Exploring Andalucía, the land of sunshine

  • 19 Sep, 2014
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With a team as multinational as we have here at Airport Parking Shop, it’s no wonder we all travel on regular basis – whether to visit family in Lithuania, go whale watching in South Africa or attend a wedding in Sweden. I was lucky to spend a month in Andalucía, Spain this summer and have put together a short guide to exploring this stunning region. Enjoy!

The Andalucía region

For someone whose father has lived in southern Spain for quite a while, Andalucìa almost started to feel like a second home to me. You just can’t beat the heat, the slow pace of life and more importantly, the Spanish beer!

Andalucía refers to a large region of southern Spain, stretching from the border of Portugal, over to Murćia on the east coast and up to Cabeza Del Buey, which is a good 430 kilometres inland. It is immersed in history and its capital, Seville, holds the title of being the hottest metropolitan city in the whole of Europe. With its completely different way of life and culture, this place has something for everyone.

Where to stay

Andalucía boasts 33 thousand square miles of sun-soaked land, so choosing where to stay (or maybe where to explore in some cases!) can be a difficult task for many holidaymakers and explorers alike. However, having travelled quite a bit around the Andalucìa region, I know a few hidden gems that will leave an imprint on your memory forever. I spent a month in southern Spain this year and this time, I ventured east of Malaga. Read More

Dad, Let’s Have Some Fun Together! Father’s Day Ideas

  • 06 Jun, 2014
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family looking at steam train

A “boys own adventure weekend” is always fun, and what better time to schedule one than Father’s Day weekend. If you would like to treat your Dad to a weekend away, we have plenty of Father’s day ideas, whether he is a railway enthusiast, a fishing aficionado, a would-be golf champ or a wine buff.

You don’t even need to leave the UK to have boys’ bonding time: with Yorkshire’s roads all beautifully re-surfaced for the Tour de France next month there has never been a better time to hit the road in God’s Own Country on two wheels rather than four.

Railway enthusiast?

If your Dad is an enthusiast of railways, especially the miniature variety, he may well have watched the recent Michael Portillo television series, Great Continental Railway Journeys, and gasped in amazement at the Miniatur Wunderland in Hamburg, featured in episode 6. This model railway is one of the largest in the world and consists of 12,000 metres of track, 890 trains with 11,000 carriages, 300,000 lights and 200,000 human figures.

This attraction is situated in the historical warehouse district of Hamburg and is easily accessible by public transport. If, however, you have decided to hire a car and venture out of Hamburg for part of the weekend, there are various parking options near the Miniatur Wunderland.

Hamburg is a popular stag destination, which may not be quite what you want when visiting with your father. There are, however, plenty of bars to enjoy a quiet drink and for something more lively why not pay a visit to one of the jazz clubs such as the Cotton Club or the Grosse Freiheit 36 where the Beatles once performed in their early days? Read More

When was the last time you took a holiday with your Mum?

  • 20 Mar, 2014
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If you haven’t been on holiday with your mum since you were at school, this could be the year to buck the trend. And what better time could there be to do it than Mother’s Day?

With the big day falling this year on March 30th you even stand a chance of some decent weather depending on how far you are willing to travel. We have a few ideas for you, whether you want sightseeing, beach, action or pampering.


Málaga makes a good destination for a long weekend. Many holidaymakers never see beyond the airport, but the city has much to recommend it and if the sun shines (as it should in late March) there is the added advantage of the beach being only a 10-minute walk from the centre.

For culture vultures there is the Carmen Thyssen Museum offering works from the 19th century with a focus on Andalucian art. The Picasso Museum and Casa Natal (birth house) of the artist are both a must for lovers of 20th century art.

Málaga has flights from London Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Birmingham and Manchester. Read More

Considering a romantic holiday for Valentine’s Day?

  • 31 Jan, 2014
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Couple at airport

Valentine’s Day, a popular time for romantically inclined couples to get away, is just around the corner. The big question, as ever, is where to go? We offer a few ideas to get you thinking of your next romantic holiday for Valentine’s Day.


Venice has to be one of the most romantic cities in the world and its canals make it a very special place. Splash out on a gondola trip if you are feeling flush, or alternatively take a water taxi from the airport which is cheaper and a very romantic way to arrive in the city.

The Grand Canal with its majestic palazzos, St Mark’s Square and Basilica, the Doges Palace, the Accademia and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection are of course must-sees, but a stroll through some of the lesser-known medieval alleys and across beautiful bridges can be equally romantic.

Flights to Venice leave from London Heathrow, Gatwick and Manchester.

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Top 5 Christmas Market Destinations

  • 16 Dec, 2013
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Mulled wine can often be found at Christmas market destinations

With Christmas fast approaching, many of us feel we could do with a sneaky weekend away to escape the stress of the Christmas shopping. Whether you feel like having a spot of winter sunshine or really getting into the Christmas mood by visiting of the best Christmas market destinations, make sure that if you are leaving your car at the airport you get the best possible rate by visiting our Airport Parking Shop.


There is no doubt about it: the Germans really know how to put on a Christmas Market and one of the best destinations is Berlin with no fewer than five major markets. Whether you prefer the traditional market, or the one with the outdoors ice-rink or fair, there is one to suit everybody.

A trip to Berlin would not, however, be complete without a spot of sightseeing. If museums are your thing, don’t miss a visit to Museum Island for its treasure trove of antiquities. If 20th century history is of more interest, you are going to love seeing the many sections of the Berlin Wall and Checkpoint Charlie.

Berlin has two airports, and between them they are served by flights from London Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted and Manchester.

If you plan on stuffing your suitcase full of Christmas goodies, to say nothing of the duty-free, which could help spread a little Christmas cheer, then taking your car to the airport definitely makes sense. Use the links above for the best possible rates. Read More