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Sierra Nevada – the ski season has started in Granada!

2/12/2014

Sierra Nevada family

The ski season was officially inaugurated in Sierra Nevada on the 28th of November. Unfortunately, there is currently not much snow and only 10 km ski slope is ready for skiing. Therefore during this first week only a daily maximum of 500 skiers will be allowed.  The ski station has over 105 km of slopes available when weather conditions are optimum.

Sierra Nevada is about 2 1/2 hours’ drive from Malaga, and can easily be visited during a day trip.  Head for Granada and then take A-395 towards Sierra Nevada.

The ski resort is ideal for all ages. There is a separate section for children and families with play area and ski school which you can read more about here.

Or perhaps you are into snowboarding? Then you should try the snowboard park Super Park Sulayr which offers different zones according to the difficulty level. Click here for more information. (Unfortunately only in Spanish)

Sierra Nevada night time

You also have the opportunity to try the slopes in the evening with artificial lighting.  Every Thursday and Saturday evening from 19.00h to 22.00h 6 km ski slope is lighted up.

Check out here the snow situation and how many km slopes are ready for skiing before you head off.

Have a fun time!

Photos:  www.sierranevada.es

 

New parking machines in Fuengirola

1/12/2014

Parking machine

Are you going to visit Fuengirola and plan to park in the blue parking zones?  Then we would like to inform you that Fuengirola town has set up new parking machines which have new features from the old ones.

In order to get your parking ticket, you first have to press  “1″ on the screen. Next step is that you enter your rental car’s number plate number and you pay with coins or credit card for the time you want to park.  Finally press the green button and the parking ticket will now be printed which you can place inside the car´s front window.

Should you be so unlucky to get a parking fine, press “2″ to cancel this fine and then enter the car’s number plate number. The machine will indicate the amount to pay which can be done with cash or credit card.

The new feature is that you have to enter the number plate number, so keep the Helle Hollis car key ring at hand where you will find the number plate number and it will be easy for you to pay for the parking.

Christmas lights switch on in Malaga city

27/11/2014

Christmas lights Malaga 2013

Every year the city of Malaga has a spectacular Christmas decoration with millions of LED lights.

This year 2014 the Christmas lights will be switched on,  on the 28th of November at 20 h. The same evening , around 19.30h. , a free concert will be held at the Plaza de la Constitucion with the Spanish singer Chenoa.

Get into the Christmas spirit and stroll along the shopping street Calle Larios and the surrounding streets. You may also want to see the nativity scene at Malaga Town Hall with free admission -and of course there is plenty of opportunity for Christmas shopping.  Shops are celebrating “Black Friday” sales the 28th of November with lots of offers.

Book your December car now and experience the magical Christmas atmosphere in Malaga.

Try the new coastal path that links La Cala de Mijas to Calahonda

18/11/2014

Coastal path La Cala de Mijas

Who does not enjoy a walk along the seafront promenade or the seashore?

Now you have the opportunity to try the new coastal path, a natural seafront promenade that runs from La Cala de Mijas to Calahonda. The path has a distance of approximately 6 km along the coast where you can walk, run or bike and is made of natural materials that integrate in the nature.

The stretch is part of the project “Pathway along the Coastline”, taking into account the natural environment and contains no type of artificial lightning.
It is planned that this path is continued so that one day it will be possible to walk to Marbella along the coast.

Click here to see how the walkway is.  It starts in La Cala de Mijas.

Enjoy the lovely autumn weather with a walk along the beach.

Photo: www.mijas.es

 

Important road information! Old access road to Malaga airport closed off!

5/11/2014

Access road to Malaga Airport

The old access road to the airport has been closed off in both directions due to road work.

During a routine inspection of the bridge’s condition cracks have been found in the asphalt road that access the bridge. The bridge itself does not have any problems. These cracks are currently being further examined by the municipal technical staff and it means that the access road has been closed off completely.

This closure concerns only our customers coming from the direction of Marbella for returning the hire car.

We recommend our customers to take the motorway exit MA-23 “Aeropuerto”, which is the relatively new exit that will bring you directly to the departure terminal. We recommend that you head for the departure terminal and do not follow signs for “Rent a car parking” as this for only for the car hire companies based in the Airport terminal.  When you get to the departure terminal, then continue driving and stay to the right and follow the sign for “Torremolinos / Avda. Velazquez “.

It will lead you to the roundabout from where you can then easily see Helle Hollis Head Office. We are still not sure for how long time the closure will be but we expect 1-2 months.

When you arrive to pick up your rental car, then you are welcome to ask our staff for assistance and we will be more than pleased to help you.

Your chance to watch the football match between Malaga CF – Real Madrid at the Rosaleda stadium in Malaga!

