Next week will be very hectic at Helle Hollis as once again we take delivery of many new car models. We are pleased to let you know that we are one of the few local car hire companies on the Coasts that renews its fleet regularly so you always will enjoy the latest models to drive in.
In our smallest car group (B) arrives Toyota Aygo the perfect city car with low fuel consumption. Despite its small size it’s a comfortable and safe model to drive fully equipped with airbags and anti-skid system, not to mention airconditioning and radio with CD.
In the popular compact family car group E we take delivery of the Opel Astra model with all extras such alloy wheels, and assisted parking to make your holiday more relaxed and parking even easier.
Do you want to drive a station wagon model, then in group S we’ll also have Citroen C4 Picasso with features such as panoramic windscreen, bluetooth, 6 airbags and 537L boot. The backseats are three individual seats which makes it even more comfortable for those backseat drivers!
For bigger families the 5 +2 seats, Group J, we will have the fully equiped Grand C4 Picasso. This elegant model has lots of technical features as touchscreen driver interface.
And for the bigger group or large family wanting to travel together, we are getting Seat Alhambra 2.0 TDI model with seating for 7 people (Group K ). This model is equipped with Bluetooth, cruise control, air condition and parking sensor. A really lovely, luxury model to drive in.
At Helle Hollis you will have a wide selection of new car models to drive, so do not wait anymore and reserve your car now.
During the Holy Week in Spain, the Easter processions are a great experience to watch. In every city and village there are programs for when the various processions take place – starting on Palm Sunday. You can find free apps to download where you can see detailed routes for each procession, search under the Spanish word for Holy Week: “Semana Santa” or visit the tourist offices where you can get further information.
In Malaga city all processions come along the Alameda Principal, following the pedestrian street Calle Larios, and part of the street Calle Granada. It is a distance of almost 900 meters which is also known as the official Easter procession route. From there each procession will continue to other parts of the city. Usually the procession starts in the late afternoon and continues until the early hours of the following morning.
An alternative to the Easter processions is to see El Paso in Benalmadena Pueblo. Benalmadena Pueblo has the tradition to perform a play which deals with Jesus’ life and death, where the participants are adults and children from the village.
It takes place on Easter Thursday and Good Friday from 11 am to 2.30 pm in a natural park next to the Buddhist temple and the Butterfly museum.
Since the play takes place outdoors it depends each year on the weather conditions if the play will take place or not. The play is very atmospheric with the alternation between speech and songs. Despite the fact that the play takes place in Spanish it’s easy to follow. The entrance is for free and there are parking facilities.
Read more here.
A recent study from ANEC (European Consumer voice in standardisation) shows that when hiring a car abroad many travellers experience uncertainty about the final rental price, if there are hidden extras and the fuel policy.
At Helle Hollis we often hear and read about various types of “scam” other car hire companies use when they advertise a very cheap rental rate. We are therefore very keen to show that we have clear and transparent pricing with no hidden extras.
Firstly, we have a fair fuel policy where you only pay for what you use as we refund every remaining quarter of unused fuel. You have 100 % flexibility as you decide whether you want to return the car with a full tank and get the full fuel amount back, or for example, return the car with a quarter of a tank and then get that amount refunded.
Moreover, our transparent pricing also clearly shows you if there is a night service fee or the excess amount on the insurance when you input your reservation details in full. When you receive your booking confirmation and click on its confirmation link you will easily see detailed what you have to pay for your rental.
We continuously carry out our customer satisfaction survey and now monitor on past performance too, so we are pleased to see that our customers gives 90% score for staff attitude and 85% score for the courtesy bus service.
As a thank you for participating in the customer satisfaction survey all customers participate in a monthly draw for one week’s free car hire and for the month of January the lucky winner was Mr. Haugen from Norway.
Next time you are shopping around in preparation for your holidays then remember that if you want to begin your holidays with no stress and fair fuel policy then choose Helle Hollis ! Helle Hollis – car hire with peace of mind!
