Malaga Airport

Malaga Airport
Malaga airport is named after it’s famous son..Pablo Ruiz Picasso. It is the main international airport for the Costa del Sol. The majority of traffic comes from within the EU, although there are regular flights to such locations as Moscow, Riyadh, Kuwait, New York and Montreal.Located 8 kilometres southwest of the city centre, Malaga Airport has good transportation links to the rest of the coast, giving easy access to the hotspots of Benalmadena, Fuengirola, Torremolinos, Marbella and Puerto Banus to the west and Granada, Nerja, further east.

There are 3 terminals, the newest (T3) is now open and contains the” transportation hub” which links the new T3 terminal, the bus station, the pedestrian access to P1 and P2 car parks and the Spanish Railway Network suburban train station.

Between the three terminals, there are plenty of shops and restaurants to choose from. Also available…tour operators, travel agencies, banking services, VIP lounges, meeting rooms, information services, chapels, police and a medical center

Car rental agencies at malaga airport include AurigaCrown, Autos Lido, Avis, Europcar, Goldcar Rental, Hertz, National Atesa, Record and Sixt and desks for these are found in the terminals.

If Malaga is not your final destination and you have some time..check out some of these places.
Malaga City…full of life, art, culture, history and shopping. You can get the train directly in from the Airport.

Antequera, is a town located about an hour or so away from Malaga. About 5000 years old, it appears to be a typical medieval town with the spires of her churches and the walls of her moorish fortresses. Antequera is known as one of the most fertile valleys of Andalucia and currently is a leading producer of asparagus, cereals and olives. In the summer, her fields turn bright yellow with sunflowers..quite a sight!

Ronda…Ronda retains much of its historic charm, particularly its old town. It is famous worldwide for its dramatic escarpments and views, and for the deep El Tajo gorge that carries the rio Guadalevin through its centre. It is also famous as the birthplace of modern bullfighting.

Monda…is a tiny town with less than 2000 inhabitants. It’s dominant feature is the castle which you can’t miss as it stands above the town. After more than 400 years of neglect (read “a ruin”), it has been turned into a Hotel by some British entrepreneurs and offers superb accommodations and cuisine. (not to mention being sumptuously decorated in Moorish style.) Monda may seem like an odd place for such a venture, but it makes it an ideal spot for a romantic weekend or for a tired businessman who prefers the tranquility over the bustle of Marbella.

El Chorro Gorge..A tranquil retreat where you can swim or fish, or picnic on the lake shore. West of Alora is where you will find Malaga’s “Lake District”. It is in fact three artificial lakes created by a dam built across the dramatic 200 m. high Guadalhorce river gorge, known as the Garganta del Chorro. Watch out for the eagles which continually circle around the sheer cliffs.

Gibraltar..The Rock of Gibraltar is located at the entrance of the Mediterranean. Its strategic location and history have made it an international symbol of solidity and strength, and it frequently features in the world press and media. A short distance from the Concrete jungle of the Costa del Sol, Gibraltar stands apart with its history preserved waiting to welcome you to this small friendly British territory located on the southern tip of the Iberian Peninsular where you will find something truly different.

Birmingham Airport

Birmingham Airport
Birmingham airport (located about 9 miles east of Birmingham, in the town of Solihull, has two terminals (Terminal 1 and Terminal 2, better known as the “Eurohub”). Birmingham airport serves over 40 different airlines and offers thousands of direct and indirect services.

Both terminals have Bureaux de Change, Cash Dispensers, Food and Drinks, Snacks and coffee (in the Millennium Link.),Luggage Trolleys, Pay Phones, Postal Services, Internet lounges, Entertainment (game room), places of worship, first aid stations, Smoking areas, Bathroom facilities and of course shopping. Business Booths are available in the Departure lounge in Terminal 1. These individual private workstations provide the use of: Power points, Telephone, Fax and Modem. Meeting rooms are also available in Terminal 1 with room for up to 40 people. The SkyRail can be taken from the first floor of terminal 1, connecting the airport with Birmingham International Rail station and the NEC.

Here is a list of Car rental agencies represented at Birmingham airport:
Europcar, Alamo, National, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz and easyCar. All are on site and all located on the ground floor.

Some Birmingham attractions are…

The Bullring (The most famous and largest shopping center.) It is found in the City Centre, close to New Street rail station. It houses 140 stores and16 restaurants.
The Pallasades Shopping Centre has around eighty stores, and sits three hundred metres to the west of the Bullring.

Birmingham Hippodrome
About 25 mins from the airport, the Hippodrome hosts a variety of performances including musicals, ballet, opera, comedy and shows for children. You will also find out about the building’s history, the spooky theatre ghost!!

