Friday, 23 September 2011 3:10 PM
If you have a holiday in the Mediterranean coming up, why not arrange car hire before you leave?
While some people are content to spend all their time at one resort and others may book a coach or rail tour to see a destination, by renting your own vehicle you have complete freedom to see the sights of your choosing at your own pace.
However, as one of the most popular getaway destinations in Europe, just where in the Mediterranean should you head to for your road trip?
Greece is one option. With one of the longest recorded histories in the world, many of the things we are so familiar with today originated from the people who lived here thousands of years ago.
On top of its rich heritage, the country is also well-known for its myriad myths and legends, with several still providing inspiration for Hollywood blockbusters today.
By hiring a vehicle for your stay, you will be able to visit many of the ancient sites that Greece is so famous for, without having to worry about arranging public transport to take you between each one. Indeed, you may even be able to see far more during your stay.
Places you might wish to include on your itinerary are Delphi – home of the Sanctuary of Apollo – the ancient city of Athenian Acropolis, where you will be able to see the Parthenon, and Epidaurus – where it is believed Apollo's son was born.
Greece boasts 17 UNESCO World Heritage sites in total so you will certainly be kept busy during your stay.
However, because you have booked your own transport you will also be able to stop whenever you pass by somewhere off the tourist trail that looks worth exploring further.
Alternatively, you could just drive and spend a day soaking up the sun on the beach.
Italy's Amalfi Coast is another amazing destination for a road trip and is viewed by many as one of the most beautiful parts of the country.
One of the most famous towns is Sorrento, while cities on the beach include Ravello, Furore and Amalfi.
Away from the urban sprawl, there are plenty of other attractions, such as the church of Santa Maria Assunta in Positano and Furore's Fjord.
Of course, some of the major draws of Italy are the warm weather, beautiful landscape and mouth-watering cuisine – which you'll be able to sample a fair few dishes of during your stay.
One holiday destination that will be well-known to any motor enthusiasts is Monaco and where better to take a road trip than a principality that hosts the Grand Prix on its streets every year?
The city of Monte Carlo is definitely worth a visit, while you will also want to take the opportunity to learn all about its royal family, the House of Grimaldi.
Prince Albert II is the current ruler and his mother was the Oscar-winning actress Grace Kelly.
However, wherever you choose to visit there are a few things you will want to take care of before setting off. The first is to arm yourself with some travel insurance so that you have the peace of mind that every element of your trip is covered.
Next, consider taking out European breakdown cover so that in the event that your car encounters difficulties, you will be able to get the help you need and get back on the road again.