In their original form, lighthouses were intended to emit light as a navigational tool for sailors and pilots to arrive inland safely. Although this practise is still used; I think we can all agree that the main motivation for a casual observer to visit a lighthouse is because they’re quite pretty, really. Come night; where they illuminate the sea, or day; to marvel at the structural brilliance, here are some of the best lighthouses in Europe.
Maiden’s Tower Istanbul, Turkey
While not technically a lighthouse, it has all the features you’re looking for in one; just off the coast, tall and absolutely beautiful with a great story to boot. The Tower was built in 1110, and due to this there is some ambiguity in regard to its construction. My favourite theory, however is the legend about the emperor and his beloved daughter. The emperors oracle predicted that his princess would be killed by a venomous snake on her 18th birthday; therefore, in an effort to prevent this prophesy from coming to fruition, the emperor built the tower to protect the princess. However, in a tragic (if not slightly predictable) turn of events, the princess does indeed end up getting bitten by a snake hiding in a basket of fruit presented to her by her father on her 18th birthday and proceeded to die in his arms. Hence the name, Maiden’s Tower. The tower now has a popular restaurant, with exceptional views of Istanbul from the top.
Rubjerg Knude, Denmark
If one needs more motivation to see this wonderfully picturesque lighthouse than merely its aesthetic, then consider its impending wash into the ocean. Already engulfed by sand dunes, experts suggest this abandoned lighthouse will be swallowed by the sea within a decade. The lighthouse was built in the early 1900’s and was fully functional until the just over half way through the century and it wasn’t until the 1990’s, when it was a Café/Museum, that people began to suspect impending future and was eventually left to its fate in 2002. The fact that its abandoned adds to the eerie appearance of the building as it is completely isolate on the Danish coast, it almost looks like a mirage.
Fastnet Rock, Ireland
This Irish lighthouse, known as the Tear drop of Ireland because this was the last sight of their beloved homeland for many while emigrating to America in the 19th; the back story only adds to the drama of this secluded lighthouse 4 and half miles away from the mainland of county Cork, with its aggressive waves crashing on the rock and the lighthouse itself. Fastnet rock was first opened in 1854, and although it hasn’t been a functioning lighthouse for some years now it does conduct a daily tour from the mainland of Cape Clear, the most south area of Ireland. And aside from witnessing the gorgeous lighthouse close up, a major pull to attend one of the tours is that sighting of whales and dolphins are common place while making the 4.5 miles across the Atlantic ocean.
Vittoria Light, Trieste, Italy
Being tall is clearly an important feature of a lighthouse; therefore, if height is something you value in your monuments, as one of the tallest in the world, Vittoria is the one for you. And what makes this lanky lighthouse even more impressive is the sculpture at the top which adds a touch of elegance that are missing from other large lighthouses. It was constructed at the end of the first world war to commemorate those who died during the great war. Before construction in 1923, their main motive for elevated height of the light house was to build a monument higher than the Berlin victory column. An added tip would be to visit during the Barcolana Ragatta for incredible views.
Cordouan Lighthouse, Gironde, France
There are a lot of unique features to this French lighthouse; not only is it one of last still in use in Europe, it is also the oldest in France by a long way; with construction being completed in 1611. Given its age, this also gives it an extremely different and unique style to most; that of classical renaissance architecture. Access inside the lighthouse is also available, providing you are willing to walking the 311 steps to the top. However, if one is inclined to do so you are rewarded with an amazing view of the coast line and the beautiful town of Gironde.
Sixt rent a car moves and gets a makeover at Belgrade International Airport. Sixt has moved into the central area of the international arrival hall making it even easier to get a rental car once you land.
Check out the new look of our rental counter below.
Sixt now has the largest car rental counter at Belgrade Airport. There will be very short waiting times when you rent a car from Sixt in Belgrade.
Sixt Car Hire has a new advertisement in the UK, when you visit London Gatwick Airport you will be able to see Sixt on the Airport Buggies.
Sixt wants to make sure that you get to where you need to go faster. That is why Sixt has sponsored the buggiess at London Gatwick Airport, where you will be able to get a quick ride to your gate inside the airport. This represents our speedy rental service within the UK. You will be able to get a car hire quickly from the rental counter and once you do get a car it will have some horse power to get you to your destination in no time.
On the buggies it states, “Fancy a boost? …. we like going fast too!”
To believe that you have to be religious to appreciate cathedrals and religious architecture, is to miss out on some of the oldest and most spectacular buildings in the most historic cities in Europe and around the world. And there is nowhere better to begin this architectural appreciation than in Spain; the country that brought Catholicism to Europe by Saint James the Great, the patron saint of Spain, over 2000 years ago shortly after the crucifixion of Christ. Anyway, enough of a history lesson; let’s look at some pretty buildings.
Within British culture, the music festival has become synonymous with summer; or at least whichever variation of rain we are experiencing in July and August. Enjoying some much needed fresh air and listening to music in a field has never been so popular; to the extent that pundits are already discussing who will be headlining Glastonbury in three years from now. And with that in mind the music festival tends to take centre stage when commenting on festivals; therefore our hope is a more inclusive list. We’re already well into festival season in the UK, but here is list of the best remaining music, food and cultural festivals.
It’s that time of year; academic schedules are drawing to a close and plans for September are starting to come to fruition. Whether you’re leaving a current house share, relocating to new one, moving cross country or down the road into student accommodation Sixt has the van for you!
Sixt rent a car are launching a new awareness campaign which revolves around travelling safely with younger passengers and provides further information regarding the laws, regulations and penalties surrounding the use of baby/child safety seats. To reinforce our message and get our information across in the best way possible we have produced a new section on our UK website with help, advice and a detailed infographic explaining how to correctly and securely install a child safety seat in your car. Our infographic was researched, produced and carefully designed to clearly outline the best seat to use. The location in which it should be placed and the position it should face – all in relation to the age, height and weight of the child that will be securely fastened in.
Sixt is very excited to announce the #SixtRallye that will commence from the 22nd of August in which 6 teams made up of 12 travellers will drive around 10 European cities with one of our premium Sixt car rentals!
The aim of the game is to document their 11 day travels with pictures and insiders tips on the various destinations they come across and to publish their musings on social media outlets such as twitter, Facebook and Instagram with the all-important #SixtRallye. These tips and publications will range from intricacies about the vehicles to places to visit while in the cities and will give an insight into the daily challenges and experiences of the drivers and road trips in general.
If you have ever flown in or out of Stuttgart airport you very well may have seen or even rented from our beautiful orange car hire station. Now even though it looked great as it was, it has recently been given a bit of an upgrade and now looks better than ever. With shiny new desks, displays, signs and even floor, the warm orange glow of our Sixt car hire Stuttgart airport branch has never been more welcoming and inviting.
When you think of Scotland a few things immediately spring to mind: traditional kilts, bagpipes, fine whisky (note that there is no ‘e’, whiskey is Irish), haggis and chilly weather. However, added to the end of that list is most likely the Scottish Highland games. The Highland games themselves refer to a series of events that take place all across the world and at various points of the year – although historically these games did originate from Scotland and accordingly the most notable and largest of these games continue to take place each year in the highlands of Scotland. The exact origin of these games or the nature in which they first started is difficult to place, one thing is certain: components and events of the Highland games have developed over the years to become symbolic of Scotland itself. Although there is no exact blueprint as to what to expect from each city’s and country’s interpretation of the Highland games, they do tend to follow a rough guide and celebrate traditional Scottish and Gaelic culture.