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Seize the Day Trip


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Hopping on and off a coach, packed in with fellow holidaymakers – it isn’t everyone’s idea of a great day out. No, a great day out is picking any point on the map, taking the scenic route, and going the extra mile. Forget about being herded around on a tight schedule! You can become the master of your own day trip destiny. Picking up the keys to your hire car literally puts the power in the palm of your hand.

Croatia – Split to Plitvice Lakes

Wooden walkway running alongside a Pltivice lake, Croatia

Pop your hiking boots and camera in the car and set off for the turquoise lagoons and mesmerising waterfalls of the Plitvice Lakes. So outstanding is the natural beauty of its 16 breathtaking lakes, this corner of Croatia is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Unbuckle your seatbelt at one of the car parks and choose a footpath to follow. Spend as much time as you please strolling and soaking in the surroundings. When your legs tire, there are two ways for you to take a load off your feet. Cruise across Plitvice’s Lake Kozjak on the electric boat, taking in its beauty from a different perspective. If you’d prefer to stay on dry land, hop on Plitvice’s train at one of three stops.

A lakeside lunch is an absolute must! And your villa’s kitchen is the perfect place to prepare the mother of all picnics to be enjoyed at the water’s edge. Or eat at one of the cafés situated just perfectly to take advantage of the views.

Just over two and a half hours north of Split and under three hours from the Istria region, it’s a big day out. Take it at your own pace, pulling over whenever you please. A day trip here is an unforgettable experience! And the spectacular sunset you’ll be treated to on your way home is the icing on the Plitvice Lakes cake.

Cyprus – Pissouri Bay to Nicosia

Traditional streets of Nicosia in Cyprus

One of the richest and oldest cities in the world, Nicosia is brimming with sights that span many centuries. A one and a half hour drive from our Pissouri Bay villas, you’ll be greeted by the impressive skyline made up of Venetian walls and ancient monasteries. Standing proud in the middle is Selimiye Mosque. Once a Gothic cathedral, this magnificent building captures Nicosia’s history and spirit. A mix of old and new, Christian and Muslim, Turkish and Greek – it’s where the diverse capital comes together. Take a break from all that sightseeing, grab a seat, and tuck into some local meze before you drive home. Why not pop your chef’s hat on and pick up some local delights from one of Nicosia’s markets? Your villa kitchen is just waiting for you to whip up a Cypriot-inspired feast! With delicious smells filling the car on your drive home, mouths will definitely be watering by the time you get back.

France – Provence to Nimes

Arena of Nîmes, stunning Roman amphitheatre in Provence, France

From lavender fields to rustic picture-perfect villages, the landscape of Provence is uniquely special. This iconic region has so much to explore that just one big day out might not be enough. Gently sloping roads could take you in a different direction every day – scenic drives guaranteed.

When you think of ancient temples and amphitheatres, a small city in the South of France probably doesn’t spring to mind. But Nîmes has some of the world’s best preserved Roman architecture – even rivalling Rome itself. Under two hours from some of our Provence villas, the drive will take you past ruins and churches of times gone by. History buffs might want to get closer, so the pedestrianised city centre is ideal for a day of exploration. It’s a perfect excuse to get out the car and stretch your legs. For historical enthusiasts, here you’ll find the only completely intact Roman temple in the world, La Maison Carrée. You’ll also find the Arenes de Nîmes which is just as impressive as Rome’s Colosseum. This near intact amphitheatre holds concerts throughout the year as well as opening its doors to those wanting to stand where brave gladiators once fought.

Spain – Costa del Sol to Gibraltar

Rock of Gibraltar in the orange glow of sunset

Choux pastry, whipped cream and chocolate sauce, a combination to satisfy any sweet tooth. Hopefully we’ve got your attention! Unless you’re now lost in a sugary daydream, salivating at the thought. Sink your teeth into Gibraltar’s favourite treat – profiteroles. The taste alone is well worth the drive from your villa on the Costa del Sol. But there’s more. At Gibraltar Rock you’ll meet the cheeky Barbary macaques, the only free-roaming monkeys in Europe. Watch them in their surroundings at Apes’ Den. From here you can visit the Moorish Castle or the Great Siege Tunnels for more traditional sightseeing. Or stay on the wild side and take a boat trip to catch a glimpse of dolphins swimming alongside. At just 2.6 square miles, this tiny British territory may be small but it has no shortage of things to do. Even the drive home brings its own excitement. The four lane main road in and out of Gibraltar runs right across the runway at the International Airport. The road closes and quickly reopens while planes take off right next to you! Re-start your engine, cruise over the runway, and take in the beautiful costal road views all the way home to your villa.

Find your perfect villa and you could be enjoying all the road trip fun you could ever want! Or perhaps take a quick detour and find out more about our villas with car hire.

 

Bethan Evans

Bethan Evans is a Brand Executive at James Villa Holidays.

I’ve always loved to travel and have been very lucky to visit over 20 countries so far....

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