun and the beach for a few hours doing something different and enjoying the province at any time of the year.

What are the places that I cannot miss in Torrevieja?

Torre del Moro: A historical piece from the 14th century used in its day to defend the Mediterranean coast from pirate attacks. It is located in Cabo Cervera, one of the highest points in Torrevieja. Precisely one of the most advanced areas for holiday accommodation in Torrevieja, with plenty of bars and restaurants nearby.

Torre de La Mata: Like the Torre del Moro, the origin of this tower dates back to the 14th century. In front of the tower there was a jetty into which salt from the La Mata lagoon was loaded. Do not miss its spectacular views.

Parque de las Naciones: One of the most important green spaces in the urban area of ​​Torrevieja. Inside is the Hermitage of San Emigdio, as well as a small lake and the old cisterns of an old estate. Enjoy a pleasant walk that will delight the smallest of travelers.

Coves: It is worth visiting some of the rocky coves of Torrevieja simply for the views and their natural surroundings. One of the best known is Cala Ferrís, located south of the town center and surrounded by numerous palm trees.

Sociedad Cultural Casino de Torrevieja: Be sure to visit this beautiful modernist building from the end of the 19th century. It is worth going in and discovering its interior decorated in Nasrid style and its main hall, while you have a drink surrounded by history.

Paseo de Vista Alegre: The best known walk in Torrevieja. A space where you will find interesting sculptures and monuments dedicated to the Habaneras. It is located next to the Real Club Náutico and the Eras de la Sal. A pleasant walk with the smell of the sea.

Luckily, Torrevieja is within easy reach of amazing destinations to plan a same-day excursion.

Four of the best excursions near Torrevieja.

1. Tabarca Island: This trip can only be done by boat between the months of May to October. The island of Tabarca is well nourished in stories of pirates and settlers. Its colorful surroundings are accompanied by its inseparable walls, churches and even a lighthouse that give even more splendor to this area. It also has a delicious maritime gastronomy. This island full of charms was declared a Historic-Artistic Site in 1964, walking its streets is a real privilege. Whether you take the boat in Alicante or in Santa Pola, you have numerous car parks where you can park your rented vehicle.

2. Altea: Preferred and chosen place by many artists, so much so that many of them have their galleries and studios here, without a doubt a small paradise for art lovers. Something very characteristic of Altea is its blue tiled roofs that dominate the heights, especially those of Nuestra Señora del Consuelo, at the top of a cobbled street that dresses up in verbena in summer. Despite the popularity that it has acquired year after year among tourists, Altea continues to retain that charm of a small Spanish town, so much ours. It is located very close to Benidorm, just 15 km to the north, a visit that you cannot miss in your rental car.

3. Las Fuentes de Algar: This natural area of ​​great ecological wealth has been declared a protected area by the Valencian government. To get there, go to Benidorm and then towards the interior of Callosa d’en Sarria. You will have to walk 1.5 km along a marked route along the Algar riverbed. Being able to admire its waterfalls and take a dip in its naturally formed pools of crystal clear and refreshing water is a divine pleasure. An excursion that you will not forget.

4. The castle of Guadalest: A perfect combination between nature and architecture that shyly appears between the large rocks of its mountains. Guadalest is an excursion that will take you to the Sierra d’Aixorta. It is one of the most visited places in Alicante. The beauty of the environment is mixed with its famous medieval castle San José, which is reached through its cobbled streets, its tower stands out as if it wanted to touch the sky, perched on a large rock. For such a small city, Guadalest is a city rich in museums, including:

Antonio Marco Museum. Bethlehem and Dollhouses.

Museum of microminiatures.

Microgiant Museum.

Ethnological Museum. House Typical house of the eighteenth century.

Medieval Historical Museum. Museum of Instruments of Torture.

Ribera Girona Museum. Magic Garden.

Museum-Collection of Historical Vehicles “Vall de Guadalest”.

We will continue to add more suggestions to this list of excursions, as it is by no means complete. There are more destinations worth discovering, some closer to Torrevieja and others further away, but all with that special charm capable of making you get the most out of your rented car. Enjoy your visit to the fullest!