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Improved disabled access requested at Costa del Sol railway stations

Friday, July 29th, 2011

The Partido Popular, PSOE and Izquierda Unida in Fuengirola are demanding improved access for passengers with special needs at three local Costa del Sol train stations:  Torreblanca, Carvajal and Los Boliches.

The three parties approved a motion to request that much-needed changes are made to improve access for the disabled  Despite being one of the most profitable train routes in Spain, the line between Malaga and Fuengirola needs several improvements (some of which have been waiting for years).  Other urgent works are improved access to the station in Torremolinos and the repair of the escalators at Arroyo de la Miel.

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New flights from Melilla Airport to Barcelona and Palma

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

With immediate effect Melilla Airport has two new direct connections to Barcelona and Palma de Mallorca which will operate until September 3rd.

The Barcelona route is operated by Air Nostrum and will have three flights on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Flights to Palma de Mallorca will be on a Saturday.

With these new routes Melilla Airport now has direct flights to Almeria, Barcelona, ​​Granada, Madrid, Malaga, Palma de Mallorca and Valencia.

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More internet access points at Madrid Airport

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Madrid Barajas Airport has installed 50 new internet access points with charging points for electric devices and for printing documents in public areas, boarding and arrivals lounges of Terminals T1, T2 and T3.

28 of these new Internet access terminals are located in boarding areas and have a desk with a chair, keyboard and a screen. The remaining 22 are located in public areas in kiosks with an USB connector, in/out audio line and memory card reader.

Some of the points near to check-in desks have also “e.print” terminals where passengers can print their boarding card.

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Ryanair cut more flights at Girona Airport

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

The budget airline Ryanair has announced that it is to cut another 21 routes from its operation at Girona Airport in addition to the 18 routes already announced in February. This is due to a lack of an agreement on subsidies from the Catalan Government and Ryanair claim that costs at Girona are above what they have pay in other Spanish and European airports and accused the administration of favouring Spanair.

It is estimated the cut back will see a drop in passenger numbers from 2.6 million to 1.3 million when the new cuts come into effect this October.  After that time the airline will fly to only 25 of its current 46 destinations from Girona. Among the destinations to be scrapped are Madrid, Milan, Seville, Brussels and London.

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Google maps launches a new service of traffic information and forecast.

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011
Google launches in Spain and in other 12 European countries a traffic information and forecasting service which can help us to avoid traffic jams.

“I have an emergency and I have to get urgently to the airport, which route shall I take? I take my cell phone and call to the Traffic Information Centre and ask them for the shortest route that has no traffic jam. Let me know once you have the information, or “I´ve just arrived at the airport, I´ve hired a car in Madrid and I need to go to the centre of the city, will there be any traffic jams? will I get on time to my meeting?”

From now on this want be necessary anymore. Goolge Maps launched in Spain and in other 12 European countries a traffic information service almost in real time. Just need to make a small query and we will know exactly which is our best route.

At the moment this service is not yet “in real-time”, but the information that you receive is updated every 5 or 10 minutes, so you can alomost consider it as a “real time information”.

Another interesting option is when we are planning our trip we can make a traffic forecast. This option is based on collected and filtered past information at the same date and time, so it can gives you this way a similar prediction.

Information can be viewed through our personal computer or through any mobile device that supports Google Maps, only by selecting the Traffic option. Immediatly there will apear on the motorway different colour marks like green, orange red and dark red meaning the flow of the traffic in that particular area.

Every day that passes by, the software giant is more familiar to us and it provides us more and more aplications that makes our daily lives more easier.

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Google maps launches a new service of traffic information and forecast.

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011
Google launches in Spain and in other 12 European countries a traffic information and forecasting service which can help us to avoid traffic jams.

“I have an emergency and I have to get urgently to the airport, which route shall I take? I take my cell phone and call to the Traffic Information Centre and ask them for the shortest route that has no traffic jam. Let me know once you have the information, or “I´ve just arrived at the airport, I´ve hired a car in Madrid and I need to go to the centre of the city, will there be any traffic jams? will I get on time to my meeting?”

From now on this want be necessary anymore. Goolge Maps launched in Spain and in other 12 European countries a traffic information service almost in real time. Just need to make a small query and we will know exactly which is our best route.

At the moment this service is not yet “in real-time”, but the information that you receive is updated every 5 or 10 minutes, so you can alomost consider it as a “real time information”.

Another interesting option is when we are planning our trip we can make a traffic forecast. This option is based on collected and filtered past information at the same date and time, so it can gives you this way a similar prediction.

Information can be viewed through our personal computer or through any mobile device that supports Google Maps, only by selecting the Traffic option. Immediatly there will apear on the motorway different colour marks like green, orange red and dark red meaning the flow of the traffic in that particular area.