4/11/2014

Rosaleda stadion in Malaga

Now you have the opportunity to participate in the draw for 2 tickets for the football match between Malaga CF- Real Madrid which takes place at the Rosaleda stadium in Malaga Saturday the 29th of November at 20hrs.
You will enjoy the match together with the Danish supporter group “La Pena de Dinamarca”.

To participate, you just need to have a car rented with us that goes over the date of 29th of November and send an email to marketing@hellehollis.com with your the name and booking reference number. You will then participate in the draw. Please note that the tickets are non-transferable.

The draw will take place on the 19th of November where we will publish the lucky winner on Facebook and Twitter.
The prize includes 2 tickets to the match but not transportation or dining with the Danish supporter group.

Participate in the draw and get yourself an exciting Spanish football experience.

Summer Rates 2015 are now ready!

25/09/2014

Summer

Already missing the sunny days and warmer weather? Why not start planning for next year’s Easter and summer holiday?

We’ve had many customers enquiring about summer 2015 rates, and have hurried up to get them published so you can book your summer holiday car already.

There’s no point in telling you again that each year we sell out of the most popular car groups despite increasing our fleet for the past 4 years.  If you want to make sure that your particular car group is available when you’re planning to come on holiday, then as the saying goes “there is no time like the present” and we recommend you to book your car now.

Remember that you do NOT have to pay in advance and we never charge a cancellation or amendment fee.

Avoid falling in the speed trap!

25/09/2014

Car driving

Now you need to take extra care so you do not get a speeding ticket.

The Spanish Traffic Authority has without notice changed the criteria’s for giving speeding tickets.

So far, there has been a radar error margin of 10% which was to the drivers benefit before a speeding ticket was given.

If, for example, the speed limit was of 120km/h, one could in fact run 130 km/h before given a speeding ticket. This “grace margin” has now been reduced, so that the fine will be given at 126 km/h in the case of a fixed speed trap, and at 128 km h in the case of a mobile speed trap.

Essentially this means that the “grace” margin has been reduced to 5% by fixed speed traps and 7% of mobile speed traps.

In the case, where the road limit is less than 100 km/h the grace margin is now 5 km h of fixed speed trap and 7 km/h at a mobile speed trap.

As always we want you to end your holidays with a smile and without any unnecessary surprises, so therefore be sure to respect the speed limits to avoid costly fines and points.

 

Where can I print my boarding card ?

21/09/2014 | 7 comments

Helle Hollis service point

You now have everything planned for the summer holidays, to the smallest detail. The hotel or holiday home is booked; the flights are booked and paid for too.  It is rare that the bargain flight you saw is what you will pay in the end, as often a surcharge for paying with credit card is added or you may even end up paying for an extra suitcase too.

As you get closer to the departure date, you turn on your computer to print the boarding cards … and this is when the unpleasant surprise comes if you don’t want to pay 15 pounds for not having printed your boarding card!  Some airlines are now making it so that the boarding cards can only be printed 7 days before departure, unless you pay an additional fee (now for seating).

This means that you can print your boarding cards for the trip going out but if you are staying more than 7 days you will not be able to print your boarding cards for your return trip.
So there you are relaxing at the pool and wondering where do I find a computer and printer to print the boarding cards?  You might decide to pay the additional fee and be assured to print the boarding cards before you leave from home.
Or you can …

Go to Helle Hollis Head Office at Malaga Airport!

We have a customer service point in the waiting area where you can check in online and print your boarding card – and of course it is completely FREE.

We recommend though that you come on a day during your holidays to print the boarding card, to avoid any hiccups on your day of departure!  Give yourself time  to get it solved as it might be that other customers have had the same idea. It’s FREE to print your return boarding card at  Helle Hollis Head Office – another of the many benefits of hiring a car with us !

(We only offer this service from Helle Hollis Head Office at Malaga Airport)

Luna Mora in Guaro

3/09/2014

Luna Mora Guaro

One of the major events on the Costa del Sol is “Luna Mora” in Guaro which takes place during the weekend from the 06.09-07.09 and the weekend 13.09 –14.09.

Guaro is a small Spanish village which is located 40 km from Malaga, via Coin – and 20 km from Marbella via Monda. Click here to find the driving description.

For now many years Guaro  is celebrating a festival where the village is transformed into the Al-Andaluz époque with over 25,000 candles that will light up the village streets when darkness falls.  The village people ensure that Guaro is beautifully decorated for this event.

You will find a Moorish market, theater plays, entertainment and exotic gastronomy with the magic from the thousands of candles. In addition, there will be flamenco music concerts which tickets must be ordered in advance and is held in the village auditorium or you can listen to other music groups that are playing in the village streets.

Guaro has arranged plenty of parking spaces outside the village, and a shuttle service is going back.

Get more information here