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Carnival time is getting closer – fun entertainment with no age restrictions, where both old and young can participate and have a ball!
This year Malaga’s Carnival takes place from the 22nd of February till the 2nd of March. Here you have some suggestions for carnival events that you can participate in and experience the carnival atmosphere in Malaga city.
In the evening of 22nd of February from 9.30pm the official election of the “king and queen” of the carnival is chosen with a lightshow at the Plaza de la Constitución.
On Sunday the 23rd of February at 12pm at the same place there will be a children’s contest for the best costume, along with free carnival activities for all children. From approx 5 pm in the afternoon in the centre of Malaga, there is a fun procession for all those dressed in costume.
If you don’t want to dress up, you can still enjoy the atmosphere as you will find special tapas and drink offers during the carnival time. For around 2,50 Euros enjoy some local tasty tapas and drink to keep your strength going!
The following Saturday, March the 1st at around 8 pm the “Flower War” will take place in Calle Larios ( the pedestrian shopping street in the centre of Malaga). Everyone is welcome to participate so don’t miss getting some free flower petals and confetti to throw. It is a custom from Malaga which has been continued since the old days when the workers threw flowers at their lords who participated in the carnival .
From 9.30 pm in the evening the drag queen competition takes place and from midnight of the carnival is celebrated in discos and bars with fancy dress competitions.
Finally, on Sunday the 2nd of March from noon head towards Plaza de la Constitucion where there is free tasting of fried anchovies “boquerones” and you will be able to see Calle Larios the great “El Boquerón“. In the afternoon the huge effigy is carried in a funeral procession to the La Malagueta beach where it is burned and then a large firework display ends the carnival festivities for another year. Carnival takes place in the same period in almost every city in Andalusia, so you have a great opportunity to experience it, even if you are not coming to Malaga. In Cadiz, which celebrates Spain’s oldest carnival, it will take place from the 27th of February 27 till the 9th of March.
Hire your Helle Hollis and experience the Spanish carnival !
The Spanish city Jerez de la Frontera is situated about 3 hours drive from Málaga Airport and has been chosen as the European Wine city 2014.
Jerez is world famous for its sherry and wine production and has many wineries (bodegas) which you can visit and get introduced to the wine production. If you would like to make a winery visit with tasting included then click here to find more information.
Jerez has lots more than its wine to offer. The city itself is very charming with an old Cathedral and various monuments to visit, and you will also find many good tapas and flamenco bars.
If you are fan of the Spanish horses, then a must is to visit the Royal Andalusia School of Equestrian Art. During the months of January and February the show “How Andalusian horses dance” takes place each Thursday and during the summer months several times a week. You can also make the short visit to see the Carriage Museum and the Museum of Equestrian Art. Tickets are from 6,5 Euros to 18 Euros depending on the visit you want to make. For more information click here.
Jerez is also famous for its motor racing circuit – for instance 28th – 31st January you can see the official tests for Formula 1 racing or in May you can see the Spanish Grand Prix for International Moto GP. Click here to get more info and to reserve tickets.
And finally for the children you will also have the Zoo Botanico which is one of the biggest zoo in Andalucía with animals from all over the world. If you want to get a virtual tour of the zoo before you go then click here. The zoo is closed on Mondays until the 15th of June so check the opening hours before you head of.
And surely don´t forget to hire your car so you are ready for your Jerez visit.
Between Christmas and New Year we went for a walk through our village of Mijas, a treat we can seldom enjoy on a normal working day – but at last we had the chance to pay a visit to the newest cultural addition to our village.
In Calle Malaga No 28 the Mijas Contemporary Art Museum has recently opened. On permanent show you will find the second most important collection of Picasso ceramics in the world. An exhibition well worth visiting.
Furthermore, on the first floor, the museum is planning to show different art displays, changing every 3 months. For the moment they are showing an exhibition named “Picasso, his friends and contemporaries” featuring among others works of Dali and Braque, both fine artists indeed. An amazing exhibition for a small village!
The museum is small but definately worth visiting. The custodians are all young people who speak English very well and who are not shy to demonstrate it.