Cadbury World
(Who has NOT heard of Cadbury Chocolate?)During a visit to Cadbury land you will learn about the history of chocolate, view chocolate making, take a ride through an enchanted chocolate wonderland and of course, taste some chocolate. This is enough to make most people melt!

Birmingham Botanical Gardens
These gardens provide a relaxing escape close to the city centre. Take a stroll across the main lawn, around the old cottage and garden, through the London Terrace or into the varied glasshouses. Facilities include the Pavillion Tea Room, art gallery and gift shop.

Warwick Castle.
The historic town of Warwick is 26 miles from Birmingham and only 8 miles from Shakespeare’s Stratford. Walking around the grounds, towers, dungeons and state rooms you can discover 1000 years of history. There are two restaurants, a gift shop, and audio guided tours and in the summer outdoor events and activities take place. (They also have special events. Most popular is the Haunted Castle and Dungeons after dark at Halloween time.)

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Gatwick Airport

Gatwick Airport
Gatwick is the “other” main London airport and is situated about 28 miles south of London. There are two terminals at Gatwick: North and South. Each Terminal has lounges, cash machines, commission free currency exchange, family facilities, restaurants, shops, internet access, lost property, luggage storage, meeting rooms, public telephones and fax machines. Transferring between terminals is a breeze, using the new 24 hr shuttle service. This is a creature comfort not to be ignored when traveling.

If you are renting a car from Gatwick, here is a list of the agencies that serve the terminals. Hertz, Avis, Europcar, National, Alamo, Enterprise, Dollar and last but not least Thrifty. Car rental locations can be found on level 5 of the short stay car park. (As part of Gatwick’s 1 billion Euro investment program they are transforming the North Terminal, including building an extra car park and a new car rental facility, which should be ready for April 2011 and will offer a more convenient location with direct access to the terminal.)

If you have time before you start your journey, here are some places you might consider visiting that are all within distance of Gatwick. Archway Theatre (located in the Arches at Horley). This “little theatre” has only 95 seats!! It presents 10 productions per year and has a youth workshop. The Hawth (Crawley) is a happening arts venue putting on a diverse mix of theatre, dance, music, comedy, concerts, films and exhibitors. Crawley Museum Center is a small museum inside an attractive mansion that displays Crawley’s history from the Bronze Age to the town it is today. Gatwick Aviation Museum houses an impressive collection of British Aircraft. Lingfield Park Racecourse (home to the prestigious Derby Trial and located in the beautiful Surrey countryside.

This is a site to behold and well-worth the travel time. The country side is beckons a traveler to enjoy a picnic by the wayside or simply walk to enjoy the views. Whatever you decide to do, you will not regret for a moment visiting the Hawth, Lingfield Park and the Surrey countryside especially on a beautiful summer’s day.

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Heathrow Airport

Heathrow Airport
At time of writing, there are 4 open terminals at Heathrow, 1,3,4 & 5. (terminal 2 is currently closed).Each terminal has a myriad of shops, restaurants and facilities for you to choose from. (too many to mention but let’s just say you could shop and eat for days!!)Travel between terminals depends on which two you are traveling between. Terminals 1 and 3 are close together at the centre of the airport and joined by an underpass with moving walkways. Simply follow the signs for your terminal. For all other terminals, there is the Heathrow Express rail shuttle. (Make sure you board the correct train). If you prefer, buses run between the terminals. This service is free and buses stop close to the terminals. The destinations are clearly marked to the front of the buses, but if you feel unsure, ask the driver.

If you are renting a car from Heathrow here is a list of the agencies that serve the terminals:
Car Rental (on airport):
Avis Budget, Europcar/National/Alamo,Enterprise, Hertz
Car Rental (off airport):
Dollar Thrifty, Sixt

Before you go off on your planned trip here are some places you might consider visiting that are all within distance of Heathrow. Obviously…Central London and all that it has to offer. (Heathrow offers varying ways to get to central london without you having to drive..) Train (Non-stop Heathrow express or the Heathrow Connect that stops at stations along the way.) London Underground (Tube) and of course Buses and Coaches.

Thorpe Park. (5 miles) One of the UK’s most popular attractions and top theme parks.

Windsor Castle. (6.5 miles) The largest Castle in the world which is still used as a residence. This is where the Queen resides when not in Buckingham Palace. Hampton

Court Palace. (6.7 miles) 500 years of royal history from Henry VIII to George II set in sixty acres of gardens.

Legoland (8.3 miles)

Chessington Zoo and World of Adventure (10.3 miles)

Ascot Racecourse (10.6 miles) The racecourse dates back to 1711 and is one of the UK’s premier racecourses.

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