Every day that passes by, the software giant is more familiar to us and it provides us more and more aplications that makes our daily lives more easier.

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Car Hire Alicante Airport

Travel tips for hill-walking holidays in Scotland

Monday, July 25th, 2011

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Spring and summer are the seasons when hill-walkers flock to Scotland from all over the world to enjoy some of the world’s best mountain scenery and the very Scottish pursuit of Munro Bagging.

It’s not unusual to spend months picking peaks and planning routes to the summits of Scotland’s Munros (the 283 mountain peaks over 3,000ft), but don’t forget to plan the drive to your route carefully as well.

Driving in Scotland is a wonderful experience in itself, and if you are unlucky with the weather it can be the only way to take in the rapidly changing and stunningly beautiful scenery.

What’s more, a carefully planned journey with two cars gives you the opportunity to start and end your day at different points, giving you access to a wider variety of walks.

Your car – essential walking equipment

Scotland can seem vast when you’re stood 3,000 feet above sea-level, with views of mountains, valleys, oceans and islands. It can also seem pretty big when you’re tasked with reaching its more remote areas or if you want to take in several regions or mountain ranges in one holiday.

That’s when you realise your car is an essential part of your walking equipment. Railways in Scotland are limited to routes between larger cities (but do include popular bases like Fort William and Ullapool), and serious walkers need to carefully plan start and end points in order to get the most from their day, but still get down before legs get too tired or the famous Scottish midges come out in droves.

 

If your party is big enough, renting two cars can give you access to some walks that would not otherwise be possible. You can take two cars to your end point, leave one there and drive to the start of your route in the other. Once you have completed your walk, simply drive back to the start point and pick up the car you left there.

 

 

Where to fly for Scotland’s best Munros

The usual (and increasingly affordable) way for people outside Scotland to organise their travel is to fly to one of Scotland’s airports and hire a car. You’ll find Avis in all these airports (contact details can be found on our pages for Glasgow Airport, Prestwick Airport, Aberdeen Airport, Inverness Airport and Edinburgh Airport car hire).

Fly to Inverness for the easiest access to the Central, Western & Northern Highlands and the Western Isles, including the popular bases of Lochalsh (Skye) and Ullapool. Some of the top Munros best reached from this airport include Slioch, those on the Cuillins (Skye), Beinn Eighe, An Teallach and in remote Knoydartt, as well as the most northerly Munro, Ben Hope.

Fort William, the outdoor capital of the UK, lays in-between Inverness and Glasgow. Although Inverness is closer, the drive from Glasgow to Fort William takes you past the famous Loch Lomond and through the ever-changing scenery of Glen Coe. Fort William is wonderfully positioned as a gateway to the Highlands and Islands. It is the start of the road to the isles, one of Scotland’s most iconic drives, and close to Glencoe, perhaps the single most popular area for mountaineering in Scotland and home to the knife edge ridge of Aonach Eagach and the Three Sisters of Glencoe: Beinn Fhada, Gearr Aonach and Aonach Dubh.

Glasgow provides great access to the Southern Highlands and Glasgow Airport is in fact the closest airport for those travelling to the Isle of Mull. Ben More, Mull’s only Munro, is the most remote Munro of all, and is often the final Munro for Munro Baggers (enthusiasts who tick off the peaks).

The Cairngorm Mountains can be reached from Dundee, Aberdeen and Inverness. As well as being Scotland’s main ski resort, the Cairngorms also boast several popular Munros, the highest of which is Lochnager.

Useful links for planning your holiday

The links throughout this post take you to further relevant information. You can also find a full map of the Munros of Scotland on www.munromagic.com, detailed routes on www.walkhighlands.co.uk and enjoy a more personal take on the Barber Family’s blog.

To help you plan some more family-orientated activities, you can see some of the best family activities in Scotland on the Europe & Beyond blog (www.europe-autos.com).

And to get you started with finding accommodation, some self-catering options in the areas mentioned above can be found at Scotland Holiday Cottages (http://www.holidayhomesgroup.co.uk/scotland.html).

Share your exciting Scotland adventures with us…

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New El Corte Ingles stores at Palma Airport

Monday, July 25th, 2011

The Spanish department store El Corte Ingles is opening five new stores at Palma de Mallorca Airport. Four of the retail outlets opened at the weekend and the fifth opens this week with the official inauguration of the new commercial area on Friday.

The shops are located in terminal C and open daily from 07:00 until 21:00.  They will sell a wide range of products including fine foods, perfume, cosmetics, electronic items, toys, souvenirs, fashion and accessories.

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