The opening hours during winter is daily from 10:00 to 18:00 hours and the entrance will only set you back 3€. You can visit the website of the museum at www.cacmijas.info.
While you are in Mijas I can also warmly recommend a visit to the wine museum “Museo de Vinos de Malaga” which you will find in Calle San Sebastian No 14.
It is housed in the old transformer house of the electricity company Sevillanas. The house itself is very interesting and dates back to 1839. Here you can taste a wide selection of wines produced in the mountains surrounding Malaga and Ronda – as well as enjoy a tapa. It is also possible to buy full bottles of wine to take with you home. A visit to the wine museum is a must whenever we have friends visiting us in Mijas.
You can also visit the website of the wine museum www.museovinomalaga.org this however is not as interesting since you will miss out on the tasting! The wine museum charges no entry at all and the prices to taste the open wines are very reasonable.
Hope to see you soon in “my” village. p.s. The best and cheapest way to park your Helle Hollis rental car is to leave it in the public parking house which you will find in the centre of the village, next to the town-hall. To make sure visitors stay in Mijas a long time, the parking is charged at a cheap rate of one Euro per full day! Doesn’t get any cheaper than that!
Hans Hugo From, General Manager, Helle Hollis Car Rental
Only two hours drive from Málaga Airport you can go to Sierra Nevada for skiing.
The new ski season started last week with 5 km of slopes but (depending on the weather conditions) the ski station expects that the full 105 km of slopes will be open soon. You can follow the daily “snow” report using the link, so you can see when it is the best time for you to visit Sierra Nevada.
A new feature this year is the “Pista del Mar” (Ocean slope) area with elements from the sea taken to the snow. This is dedicated for the families where even the smallest ones will have more fun in the snow as it offers entertainment for all ages.
Sierra Nevada is also famous for its snowboard installations called Sulayr Snow park with more than 70 modules and jumps. Again, here are zones for children to initiate this exciting sport in safe surroundings. See more here.
Plan a day in the snow and sun and hire your car now.
As you know we have our own secure indoor parking with 24hour video surveillance – so have you reserved for parking your private car when you go on Christmas holidays?
We assure you that your private car will be in safe hands.
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LATEST NEWS! If you are a Home Owners’ Club member with bonus to use for this year, then you can now use your bonus discount for payment for the parking too!
This is another incentive for all our club members who are residents on the Coast. You can use your bonus discount for payment of the parking if you don’t need to hire a car yourself or if you do not wish to give the bonus away to family or friends.
Remember that this years bonus discount runs out on the 31st of December, so don’t wait any longer but use your bonus before it expires.
October and November months are synonymous with roasted chestnuts in Andalusia.
On the 1st and 2nd of November, the “capital of chestnuts” a little village called Pujerra south of Ronda with only 350 residents, celebrates its chestnut festival. Not only can you try out the roasted chestnuts but also the local restaurants offer chestnut cake, chestnuts stuffings and purees. On the 1st of November at 17h. there are tasting of chestnuts and on the 2nd of November there is free entrance to the chestnut museum of Pujerra.
Perhaps it is not the easiest village to get to, but if you are looking for a new driving adventure then give it a try. Head for Ronda from the San Pedro exit. When getting closer to Ronda take exit MA-527 and it will get you to the little village. In total it is approx. 1,5 hour drive from Malaga airport.
Another suggestion is to visit the chestnut festival in Ojén – situated just above Marbella. The festival is called “Fiesta del Tostón” and takes place on the 10th of November. The event is to celebrate the harvest of the chestnuts and from noon one can try roasted chestnuts with anise liquor in the central square of the village.
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You are still in time to make your Christmas booking but you shouldn´t wait too much longer.
The bigger car groups are always sold out really soon for high season and as we also reduce the fleet for for the winter season, then we will have less fleet available than normal.
Therefore make your Christmas booking now if you don´t want to get disappointed !
Remember you don´t have to pay in advance and we have no cancellation or amendments fee.